Childcare & Social Welfare Work

founded in 2007
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Coordinator | Sahil
Coordinator | Sahil
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Program centers include childcare centers, safe houses for women and children, care homes for physically/mentally disabled children
Ideate to make the functioning of the center smoother and more congenial for the beneficiaries
Explore the city on weekends, visit Table Mountain, Robben Island, Lion’s Head, etc.
Work for the welfare of the local community and underprivileged children in Cape Town This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
All volunteers usually work alongside local staff or supervisors at the project and plan different activities with the children as well. All Social Welfare and childcare projects are keen to have volunteered so that they can bring in new ideas and also help the overburdened staff. The projects are located in Cape Town's townships and suburban areas which are socially disadvantaged areas of the city.

The project is highly recommended for, both, short term and long term volunteers. Short term volunteers gain an insight into the local culture along with providing the much-needed help at the projects, while the volunteers who join for a longer period are able to make a greater impact on the community and the project they work in.

Volunteers working for childcare and social welfare program in Cape Town will be expected to fulfill the following tasks on a daily basis;

  • Feeding, clothing and playing with the children
  • Assisting children with homework.
  • Meal preparation and assistance in general activities at the project.
  • Involve the children in art, craft, dance and drama activities.

Typical day

Sunday - Arrival at Cape Town (all volunteers stay in volunteer house for the first day)
Monday - Orientation + transfer to the respective accommodations. The orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestions over things to do in South Africa.
Tuesday to Fri - Volunteer work
  • Breakfast - 06:30 am to 07:30 am (provided at the accommodation)
  • Leave for the project - 07:30 am
  • Working hours at the placement - 08:00 am to 03:00 pm
  • Lunch - 12:30 pm to 02:00 onwards (volunteers staying in the volunteer house need to manage lunch on their own)
  • Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards (at host family accommodation)
Volunteers living at volunteer house accommodation will be served
dinner at a nearby restaurant between 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm (strictly)
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards

Free-time activities

Cape Town has so much to offer for travelers and there is a lot to do on the weekends and during the free time. Volunteers usually take the Garden Route tours on the weekend or explore the beautiful beaches of Cape Town. You can also do a full day Cape Point Tour and head south to Cape of Good Hope. On a free day, you can do a trek up to Table Mountain or just chill out at the Waterfront area. There is a lot to do and you will never have a dull day in the beautiful city of Cape Town.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Police Check Report
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Volunteering Solutions
What are you Paying for?
  •  24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  •  Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  •  Airport Pickup from Cape Town International Airport
  •  Orientation
  •  Food 
  •  Accommodation in the volunteer house or host family
  •  Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport
Volunteers are picked up from the Cape Town International Airport by a representative and transferred to the volunteers hostel accommodation by a shuttle transfer.
Volunteering Solutions arranges accommodation for volunteers in a Volunteer hostel or in homestays in local communities. The Volunteer hostel is a dormitory-style accommodation situated in the Observatory area of Cape Town. The rooms in the hostel typically have 4-8 people per room. The Observatory accommodation is located in a beautiful suburb of Cape Town, about 20 minutes from the city center. The hostel is perfectly situated close to shops, restaurants, public transport, and some of the best beaches in the world! The areas are also very safe. 
Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Volunteers staying at the hostel accommodation are provided with 2 meals a day (Breakfast & Dinner) from Monday to Friday. Breakfast usually consists of eggs, cereals, fruit, toast, tea/coffee, etc. and dinner at a contracted restaurant located within 5 minutes walk from the house, where a set, wholesome meal is provided to each volunteer on a daily basis. If you have any special dietary needs, please inform us in advance. Please note that no meals are provided on the day of arrival and during the day of orientation.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

July - 04,11,18,25
Aug - 01,15,22,29
Sept - 05,12,19,26
Oct - 03,10,17,24,31
Nov - 07,14,21
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$216 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Childcare & Social Welfare Work

Work for the welfare of the local community and underprivileged children in Cape Town


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