Children's Kindergarten Assistant

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Coordinator | Steffen
Coordinator | Steffen


Experience the South African way of life by living with a Host Family or amongst other participants in the shared volunteer house.
Make an impact within the local community while gaining incredible life experiences.
Use your passion for children to create a friendly environment in which children can learn and grow
Make memories by travelling in your spare time around one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Go on tours and experience some of the world's most incredible wildlife in their natural habitats
Make an impact at a kindergarten project, where you are able to contribute towards creating a safe, positive and fun environment for the children here to learn and grow. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

As in many African countries, family comes first in South Africa. No matter what, you stick together. If someone in your family is struggling for money, you all come together to help them. However, if the entire family is struck by poverty, it can become difficult to take care of one another. Often, South African grandparents have to go out to work to bring in extra money for their family. This can mean that there is no one at home to take care of the children, who are left on their own. For this reason, many families will use the services of low-cost or free kindergartens. These facilities are often connected to other nurseries or pre- schools.

Your job site will be one of the many kindergartens in Cape Town. These kindergartens usually have space for between 70 to 240 children, depending on whether they are affiliated to a pre-school. As a volunteer, you help the staff look after the children. The children come from disadvantaged areas such as the townships, where there is often widespread drug abuse and crime. These kindergartens provide a safe and secure place where children can freely develop and receive encouragement to learn and grow. The children receive meals, lessons and care. The aim of this program is to improve the provision of education and care in local kindergartens and pre-schools to enable the children to develop at a healthy pace.

Typical day

You’ll support the local teachers in their daily work, whether that is caring for the children, playing games, or feeding the babies. You may also assist the teacher when it comes to teaching the children how to count, spell or tell the time, as well as leading craft activities, singing songs or whatever else you can think of! The children love when our volunteers read to them, play with them in the yard, or even just stop for a hug. We always encourage our volunteers to bring small souvenirs to the kindergartens, such as colouring books, because the children are always delighted to receive them.

You will work Monday to Friday in the kindergarten. The schools open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Usually, you get to choose what you want to focus on that day, but if extra help is needed in another area you may have to be flexible. During your free time, you can explore Cape Town, learn how to surf or even go on safari. South Africa has a lot to offer!

Free-time activities

Cape Town is one of the most picturesque major cities in the world and has millions of tourists visit every year. It is world-renowned for it's breathtaking landscapes, yet also it's wildlife. They are numerous safaris available, which many volunteers will try on their days off. It also has a huge range of marine animals, and for the thrill seekers, there's even the chance to go shark cage diving! It is a major international city, so there are loads of opportunities to go shopping and areas to visit.

Table Mountain is also one the world's major tourist attractions, which everyone who goes to Cape Town will hike.

Water Sports


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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, letter of motivation, criminal background check, visa document and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We expect all applicants for this project to have a passion for working with children. You do not need to have any formal qualifications (although it is beneficial), but we do request that our applicants are friendly, energetic and ready to work with a lot of children.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included:

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pickup
  • In-Country Orientation
  • 24 Hour In-Country Support
  • Personal Contact Person
  • Assistance with Travel Preparation
  • Branded T-Shirt
  • Recognised Participation Certificate
  • Extensive Volunteer/Travel Guide

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

One of our friendly team will be ready and waiting at the airport, to make sure you're fully comfortable in your new environment.


Living with a host family, you will allow you to dive deeper into the culture of the local community. Living with a host family will allow you to learn more about the traditions and how things work. All our host families have running water and electricity. 

There is also our shared volunteer houses. Here, you live in the house together with other volunteers. In addition to the bedrooms, the volunteers have numerous bathrooms and a fully equipped communal kitchen (where your breakfast and dinner will be prepared each day) There is also a large living room with satellite TV and our on-site cook.

There is also an option to upgrade an have your very own apartment, which you can share with up to 4 other volunteers. Please enquire with the team for more information and availability.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Your meals are included throughout the programme, with breakfast and dinner provided for you. It'll give you an insight to how the locals live, and you'll get to try some of the tasty local dishes and cuisines on offer.

Internet Access
Limited 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

Before you even depart, the team will take you through every step of the process, from answering your questions about the programme, through to advising you where to go for your visa. We are here to help you and to ensure that you feel totally comfortable (and prepared!) before departing.

For your volunteer work in South Africa, you will land directly in Cape Town. Here you will be welcomed at the airport by a member of the team in South Africa (you will recognise each other by their branded t-shirts). From here we drive you directly to the office in Cape Town. The drive from the airport is already a first small highlight; through a beautiful backdrop, you get closer and closer to Table Mountain. The rest of the day is used to move into your accommodation and get to know your new surroundings.

To better understand your new environment, your stay begins with an orientation. As soon as you arrive, we will give you your South Africa starter package which includes a city map, SIM card, and other useful things to make your stay easier. During a workshop in the office, you will learn more about your destination country and its inhabitants. Culture, country, people, current events and recent history will be the subject of this discussion. Our team will introduce you to the Cape Town slang and give you valuable safety, transportation, money tips and so on. In addition, you will explore Cape Town on a guided city bus tour with other newly arrived participants.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 48 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
£1,099 ($1,385)
6 weeks
£1,359 ($1,712)
8 weeks
£1,619 ($2,040)
10 weeks
£1,879 ($2,368)
12 weeks
£2,139 ($2,695)
24 weeks
£3,699 ($4,661)
48 weeks (max. stay)
£6,819 ($8,592)
Average fees
£208 ($263) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Rainbow Garden Village 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 Rainbow Garden Village during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Children's Kindergarten Assistant

Make an impact at a kindergarten project, where you are able to contribute towards creating a safe, positive and fun environment for the children here to learn and grow.


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