Early Childhood Development Support

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founded in 2015
LEAP 4 Change
Coordinator | Nadia
Coordinator | Nadia
Leap4Change runs Early Childhood Development programmes in underprivileged communities to improve the success in education in children age 0-7 This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Wheel Chairs

As a volunteer teacher you will be presenting the booster programme to children between the ages of 1 - 7 years. Homework assistance especially English and Mathematics could mean you move between classes during the course of the day. Drama lessons and sport are an integral part of development which you will participate in. You might also assist children in higher grades to use technology (computers) for project research. You will also be involved in the day to day schooling or child care, helping to supervise children during formal classes and lunch times, assisting with food preparation. This is tiring work, but it is incredibly rewarding.

All of our projects are situated in areas across the Western Cape where the greatest need is. You will be working mostly in disadvantaged communities, including informal settlements around Cape Town and rural farming communities in the Western Cape.

You DO NOT have to be a qualified teacher as all the training you will need will be provided by us. All you need is a willingness to learn, a passion for making a difference and bit of an adventurous spirit.Training and orientation is scheduled for the first week after your arrival. During these training sessions we will cover everything you need to know about the education programme, how to use the materials and games, and what will be expected of you at your project. The training is fun and interactive, and everyone has a chance to teach and experience the programme from the child's perspective. The training is non-academic and you do not need to have any previous experience.

We are here for you every step of the way to help and guide you. You receive full on-going training and support, so that together we ensure that each child receives the gift of education.

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. Volunteering offers you the chance to give something back to a community or make a difference to the people around you. Volunteering provides an opportunity to develop new skills, build on experience and use your knowledge to benefit others. Regardless of why you choose volunteer teaching you will gain as much from the experience as the children you teach.

In South Africa, research has shown that quality protection, stimulation and learning opportunities provided at home by parents and caregivers or through Early Childhood Development Centres have a positive and long-lasting impact on a young child's ability to develop its full potential.

In the Global Competitiveness Report (2015 – 2016) South Africa ranked 138th out of 140 countries for the quality of its education system. Challenges facing the Early Childhood Development sector include funding, training and capacity.

By volunteering to teach with Leap4Change, you help the children to learn, grow and give them the tools they need to make the most of their education.

Free-time activities

The Western Cape is the most popular province for Tourists in South Africa. It offers exceptional natural beauty and outdoor activities, cultural diversity, excellent wines and fantastic cuisine.
Over the weekends when you are not working with the children or before and after your projects we can organise a wide range of tours, day trips and activities. From wine-tasting to hiking up the famous Table Mountain there are myriad of activities to suit each of your personal tastes.

Tours / Safari - 2 to 5 day tours from Cape Town around the Peninsula to the West Coast or Garden Route and Addo Elephant park
Surfing Lessons
Kite boarding
Sand boarding
Scuba diving
Mountain walks and hikes
Shark cage diving
Wine tasting
Traditional cooking lessons
Live sporting events
Music concerts

Whatever your interests are, we will assist you with all necessary arrangements to ensure that your free time is as fun and rewarding as the work you do at your projects.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Application form, Criminal clearance and Educational qualifications
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 from 07:30 - 15:00

Included Services

Services by LEAP 4 Change

Your fees go toward providing you with comfortable accommodation, transfers from and back to the airport, full in country 24-hour support, a dedicated coordinator, your training sessions (1 per month), your teaching kit which includes the materials and toys you need to teach the children, child learner packs and to cover daily operational costs.

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

One of our staff will be at the information desk when you arrive. We will be easy to find just look out for the LEAP4Change logo. From there we will take you to your accommodation where your coordinator will be to meet you, give you your welcome pack which includes a South African sim card, explain your schedule and show you where all the amenities are.


Accommodation varies according to your preference. All our accommodation is safe, secure and comfortable.

Bedroom (Single)
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,725
5 weeks
$ 2,122
6 weeks
$ 2,519
7 weeks
$ 2,916
8 weeks
$ 3,313
9 weeks
$ 3,709
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,900
Average fees
$ 420 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. LEAP 4 Change 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 LEAP 4 Change during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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