Hout Bay Child Care Assistant

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Coordinator | Vanessa
Coordinator | Vanessa
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Work with an inspirational team in a very welcoming & loving environment.
Bring happiness and joy in the daily life of children - You are able to leave a lasting impact on the children’s life.
Volunteer in one of the most picturesque areas in Cape Town.
Get personal support from the volunteer coordinator.
Experience amazing tours and adventures in and around Cape Town.
This program caters for the poor in a developing community in Hout Bay. You care for young children in the mornings, in the afternoons you assist older children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

This program provides Early Childhood Development services and care to the poor in the community of Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay in South Africa.

This program services a Day Care Centre in the morning and an After School Program in the afternoon. You can be involved in either or both programs, but we recommend attending both.

Day Care Centre

The day care centre operates 5 days per week with a full-time principal and 16 staff members (all from the community) catering for and providing a safe learning space for 250 children aged between 10 months to 6 years while their parents can seek work in the nearby town. Children are cared for in a loving environment and are taught Christian values and simple life skills and are prepared for formal schooling by teachers employed from the community who are themselves being empowered to become excellent career educators.

After School Program

Volunteers can choose to attend this afternoon program, which supports orphaned and vulnerable children and their families in the Hout Bay area after school in the afternoons. This service includes home visiting, advocacy and referral for their family carers. This program offers holistic After School Care programs to the primary school children of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay. This service includes home visiting, advocacy and referral for their family carers. They work to ensure that family units remain strong under the strain of illness and poverty, and to support communities in caring for their orphaned and vulnerable children.

Education brings hope for the future and promotes self-worth and dignity. All people should have a right to these.

You will assist class teachers with their daily routine. You will work closely with the Day Care team and help to create and organise the children’s daily routine.

What you should bring along:

  • Genuine love for and interest in children
  • Patience, tolerance and respect towards children
  • Agility and energy to engage in physical child play
  • Willingness to work closely with the teacher – remembering that the teacher is in charge and the volunteer is assisting her. The teacher is ultimately responsible for the children in her care
  • Stress-resilience

Typical day

Your Role

Day Care Centre: Monday – Friday, from 08:30 – 13:00

After School Program: Monday – Friday, from 14:00 – 17:00

Generally, the role can include:

  • Welcoming children and assisting with getting ready for their day at the school.
  • Breakfast – help with laying and clearing of tables, supervise eating during breakfast, snack & lunchtime.
  • Brushing of teeth – assist with toothpaste, supervise brushing of teeth, washing of hands and toilet routine during and between lessons. Toilets, washbasins and floor are to be kept clean.
  • Assist teacher in all areas of the daily class creative activities – this depends on daily activity and programme which teacher has to follow.
  • Before morning break – prepare fruit and hand out to children. Water/tea to be served to each child.
  • Outside play – teachers and volunteers to supervise and play with children, i.e. ball games etc.
  • Music Ring – assist with songs, rhythmic activities, games and books.
  • Lunchtime – move tables and chairs onto the veranda, oversee eating and help with clearing.
  • Sleeping time – assist with floor cleaning and preparing classroom for resting time.
  • Assist in kitchen with food service.
  • You are able to assist with art, music or physical science during class or in the afternoon.
  • Some children may need special attention with English, writing, drawing, maths or general schoolwork. The class teacher will advise you where to assist.
  • Emotional support
  • Tutoring

Free-time activities

Hout Bay is just 20 minutes away from Cape Town and easily accessible by public transport. The volunteer house is a 5min drive from the beach, the harbour, shopping centres, restaurants and bars. A variety of activities are offered, i.e. fishing, diving, sailing, hiking, a wine tour, as well as loads of entertainment. You can hike up Table Mountain, bike Chapman’s peak, do a guided township tour and much more. A highlight is the Hout Bay Harbour Market with craft beer, delicious food, a craft market and live music. Hout Bay is a beautiful place where you can meet travellers from all over the world.

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance and police clearance certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You must have an upper intermediate level of English.
You should have experience with children, or even be qualified as schoolteacher or nursery school teacher. Dance, arts and crafts would be a recommendation.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Good Hope Volunteers


  • Program placement
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Accommodation (Backpackers: dorm-style room, shared bathroom, self-catering)
  • Daily transfer to and from the program
  • A donation towards the program
  • Good Hope Volunteers welcome pack
  • Weekly site visits by our coordinator
  • An orientation at the beginning of your volunteering
  • Electronic certificate (printed copy on request)
  • Local support including a 24-hour emergency number
  • WiFi

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

You will need to arrive at Cape Town International Airport. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation.


You will stay at a backpackers' in the beach-side area of Hout Bay. You will be accommodated in mixed dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms. There are two fully equipped communal kitchens for self-catering, a lounge, board games, and tea/coffee making facilities. Linen and towels are provided. WiFi is included. Laundry is available for ZAR 100 per bundle.

Main shopping areas are within walking distance.

Dorm Room
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 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$328 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Good Hope Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Good Hope Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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This program caters for the poor in a developing community in Hout Bay. You care for young children in the mornings, in the afternoons you assist older children.



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