Literacy Development Assistant

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Coordinator | Samantha
Coordinator | Samantha
Help at-risk children and youth with reading and other skills development, in breathtaking Cape Town. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+


Assist trained adults to motivate and uplift primary school learners with the necessary skills and capabilities that will enable them to become stronger individuals.   You will have the opportunity to engage learners in both educational and recreational activities to keep them safe and reduce the risk of being a victim to violence on the streets.  

The goal is to stimulate children’s language development by introducing beautiful stories to them. Storytelling develops listening skills, enhances verbal expression, increases comprehension, creates mental images and highlights verbal reasoning. It also encourages the child to value books and stories.

As a volunteer you will be able to assist learners in the following areas:

Cognitive Impact: The learners’ understanding of the story and asking questions require logical and analytical thinking.

Social Impact: Through stories they learn appropriate behavior when relating to others and how to cope with their feelings.

Physical Impact: The learner learns how to handle books appropriately and it develops their motor skills through picking books up and paging through them.

Emotional Impact: Observe how the learners are feeling, what interests excites them, what their fears and anxieties are and what they already know and can do.

Language Impact: It provides opportunities for learners to read books in their own mother tongue. Listening to stories helps them to understand how the language is structured and how to use it; including the sounds, words, grammar and sentence construction.


Some of the activities you can be involved in are:

- Arts & Crafts

- Skills Development

- Dance & Movement

- Sport & Recreational Activities

- Literacy

- Homework

Typical day

Some of the activities you can be involved in are:

Help children learn to express emotions through:


It builds confidence as each child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations.

Paper art
Clay art
Play therapy

To help awaken the minds and help learner gain the focus they need to perform their best work and makes them feel awake, ready to learn, alive, and calm.

Movement exercises are done before each session. This involves brain gym exercises.

Recycle is to help cut down on waste.  “Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle”.  It helps our community and environment by saving money, energy and natural resources.

This involves the Workers doing some coaching and using recycled items to design sports equipment and then to use it for sports and game activities.

Literacy develop the skill in creative storytelling and writing. To stimulate language development through reading, writing, telling and acting out stories.

Shared writing

It allows the learners to develop positive study skills and habits. Homework also encourage the learner’s self-discipline and to use time wisely. Allow 30 minutes each day for homework.

Free-time activities


Hiking - there are numerous day hikes around the city.  Some of the more well-known hikes are Signal Hill, Table Mountain, Elephants Eye and Chapman's Peak.

Beach/Surfing - Cape Town has a selection of some the most beautiful beaches and Muizenberg is known internationally as one of the best beaches to learn to surf.

Table Mountain Cable Way - The most popular way to summit Table Mountain is with the cable car. Once at the summit, the panoramic views of Cape Town are breath taking.

Cape Point Nature Reserve - Cape Point is the most south western point on the African continent where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and there are a selection of activities including hikes, pristine untouched beaches and some wildlife.

V&A Waterfront - For those keen on purchasing gifts to take back home the V&A waterfront is the perfect outing. 

There are also day trips to Robben Island, art galleries, food markets, live music and a wide range of activities to keep you entertained.


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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Relaxed and friendly with children, but also firm with the naughty ones
- Ability to comfort and calm distressed primary school children
- Ability to play games, sing songs and be like a child
- Ability to communicate in a warm and simple way - meet children at their level
- Creativeness with regards to after school activities
- Good listening skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects
Costs will include the following:

Airport pick up
Accommodation in private bedroom with host family
Breakfast, packed lunches and dinners
Guidance and supervision during your stay
Certificate & Report on Volunteer’s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes

Costs exclude the following:

Air tickets
Personal luxuries
Tours and outings
Weekend excursions
Snacks and soft drinks
Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Your pick up at the airport or hostel in Cape Town is included. Arrival should ideally be on Friday afternoon or anytime Saturday.  The day after arrival will be a half day orientation/city tour where volunteers will be given an introduction to the city and its history and the Do’s and Dont’s will be covered. 

Volunteers are accommodated in a backpacker’s style house, in the popular area of Woodstock. The house is comfortable with a communal lounge, kitchen, internet (extra costs apply) and easy access to the city and any facilities you might need. 
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner is included in your fee, which will be served daily. Breakfast and lunch is self-service.

Please make a note to mention special dietary requirements and allergies before you arrive. You will have to supply your own groceries if your needs are very complicated to match with other volunteer’s meals.
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


Desired project start date is a Monday and desired arrival is Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Please keep in mind that CASE does not take on volunteers during school holidays (breaks).  If your time at the project overlaps with school holidays, please chat to us. We will be happy to arrange for you to be placed at any of the other projects that do operate during these dates. 

Public Schools – 2019/2020 Holidays (breaks)
5 December 2020 – 6 January 2020
21 - 30 March 2020 
13 June – 6 July 2020
19 - 28 September 2020
3 December 2020 – 12 January 2021

Public Schools – 2021 Holidays  (breaks)
27 March – 6 April 2021
12 June – 5 July 2021
18 – 27 September 2021
2 December 2021 – date to be determined

Arriving at the project

Your pick up at the airport or hostel in Cape Town is included. Arrival should ideally be on Friday afternoon or anytime Saturday.  The day after arrival will be a half day orientation/city tour where volunteers will be given an introduction to the city and its history and the Do’s and Dont’s will be covered.

Daily transport

Your daily transport to and from the project is not included in the total price, as we use the services of a company for this. The weekly fee of R300 (25 euro) can be paid in cash upon arrival or to the driver of your transport.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 365
2 weeks
$ 655
3 weeks
$ 935
4 weeks
$ 1,215
6 weeks
$ 1,755
8 weeks
$ 2,295
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,375
Average fees
$ 323 /week

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

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Literacy Development Assistant

Help at-risk children and youth with reading and other skills development, in breathtaking Cape Town.


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