Preschool & Childcare Assistant

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Help us taking care of a bunch of lovely children at our Preschool & educate them in a joyfull way
Uplift children with a great afterschool program: art, sports, english, compunter and sustainability workshops
Get to know the Xhosa Culture by living with the Xhosa people in their rural community, join ceremonies and make new friends
Adventure of a lifetime: get to know the culture, explore nature and wildlife, go hiking in the Transkei, learn surfing, go kayaking or cliffjumping, explore caves and waterfalls or relax on the beach
Relax at your authentic accommodation rigth in the Xhosa community, next to the preschool and afterschool center, with a nice family vibe and breathtaking ocean views
Help us to take care of a bunch of lovely children at a Preschool in the beautiful rural Mawotsheni Community. Explore real Xhosa life and enjoy epic Transkei landscapes. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our community project is a non-profit organisation based in the rural villages of the wild coast, Transkei in South Africa. It is mainly ran and managed by the local people, the population in the area is uneducated and has a lack motivation to improve their skills and knowledge for a better future.

As the project we work in community upliftment and early childhood development, through teaching young people permaculture skills and having a pre-school for children in the age of 2-5 years. We are based 10km away from Coffee Bay which is a tourism attraction. The beautiful landscapes of our surroundings is what makes staying at this Project an experience of a lifetime.

Our project has looked into the fact that 98% of local children in grade 4 cannot read and write with understanding. The pre-school provides a solid foundation for children but after they move to governmental schools, it gets difficult because there is a lack of study material and resources. Looking at this disadvantage for our local children the project decides to act in helping the children. Most young people in the village are uneducated and we hereby seek any help from people outside the region.

Typical day

Working hours are from 8 - 13pm at the Preschool and 4pm-6pm for after school activities.

The Volunteer Program is right next to your accommodation. You have a break from 1 – 4pm which you can use to go to the beach (20min walk).

Daily working tasks may include:

·        Help with the kids at the Preschool

·        You can also help with farming, maintaining a greenhouse, contraction of new beds for the garden, painting on our buildings and teach children painting skills.

·        help with our after school activities: help rural children know how to read and write, Teach art and crafts, improve their English language, Play games and have fun with local children, Teach recycling techniques & how to grow vegetables

·        you have to be able to work with children even if they do not speak the same language, be able to play educative games and sport.

Free-time activities

  • Go Surfing or take Surf Lessons
  • Enjoy relaxed beach days
  • Go on amazing hikes along the cliffs
  • Visit the famous Hole in the Wall
  •   Do Yoga or Meditation
  •  During weekend or public holidays we do arrange visits to the nearby hostels, beaches and towns
  • Join our unforgettable Surf tours around the Wild Coast or the Garden Route
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
Education Requirements
at Highschool level
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 08:00 - 12:00

What's Included

Services by UPLIFTeV & IMAMA Community Dev

The fees cover the costs for accommodation, the whole program with it’s activities, some free-time activities and other project expenses.

We provide accommodation with kitchen. You get a small meal from Monday to Friday and you can also buy and cook your own food.
1. separate dorms for males and females, they have 4 beds each. The accommodation is based in the project premises, kitchen and lounge area shared by staff and volunteers.
2. Being in deep villages we do not have flushing toilets, we use long drops that are treated every month. We use rocket showers that are operated by paraffin.
3. During the weekend or public holidays, we do arrange visits to the nearby hostels and backpackers.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We offer Xhosa bread and coffee for breakfast and we prepare a small traditional meal for lunch. Dinner and additional food you have to organize by yourself. You can drive to the supermarket together with Nontsha once or twice per week. You can also eat in one of the restaurants in Coffee Bay.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Umtata Airport (UTT) in Umtata. 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

You are welcome to join our project at any time!

We can pick you up from Mthatha at an additional cost of 80€ (2 hours drive).

You can get to Mthatha by bus from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Durban.

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)
6 weeks
8 weeks
11 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$207 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. UPLIFTeV & IMAMA Community Dev 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 UPLIFTeV & IMAMA Community Dev during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Preschool & Childcare Assistant

Help us to take care of a bunch of lovely children at a Preschool in the beautiful rural Mawotsheni Community. Explore real Xhosa life and enjoy epic Transkei landscapes.


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