Sport & School Assistant

founded in 2007
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Coordinator | Shona
Coordinator | Shona
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This program is designed for mature volunteers and families to assist at schools in local settlement and township communities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 25+

This program is designed for mature volunteers and families to assist at schools in local township and settlement communities. Volunteers can choose to participate in either a full or half day program that focuses on classroom help, sport programs, or both. Volunteer children can be involved in the primary schools and interact with local children while their parents help to facilitate the programs. Although it is not a requirement to have experience working in schools or sport programs, we welcome any adults with teaching or coaching experience to contribute their expertise to our programs.
We currently assist 10 schools and educares and reach 1562 children throughout Africa, the children are also fed nutritious meals at school. The goal with these projects is to give the children in underprivileged areas a positive start; we aim to promote an early love of learning and to prepare them for further education. For older children, SAVE provides sport incentive programs to encourage these youth to continue with their studies and become ambitious young adults.
SAVE takes a developmental approach to poverty reduction by targeting communities in need at all stages of life, from education and care in preschools, to sports and life skill development for pre-teens, and business skills development for adults. We believe that it is not enough to simply work with a single sector of the community, but it must be a holistic approach that will promote a change in the cycle of poverty.
Daily volunteers will spend the mornings at a School & Educare placement in the local township of Dunoon, assisting with the day-to-day operations of the establishment; daily tasks include helping to distribute meals, assisting the teachers with lessons, and orchestrating activities for the children. In the afternoons volunteers can participate in our various sports programs with the youth from the township/settlement, instructing activities such as swimming, surfing, skateboarding, and playing team sports.

Free-time activities

As a volunteer you can arrange a number of activities to do in your free time such as skydiving, kloofing, quad-biking, sandboarding, and multi-day Western Cape tours. SAVE also runs weekly socials for our volunteers that can include bubble soccer, outdoor movie theatre, bowling, ice skating, etc. On weekends you can take the bus into town to explore the city of Cape Town or climb the iconic Table Mountain. We are located a mere 5 minutes walk away from the world famous Kite Beach in Tableview, as well as restaurants and public transit, so there is always something to do!

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
police clearance, application form, proof of travel insurance, flight details and copy of passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Positive attitude, medium+ level of fitness. Teaching and/or coaching experience an asset, but not required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by SAVE Foundation

Included: Airport pickup, accommodation, breakfast ONLY, 24 hour support and supervision, donation to the project, transport to and from project

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Our driver will have your name written on a SAVE welcome sign. If you have any issues, please report to the Information Desk and call us directly. *Please note: only the pickup from the airport to SAVE is included, transfers back to the airport must be arranged*


Accommodation is based in the Cape Town city center. We offer 4-sleeper luxury dormitories to private family rooms. The accommodation is walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and public transportation terminals.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

A welcome dinner is included on your first night of arrival; this is often a traditional African meal.
Breakfast (only meal included for duration of stay): Self-serve including bread, cereals, milk, yogurt, coffee/tea, and spreads. *Complimentary tea and coffee are always available* *Vegetarian and gluten/dairy-free options available*

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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$356 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. SAVE Foundation 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 SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sport & School Assistant

This program is designed for mature volunteers and families to assist at schools in local settlement and township communities.


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