Teaching Associate

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One Heart
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Coordinator | Selene
Coordinator | Selene
We assist rural schools that is in desperate need of extra help in their multi-grade classes. Volunteers needed to help with English, computer, maths, sports & arts. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the school

The volunteer program is build around assisting small rural farm schools that need teacher assistance as each teacher need to teach 2-3 grades per classroom. The school is situated between wheat farms and fully enclosed and locked during school time for safety. You live walking distance from the school and you will be accompanied by students also walking home.


The volunteer will work directly with the principle, teachers and children. You will receive your instructions of what to teach from the principle with all the necessary study material. Your teaching material and what is expected of you will be communicated before hand and therefore you will have enough time to prepare.

Because the teacher has to focus on more than 1 grade children in their class there are often children that is deprived of extra care because of that. Like most of us these children also face difficulties every day, not just with their school work, but also at home when there are often no parents or illiterate grandparents that cannot help them with homework.

Other tasks

We want to fill the gap and help these children to receive that extra care that every child so desperately needs. The volunteer not only interact with the children on a classroom level, but also on a social level when they play and interact with them during break time on the school grounds and sometimes there are also other programs, if it falls in your duration of stay with the founding members of One Heart.

During break time the children play sports like cricket, tennis, netball, soccer, chess and fingerboard.

The teacher assistant volunteer program is not the only program that One Heart does and your help could sometimes be needed for other individual projects as well, but it all involves the youth and women of the rural area that we serve.

Typical day

A typical day for a volunteer would start at their "home away from home" which is at the founding members residence and walking distance from the school where the volunteer program is executed. 

The volunteer becomes part of the family and make use of the home facilities like it would be their own. Therefore they will make themselves breakfast which could be anything from porridge, cereal, yogurt, fruit or eggs and  toast. They will pack their own lunch bag like a sandwich with fruit and juice or water. 

The volunteer will leave home about 8:00 the morning and walk about 8 minutes to the school. There he/she will join up with the school team and see that children is fed and clothes are dried (in winter season) before school starts.

The principle will link up the volunteer with subjects or activities which is closest to the volunteers interests and strong points. That could vary anything from English, maths, computer classes, sports, art, music, admin, etc.

During break time the volunteers interact on a more social level with the children while playing sports with them outside.

School break up at 14h00 and volunteer leaves with the rest of the teachers at 14h30.

Back at home the volunteer have their own leisure time and can make use of the swimming pool or satelite TV until it is supper time for the whole family at about 18h30.

Weekends the host family can take the volunteer to nearby sites as a daytrip with prior arrangements.

Free-time activities

We are situated in a rural community but you can have beautiful walks between the farms, play sports with the children during their break time or after school.

We have a swimming pool at the house, Wi-Fi and satelite TV.

The volunteer can take part in other activities like sky diving or horseback riding or mountain climbing with prior arrangement for transportation and for your own account.



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
English, Maths, Arts, Sports at High School 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 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by One Heart

Accommodation with 3 meals and extras, Project co-ordination, Transport from and to airport, Project contribution and Bank Charges are included.

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

We will pick you up at the airport on arrival and drop you off on departure.


The accommodation is a "home away from home" with the founding members of One Heart. It is a comfortable, modern home with a room and bathroom to share if there are other volunteers as well during your stay.

The house has Wi-Fi, satelite TV, aircon in room and a swimming pool.

Guest Family Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We serve 3 balanced meals per day for your full duration. You form part of the family therefore you can help yourself to juice, water or coffee and tea as you wish. Fresh fruit are always available for snacking on between meals.

If you have a sweet tooth, we have a tuck shop on the premises that sell sweets, potato chips, sodas, airtime and toiletries.

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 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,732
5 weeks
$ 2,131
6 weeks
$ 2,530
7 weeks
$ 2,928
8 weeks
$ 3,327
9 weeks
$ 3,726
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,922
Average fees
$ 422 /week

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

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Teaching Associate

We assist rural schools that is in desperate need of extra help in their multi-grade classes. Volunteers needed to help with English, computer, maths, sports & arts.


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