Teaching English in Township

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Help us teaching English to a bunch of lovely children, educate them in a joyfull way
Help to uplift children with a great afterschool program: teaching English, art, sports, surf, healthy cooking, planting and sustainability
Explore authentic township and Xhosa life, get to know the culture, join ceremonies , make a difference, inspire the township community and bring in your own ideas and workshops
Adventure of a lifetime! Travel around South Africa, do Surf Roadtrips, explore nature, hike to secret lagoons and get to know the real Africa and it's people!
Enjoy your evenings at a lovely riverfront accomodation with an amazing vibe and spend your free time with exciting activities like Surfing, Hiking, SUP and Safaris
Teach underprivileged children English in the township Motherwell. Help to ensure a brighter future for our kids, while travelling and exploring the Xhosa culture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

Us and the volunteers work closely together with the locals of the township Motherwell, who want to improve life in the township and ensure a better future for their children.

Your main task will be to help out and teach our kids English at the township shelter and at our art academy. We will introduce you to our teaching methods and you are welcome to bring in new ideas. If you have English teaching books, please bring them along as well :) Every support is appreciated!

Besides the English lessons, we have a diverse program in which you can participate as well:

  • we organize afterschool activities like sports, arts, planting, practising English, playing games and environmental activities
  • we help out at a kids soup kitchen run by Nwabisa, the 'Mama' of the neighbourhood
  • we do art with the kids at the Hand in Hand Art Studio and Art Academy run by the two artists Sakumzi and Coco
  • we beautify the area together with the locals
  • we do the 'Flowers for Africa' project once a month, where kids paint huge flowers on the walls of their shacks
  • we organize events in our artistic park, which we created out of a dumpsite

Besides the weekly program, we organize different events in the township where everyone can show their art and do music, dancing or theatre performances on a little stage. We also offer workshops for sustainability, gardening, English, maths and art and we hold meetings with the locals to discuss environmental and social issues with them.

Once a month we do the 5 days ‚Flowers for Africa‘ workshop initiated by the artist Luc van der Walt and the non-profit organisation ‚Art to uplift‘ which provides underprivileged children with the therapeutic experience of art.  With a group of artists, the children are painting flowers bigger than themselves on the murals of their communities. The children are left proud, educated and more confident in themselves and the community is inspired to make other improvements.

Typical day

The volunteers are accommodated in a nice guesthouse in Port Elizabeth and are working with the kids and facilitators in the township 5-6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

After breakfast in the morning, you can relax in the garden, go for a swim in the river, go surfing, go to the beach, go for a hike or take a SUP on the river.

Around 1am our project initiator Luc takes you to the township Motherwell.

As English teacher you will mainly help out with the English classes.
In addition to this help taking care of the smaller kids as well and do art, games and sports activities with them.

Besides this, you are always welcome to help out with our Community Upliftment, Environmental and Art Projects.

Around 6pm you go back to your lovely accommodation and enjoy the amazing vibe on our terrasse at the river or at our fireplace together with the other volunteers and project facilitators. Usually, the project facilitators cook together with the volunteers a Pojke or another healthy meal. We offer fresh veggies, rice and noodles for you to use. The dinner is always a nice way to reflect the day and have some beers together.

Free-time activities

The guesthouse has a lovely garden right at the river where you can swim and use our Standup Paddle boards, the perfect place to relax in your free time

  • Do Yoga or Meditation in our guesthouse

Port Elizabeth is known for its pristine beaches: You can have a beach day, take a surf lesson with our Surf Instructor Luc or go surfing by yourself

  • PE is a windy area, so it's great for kiteboarding, windsurfing and sailing.
  • Go camping on the beach with us and cook delicious meals on the fire
  • Visit the Addo Elephant Park, it is just 40 minutes away
  • Other game reserves are also very close by
  • Go hiking in the mountains and swim in secret lagoons
  • Experience a real township Braai and a real township party at a Shabeen
  • Do some art with the artist Sakumzi at his Hand in Hand art gallery in the township
  • Go out in the city of Port Elizabeth
  • Visit the different festivals, events and markets in PE
  • Surf the longest wave of South Africa in Jeffreys Bay
  • Do a weekend trip to the picturesque area of Natures Valley
  • We offer unforgettable 2-6 days Surftours around the Wild Coast or the Garden Route with our Van 

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 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 at A Levels 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

What's Included

Services by IMAMA Community Development

The fees cover the costs for accommodation, transportation, food, some activities, salaries and other project expenses.

Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport

We can pick you up from the Port Elizabeth Airport.


You will be staying at riverfront accommodation with a great vibe and fun activities like stand up paddling, windsurfing, fishing and sailing on your doorstep. It has a lovely veggie garden where you can pick up fresh fruits and veggies and where you can relax, swim and sunbath. The guesthouse/backpackers specialises mostly in animal safaris, road trips and surf lessons. In the evenings we have relaxed get togethers on the terrasse, where we play guitar, sit at the fire and have dinners together

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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 Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. 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 can start anytime. If we are available we can pick you up from the airport, otherwise, you can take a taxi for 150 Rand (10€) or let us organize a shuttle (10€).

The first day you can relax and recover from your long journey on the beach or at the river and get to know everyone. You will get an introduction and we will make a plan for the week for you.

Book our food package for just 30€ per week:

We provide a vegan dinner (fresh veggies and rice) and Oats, bread, mayo, tomatoes from the garden, peanut butter & milk for breakfast. You can prepare your brekkie yourself and in the evening everyone who wants to cooks usually together. Additional food you can buy for yourself in the supermarket. Filtered water is available at our accommodation.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

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)
8 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$376 /week

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

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Teaching English in Township

Teach underprivileged children English in the township Motherwell. Help to ensure a brighter future for our kids, while travelling and exploring the Xhosa culture.


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