Teaching Support at Primary School

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founded in 2009
Teachers for Africa Foundation
Coordinator | Carine van
Coordinator | Carine van
Help children with their English and environmental education. The classrooms are too big for everyone to get enough attention. That's what you can do! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteer project Primary School Krugerpark

In the north of South Africa, in the province of Limpopo, the small town of Phalaborwa is situated, one of the immediate ‘gateways’ to the world-famous Kruger National Park. When you drive through this wonderful region as a tourist, you may possibly not be aware that within a radius of 15 kilometres around Phalaborwa another 150,000 people are living, mostly in traditional communities and townships. The local economy benefits greatly by the arrival of many tourists who come to admire the ‘Big Five’, but the local population hardly benefits by it. More than half of the people have never finished secondary education or even primary education, with the result that they have great difficulty in finding a job – let alone decent, paid work. Unemployment and poverty rates are very high in the communities around Phalaborwa. The region has an unemployment rate of almost 47% and the province of Limpopo is one of the poorest in South Africa.

Education is crucial to leave this poverty behind. Proper primary education with more personal tutoring of students may make an enormous difference and give them a better start in life. Through lack of resources schools are forced, however, to maintain very large classes: one teacher has up to 100 students under his or her care. Your help, therefore, is badly needed to give these children the support and attention they deserve!

As a foundation we have already been involved in the ‘laagveld’ of South Africa for some years. The wish to be able to make a greater positive impact in these impressive surroundings, with children who could use our help very well, already existed much longer. Therefore Teachers for Africa is very proud of this new project! We work closely together with local organizations that are also committed to the development of the local community, as a result of which we know very well what is going on and what is needed. We have been welcomed with open arms and the community are eagerly looking forward to your arrival!

Free-time activities

The project is only a five minute drive from the Kruger National Park, it is close to the beautiful panorama route and in the weekends you can enjoy the wonderful environment.


Program Requirements

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)
Required Documents
Letter of Motivation and CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in working with children is a plus
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Included Services

Services by Teachers for Africa Foundation

Accommodation, transportation from and to the closest airport, transportation from and to the project, guidance before, while and after your volunteer work.

Airport Pickup at Phalaborwa Airport

Three large double bedrooms with two single beds per room, large living room, nice kitchen, big garden with outdoor kitchen and a bath room.

Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Limited 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 Phalaborwa Airport (PHW) in Phalaborwa. 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)
$ 922
5 weeks
$ 1,148
6 weeks
$ 1,374
7 weeks
$ 1,600
8 weeks
$ 1,827
9 weeks
$ 2,053
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,731
Average fees
$ 229 /week

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

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