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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Childcare Assistant & Buddy

This internship takes place at a home for former street children, and provides a safe place for those formerly living on the streets.

This Child and Youth Care Centre takes care of 22 boys and 12 girls. Currently, the organisation provides full-time residential care for children between the ages of 5-19 years.

The centre is registered with the Department of Social Development and all children receive counselling, education, and life skills and sport-based programs. It is a full-time home for the children, who have all endured extreme abuse and trauma.

The centre operates 365 days a year, including over holidays, where they need volunteers who can assist in providing stimulating activities for the children.

Many children are fluent in three languages, namely English, Afrikaans and Xhosa – all children receive schooling in either English or Afrikaans and understand English as a medium of communication.

This internship focuses mainly on providing care in the forms of therapy, education and life-skills to vulnerable children that are traumatised and have behavioural problems. It can be challenging to work here, but this is nevertheless a great opportunity if you love to work with children and are driven to assist those most in need of help.

The organisation needs support from enthusiastic interns or trainees who can improve services to the children with their social background and social skills. This internship is ideal for groups of students who wish to do their internship together. Areas of study which would be appropriate for this internship are:

  • Child Care
  • Pedagogic Studies
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Any other related social studies

Volunteers will be offered professional guidance throughout your period of internship at this organisation from the social workers linked to it. You will also be supported by our Khaya coordinators, who look after you outside of your working hours.

Suitable for


Typical day

Together we will explore your personal preferences and skills to make the most of your stay. You will also be involved in doing research, focussing on your social work or physical studies, developing new programmes and extending existing programmes together with the social workers within the organisation. There are endless opportunities for you to apply to the ongoing needs of the organisation and the children, and make the most out of your learning experience.

Usually you will be picked up to go to the Township at 08.30 in the morning and you will arrive back in the volunteer house arround 16.00 in the afternoon.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Social work at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Should you be interested in this internship, we are looking for the following skills:

- Your English is well-spoken and above average
- You have great people skills and are easy to talk to
- You are independent and take initiative
- You have a heart for working with children
- You can respect the mission and vision of the project
- You are flexible and structured with your tasks and activities
- You can provide a police clearance certificate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Khaya Volunteer Projects are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

The Eastern Cape and the surroundings of Port Elizabeth show a large variety of natural beauty and make PE a great central place to visit the variety of South Africa. To the East you will find the Wild coast (former Transkei and Ciskei) which is mostly rural and undeveloped, but closer you will find Addo Elephant Park and great coastal villages such as Port Alfred. To the North you will find the great Karoo; a semi desert area with wide open spaces, large nature areas and long open roads with historical places such as Graaff Reinet, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness and much more. To the East towards Cape Town, you will be amazed by the Tsitsikamma National Park, holiday villages such as Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and natures Valley or the surf mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay. This gives you plenty to see and visit while you are here.

During the weekends or after work there are a few beautiful places in Port Elizabeth as well that you can visit. Such as SAMREC, where you have the biggest penguin colony in the world, Sardinia bay, or catch a boat and go sandboarding on the Sunday river.

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
  • Transfers to and from Port Elizabeth airport
  • Full orientation and introduction to your project
  • Accommodation in our volunteer home
  • Three meals a day
  • All work-related local transport
  • Necessary equipment and briefings
  • 24/7 in-country attention and support
  • Work experience and reference letters on request
  • Lots of advice on what to do and where to go in your free time and further travels
Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth

You will be picked up at the airport. Just tell us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be ready to pick you up and will bring you to your accommodation!


Option 1: You will stay in our comfortable communal volunteer house, close to the beach. This house is fully furnished and provides accommodation for a variety of young people from all over the world.The rooms are shared (twin or dormitory) and have communal toilets and showers. Where possible we provide long term interns with private rooms.

Option 2: You stay in the more private intern house centrally located in the city. This 7 bedroom house offers comfortable living with other internationals

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

All your meals (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) are included. We do the shopping while you and your fellow interns and volunteers can take turns to cook and surprise us with your cooking skills (or lack thereof, but warn us first!). We cater for gluten-free diets, vegetarians and other dietary requirements, if you let us know beforehand.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects 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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for South Africa. Please check the visa regulations for South Africa.
Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in South Africa.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth (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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
What can you do in leisure-time in South Africa while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
3 Chalmers Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 6013 Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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