Childcare at a Creche or Kindergarten

Volunteer at a Creche or Kindergarten in Cape Town with infants and children up to 6 years of age.

About the Program

Volunteers work approximately 5 hours a day in a public kindergarten or NGO-run after-school center for toddlers from some of Cape Town’s poorest townships. Volunteers work with the local teachers to introduce the children to basic concepts in topics like culture, geography, math and writing. They also promote good manners and behavior and the children’s positive development by dancing, making art and playing games or doing sports. Local teachers also rely on the volunteers to help provide individualized attention to children falling behind, and to supervise during recreation time.

Structure and Facilities

Vary according to location, resources and level of trained staff

You will be working with infant babies to 6 year old's – certain creches only accept children that are 3-6 years old

Suitable for


Typical day

    Usual working days go from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM of which you have to work for approx. 5 hours and include the following activities.

    • Feeding, teaching and playing with children
    • Meal preparation
    • Making educational toys and learning aids

    Program Requirements

    Minimum Age
    18 years
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level)
    Health Declaration
    Criminal Background Check
    Education Requirements
    at level
    Required Documents
    CV and Police Clearance
    Other Skills
    A love and passion for children, patience, ability to use initiative, willingness to help where help is needed.
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

    Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in South Africa? Volunteer World directly connects you with South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)

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    Free-time activities

    Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.
    There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5!

    Water Sports


    What's included?
    Placement in a suitable project and volunteer house - Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa - Transfer from the airport to the SASTS house - Transfer to SASTS office for Orientation - Orientation program, including welcome session and Orientation Session - Meals and accommodation at volunteer house - Access to email, internet and mail holding facility at the SASTS House - Bookings for tours and activities
    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.
    Airport Pickup

    Volunteers will be collected at Cape Town International Airport on the Set Arrival Date. A representative from the shuttle company will have a signboard with SASTS on it to meet you. If you cannot find the representative because your flight is early or delayed, please look out for SASTS. If you are unable to see anyone, please make your way to the information desk in the main terminal as the driver will page for you.


    The SASTS House can accommodate up to 30 volunteers at a time (5 dorm-style rooms sleeping between 4-8 people) , on-site, live-in SASTS hostel manager, fully-equipped kitchen and communal lounge area with satellite TV, fully-fitted bathroom with 4 showers and 3 toilets, individual lockers for each volunteer, prepaid WiFi internet connection, located centrally on transport route close to supermarkets, internet café, laundries, restaurants, etc.

    Dorm Room
    Food & Beverages

    Breakfast and dinner is provided Monday to Friday only. Lunch and weekend meals are the volunteer's expense. Breakfast is self help and normally includes coffee, tea with bread and cereal. Dinner includes a wide variety of dishes featuring food such as chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetable or rice. Dinner may also include a salad or soup.

    Internet Access
    Good access at the project site
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    5 weeks
    6 weeks
    7 weeks
    8 weeks
    9 weeks
    12 weeks (max. stay)

    You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South African Students Travel Service (SASTS) will tell you your final price during your application process.
    Average Fees
    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 South African Students Travel Service (SASTS) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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    What's next?

    The nearest airport is Cape Town International (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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    92 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa