This project works in Cape Town to reach out to urban communities in need of support and development.
About the Program
Nestled in the scenic mountainous slopes of the Cape, you will find one of Cape Town’s northern suburbs, Kraaifontein. Since 1994, the community here has expanded from 85 000 people to more than 200 000 people!
Many of them have to survive on a minimum wage, casual (day to day) employment and low cost housing. Due to insufficient income, issues such as poverty, child neglect and alcohol abuse are daily occurrences. Many of the people suffer from tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; however, the success of treatments for these serious diseases are often impacted by lack of good nutrition.
Cape Town Community Projects aims to support and uplift the community, and your assistance as a volunteer is sorely needed.
Volunteers at this project need to understand the importance of the following:
There are several programs available. These can be combined with one another if you wish, so that you are able to help a wider number of people, and have a more diverse experience.
Helping with food: Here you will help to prepare, cook and hand out meals to the different people of the communities.
Foster care: You will help with the daily running of the foster care house which is home to 2 – 6 babies and toddlers.
Grade R learning centre: Our preschool has 180 children between the ages of 5 – 6. Volunteers will give them care and attention, play games with them, exercise, sing and dance.
Rehabilitation care centre: You will have the rewarding opportunity to present life skills to people aged 18 and up who are recovering substance abusers.
Gardening: You will assist with agricultural work in the community gardens to help supplement the soup kitchen and the families’ needs.
The children living in the community are our
first priority. As they speak Xhosa and/or Afrikaans, communication may be a
challenge, especially with the younger kids. Fortunately, English is also a
commonly used language.
Volunteers are expected to guide and support the children through social support. Many of the kids are directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS and the level of absenteeism in schools is high due to lack of guidance and family support. This affects the child’s education, and in turn impacts on their future career and financial prospects. Your volunteer efforts will help to break this vicious cycle.
Guidance and Supervision
Program directors are managed by the program managers, who oversee the entire project. When you arrive at your project, the project manager will introduce you to the program directors with whom you will be volunteering.
Your working hours will be flexible and include the following tasks.
In and around Kraaifontein there are some nice restaurants and backpackers hostels where you can go to. You better go to Capt own, there is a ton of stuff to do there! Climb up the Table mountain, swim with white sharks, go horse riding or visit some of the lovely colourfull streets in cape town. There are many restaurants and cafés where you can chill out for a drink or a lovely dinner.
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!
You will stay with a local host family in the surrounding area of Kraaifontein. This will not only provide you with an unique insight in the daily life of South Africans, your assistance and financial contribution will help provide this family with much needed income.
Expect to ‘pull your weight’ in the household and assist with cooking, cleaning and washing up as you would in your own home.
You will have the use of a private bedroom which is possibly shared with another volunteer.
All three meals will be covered in the costs! You can assist in the household with cooking if you like.
Just send an email when you are vegetarian or when you have any allergies.