Homework Assistance Program

Volunteers will be assisting students with homework, sport and some fun, holistically focusing on the Mind, Body and Spirit.

This is a homework assistance and tuition programme for underpriviledged children aged 6 to 18 who are not receiving individual attention in the class due to large classrooms of approximately 40 children per class. The core values of YMCA should be maintained throughout and these are CARING - RESPECT - HONESTY - RESPONSIBILITY - UBUNTU (uu-BOON-tuu; Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼú]) is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to "human kindness.")

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn new skills whilst assisting students with homework, tuition, sports and some fun.  We focus on the Mind, Body and Spirit of each child/youth. Classes run from Monday to Friday and if needed by students, some Saturdays. The biggest gap is in Mathematics, Geography, Science, English and IT and individuals with sport coaching or a performing art will be preferred. To improve the levels of education in a country where the teacher-student-ratio is mostly above 1:40, therefore being able to give students individual attention who already start life with a disadvantage due to their financial status. Meet and debrief with Project Manager on a regular basis, be able to draw up a programme and budget and to implement it whilst regularly reporting on the programme in writing, update statistical data on online portal and to present digital evidence. 
Volunteers will work from the YMCA Campus in the city of Pietermaritzburg.

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Mathematics OR English at High School level
Other Skills
At least 1 year experience in working with children aged 6 to 18; Be well skilled in any of, mathematics, science, IT, English, geography, with a sport or performing arts skill an advantage.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Water Sports


What's included?
Accommodation provided with 2 meals per day, with a few options to choose from per meal. It is important to us that our volunteers are well-rested and eat healthily. Transport to and from the airport as well as all transport between projects and accommodation as well as to excursions and back. All excursions INCLUDED, except for spending money on personal purchases. Free WiFi in all rooms and recreational areas within walking distance from room.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

We collect volunteers from Durban International Airport as well as the Pietermaritzburg Airport and will return the volunteers on the day of departure to the airport. Fees also include transport in-between projects, accommodation and excursions.


The standard option is a bed-and-breakfast type accommodation, but we also offer dormitory and more luxury options, if you are willing to pay a bit more. All accommodation is safe with tranquil surroundings. Volunteers could also look forward to recreational areas where you could mingle with fellow Volunteers or play a game of pool, darts etc. and all rooms have access to free WiFi.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with a buffet-style breakfast and at least two meals to choose from for dinner. Special diets could be catered for is needed. There are options of water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices or sodas to have with your meals and volunteers only have to provide for themselves for lunch. If the volunteers are at the accommodation mid-morning, coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

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

You can volunteer at the project site in Pietermaritzburg/South Africa between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Samaritans will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with African Samaritans during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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1 Alan Paton Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa