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Maranatha Care Home

Work at a children's home just outside the beautiful seaside city of Port Elizabeth

One of our projects is at Maranatha Care Home in Port Elizabeth who provide a youth care centre for up to 22 boys and 12 girls who receive full time residential care from the ages of 4 to19. These children have had to deal with appalling domestic circumstances and have been given a refuge at Maranatha. Their aim is to give the children the best opportunity to develop and there are also opportunities for future training and higher education for these children after they pass the age of 18.

 The children live at Maranatha on a permanent basis. The home provides a wide range of activities for the children such as sports, games, drama, cooking, singing, art and scouts. There is a farm area and 15 vegetable tunnels. They also offer educational services such as schooling, homework assistance, life skills, spiritual engagement and training camps.

Next to this they have a centre for 25 adults and families who also live on the property. These adults are involved in therapeutic and developmental programs. By helping this project you can ensure they continue to receive the best care and are able to wake up in a comfortable home.


What will you do as a volunteer?

The care home is situated a few kilometers outside of the city of Port Elizabeth, and is a former hospital which has been converted into an ideal environment for needy children.  You will be driven to and from the project from your accommodation every day, depending on what time work needs to be done at the project. Your afternoons and evenings will be spent with the children, partaking in various activities from helping with homework, to joining in with sports and personal development activities in the grounds of the home from singing and dancing, to soccer, to reading classes. Your mornings will be free to enjoy the beautiful city, beaches and surrounds of PE, as well as partaking in our tours of the Eastern Cape game reserves and attractions.  Weekends tend to be full days of organised activities for the children which of course you can play a full part in.   

Children at Maranatha enjoy a varied and stimulating weekend program at the home, from trips to the beach, sports activities to cultural visits from other schools and clubs.  The volunteer is more than welcome to partake in these activities, but we also offer a wide range of trips and tours around the Eastern Cape from our professionally accredited tour guide.  Unlike other projects, ours is a very tailor made experience, and volunteers are also encouraged to provide personal input into what they want from their free time, allowing us the opportunity to make their travel wishes a reality.  

There is also a children's project in Nieu-Bethesda, a small community some 300 kilometers from Port Elizabeth.  Volunteers are able to spend a week at this project which is closely related to the home at Maranatha.  The setup is very similar to that encountered at Marantha, but the surroundings in this tiny Karoo village are very different.  This is all offered at no extra cost to the volunteer.

Suitable for


Typical day

Mornings - Free Time, or organised tours of Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape with our registered tour guide.  Activities on offer include bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking and game viewing.  The Eastern Cape is home to four of the big five!
3pm - 5pm - Homework, Teaching basic mathematics and English. 
5pm - 6pm - Sports and outdoor activities.
6pm - 9pm - Occasionally scouts and Iron Kids athletics training on offer.

A full weekend can be spent with the children who undertake a varied range of activities, from sports, to beach visits, to city visits, depending on the weather. 

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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
UK CRB certificate or similar, Copy of Flight Details, Copy of passport, Medical checkup and Proof of Travel (Medical) Insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 - 18:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Ubuntu Volunteering are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

We offer a very comprehensive program of tailor made weekend activities, some at no extra cost, all overseen by an Eastern Cape registered tour guide.

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?

Included - Accommodation with our friends at Island Vibe (Port Elizabeth), Travel to and from the airport, daily travel to the program, some local Port Elizabeth based excursions

Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth

We will pick you up from the arrivals hall at Port Elizabeth International Airport. Please leave sufficient time for your connecting flight to Johannesburg to land (immigration can be slow).


We provide accommodation with our friends at Island Vibe Backpackers (Port Elizabeth).  The dorm rate is inclusive in our price.  A double room with en suite is available on request

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good 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.

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)
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Ubuntu Volunteering 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 Ubuntu Volunteering during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
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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.
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