School and Care Assistant

Assist children with physical and mental special needs within a local township.

About the Program

The Elundini Educare Centre for the Disabled started in 2008 when the mother of an epileptic 6-year-old child approached a church, of which Indy-the principal at Elundini- is a member, for help. After the child was briefly hospitalized, she subsequently became paralysed, possibly as a result of the illness being left unattended for too long. Indy prayed for her and dreamed about her repeatedly. Believing that this was her spiritual calling, she established the Elundini Educare Centre for the Disabled. This educare provides all-day care for children in the Du Noon Township of Cape Town and is the only one of it’s kind in the surrounding informal settlements. Friends helped to organise containers for classrooms and on a council-owned vacant piece of land Elundini Centre opened it’s doors to offer their services to children in the community that ordinarily would not have access to such care.

SAVE Foundation is currently in the process of constructing a new, specially-designed school for these children with various physical and mental special needs. The school has been engineered to allow these children to thrive and learn in an environment where they are comfortable and stimulated on a daily basis. Here, they will receive care, meals, stimulation, and physiotherapy from a range of professionals, teachers, and volunteers.

2 Day Cape Town Orientation

DAY 1: Friday
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you will meet your volunteer leader and learn more about your project, if you arrive late you will be given a time that you will meet your leader. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel.

DAY 2: Saturday
Start the day with breakfast and head to Saltycrax backpackers.
A SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre.

You have two options to choose from:
1. Walking Tour:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.

2. The hop on hop off bus pass:
Board this open rooftop bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!

After one of the above activities you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the side walks. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (own expense).

In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beach front in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.

Day 3: Sunday
You will have at your own leisure to relax and get ready before your projects starts.

Typical Tasks
  • One on One classroom assistance
  • Teaching classes
  • Feeding the children
  • Mind stimulation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Volunteers will work 3 – 5 days a week with the Children
Project Highlights
  • Experience working with special needs children
  • Making a difference in the lives of special needs children
  • Gaining/increasing your knowledge about special needs care and assistance
  • Learning about South African cultures and way of life
  • Making new lifetime friends

Suitable for


Typical day

Project runs 5 days a week normally from Monday to Friday. The day will start around 08:30 and finish around 15:00.
The hours that volunteers work will be dependent on the children they are working with.


A.M : School assistance / P.M: Weekly Meeting/Training


A.M: School assistance / P.M: School assistance


A.M: School assistance / P.M: School assistance


A.M: School assistance / P.M: School assistance


A.M: School assistance / P.M: General duties


A.M: Off or activity day with children / P.M: Off



Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
police clearance, application form, proof of travel insurance, flight details and copy of passport
Other Skills
Positive attitude, medium+ level of fitness. Experience working with individuals with special needs an asset (but not required).
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

As a volunteer you can arrange a number of activities to do in your free time such as skydiving, kloofing, quad-biking, sandboarding, and multi-day Western Cape tours. SAVE also runs weekly socials for our volunteers that can include bubble soccer, outdoor movie theatre, bowling, ice skating, etc. On weekends you can take the bus into town to explore the city of Cape Town or climb the iconic Table Mountain. We are located a mere 5 minutes walk away from the world famous Kite Beach in Tableview, as well as restaurants and public transit, so there is always something to do!

Water Sports


What's included?
Airport pick up - 2 day Cape Town orientation - Accommodation - 3 meals a day - weekly social events - Transport to and from projects - 24 support and supervision - Donation to the project - Certificate of appreciation
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

Our driver will have your name written on a SAVE welcome sign. If you have any issues, please report to the Information Desk and call us directly. *Please note: only the pickup from the airport to SAVE is included, transfers back to the airport must be arranged*


As a volunteer, you will stay at one of our 2 volunteer houses. Both are a few minutes walk from each other and located about a 5 minutes walk from the beachfront. Most rooms sleep 4-6 volunteers and are co-ed. Some rooms have en-suite bathrooms and some share a central bathroom in the house. Volunteer houses are safe and secure, with common lounge areas and kitchen facilities. Double and private rooms are available upon request.

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

Breakfast: Self-serve including bread, cereals, milk, yogurt, coffee/tea, and spreads, Lunch: Self-serve options including sandwiches, salads, etc. ,Dinner: A variety of hot dishes will be provided as well as salad/vegetables/starches. Twice a week there will be a traditional South-African meal such as a braai or potije. *Complimentary tea and coffee are always available* *Vegetarian and gluten/dairy-free options available*

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

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SAVE Foundation 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 SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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