School & Educare Assistant

Volunteers are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities. Volunteers have the joy of watching children learn and helping them through the process.

About the Program

Volunteers are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities. No experience is necessary and volunteers can have the joy of watching a child learn and helping them through the process. As a volunteer, you will be assigned to a class and will help the teacher with their daily tasks such as teaching, marking, cleaning, sports training, songs/games, etc. After school hours volunteers will sometimes be involved in after care or after school programs in the settlements.


SAVE Foundation has numerous School and Educare Programs, which assist ten schools and positively impact 1562 children throughout Africa. These children are also fed nutritious meals at school. We believe that education and empowerment are the most important factors in the quest for poverty reduction; thus, we support various school and educare facilities to promote an early love of learning and create a foundation for a brighter future.

SAVE differs from most non-profit organisations because of the way that we work to create self-sufficient communities. The goal of our partnerships with various locally owned and staffed schools/educares is to assist them with achieving a high standard of education and operation to obtain school registration and become an independently functioning place of learning. We aim to do more than put a Band-Aid on a situation, but instead assist with development that will continue to positively impact the community throughout generations. 

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

  • Teaching lessons to children in the older groups (colours, letters, shapes, art, etc.) as well as teaching English through play and vocabulary stimulation.
  • Stimulating smaller children in the younger groups with developmental toys, touch and by speaking English to them. We believe that speaking English to the children will assist them as they get older as English is compulsory in later education. The earlier they learn, the more they will benefit.
  • Educating children in life lessons such as HIV, drugs etc.
  • Assisting with the feeding programs
  • Supervising children at all times
  • Helping with events and fundraising
  • Administration, lesson plan preparation, developmental activities, research, etc. This is mostly done after project hours in preparation for upcoming days. You may be required to do some of these tasks in your free time.
  • Helping with the baby room – changing diapers, feeding babies, assisting with naptime
  • Assisting in the vegetable garden where we grow fresh produce for their meals
  • Helping with washing up after meals, cleaning classrooms, washing bedding and toys
  • Maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for the children at all times


Project Highlights
  • Flexibility to run your own programs and lessons
  • Using your initiative to create activities
  • Helping children develop life and educational skills
  • Experience working with children and groups within an organisation
  • Facilitating new experiences for children
  • Learning about South African cultures and way of life
  • Making new lifetime friends

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

Volunteers will work 5 days a week with the children. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project.

Monday

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

Tuesday

A.M: School assistance / P.M: Cleaning classroom resources

Wednesday

A.M: School assistance / P.M: Preparing lesson plans

Thursday

A.M: School assistance / P.M: Sorting out classroom resources

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

Off

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
16 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
police clearance, application form, proof of travel insurance, flight details and copy of passport
Other Skills
Proficient in English, positive attitude, medium+ level of fitness, comfortable working with young children.
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
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Services

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*

Accommodation

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
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$606
5 weeks
$894
6 weeks
$1183
7 weeks
$1471
10 weeks
$2336
12 weeks
$2912
24 weeks (max. stay)
$6372

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
$209/week
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 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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20 Briza Road, Tableview, South Africa, 7441 Cape Town, South Africa