Wild Coast Schools Computer Literacy

The main focus of this project is to teach computer literacy lessons to children in rural Wild Coast schools, with afternoon community initiatives.

What does this Program do?

The Project objectives are to equip rural and peri-urban schools with networked computer labs (a multi-phase project) or provide access to a mobile computer lab for regular computer lessons. We continuously work on developing appropriate teaching aids and support structures for both teachers and learners to teach basic computer skills in a classroom environment.

The computer literacy curriculum is closely linked to Environmental Education through our innovative & structured teaching modules. Topics covered include My School Environment, Water and Sanitation and the study of indigenous birds and trees amongst other relevant topics.

About the Location

Chintsa is a beach town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, situated about half way between Cape Town and Durban and approximately 25 miles from East London (the nearest large town). Sitting on the Indian Ocean with a 5.5 mile stretch of white sandy beach Chintsa is a volunteer’s paradise; a great starting point for ongoing trips to the buzzing city of Cape Town and right on the doorstep of the rugged and untouched Wild Coast. Chintsa is a malaria free area.

Although it's a small village, Chintsa has all the essentials: a general store, ATM, local restaurants and bars, public telephones and an internet cafe in the VA32 office. There is a small strip mall approximately 9 miles towards East London where there is a supermarket, post office and pharmacy amongst other necessities. The volunteer house is situated just 3-4 minutes’ walk from the beach and the same distance from the shop and other amenities. A short walk across the beach takes you to fun and funky Buccaneers Backpackers which offers VA32 volunteers a place to relax and spend the weekend as well as discounts on surf schools, free rental of body boards and canoes, use of their swimming pool and the opportunity to take part in free afternoon activities.

Chintsa has a real community feeling that many find irresistible. Buccaneers brings an eclectic mix of travellers and backpackers into the village, Chintsa's permanent residents are a diverse mix of older city dwellers who have moved out to the coast to retire and young travellers who fell in love with the village and have returned to settle here.

About the School

The rural schools of South Africa have found themselves in the restrictive scenario of “equal education” policies in a country consisting of vastly different levels of development. One of the major areas to be overlooked within the education system is that relating to the technology fields.
Computer Literacy, considered in today’s developed societies as a basic human right, is only in its infancy in the Wild Coast region. In the few schools that have electricity, very few have computers, and those that have computers have been left to develop in a vacuum with inappropriate and non-existent support structures for the maximising of the resource potential they have. VA32 is committed to resource schools with computers and put into place the necessary training and continued support for these schools to allow them to produce competitive learners for the demanding technological world of adulthood. It is into this challenging and exciting arena that VA32 is appealing to the international volunteer community to support, through appropriate skill provision, for the attainment of these targets.

The Big Green eMachine

The most recent innovative development to the project is a fully self-sustainable 4x4 mobile computer lab that operates on solar power. It is equipped with 11 laptops and a server. This directly addresses the lack of technology in the extreme rural areas. Furthermore, the mobile lab has proved to be the solution to the lack of space, security risks to assets and the unreliable or nonexistent electricity supply. The “Big Green” allows the Wild Coast Schools Project to expand teaching opportunities, and identifies the potential expansion into adult community classes. All volunteers are given the opportunity to teach in the Big Green eMachine where possible.


A pre-project familiarization and orientation will take place upon arrival in Chintsa. This will involve an introduction to the local area, volunteer routine and house as well as a familiarization chat about life and what to expect in South Africa. 

A project specific orientation is also provided before volunteers are placed in the schools. It includes: a project overview, in depth introduction to VA32, introduction to the teaching curriculum, teaching methodology unraveled, lesson preparation, available resources and a day shadowing other volunteers in one of the schools. Orientation is designed to help volunteers to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible and to understand where their energy and enthusiasm can be used best on project.

Suitable for


Typical day

Your daily tasks will include team teaching, planning and developing resources on a day-to-day basis. You will regularly teach computer lessons in our solar powered mobile computer lab the Big Green e-Machine. Timetables always change according to the needs and capacities of the schools and staff, but in general your workdays will start around 8am and end around 5pm.

You will also take part in afternoon community development initiatives including:
  • Sports Development 
  • Children's Home of Safety Project 
  • Gardening Initiative 
The afternoon initiatives change according to current needs in the area and may be different during the time that you volunteer. We guarantee that volunteers will take part in meaningful, productive afternoon initiatives during their time in Chintsa.

Monday afternoons are reserved for gardening! VA32 assist local learners and volunteers in helping to care for the plant and vegetable gardens at Chintsa East School and teach the children how to look after and harvest their plants, flowers and vegetables.

You will also visit a local Children’s Home of Safety one afternoon a week where extra hands are desperately needed to help the fulltime staff in this under-staffed, under-resourced children’s home. Typical activities involve playing sports with the children, structured play, reading and helping children to complete their homework.

The computer literacy curriculum is closely linked to Environmental Education through our innovative & structured teaching modules. Topics covered include My School Environment, Water and Sanitation and the study of indigenous birds and trees amongst other relevant topics.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Police clearance certificate
Other Skills
Volunteers must have a basic knowledge of both English and computer literacy. Good physical condition is necessary as we are not equipped for disabled volunteers, and some days are long and tiring.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

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Wild Coast Schools Computer Literacy Sport! Hanging out in the lab Riding through the lagoon Local resident Abby the giraffe saying hi Chintsa beach Just love and fun Wild Coast Schools Computer Literacy View from the house Teaching in the Big Green

Free-time activities

We have many fun activities available for volunteers (not included in the project rate). These include horse riding on the beach, surf lessons, going on safari and going on hikes. There is a local lady who does yoga lessons, and the sea is always available for swimming enthusiasts.

For long-term volunteers, weekend travel is always encouraged as there are many budget-friendly places not far from us that are wonderful to visit. We will help with all bookings necessary, but these are also not included in the project rate.

Water Sports


What's included?
Project Fee = 15%
- Project materials and equipment – computers, arts and sport
- Project centre upgrades and maintenance

Admin = 12%
Operational funds for sustainability
- Office support
- Dedicated 24 hr/day support staff
- Emergency response
- Logistics and daily management
- Project development

Facilitation = 30%
- Volunteer mentoring
- Resource development
- IT tech support

Accommodation = 15%

Meals = 8%

Orientation & Transportation = 20%

The program fees include:
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure (Monday arrivals only)
- Accommodation in shared, serviced camps
- Three meals a day whilst on project
- All project related transport
- Support of our experienced on-site project co-ordinator
- Welcome pack with all project info, and meal and drink vouchers for local Chintsa restaurants and bars, 1 free hour internet
upon arrival, free VA32 T-shirt
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

All volunteers must arrive on a Monday at the East London Airport in South Africa, where they will be met by a VA32 representative holding a sign with their name on it. Transfers on a different day can be arranged, but there is a fee involved.


VA32 has a volunteer house in the small seaside village of Chintsa East. Volunteers will stay in shared accommodation (two or six per room) in the “vollie” house overlooking Chintsa beach & lagoon. The house is within a few minutes walk of the beach & volunteers will have access to canoes, boogie boards and beach accessories through local backpackers Buccaneers. Accommodation has most mod cons (including daily visits from the monkeys!) and is fully serviced and managed by our house manager Nomakwezi. There is a large communal area, lovely outdoor braai (barbecue) area with a gorgeous sea view.

Food & Beverages

Breakfasts are early and healthy which will include fresh fruit, toast and jams, cereals, tea and coffee. Please note that yoghurt and fried breakfasts are not included.
Lunch is sandwiches and fruit. White and brown bread, cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, jams and peanut butter are available as sandwich fillings.
Dinners are scrumptious, home cooked, sit down meals. These will be prepared by VA32 staff and we cater for vegetarians at all times. Other dietary requirements to be discussed.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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7 weeks
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9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Chintsa East/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Africa 32 Degrees South will tell you your final price during your application process.
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Atalaia Building, 854 Chintsa Drive, 5275 Chintsa East, South Africa