If you’re enthusiastic, energetic and want to help teach underprivileged township children near Cape Town, our township crèche project provides the perfect volunteering opportunity for you in South Africa.

The project

This crèche opened in the township of Masiphumelele almost 20 years ago by an inspirational township resident who was committed to keeping her community’s children safe while their parents went out to earn a living. Masiphumelele means “we will succeed” in the local Xhosa language, which is certainly the case for the +70 children the crèche looks after today. Aged between 3 and 6, the children who attend this crèche have days filled with fun lessons to help them prepare for ‘big school’, and receive two nutritious meals each day.

While the crèche is run by its passionate founder and some paid staff, the children attending need some extra attention to help them get the best out of their days. This is where volunteers play a vital role. By teaching, playing and giving these underprivileged children some extra attention during your volunteering experience, you really can help them go further in life.

The township crèche in Masiphumelele is open from Monday to Friday, 6.30 to 17.30. Volunteers start at 8.00 and can volunteer until either 13.30 or 16.00. You’ll get stuck into whatever the crèche has scheduled to keep the children entertained each day, which includes assisting with fun lessons, singing and creative work. You’ll help feed the children at mealtimes and help them settle down to sleep at nap-times. By speaking and reading English to them, you’ll help the children improve their language skills too.

Location

Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa.

Voluntary work

Assisting the crèche staff by teaching and playing with the children, helping with mealtimes, talking and reading in English to help develop the children’s language skills

Programme start

First or third Monday of each month.

Volunteering hours

5 days a week (Monday to Friday, 8am – 1pm or 8am – 4pm).

Requirements

Minimum age 18, good knowledge of English, travel insurance, police check certificate.

Accommodation

Shared room in a volunteer house or a backpackers lodge near the project.

Food

Dinner is provided on the day of arrival. The rest of the time, you will have access to a shared kitchen at the volunteer house or backpackers lodge.

Airport pickup

At Cape Town International Airport (CPT) on specified arrival date. Please inform us when your flight arrives in good time before your departure.

Donation to the project

Included in the rate.

Training

In-country orientation, briefing at the project.

Support

Pre-departure information, local in-country support and 24 hour emergency support.

In addition, you need to arrange:

  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Travel insurance (necessary)
  • Vaccinations (please contact your GP or a travel medical clinic)
  • Transport to and from the project
  • Additional recreational activities
  • Return transfer to the airport

Starts from €690.

Duration

2 to 12 weeks.

While you are guaranteed to feel exhausted at the end of every day, this is a volunteer experience that can’t help but leave you feeling fulfilled. The children are full of energy and crave the attention they might not get so much of at home, and they will make you feel like a vital part of their life.

The crèche is open during the weekdays only, giving you the weekends free to discover the stunning city of Cape Town, which is about 45 minutes away. There are plenty of smaller towns and sites of natural beauty all the way down the Cape Peninsula, where the Masiphumelele township is located.

You’ll be staying at a nearby volunteer house or a local backpackers lodge.

This is a volunteer project that gives you the chance to make an important difference in young children’s lives, yet provides the freedom for you to have your very own Cape experience in your free time. There’s no doubt you’ll be very attached to the children and the Cape lifestyle by the end of your volunteer placement.