Volunteer work in Kindergarten and preschool for children with Down syndrome in Cape Town, South Africa

Duration
min. 2 Weeks
Working hours
4-6 hours
Minimum age
from 18 years
Education
not required

Overview volunteer with disabled children in South Africa

This volunteer position is in a kindergarten with a preschool that focuses on the integration of disabled and non-disabled children. The institution was founded by mothers who were not able to find a place in a nursery or a preschool class for their Down syndrome and autism affected children.

The kindergarten provides a comprehensive day care and specialized training facilities for 60 children aged from two to seven years, mostly from the Greater Cape Town city center and the Cape Flats.

Meanwhile, the proportion of Down syndrome children has declined in the kindergarten to about 15-20%. You will get a good insight into the culture and traditions of the Ndebele. Maybe you can even participate in ceremonies and initiation rites.

There are four groups, and all are named after insects. One of the groups consists of mixed ages. The facility is located in the district of Maitland.

The institution is financed through different donations: 35% of revenue are fees collected from parents who are able to pay a small amount. The greater part, however, is funded by the Department of Social Development.

The project is supported by a significant number of volunteers, even some parents help out during the day. In addition, the institution acts as a training organization for students of ergo therapy at the University of Cape Town, as well as for international students who may complete their internship here.

Service volunteer in Cape Town – what's in and what's not in

What's included:
  • Placement in the volunteer project 
  • Assisting visa application
  • Information about cheap flights, travel insurances and other important travel documents
  • Airport pick up from Cape Town Airport
  • Return transfer to Cape Town Airport
  • Accommodation in a host family, if available for this project
  • Organization of a rental car or scooter if demanded
  • Orientation on site through a staff member
  • Tips and information about freetime activities
  • Contact person during your stay abroad
  • 24-hour emergency number
  • Regular meetings with all volunteers or interns
  • Certificate
Optional: 
  • Accommodation in a backpacker/shared flat (an additional fee of 70 USD on top of the placement fee and 25 USD per week apply; the prices are subject to change)
What’s not included:
  • Visa 
  • Flights
  • Insurance

Your coordinator in Cape Town

"My name is Jana Williams, I am originally from Germany, but living in South Africa for 8 1/2 years. Nearly 6 years of those I stayed in the mother city of Cape Town. I am now managing all internship and volunteer placements for Studentsgoabroad Cape Town. During my studies of Social Work I did internships abroad myself. I have been to London, India and even in Cape Town which was 12 years ago. While still living in Germany I started placing interns in Southern African countries and always enjoyed this activity. This activity is interesting, exciting, versatile and most of all positive, as a stay abroad always enlarges the personal horizon."a