Teenagers volunteering with children on one of Projects Abroad's programmes in South Africa

Volunteering with Children in South Africa for Teenagers

Work with a group of teenagers your age in Cape Town and help local children learn through play

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  • Work in kindergartens and daycare centres, and support the work of local teachers and caregivers.
  • Your focus will be on helping the children learn through play, and doing light renovation work, like painting a colourful mural.
  • You’ll also be part of the work we do in the local community, such as helping at a soup kitchen.

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Det här är ett projekt för dig som är 15-18 år


Is volunteering with children in South Africa for high school students right for me?

This project is perfect if you enjoy working with children and don’t mind getting your hands dirty to help the community. It’s also the ideal way for people your age to travel safely, knowing that experienced Projects Abroad staff are with you every step of the way.


You don’t need any qualifications or experience to join. You’ll support the work of local teachers and caregivers, and Projects Abroad staff are also there to guide you if you need it. All you need to bring with you is plenty of energy and a commitment to making learning fun!


Through this High School Special, you’ll be able to add practical childcare experience to your CV, and you’ll develop personal skills like teamwork and planning. It will also give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.


This project runs for two or four weeks over fixed dates in the summer. It has a set itinerary, and we’ve planned every detail for you from the moment you arrive at the airport in Cape Town. Over the weekend, we’ll take you to visit some of the famous attractions around Cape Town. All of these activities take place in a group and under supervision of local Projects Abroad staff members.

A student spends his summer vacation volunteering with children in South Africa as part of Projects Abroad's placement for teenagers

What will I do on this project?

As a teenager doing volunteer work in South Africa, you’ll focus on young children’s education and work with local teachers and caregivers. Here is what you can expect to do:


  • Help the children learn through play through games and educational activities
  • Encourage the children to practice good hygiene everyday to keep them healthy
  • Assist with light renovation and community work, like cleaning or painting
  • Work and explore with volunteers your age from around the world

Your work will focus on the following areas:


Work with children and help them learn through play


Because many of these care centres are overcrowded, caregivers often aren’t able to pay attention to each child equally. You will be an extra pair of hands and eyes, helping them reach more children throughout the day.


You will also do activities like:


  • Help children learn through songs, games, and flashcards
  • Organise arts and crafts to encourage their creativity
  • Play sports to get kids active and working on hand-eye coordination
  • Read to children to help improve literacy


Your Projects Abroad supervisor will have loads of activity ideas to share with you. Plus you can brainstorm with fellow volunteers to come up with new ones of your own. You will also have the local teachers supervising and helping you.


Encourage the children to practice good hygiene everyday


Hygiene is a very important part of keeping children healthy. You can encourage children to wash their hands regularly and to thoroughly brush their teeth. You’ll also help implement a routine of washing hands before meals, and after using the bathroom. This helps ensure they adopt healthy habits early in life.


Assist with community work


Part of your work will involve helping with community work. You can put a fresh coat of paint on a classroom, assist at a local soup kitchen, or help clean or maintain homes.  


Work and explore with volunteers from around the world


You’ll volunteer with teenagers from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the customs and cultures in their home countries. During social activities, you’ll all learn about life in Cape Town, under the supervision of our local staff.


Where in South Africa will I work?

Kapstaden

You’ll work in a care centre. We partner with several care centres in Cape Town, and focus our efforts in disadvantaged townships. The townships are deeply affected by unemployment and poverty, and there is very little infrastructure. Most care centres are understaffed, overcrowded, and need extra pairs of helping hands.


Cape Town will serve as a great backdrop while you volunteer. When you’re not working, you’ll be able to visit local attractions, shop for souvenirs, and explore the city with your group and Projects Abroad staff. And whether you visit the penguins at Boulders Beach or explore some of the legendary Garden Route, you’ll have the time of your life!

Ankomst, visum och hämtning

När du anländer till flygplatsen i din valda destination, kommer en av våra Projects Abroad anställda att möta dig och hälsa dig välkommen till landet. Du hittar mer information om ankomstflygplatser, introduktion och visum på vår sida Ankomst i Sydafrika.


What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to support the education of young children by working closely with local teachers and caregivers in disadvantaged areas.


The care centres we work with are often overcrowded and don’t have enough resources. Teachers and caregivers often struggle to give enough attention to each child equally. You’ll support the work of local staff by helping the children learn through play and running fun, educational activities and games.


Creating spaces for cultural exchange and growth for you is another important reason we run this project. During your time on the programme, you’ll learn about South African culture first-hand by living and working closely with locals.


Join us in South Africa and make a difference by working with children in need.

High school students prepare meals during volunteer work in South Africa for teenagers

Projekthandlingsplaner

Vi har utarbetat långsiktiga mål för våra projekt och dokumenterat målen i våra projekthandlingsplaner. Våra projekthandlingsplaner används också för att planera ditt arbete. Tack vare våra projekthandlingsplaner kan du vara säker på att du arbetar mot ett långsiktigt mål och vi kan kontinuerligt utvärdera och förbättra vårt arbete. Våra projekthandlingsplaner säkerställer att vi gör en verklig skillnad.

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Vi mäter resultatet av vårt arbete varje år

Varje år deltar tusentals ungdomsvolontärer på våra projekt runt om i världen. Under deras tid utomlands bidrar de till att göra en långsiktig positiv skillnad i de samhällen där de arbetar. För att visa vilket resultat deras hårda arbete har, sammanställer vi varje år en rapport som heter High School Specials Impact repor.

För mer information om den insats våra ungdomsvolontär gjort under året, läs vår senaste rapport.


Mat och boende

Du kommer bo hos en värdfamilj i Kapstaden. Din värdfamilj kommer välkomna dig som en familjemedlem till deras hem. De kommer lära dig mer om deras traditioner och om den lokala kulturen. Vi tror att det här är det bästa sättet att verkligen lära känna kulturen i ett nytt land. Du kommer få en unik upplevelse av Sydafrika.

Vi försöker alltid placera våra ungdomsvolontärer så att de delar rum med en annan Projects Abroad volontär eller praktikant, av samma ålder och kön. Ditt rum kommer vara enkelt men bekvämt, rent och säkert.

Din projektavgift inkluderar tre måltider om dagen.

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Säkerhet och personalstöd

Din säkerhet är vår första prioritet. Vi har många processer och system på plats för att se till att du som ungdomsvolontär har all extra hjälp och support som du behöver. Vår egen Projects Abroad personal finns alltid med dig och de andra ungdomsvolontärerna, oavsett tid på dygnet eller dag i veckan. De ser till att du trivs i ditt boende och känner dig hemma på din projektplacering. Om du skulle stöta på något problem, finns vår personal alltid där för att hjälpa dig.

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När du anmäler dig betalar du endast 2700 kr, vilket dras av från totalpriset. Avbetalningsmöjligheter finns och vi kan också ge tips på hur du kan samla in pengar

Vill du delta på fler än ett projekt? Ring oss på 0855921116 för att ta reda på om vi kan erbjuda rabatt.

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