From 18 years.
Children's Kindergarten Project in South Africa
Support children from poorer districts in Cape Town
As a kindergarten volunteer in South Africa, you’ll be helping out at a nursery or pre-school within a deprived area. Your focus will be on teaching the children through games and activities, as well as introducing them to the first topics needed in school such as the alphabet and numbers.
As in many African countries, family comes first in South Africa. No matter what, you stick together. If someone in your family is struggling for money, you all come together to help them. However, if the entire family is struck by poverty, it can become difficult to take care of one another. Often, South African grandparents have to go out to work to bring in extra money for their family. This can mean that there is no one at home to take care of the children, who are left on their own. For this reason, many families will use the services of low-cost or free kindergartens. These facilities are often connected to other nurseries or pre- schools.
Your job site will be one of the many kindergartens in Cape Town. These kindergartens usually have space for between 70 to 240 children, depending on whether they are affiliated to a pre-school. As a volunteer, you help the staff look after the children. The children come from disadvantaged areas such as the townships, where there is often widespread drug abuse and crime. These kindergartens provide a safe and secure place where children can freely develop and receive encouragement to learn and grow. The children receive meals, lessons and care. The aim of this program is to improve the provision of education and care in local kindergartens and pre-schools to enable the children to develop at a healthy pace.
You’ll support the local teachers in their daily work, whether that is caring for the children, playing games, or feeding the babies. You may also assist the teacher when it comes to teaching the children how to count, spell or tell the time, as well as leading craft activities, singing songs or whatever else you can think of! The children love when our volunteers read to them, play with them in the yard, or even just stop for a hug. We always encourage our volunteers to bring small souvenirs to the kindergartens, such as colouring books, because the children are always delighted to receive them.
You will work Monday to Friday in the kindergarten. The schools open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Usually you get to choose what you want to focus on that day, but if extra help is needed in another area you may have to be flexible. During your free time you can explore Cape Town, learn how to surf or even go on safari. South Africa has a lot to offer!
Enjoy teaching and interacting with young children.
English of good level, Afrikaans and Isixhosa.
Cape Town, South Africa.
From 4 weeks to 48 weeks. If you require longer than the 6 months available on the registration and booking form, please speak to our team and we can add the additional number of weeks/months to your account after booking.
Please see our 'What you get' section for more information. Your options are: Volunteer House, Host Family or Apartment (you are welcome to select your preferred choice of accommodation, subject to availability).
Depending on the accommodation.
Airport transfer to first nights accommodation.
Clean, proper work clothes are expected.
What You Get
For your volunteer work in South Africa, you will land directly in Cape Town. Here you will be welcomed at the airport by a member of our RGV team South Africa (you will recognise each other by your RGV T-shirts!). From here we drive you directly to the RGV office in Cape Town. The drive from the airport is already a first small highlight; through a beautiful backdrop, you get closer and closer to Table Mountain. The rest of the day is used to move into your accommodation and get to know your new surroundings.
To better understand your new environment, your stay begins with an orientation. As soon as you arrive, we will give you your South Africa starter package which includes a city map, SIM card, and other useful things to make your stay easier. During a workshop in the RGV office, you will learn more about your destination country and its inhabitants. Culture, country and people as well as current events and recent history of the country will be the subject of this discussion. Our team will introduce you to the Cape Town slang and give you valuable safety, transportation, money tips and so on. In addition, you will explore Cape Town on a guided city bus tour with other newly arrived participants.
A note about Housing & Accommodation...
If you choose one of our volunteer houses, it definitely won't be boring! As soon as you arrive, you will meet other RGV volunteers, trainees and like-minded people, with whom you can go on trips with and share your experiences. In our volunteer houses, you live together with up to 24 other RGV participants in shared rooms. In addition to our large volunteer house, we also have two smaller houses with up to 12 residents. Two of the houses are solely for female volunteers. You and your roommates have a fully equipped kitchen and a sufficient number of bathrooms. In addition, all volunteer homes have a living room or a lounge and a garden where you can relax. If you miss your loved ones at home, you can easily call home from here without incurring big costs as there is stable internet in every volunteer house. In all volunteer houses, the basic ingredients for breakfast are provided (cereals, toast, butter, jam, peanut butter, milk, tea and coffee). All of our volunteer homes are easily accessible by public transport and in most cases, you are not far from the RGV office, so you have your contacts nearby. The city centre is about 30 minutes away by public transport.
Our host families are very welcoming and open up their home for you to stay during your volunteer work. The homes are comfortable with electricity and running water of course. In addition, you get breakfast and a local dinner here every day! Also, you are not usually housed alone as a volunteer, but you share the accommodation with one to five other participants. Internet connection or Wi-Fi is only available in a few host families. If you need internet, you can get a prepaid SIM card with mobile data. The advantages of living with a host family is that you get a deeper insight into the culture and lifestyle of the local people. You are not in a large group of other participants, but you can collect very individual experiences with just a few others. Most host family houses are closer to the project because our team will place you near, when possible.
The team office, which is affiliated to one of our volunteer homes, is a central point of contact and meeting point for excursions and activities!
Tip: If you would like to live alone in a host family, you should make a note of this within your application form. Single housing is usually possible.
Attention: Most of our host families are religious, so unmarried couples in one room is not accepted.
In addition to our volunteer homes, we provide accommodation in apartments. If you like something a little quieter and do not want to live with a host family, this is the place for you. The fully equipped apartments accommodate up to four people sharing a kitchen, living room and bathroom. For an additional charge, we offer the possibility to book one of the apartments alone, or two or three people. When you register, you can tell us your desired accommodation. However, if this is already fully booked during your stay, we count on your flexibility and place you in alternative accommodation.
Volunteer House in Cape Town
RGV Host Families in Cape Town
RGV Apartment in Cape Town
- Breakfast & Dinner
- Airport Pickup
- Volunteer Placement
- RGV Cape Town Orientation
- Personal Contact Person in RGV
- 24Hr Emergency Number
- Assistance with Travel Preparation
- RGV Family T Shirt
- Participation Certificate
- Extensive RGV Travel Documentation
- Flights (request a quote to include flights)
- Visas & Vaccinations
- Public Transport/Extra Transfers
- Tours/Accommodation (outside of stay)
- Travel Insurance
- Private Expenses
Total Cost: £1099 (4 weeks)
Additional Weeks Cost: £130 per week (Up to 48 Weeks)
Initial payment consists of a £200 deposit, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before departure. There is also an option to pay the full amount up front at time of booking.
Additional weeks can be added on through the ‘profile’ area of your online application, which is created upon initial booking.
Types of skills
- Good with Children
Types of Tasks
- Creating & Leading Games
- Food Prep
- Developing Social Skills
- Providing Support
Trust us - The Team
Our RGV team in South Africa consists of team leader Jemaine, his siblings Cindy and Chad, and the two permanent employees Essie and Mina. Jemaine's wife Verena also supports the team and organises social events for our participants.
Jemaine's family comes from the townships of Cape Town. He has worked in the travel industry for many years. Verena knows RGV founder Steffen as they underwent teacher training together. During your stay, the RGV team will be your first point of contact for all questions and concerns, but our host families are also part of the extended RGV team!
Our lively South Africa team is looking forward to welcoming you to the Rainbow Family!
Don't Just Take Our Word For It...
Our programmes have been running for many years now, and we've had countless numbers of happy and inspired applicants join us in making an impact. The best way of understanding our projects are through the words of our previous volunteers, so check out a few of their experiences below!
"Volunteering with Children in Cape Town"
"My Time at the Children's Centre in Cape Town"
"My Report from South Africa"
Ideally, you'll need to register at least 4-6 months before your desired departure date. Of course, short-term registrations of 1-2 months before departure are possible - but it may then be that your dream project is already full. In this case, we will try together to find a suitable alternative for you.
Lead time is especially important for the countries in which a visa has to be applied for in advance.
For medical projects as well as for internships, short term registrations are not possible.
Our UK team will send your registration through to the Germany headquarters as soon as possible, who will then confirm your booking as soon as possible, after liaising with the relevant in-country team. They will contact you to ensure you’re fully prepared for your stay abroad. Our headquarters in Germany has 20 years experience in organising successful stays in Africa and Asia and are more than happy to answer your questions.
You'll need a few documents (which are listed below), but only once you've signed up. Our team will happily talk you through what is needed and when it is needed.
CV with photo, letter of motivation, copy of your passport (identity card is not enough), copy of your extended police certificate (no older than 3 months), simple proof of an existing health insurance abroad (name of insurance and insurance number are required), your signed code of conduct.
You must be above 18 to make a booking through us, but there is no upper age limit set by RGV (however, you must check that you fit the required visa criteria for the country you wish to go to).
Pre-booking, you have a customer service team in the UK. Once you have booked, you will have a dedicated contact within our RGV Head Office team in Munich.
Before you leave, you are in direct contact with one of our coordinators. You can find out about the program coordinators through our ‘The RGV Team’ page, and there is also a dedicated local team in each country.
Our organisation works in the countries exclusively with our own RGV teams. That means maximum flexibility and planning freedom for you. You can choose a travel date to suit you, because we are not dependent on collection dates.
If you want to fly together with a further participant, you can inform us about this upon booking.
The minimum duration of volunteer work in Africa or Asia is 4 weeks for most projects (with a select few being 2 weeks) and can be extended weekly. This gives you the freedom to adjust your length of stay to what suits you.
Maximum duration of volunteer work is based on visa restrictions (Ghana: 12 months, South Africa: 6 months - up to 12 months through an extensive visa procedure, Thailand: 12 months).
For all our destination countries, a visa is required. However, we distinguish between visas that must be issued before departure and visas that are issued automatically upon entry. Our Head Office team in Munich can guide you through every step of the way.
We have sorted our destination countries by visa type for you:
Apply for a visa before departure: • Ghana and South Africa (for over 90 days stay) • Thailand (for over 30 days stay)
Visa on entry: • South Africa (only up to 90 days) • Thailand (only up to 30 days)
The required vaccinations vary widely from country to country. In the tropics, more vaccinations are needed than in the extra-tropical latitudes. In health care we recommend to use several information channels:
Consultation with the doctor, personal counseling of RGV (you benefit from our many years of practical experience in our target countries), forums and travel reports on the Internet
Attention: For the countries Ghana and Togo, you also need the yellow fever vaccination - this is obligatory upon arrival.
The proof of a valid foreign insurance is a basic requirement for all volunteers and trainees abroad.
In volunteer work, you always have free choice and you can pick your dream project according to the job description - if there are still places available!
If you have signed up for a specific position and we can not offer you this position, then you can either take advantage of an alternative, or you can withdraw from your application absolutely free of charge.
Yes you can, but there may be some additional costs that need to be covered. Our team in Germany can advise you of this in advance.
At locations where both options are available, you can choose whether you’d prefer to stay in a host family or in the shared volunteer house. For some places, however, only one or the other is appropriate due to the distance from the project. We will give you a recommendation as to what fits best in your case.
The host families in our target countries are, in most cases, part of the family environment and circle of close friends of our local team leaders. Selection and review is regularly undertaken by our teams.
We are always happy to give our participants the opportunity to work together with friends in a project, and to also place them in the same shared accommodation. Shared occupancy requests for the project and accommodation must be indicated at the time of registration.
Since some of our countries are traditionally conservative, it is often not possible to accommodate male and female participants in the same room. However, this is country / site specific and our Head Office can talk you through the options.
No later than 4 weeks before departure, our Head Office will send you the specific location with description and associated accommodation, provided that we have your exact departure date and all necessary documents have been submitted by you in good time.
In exceptional cases, it may take a little longer to confirm your project and your accommodation - for example, if the internship placement is particularly complicated, for special project wishes or changed conditions on site. You can always ask us for the current status of your placement.
In addition to the extensive information material that you receive, our coordination team in Germany is always there to help you with advice and answers.
You will receive a travel ABC (our complete travel guide) from us before your departure. It contains everything you need to know about your trip, specific to your destination country.
This phone call is important to discuss last points and to coordinate the progress of your trip and arrival in your destination country. For example, it will explain where you will be picked up from your destination airport and brought into your project.
Yes you will! You will generally meet a range of volunteers who come from Europe at each project.
Almost all of our participants are very active in their free time and use the weekends to travel! Nobody should travel alone, there is no need, as at most locations there are always several participants on site, so you can go on tour together. Our local teams have plenty of insider tips for you and are happy to advise you on organisational issues, such as public transport.
Yes, you should always plan your travel for the time after your project work, so that you can concentrate fully on your work during the placement. You have to pay attention to the expiry date of your visa. This is the perfect time to enjoy breathtaking nature, diverse wildlife and unforgettable experiences.
Most additional services can also be booked flexibly on site, as well as in advance.
Often there is Wi-Fi in our accommodation, but might not be at the speeds you’re used to in western countries. If this is not available, the mobile network is developed enough in order to browse the internet. SIM cards can be bought very cheaply near all accommodations and come with some great data passes (your team leaders can give you tips here).
In your destination country, our RGV teams will assist you with all your problems. If your problem can not be solved with the help of the team leaders on site, contact the RGV team in Munich.
We have already covered most of the costs with your contribution. Nevertheless, you should plan additional costs of an average of 75 to 125 pounds per week. The biggest additional costs usually arise from your own personal expenses, as well as your leisure time activities.
Here is a list of possible additional costs on site:
• Private expenses • Leisure activities • Use of public transport or rental vehicle (during the week to the project and back to the accommodation, or on weekends for travel) • Extension of your visa • Telephone costs (prepaid)
With your RGV registration, you will receive important behavioral guidelines to follow. You should also adapt to country-specific practices so as not to appear rude. For example, in Africa and Asia, it is particularly important to treat older people with respect.
Yes, after your successful participation in an RGV project, you will receive a confirmation of participation.