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Hout Bay Children's Programmes

This project caters for the poor in a developing community near Hout Bay. As a volunteer, you spend mornings caring for young children while their parents are at work. Afternoons are spent in an after-care programme that assists older children once school has finished.

Hout Bay Children's Programmes


Location Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Duration From 4 weeks
Dates February to November
  • You must have an upper intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You should have experience with children, or even be qualified as schoolteacher or nursery school teacher. Dance, arts and crafts would be a recommendation
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance, police clearance certificate
Day of arrival Saturday
Day of departure Saturday


  • Work with an inspirational team in a very welcoming & loving environment.
  • Bring happiness and joy in the daily life of children - You are able to leave a lasting impact on the children’s life.
  • Volunteer in one of the most picturesque areas in Cape Town.
  • Get personal support from the volunteer coordinator.
  • Experience amazing tours and adventures in and around Cape Town.
  • Make new friends from all over the world.

Project Information

The Hout Bay Children’s Programmes project provides Early Childhood Development services and care to the poor in the community of Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay in South Africa.

This project services a Day Care Centre in the morning and an After School Programme in the afternoon. You can be involved in either or both projects, but we recommend attending both.

Day Care Centre:
The day care centre operates 5 days per week with a full-time principal and 21 staff members (all from the community) catering for and providing a safe learning space for 250 children aged between 10 months to 6 years while their parents can seek work in the nearby town.

Children are cared for in a loving environment and are taught Christian values and simple life skills and are prepared for formal schooling by teachers employed from the community who are themselves being empowered to become excellent career educators.

Their mission is to give the children that vital head start for successful lives in the future South Africa by pursuing the following clear purpose:

  • Answer to the substantial demand for pre-primary education and care in the local community (Imizamo Yethu).
  • Provide the children with balanced nutrition that is a crucial factor in the physical and mental development of youth in their early life stages.
  • Teach children the English language, personal hygiene and care.
  • Enable parents of historically disadvantaged backgrounds to integrate into the South African workforce by providing a suitable and reliable space and care for their children while at work.
  • Create employment with reasonable pay within the community, for the community, to help break the cycle of poverty.
  • Create a space of interaction for members from ALL strata of South African society from different national, social, ethnic and economic background.

After School Programme:
You can choose to attend this afternoon programme, which supports orphaned and vulnerable children and their families in the Hout Bay area after school in the afternoons.

This programme offers holistic After School Care programmes to the primary school children of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay. This service includes home visiting, advocacy and referral for their family carers. They work to ensure that family units remain strong under the strain of illness and poverty, and to support communities in caring for their orphaned and vulnerable children.

Education brings hope for the future and promotes self-worth and dignity. All people should have the right to these.

Your Role

Day Care Centre: Monday – Friday, from 08:30 – 13:00.
After School Programme: Monday – Friday, from 14:00 – 17:00.

Generally, the role can include:

  • Welcoming the children and assisting with getting ready for their day at the school.
  • Breakfast – help with laying and clearing of tables, supervise eating during breakfast, snack & lunchtime.
  • Brushing of teeth – assist with toothpaste, supervise brushing of teeth, washing of hands and toilet routine during and between lessons. Toilets, washbasins and floor are to be kept clean.
  • Assist the programme coordinators in all areas of the daily activities.
  • Before morning break – prepare fruit and hand out to the children. Water/tea to be served to each child.
  • Outside play – you assist the coordinators to supervise and play with the children, i.e. ball games etc.
  • Music ring – assist with songs, rhythmic activities, games and books.
  • Lunchtime  – move tables and chairs onto the veranda, oversee eating and help with clearing.
  • Sleeping time – assist with floor cleaning and preparing classroom for resting time.
  • Assist in kitchen with food service.
  • Assist with art, music or physical science during class or in the afternoon.
  • Some children may need special attention with English, writing, drawing, maths or general schoolwork. The volunteer coordinators will advise you where your assistance is needed.
  • Emotional support
  • Tutoring

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can thereforevary substantially from the above.


You will stay in a communal house just 10 minutes drive from the project. The house has a dorm that sleeps 5 and a shared bathroom. There's a fully equipped communal kitchen with a microwave, BBQ facilities, oven and a washing machine. The house has great views of the bay, a fireplace and pool. There are musical instruments as well as a TV and WiFi. There's also a large garden. Linen and towels are provided. Laundry (self-service) is available.


Gabriela from Brazil


"My experience can be described with one word: perfect! I received pure love and warmth from these kids at the project. My time there was not so long but I've learnt so much from them. I'm so glad that I choose this project and Good Hope Volunteers. I will always be thankful for the incredible moments with these lovely people. I'm going back home wishing that I could stay. Thank you for everything, it was an unforgettable experience!"

Vanessa from Switzerland


"It was a wonderful experience to assist the teachers in this project. I also learned interesting facts about the culture and life of the people thru the children's eyes. Despite the poor living conditions the children were always full of joy, fun and laughter. The children and the people I spent time with will always be in my heart. I am so glad and thankful that I was able to experience this and I recommend the volunteer project to anyone from all walks of life."

Raphaela from Brazil


"Working with the kids was the best experience of my life, it was an unique opportunity to grow and open my eyes to what is really important in life and how we should be thankful for everything we are. I’ve learned a lot and I'm going home with the certain that I'm not the same person I was when I got here."