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Hout Bay Children's Programmes

This project caters for the children 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 aftercare programme that assists older children with their homework and creative activities once school has finished. Meals are also provided daily for the children.

Hout Bay Childrens Programmes
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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 employing teachers from the community and empowering them to become excellent professional educators.

Their mission is to give the children that vital head start for successful lives in the future South Africa.

Since 1999 the school has grown and now cares for 285 children between the ages of 1 and 6 years, with 18 staff members from the community. Since 2007 the Day care has been extended and now consists of 11 classrooms, 17 toilets, a well-equipped kitchen, 2 offices, a covered veranda and a large playground.

After School Programme:
You can choose to attend this afternoon programme, which supports orphaned and vulnerable children between the ages of 6 and 12 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. The project provides homework assistance, literacy and numeracy skills as well as life skills, gardening along with psycho-social activities and counselling. The structure was originally intended to be an orphanage but the community was adamant that the children do not lose their heritage or identity; rather the children would come and live within the community, whether they were relatives or neighbours.

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 teacher 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 teacher 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 and with food service.
  • Assist with art, music or physical science during class or in the afternoon with homework.
  • Some children may need special attention with English, writing, drawing, maths or general schoolwork. The coordinator will advise you where your assistance is needed.
  • Be able to teach children small nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Bring in your own experience, try new things and implement new programs, be creative and flexible.
  • Emotional support
  • Tutoring, also in groups (lesson on your home country, cooking lesson etc.)

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 at a backpackers’ in the beach-side area of Hout Bay. You will be accommodated in mixed dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms. There are two fully equipped communal kitchens for self-catering, a lounge, board games, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Linen and towels are provided. WiFi is included. Laundry is included once a week.


Jelle from the Netherlands


"I chose to participate in projects in Cape Town, South Africa due to it being a multicultural society, a nice city with great people. I loved the interaction with the kids and the teachers at my volunteer project, and believe my volunteer projects make a positive impact by uplifting the community and helping kids who need it most. I would advise other volunteers to be patient and remember why you are there, its for the kids, not for you. One of my best memories at the projects were the happiness in the kids faces when I brought cookies and muffins."

Luiz from Brazil


"Before traveling to South Africa, I imagined how the people lived here. This last month passed so fast but it was time enough to realize two things: The first one is that you will always learn something different every day. The second one is that to be a volunteer is amazing and makes you see the world differently. Much love for these children who have cheered up all my days, I already miss them."

Mirella from Brazil


"Only those who participate in the project, know the lack that these children experience at school & how much you will miss them when you go. It was 6 intense weeks that taught me a lot. The classes with the children helped me to improve my English and the more you teach others, the more you learn - so I learnt a lot doing the volunteering. I'm very grateful for everything!"

Jessica from Brazil


"The experience was way more than I expected. I got to practice my english, to learn how to live with other people with different cultures in the backpackers, and of course, work with the amazing children. It really amazed me how they're loving of anyone who comes in to help. It is true that the job can be exhausting, because the children have a lot of energy and will not always listen to you. That's why I think one of the greatest things I learned was to be patient and tolerant. In the end, you understand it all, you become more compassionate and it's totally worth it. The community of Imizamo Yethu is so warm and loving, it is truly amazing to see how they can be happy with so little. It really gives you a chance to rethink about what matters in life. Thank you so much for all the support during my project"

Larissa from Brazil


"I had an amazing and incredible experience in my project. Every day was special and my favourite part of the day was when I was at the school with the kids and teachers. They had their own way to show love and kindness. When I was with the kids, I just wanted to give them my love, smiles and joy. We need to play together, sing, talk and we did homework too. Every day my heart was changed and transformed to a better heart full of kindness, patience and life understanding. In short, every single human being should go through this experience because it is shocking in a positive way!"

Marie from Germany


"It was always my dream to come to South Africa and to help in a community and work with kids. I would like to make the difference in another one´s life. After my graduation from high school this year, I travelled to Cape Town for two months with Good Hope Volunteers. The organization helped to find an accommodation and organized the transport to the project. In the morning I worked at a daycare, and in the afternoon at an after school program for kids from 6 to 13 years. At my first day, I was overwhelmed from the kids giving me so much love. They made it so much easier for me to be there and to handle my homesickness. The projects were completely different what I really appreciated. In the morning I worked in the daycare where the children are from 1 to 6 years old. The children were so cute and I loved the hugs and kisses getting from the kids. My job included to play with the kids, to help the teacher, to sing and dance or to go to the toilet with them. In the afternoon I was at the after school program. That´s a program where kids get help by doing their homework or reading. It is like a big family, everyone is so nice and the kids are so lovely. In my two months there I did homework with the same child everyday. So I had the chance to get to know the kid better and better and I really appreciated this. I am so glad to have been part of this projects and I am very grateful meeting so many amazing people. I did great experiences and I really had the time of my life there!! Cape Town is a beautiful city where you can experience so much. The weather, the beaches and the landscape are amazing! Now I can call Cape Town my second home and I will miss everything so much! Thank you so much Good Hope Volunteers for making possible this amazing experience I had in Cape Town."

Ayume from Brazil


"I spent such a good time at this project. It was the best experience that I had in my whole life. The kids are kind and happy. It was a pleasure to be part of their lives. We shared great moments together such as playing in the park, singing, feeding them, learning Xhosa, teaching Portuguese, helping with their homework, playing soccer, dancing and the most important thing: loving. I am in my country and I already miss them. I could learn more about life and I know that I am not the same person anymore. I grew with these kids and I love them so much!"

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."