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Rural Schools Project

This project offers community support through a number of projects in and around a small coastal town in the heart of the beautiful Wild Coast. They support a pre-primary and a secondary school as well as youth centres and shops. Their vision is to recognise the needs of the local community and to provide support for self-empowerment and to improve the well-being of the children in this area.

Rural Schools Project


Location Port St Johns, South Africa
Duration From 2 weeks
Dates From January to November
  • You must have an Upper Intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You should love community work, be open minded and interested to get to know another culture
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 Monday
Day of departure Monday


  • Make a meaningful difference by bringing joy to the lives of young children while working with inspirational people
  • Get acquainted with the local culture and enrich your life by the cultural exchange with the local host family
  • Enjoy the family-like atmosphere at the schools
  • Be stunned by the beautiful scenery
  • Enjoy exciting outings and tours organised by the project coordinators.
  • Make new friends from all over the world

Project information

The Rural Schools Project started in 2001 and was registered as a non-profit organisation in 2006. In 2018, it received PBO status i.e. it is a public benefit organisation. The project offers community support through its involvement in a number of activities in and around Port St. Johns, a small coastal town in the heart of the Wild Coast.
The vision of the Rural Schools Project is to recognize the needs of the local community of Port St. Johns, then to facilitate and support a space for change in order to create community-led enterprises, jobs, education, self-empowerment and valuable exchanges, by utilizing the skills and experience of both local and international volunteers. The volunteer program encourages individuals and groups from all over the globe to come and assist with the projects.
Their aim is to improve the well-being of the children of this area, the future leaders of this country, together with the rest of the community.

Your role

This is a possible work schedule:

Mthumbane Pre-School: Volunteers work from 8:00 until 13:00
Volunteers assist the children during their play time, help with the daily toilet routine and hand washing. Helping to prepare breakfast and lunch, assisting the teachers with educational games, setting up the classroom, preparing and putting away the different toys and materials is all part of the schedule.
Junior Secondary School & St Bede School: Volunteers work from 8:00 until 14:00
You will be volunteering in an assigned grade (Grade R up to Grade 3) where you will assist the teacher with the curriculum as well as in the classroom. Volunteers will also help individual children with various exercises, games and activities to make sure that every child gets the individual attention they need.

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


You will be accommodated in a self-catering cottage with twin rooms, offering space for 5 - 7 volunteers.
The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with open plan living room and one bathroom with a bathtub, toilet and a shower. The cottage also has an outdoor shower in a private enclosed garden. On the outside deck, a table and swing are provided. A braai (barbeque) facility is available for you to use as well.
Volunteers are asked and expected to keep the cottage clean themselves but there is also a cleaning lady who comes in every 10 days.
Bedding is provided; volunteers are asked to bring their own bath/swimming towels.

All meals are self-catering unless individually agreed upon otherwise. The kitchen is fully equipped; kitchen towels are provided.