Volunteer teaching in South Africa - Education program

Volunteer teaching in South Africa and have a unique opportunity to make a difference. You can teach children from disadvantaged backgrounds, help prepare them for life after school, and address any gaps in their education. You’ll also get the chance to see South Africa first-hand and meet some interesting people along the way.

Over 1 million households in South Africa have illiterate parents, coupled with the lack of regular and structured recreational sports at elementary and high school levels, overcrowding, lack of libraries, computers, adequate toilet facilities and special needs teachers, all contribute to an already over-stretched system.

Volunteers lend a hand in classrooms by helping slow learners and those with difficulties, but most importantly, they provide youngsters with attention whenever it is required. This program is ideal for people who enjoy working with children and who have a passion and love for doing so. It is a great chance to make a difference in a local classroom by helping where it is needed most.


Location: Cape Town

Volunteering schedule: Monday to Friday, 5 hours per day. Note that availability depends on the South African School year. Mid January to Mid october

Commitment: 3 weeks – 24 weeks.

Volunteer Tasks:

This is a very hands-on program and volunteers will be expected to assist as teaching aids in classrooms daily. The schools range from city-based schools in historically

disadvantaged communities to rural-based schools.

What specific tasks and activities are involved?

▪ Assisting with teaching in classrooms

▪ Fixing up of classrooms

▪ Assisting with sports and art activities as well as some computer literacy

▪ Providing extra classes for learners struggling with reading and mathematics

▪ Setting up and organizing library facilities

▪ Assisting with home-work

▪ Providing support with projects run at the school during the time of placement

Before booking your flight please make sure you are getting it for the right date and right airport. Free pickup is included on our set arrival dates.

If you want to arrive any other day, please note that you might be charged a fee for transportation.

Airport to fly into:  Cape town Int airport     Code: CPTIf you are arriving via bus or are already in the country we can arrange for your pickup elsewhere in Cape town.

English is the only requirement

All participants must be 18 years or older when starting the program and must submit the following documents:


-Application form

-Copy of resume or bio.

-Emergency contacts.

-Copy of passport.

-Proof of adequate medical travel insurance.

We encourage all of our participants in our programs to travel as much as they can during the weekends. Volunteers and interns usually travel together during the weekends. Our coordinators can assist you to make travels plans

During the weekdays volunteers and interns usually spend time together after their assignments.

  • Welcome and transportation from Cape Town airport or Johannesburg.(Depending on the project)
  • Support throughout the program 
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Shared volunteer accommodation with a host family with three meals per day or volunteer dormitories.
    /Wildlife project´s accommodation might differ to tented accommodation./
  • Placement at project.
  • Supervision 
  • Certificate of program participation
  • Use of Laundry facilities

Ready to travel?

1- Pick a program and destination.
2- Apply for free.
3- Get step by step guidance from the INLEX team