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South Africa - Over 30's Cape Town Community Aid

Experience the beauty of Cape Town while supporting children in underprivileged communities. This program is tailored to volunteers over 30 to share their expertise and life experience with youth in need of inspiration and positive adult role models.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectCape Town, South Africa
Project LengthMin 2 weeks – Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportCape Town International Airport
Volunteer WorkTeaching and community work
Number of ParticipantsUp to 3 international volunteers
Age30 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationShared rooms in a fully furnished house in Observatory, South Africa
Food3 meals a day (excluding weekends)
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Local Transportation Daily transfers between accommodations and project site
Laundry Weekly laundry service
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, meals on weekend, and visa (if required)


Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and is referred to as the ‘The Mother City’ by locals. It has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years and breathtaking scenery, from the iconic Table Mountain to the glorious Cape beaches.  It is a modern city with cosmopolitan areas boasting nightclubs and trendy restaurants, as well as rustic and unique suburbs with quirky markets and cafés. With a comfortable Mediterranean climate, Cape Town is great place to volunteer all year round.


About the Project

The project aims to inspire and educate orphaned, disadvantaged, and vulnerable children. The main focus is to promote community development in a sustainable way through childhood education, mentoring, and career planning. This project works specifically with volunteers who are over 30 years of age to provide this community with strong, mature adult mentors whom the children can admire and respect. The skills and expertise of our volunteers are welcomed by the program and volunteers are encouraged to spread their knowledge.  


Volunteer Work and Contribution

Your day will be split into a morning volunteer project and an afternoon project. You will have the opportunity to focus your time and skills at any of these projects:

Morning Projects

  • Community Pre-schools and Educare Centres: This program works with local preschools serving underprivileged children aged six months to seven years.  The aim is to give these children a much needed head start to their education. Here, you will assist with day-to-day needs of the preschool, including helping teachers with lesson plans, providing one-on-one attention for the children when possible, and assisting teachers with the daily school routine. 

Afternoon Projects

  • Community refurbishment: Here, you will help build, restore, and renovate damaged or run-down facilities in the surrounding communities. Past volunteers have helped build playgrounds, paint classrooms, plant gardens, and fix broken windows. 
  • Home for children infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS: At this project, you will work with children who have experienced interrupted learning and are struggling to keep up in school. You will facilitate small group activities to inspire and promote educational development in these children, while giving them the individual attention and positive reinforcement that they need to flourish. 
  • Home for children: Volunteers on this project will ensure orphaned, abused and vulnerable children receive the attention they need and deserve at a community-based foster care. Volunteers add value by planning and implementing creative expression, educational and enriching activities for children 2-16 years of age. Volunteers also work closely with foster mothers to support healthy development and recognize each individual child's needs.
  • Masiphumelele Library: You will be helping with the after-school program at this library, one of the best community centers the area has to offer. This is a safe haven where children are welcome to drop-in anytime for crafts projects, games, puzzles, and reading support.   
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center: At this project, you will help plan workshops for the community's youth aged 12 and up on how to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives.

A typical day: You will eat breakfast at 7:00 am before heading off to your morning project at 8:30 am. You will have a lunch break at 12:30 pm and at 2:30 pm it will be time for your afternoon project.  You will be picked up from your project at 5:00 pm and brought back to the volunteer accommodations.  Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and you are free to spend your evening as you would like.

During school holidays activities may differ from the usual schedule, but the work will be equally engaging and rewarding. The school holidays are as follows:

January 1st - January 20th 
April 2nd - April 12th  
June 27th - July 19th 
October 3rd - October 11th
December 10th - December 31st

Project Orientation

On arrival at the Cape Town project, you will receive a comprehensive orientation, including:

  • Introduction to Cape Town and the surrounding areas.
  • A general overview of what to expect during your time both on project and around Cape Town, as well as information to support the quality of your experience.
  • Information on Code of Conduct and Child Protection policies, as well as best practice guidelines for your specific program.

Living Arrangements

AccommodationsVolunteers will stay in a fully furnished, comfortable house in the charming, Bohemian suburb of Observatory, close to the Cape Town city center. Volunteers will share a room with 2-6 other volunteers and bathrooms are communal. The house is staffed with both a housekeeper and cook, and volunteers have access to a locked safe to store their valuables.

FoodThree meals a day are provided. Breakfast consists of hot or cold cereal, toast, coffee and tea, and is available on a serve-yourself basis. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the chef at the volunteer house. The chef has the weekends off, and during these days the volunteers will need to purchase and prepare their own food

InternetWIFI available for a small fee.

LaundryWeekly laundry service is provided.


Travel Highlights

South Africa is a beautiful country with plenty to offer tourists.  The country usually conjures up images of wild animals roaming about in Kruger National Park, and while this is a must see for every visitor, there is so much more to discover and explore. The program provides optional trips for an additional cost to the world-famous Table Mountain, Boulders Beach, and the Cape Point Peninsula. For volunteers looking to try something new, the program organizes surfing lessons, sky diving and shark cage diving for an additional fee.


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 30
  • Good level of English
  • Flexibility and open mindedness
  • High level of independence and emotional strength
  • Motivation to work with children
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
  • Police clearance form



Here's an excerpt of Michaela's experience:


"I met a lot of interesting and open minded people such as the staff members, volunteers, teachers, kids or random strangers in the streets.  I was inspired by the staff members who were there doing the job they loved and not the one that offered them the most money.  I found friends among the volunteers that challenged me and taught me that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what your culture is, which job you have or how old you are – having fun together counts the most!"

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


Here's an excerpt of Ashley's experience:

  "My orientation to the projects began the next day, when my project manager took me around to all the different sites where volunteers could potentially be placed. I was introduced to all the teachers at the schools, and well informed of the great work that is being done at the projects in each different township. As we drove along the cliff-side to the school I later chose to work at, we approached a wondrous view of the white sandy beaches and blue-green ocean water; it took my breath away."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Check out our Volunteer Blog at blog.goeco.org to read experiences written by GoEco volunteers from all over the world!

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