South Africa’s education system is ranked as one of the worst in the world. In the township communities surrounding the city, a lack of basic amenities, infrastructure and learning resources mean many children are left behind. To make the matter worse, most children come from families affected by severe poverty, who have little to no education themselves.
The many townships in and around the Cape Town area, including Khayelitsha (second largest in South Africa) are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages. Yet across these differences, there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Locals live in a vast range of housing types, from shacks built of wood and iron, to larger permanent buildings.
The focus of this project is to educate, support, and empower the children from these communities through a sustainable approach to development. As a volunteer, you are an essential part of the African Impact team, assisting our efforts in providing children and youth with a better education and a brighter future.
- Experience the real, un-cut Cape Town as a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in the township communities surrounding the city.
- Give children the opportunity to access one-to-one educational opportunities that would otherwise not exist in severely over-crowded and under-funded facilities.
- Through structured early learning development plans, support an emergency foster care home that takes in abused, neglected and orphaned children.
- Work alongside local teachers at community pre-schools, empowering them to be better able to educate the children in their care.
- Become a positive role model at after-school care programs that provide a safe and engaging environment that aims to keep vulnerable children off the street.
- See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the Most Beautiful City in the World for the past 5 years.
- Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities this city has to offer, including cage-diving with Great white sharks, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, or snorkeling with seals.