We still have openings for volunteers for next school term beginning 9 July until beginning September. Interested in helping young students to read? Join us and learn about Xhosa culture while you impact the lives of children in our rural village.
Our education centre is based in a rural village on the Wild Coast, Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa. We need volunteers to assist us with our English reading programme in surrounding junior schools for a few hours in the morning.
In the afternoons we give fun interactive after school English lessons at our centre, offer computer lessons and assist high school students who visit our centre with homework, research, prepare for debates etc. A TEFL background would be valuable but definitely not essential. You need to be able to communicate in English.
The local people are friendly and you will be made to feel very welcome. You will have lots of free time to learn about Xhosa culture and interact with the local people.
Rural life here is simple and the beautiful scenery and easy going lifestyle is relaxing and feeds the soul.
If community work and a desire to share knowledge is what you want to do, then you can be effective in making a lasting difference to someones life. Come and experience a cultural exchange that will be a rewarding gift and make memories to last a lifetime.
As we are a charity organization supporting schools, we need to charge volunteers 5 euros per day to cover food and accommodation.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
By living in the village with us, volunteers will have a first hand opportunity to learn about the fascinating traditional Xhosa customs.
A school day starts at 8 and ends at 12 midday as well as an hour at our centre in the afternoons when students visit us every afternoon for extra lessons.
We will supply you with access to lesson plan material as well as orientate you to make sure that your stay with us is comfortable.
A minimum stay is 2 weeks but we encourage volunteers to stay for one school term (about 8-10 weeks).
Volunteers will be given 3 Xhosa/South African fusion meals a day. Unfortunately we cannot cater for vegetarians.
Volunteers will sleep in a comfortable traditional Xhosa rondavel (roundhouse). We have electricity and running water. We are 4km from pristine beaches and 7km beach walk from a country hotel. It is a malaria free area but mosquitoes can be a nuisance so bring anti mozzie repellent.
Transkei's beauty is in its rolling grass hills dotted with huts and an endless coastline of pristine beaches. It get quite hot in summer, (November to April) and winters are very moderate. Weekends you are free to explore the area and we will gladly show you around.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day (max 25hours/week)
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.