Volunteer In An Orphanage In… (trip)

Volunteer In An Orphanage In Cape Town, South Africa

  • Gordons Bay, South Africa
  • Volunteer Vacations
“I have come away feeling like it was the best four weeks of my adult life. Being able to be… ”
South Africa

from $1,200* per person14 DaysYear-round
Simple accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Global Vision International 12 people max

Explore South Africa, experience the culture and assist important childcare projects

Situated just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town is a township where there is a orphanage for children who are in desperate need of educational enhancement. This volunteer program involves providing a safe, fun and creative environment for these children, giving them the opportunity to develop to their full potential. You will be involved in planning and implementing a program which uses, educational games, song and dance, arts and crafts, gross and fine motor co-ordination and story telling to allow these children to have fun while learning and developing at the same time.

Other training options available at this location include a short-term community development internship.

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South Africa

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: Annalise Walliker located in Australia

    I have come away feeling like it was the best four weeks of my adult life. Being able to be part of something that can help change these children’s lives, even in a small way, is such a great feeling. In time, I believe what we do at Ikayalathemba and ACJ will have benefits within the wider township community too. It has indulged me by letting me have so much fun, I have not laughed or danced his much in ages! It has also given me an understanding of an amazing other culture, I would never have been able to be exposed to if I had simply travelled South Africa. Interacting with the carers and learning super-basic Xhosa, as well as with the kids, has shown me that everyone can make a connection if we open our hearts. It has also made me realise what an amazing job carers, teachers, child care workers etc. do and how much more they should be appreciated for the essential work they do in our communities.

3 testimonials about the provider, Global Vision International :

  • Reviewer: Carolyn located in United States
    I've been to Guatemala 3 times now, with GVI--and I'll go back. I've tutored English, taught Fifth graders in Spanish, and built stoves. Each volunteer stint has been amazing. I entered in to worlds so different from mine at home. The children, the families, the host families, the other volunteers were all amazing each time I have gone. Everyone gives their all, works and plays together. I'm over 60 and though most of the volunteers are a lot younger, the sense of community was great. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a meaningful way to dig in deep and give, while gaining so much more than you give. Can't wait to go again and see the kids in the schools, the families, GVI staff, and meet a new group of volunteers.
  • Reviewer: Haley located in United Kingdom
    I can't believe it's been a month since I returned from my 10 weeks in South Africa. I had the most incredible time working at the Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary and can't wait to go back! The children are incredible, and I can't even begin to explain how amazing the program was. I spent my entire year volunteering around the world. I was initially working with a different program which was very cheap and it showed. I didn't realize until I started with GVI how much I was missing in my other programs. While GVI does initially seem a little pricey, you really see where your money goes. I wouldn't have it spent any other way. I felt so safe, happy, and stress-free during my entire 10 months in Cape Town. Unfortunately, all volunteer programs don't have that luxury. So, I just want to thank GVI for asking for the money necessary to do the amazing things they are doing for our world and for the people who want to volunteer to make it better! I can't wait to be a part of it again very soon!
  • Reviewer: Lisa located in United States
    Volunteering with GVI was definitely one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I spent 10 weeks doing the Wildlife and Community Expedition in Kenya, and loved every bit of it! Before I left, the staff were very helpful over the phone and by email, and were quick to reply to any questions or concerns I had. Once I arrived in Kenya, the staff there were also super friendly and knowledgable, and really played a big part in making this whole experience wonderful. We got great training and I always felt confident going into the field. It didn't take long before the small village of Shimoni felt like home, with the kids greeting you with "Jambo!" and high-fives every time you went by. From teaching english at the primary schools and singing songs with fifty kindergarteners to teaching chicken farming to ex-poachers in Tsavo, every bit of the work we did was rewarding. Snorkelling the beautiful reefs of the Kisite-Mpunguti marine park was absolutely incredible and seeing a pod of bottle nose dolphins was always exciting. Days in the forest could be tough, but no day was ever boring, and you could always feel like you accomplished a lot at the end of the day. I really feel that GVI is making a difference in Shimoni and Mkwiro, and would do the expedition again without hesitation. I definitely recommend this project for anyone looking for an adventure and an amazing experience!

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What Difference Does This Project Make?

GVI have paired up with a small but rapidly expanding children's home that caters for orphaned children. GVI are designing and running an educational program to be implemented by GVI volunteers. Before we started, no such program existed. There is a desperate need at the home for extra hands and skills to help deliver and run these educational activities for the children


Volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities. Optional side trips are available to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point and Penguins, Cape Town wildlife safari, wine tasting in Stellenbosh. For those travelling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town.


Gordons Bay is a picturesque coastal village nestled at the foot of the Hottentot Hollands Mountain Range, just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town. The area is home to beautiful swimming beaches, magnificent wine farms and popular restaurants and bars. Gordons Bay is also the beginning of the scenic and well-known Garden Route, making this the perfect base to explore the best sites and activities the Cape has to offer.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be in modern apartments with typically no more than 4 people per room and within walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants. There is electricity, hot and cold showers, and flushing toilets. Access to the internet is available nearby. Food is simple and nutritional and will be prepared for you each day.

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