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Kindergarten in Township of Cape Town

Many children in the township of Dunoon, Cape Town, do not meet the level of development and knowledge required for Grade 1 primary school. The Ubunye Educare Center's school prepares children aged 5 and 6 to enter the state school system. As a volunteer you teach languages, math and life skills, and you play, do sports and perform creative activities with the children.

What is your placement organisation doing?

Dunoon is a township where many children can not develop to their age due to difficult family conditions and a lack of child-oriented infrastructure such as playgrounds. Therefore, many children have difficulties from the beginning to follow the state school system, or are not admitted to it at all.
Ubunye Educare, a non-profit organization funded by donations only, runs a free school for 5-6 year old children in the middle of the township, with the goal of making children fit for the state school system. The subjects taught include languages, mathematics and life skills. In addition, there is a wide range of activities such as arts, crafts, sports, theater and creative play, which serve to develop motor and creative skills. The center's playground has climbing and gym equipment and there is a stage for theater and other performances.

How can you get involved?

As a volunteer at Ubunye, you help out at the school, and support teachers in the classroom. Many of the students require personal support from time to time. Under guidance you will take care of the class, with a special focus on those students who need a little extra attention to enable them to participate in the classroom!
Because it is difficult to learn on an empty stomach, Ubunye provides free meals for the children. You take care of the children during the mealtimes, in the breaks, and at the playground.
Volunteers also participate in the planning and execution of special events. These include concerts, graduation ceremonies, birthday parties, and excursions.
Since the children do not pay school fees, the school relies on the generosity of donors who support their vision. As a volunteer you are thus making a significant contribution to keep all the programs of the school and the center running and giving children the opportunity to grow and develop.
You will be with Ubunye from the mornings until approximately 3pm.
Since there is no public transport into the township of Dunoon and for safety reasons we do not recommend that participants are traveling there alone on foot, a daily transfer back and forth (from/to the Lodge in Table View) by taxi is provided. The costs for this are already included in the program fees.
It is also possible to combine the volunteer assignment at Ubunye (in the mornings until about 2pm) with volunteering at TLC Outreach Projects (in the afternoon starting from about 2:30 pm) at no additional cost.
Info Box
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Location: Table View (Cape Town),
South Africa
Availability: throughout the year, flexible starting date
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
Maximum duration: 6 months
Language skills required: English
Accommodation: House in Table View
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Internship possible: no
Qualification of supervisor: -
Minimum qualification intern: -
Further contribution to the project: -
Volunteering possible: Yes
Expected qualification volunteers: none
Further contribution to the projekt: Already included in the program fees
We expect:
Professional work, the "right" attitude

Accommodation in Cape Town


Guest House in Cape Town city centre

The guest house is located in the city centre of Cape Town, just a 5 minutes' walk to Long Street. You can choose between dorm room, double and single room. There is a shared kitchen and a lounge. The guest house also has WiFi.

House in Table View

The house in Table View is furnished to a high standard and has shared rooms, double/triple rooms and single rooms. It is within walking distance (about 1 km/0.6 miles) to Table View Beach, which is a world top location for kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing and SUP. The garden is attractively designed and has a pool.
Volunteers can share a fully equipped kitchen. In addition, breakfast (coffee / tea, cereals & fruits) can be ordered for R30 (about 2 USD) on the spot. A washing machine is available for R50 (about 3.50 USD) per washing machine load. There is a restaurant and a snack shop across the street and the large Bayside Mall with a supermarket and many shops is one block away.
There is free WiFi.

Surfer Hostel in Muizenberg


The Surfer Hostel is located directly on the beach of Muizenberg, which is well known for its colourful beach houses. You can choose between a dorm bed (separated by sex) and single room, or, if two book together, there is also the double room option.
There are a communal lounge, outdoor terrace, and a barbecue place, all designed in surfer style. Furthermore, there is WiFi at the hostel at no extra charge. At extra cost, you can have breakfast served at the hostel, and other dishes at the hostel's restaurant.

Host families

We can arrange host family accommodation in the whole metropolitan area of Cape Town, for instance in the inner city, in the Tabe View Area, in Muizenberg, Wynberg and Nordhoek. We will select a family from which you can reach your placement most conveniently. All host families are of upper standards.
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Most popular! - Dorm room bed

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Single and double rooms: If you prefer more privacy you can opt for a single room at the accommodation listed above (subject to availability). Two participants who are booking together can also share a double room. 
Host families: All host families in Cape Towns are of "Comfort+" category.
2 weeks: 610 EUR
Every additional week: 170 EUR
This includes:
  • Dorm Room accommodation at the House in Table View
  • Project contributions (350 ZAR/week)
  • Daily commuting fees to/from the project
  • The World Unite! Service Package (see below)
Upgrades (at extra charge)
  • Twin/Double or Triple Room (for participants booking together) instead of dorm room: Extra 70 EUR/week
  • Single Room instead of Dorm Room accommodation: Extra 140 EUR/week

The World Unite! Service Package includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype; together with further participants
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Cape Town airport (CPT) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Cape Town
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Local SIM Card with 100 ZAR air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • 15% Discount for Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Excursions and Watersports Activities offered by "Budget Safari Tanzania"
  • Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Travel to/from Cape Town (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations


Overview of other costs:

  • Small local expenses in Cape Town (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month


How do I pay?

Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings.

Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Day Trips, Watersports

budgetsafaribannerAs "Budget Safari Tanzania" we are arranging cost-effective yet high-quality safaris, Kilimanjaro climbs, excursions, and watersports activities in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You will group with other World Unite! participants and further travellers.
As a World Unite! participant, you get a 15% discount on all offers of Budget Safari Tanzania. We will share a Discount Code with you that you can use with the online booking of your safari, Kilimanjaro climb, excursion or watersports activity.

Travel Health Insurance

We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
Travel Health Insurance

Cape Town

Cape Town is a bustling metropolis and is considered the urban and cultural center of South Africa. If you like urban lifestyle, you will not be missing out here.
Table Mountain dominates the city, on whose shallow top impressive clouds often form and then slide down into the unique flora and fauna of its slopes, vineyards and beaches. They are part of the Table Mountain National Park, which provides opportunities for numerous excursions and nature activities nearby the city.
The city centre, also called "City Bowl", bordered by mountains and the beach, is modern and has offices, shops, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, tourist attractions and the harbor. There are also many colonial buildings, such as in Long Street, which is a landmark with many antique shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.
The neighborhoods south of the university are popular amongst students. You will find bars and party locations there that are cheaper than in the city centre, and aimed at young people.
Further south, passing upscale residential areas, you will reach the scenic peninsula with its quiet coastal villages. At Cape Point, at the southermost tip of the peninsula (about an hour's drive from the city center), the Indian and Atlantic oceans merge. On the way there, on Boulders Beach of Simon's Town, you will find a large colony of African Penguins.
The suburbs north of the city center are mainly residential areas of middle to upper middle standards. West of it, there is the Atlantic Seaboard coastline, known for its white sand beaches, coastal roads and trendy bars and restaurants that also attract many holidaymakers. Its ocean waters however are rather cold for swimming.
The majority of the 3.7 million inhabitants of Cape Town live in townships, which are located mainly in the eastern outskirts, north along False Bay. They were founded during the time of racial segregation to accommodate the non-white population. Even today, many families live there in poverty under bad living conditions.
Our local support team in Cape Town includes Dawn and Susanne.

Getting to South Africa

South Africa's two largest airports, Cape Town (CTP) and Johannesburg (JNB), are internationally well connected.
Port Elizabeth (PLZ) can usually be reached by flight with a transfer in Johannesburg or Cape Town. There are several low cost carriers in South Africa offering domestic flights that you might also book separately from your international flight to reach Port Elizabeth.
Some South African airlines such as mango connect certain South African cities with Zanzibar, however not throughout the year. They might be an option to look into when combining our two destinations Zanzibar and South Africa.

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