After School Volunteering in South Africa

After school programs have always been a way to continue the learning experience, but in a more open and exciting environment.  Getting kids out of the classroom and on to the field of play or studio allows them to explore their passions for sports and artistic expression.  This program focuses on giving kids who don’t have organized opportunities to pursues these activities, the chance to do so.

During the school day, the children children are not exposed to arts or sports.  After school, children typically play in the village without adult supervision. This is the ideal time to introduce children to sports, games, and other artistic activities.

The After School Volunteering in South Africa project aims to capitalize on this free time.  As is the case in many African countries, boys are excited about soccer and girls it’s netball and soccer.  Volunteers are encouraged to introduce other sports like karate, dance, gymnastics, and more that will open the kids up to healthy lifestyles.  These activities will be organised for primary school children and will teach them important life-skills such us teamwork, sportsmanship, and working towards goals.

In addition to sports, the after-school program also hopes to expose the children to art.  Drawing, painting, sculpting, music, or any other artistic skills you can reach will open up a whole new world of creativity.  Materials are limited due to cost and availability, so finding ways to be creative with local materials is crucial.

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Additional Support

As a relatively new town with limited resources, any additional support makes a huge difference in the lives and education of the children.

You can make an even greater impact at your project by donating school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.), sports equipment (soccer balls, netballs, jerseys, shoes, etc.) or fundraising to help finance the purchase of new equipment & supplies.  Visit the Contact Us page to inquire for more details.


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in South Africa covers your room and full board in the NGO’s backpackers hostel. 

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms
  • 3 meals per day
  • On-site volunteer coordinator for 24/7 support
  • WiFi is not available, but a SIM card is provided – volunteer will need to purchase additional credit if needed



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

Project1 week2 weeks4 weeks
All Educational Projects$340$600$1,120
Prices for educational projects in South Africa are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Local transfers during working hours • Shared room in the backpackers hostel • 3 meals per day • SIM card • Village Tour • 15-20% project donation

Additional weeks are $225 per week

NOT Included in ANY projects in South Africa: Flights • Travel insurance • Vaccinations • Visas (if necessary) • Local transport outside of project activities • Airport transfers • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | After School Volunteering in South Africa

South Africa

For special considerations regarding all projects in South Africa, please visit the South Africa page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.