Child Care Volunteering in South Africa

Do you think little kids are the cutest thing ever?  Obviously!  If spending time and caring for the littlest of humans makes you absurdly happy, then this project was made for you!  The GOAT Volunteers Child Care Volunteering in South Africa project tasks volunteers with helping underprivileged kids with their communication skills and overall development.  It’s guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Our NGO partner’s Child Care volunteering project is run by 2 local “mama’s” who have no formal education in child care or running a day care center.  Volunteers can be a huge help in the pre-school by giving practical examples of age appropriate games and lessons that can be implemented by the caregivers even after the volunteers leave.  The language in the pre-schools is primarily Xhosa, however English can be introduced to children at this young age to help set the foundation for further learning as they enter primary school.

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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.) 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 | Child Care 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.