Computer Education Volunteering in South Africa
Can you remember your life before computers? Unless you’re over 40, probably not. The concept of not having at least one laptop or desktop in your home is probably foreign to you. In rural villages in Africa, that’s not the case. Having a computer is a luxury. Most kids aren’t exposed to computers until later in life. The Computer Education Volunteering in South Africa project gives you the opportunity to open the door to using computers to a group of children who have had little to no exposure to them previously.
A few years ago, several computers were donated to the school for student use. These computers have hardly used due to the teachers being understaffed and lacking the proper skills to instruct students. Since computer literacy is so important in modern day life; volunteers can play a major role by teaching basic computer skills, which benefit students later in life.
You don’t have to be an IT or computer science professional to teach the children about computers. As long as you have a basic understanding of PCs and how they’re used, you can make a difference here. Explaining basic concepts like the pieces of hardware that make up a computer, different types of software, and simple computer use will give the kids more of an insight into how technology can help them now and in the future.
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 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.
|Project||1 week||2 weeks||4 weeks|
|All Educational Projects||$340||$600||$1,120|
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 | Computer Education Volunteering in 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.