Volunteer Teaching in South Africa

It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time.  That’s especially true for underprivileged children.  Volunteer teaching in South Africa is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time.  Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.

Because of the lack of jobs in the area, most people move to the cities in hope of a better life.  This leaves the local schools with decreasing numbers and fewer teachers.  Government regulations in this region state that the teacher to student ratio be 1:35.

Due to smaller numbers in individual grades, this requires teachers to instruct multiple grades at one time. This is a very difficult situation for both teachers and students and is one of the main reasons volunteers are needed.  With the assistance of local teachers, volunteers will instruct students in English, Math, Geography, and Life Skills.

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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 (www.xe.com).

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 | Volunteer Teaching 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.