Volunteer Centre - Cape Town

The Volunteer Centre is a non profit organization which is based in Cape Town, South Africa but has developed strong National and International Partnership over the past 32 years.

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The Volunteer Centre is a non-profit organisation for local and international Volunteers. 

With our global network of voluntary service organisations and relationships with local and national   NGO´s and communities, we place, educate and support Volunteers for more than 30 years. We provide unique volunteer opportunities with the objective of bridging the cultural gap between South Africa and other nations as well as the immersive experience to help those who really need it and make a huge or a little change. 

"If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven't spent a night with a mosquito"    
 -African Proverb- 

Our Volunteers

Paulina Machalica

Hey, my name is Paulina Machalica and I’m a volunteer at the Saartjie Baartman Centre. I’m working at the Crèche of the shelter with children from two up to five years. We are playing with them, singing, watching movies and doing activities like making animals out of paper. Besides that we are preparing the holiday programmes for the children and teenagers who are older than seven years.  I really enjoy to work with the kids, to do activities with them and to be a part of the Saartjie Baartman Centre.

Johanna Pichler

My name is Johanna and I'm from Germany. I just finished school and now I stay at Christin Revell Children's Home as a volunteer for one year.

Yara Fuchs

Hi my name is Yara and I am supporting the Volunteer Centre in Athlone for one year. I just finished my Bachelors Degree in educational psychology and sociology and hope that I'm going to have a great time in Cape Town.

Tobias Fischer

Hey, my name is Tobias and I am working at the YMCA Athlone as a volunteer in the youth department. Since we are working on a low budget level, we are asked for creativity and resourcefulness to set our after school program. Besides making lunch for the kids every day, we are doing arts, singing, sports, life skills and more. I enjoy being at the ymca and contributing something to a safe space for children to not only share my skills and knowledge, but also just to have fun with them.

Louis Henn

Hi there. My name is Louis and I am from Germany. I am working at Belthorn primary school and I am proud being the first soccer coach at the school.

Tilman Scholz

Hey, my Name is Tilman and I am from Germany. I am volunteering in South Africa for the YMCA Athlone.
There I assist as a youth leader doing an afterschool and homework program and I am teaching kids economics in a school twice a week. Furthermore I try to make the community that I am working in with the YMCA benefit from my knowledge and skills as much as possible.

Emma Lenzmann

Hey, my name is Emma and I am a German volunteer who graduated this year. currently I am volunteering at the „Saartjie Baartman Centre for women and children“ which is a safe place for emotionally, mentally, sexually, verbally or physically abused women and children. Since abuse is a very relevant topic in our society, it is important to empower survivors of abuse and to offer support systems and counseling.

Francisco Coloma

Hi I am Francisco from South America. I am working at Mary Harding school and I always have fun

Niklas Schuhmacher

Hello my name is Niklas, I‘m from Germany and volunteering at the Mary Harding School in Athlone.
Currently we‘re planning a football and a cooking program for the kids.

Fabian Schwarz

Hi, my name is Fabian and I am working at the YMCA Athlone. Here at the YMCA we are offering an after school program for the kids living in the area. In addition to that we are teaching kids in a school about economics twice a week. We also have a program for the older kids every friday evening. Working in the Youth Department is fun because we have a great team.

Raja Schäfer

I'm working in Baitul Ansar witch is a home for 0 to 11 year old children, me beeing placed in the 6 to 12 month section. Between changing lots of nappies and washing the little ones I enjoy the playtime even though there isn't much the babies can do yet. My choice to go to South Africa was rather random I was hoping for something far away and different - as well as some interesting work and new experiences.

Helena Ohler

I'm working at Baitul Ansaar, a child care center in mitchelsplain where the children and the staff welcomed me with open arms - I never saw a place with so much love

Nele Siegmund

Nadia Montero

Hi my name is Nadia. I am from Columbia and I am a teacher. I am working at the Belthorn primary school and teach an art class.

Chie Ishibashi

Hi my name is Chie and I am from Japan. I worked in the Baaitul Ansaar Child Care Centre in August 2018.
I really enjoyed my time in Cape Town!

Florence Hofmann

I'm Florence and I'm from Switzerland. This year I finished school and now I'm volunteering here in Cape Town. Afterwards, I'm going to study back in Switzerland.


Our Volunteers from 2017-2018

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