You are interested and would like to make a volunteer service abroad? We are working with ICYE in 41 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Taiwan, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam north, Vietnam south.
You can just contact us and it is a pleasure to give you more informations and send you the ICYE Application Form.

Host Family
Hosting young people from another country in your home can be an incredibly enriching experience. It will enhance the understanding of social and economic differences, and of the interdependence between nations and peoples. Lest we forget, intercultural exchanges foster global understanding and enhance the volunteers’ experiences of new cultures beyond their own. If your family is open and eager to learn about another culture, is willing to provide a home environment, a bed, a space to live and study and share their meals with a foreign young person, the Volunteer Centre would certainly want to make contact with you. It is a pleasure sending you the Hostfamily Application From.

If you are an organization and want to work with Volunteers we would love to send you more informations. Please contact us for the Application Form.

Who we are working with

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre is a registered child and youth care centre. They are a non-profit organisation dedicated to the aid of children who have been orphaned, neglected, abused, abandoned or left destitute. They are committed to providing their children with a safe and stable environment and lots of love.

Over 75% of their children are either sick or in need of medical care! They are one of the only institutions in the area to provide emergency placement and specialist care!

Baitul Ansaar believes that by providing them with the educational, social, physical, emotional and psychological development they need to succeed, they are creating children and people who are positive contributors to society! They are home to 41 children with ages ranging from birth to 11. They have a team of more than 20 full time staff who work together to ensure that the children are cared for in the most holistic way. Baitul Ansaar acts as a place of safety, and as a Centre for short care. 

Mary Harding School

Learners enter the school at the age of 6 and leave at the age of 18 for protective workshops, sheltered employment or where possible, employment in the open labour market.
The aim of the educational programme is to maximize independence, productivity and produce learners who are well adjusted to themselves and the community.
The school follows a curriculum that is adapted from the National Curriculum Statements. Our focus is on Life skills, Functional Literacy and Functional Numeracy.The medium of instruction is in Afrikaans and English.

Mary Harding School provides specialized education for 310 learners who come from all over the Western Cape.

Learners are referred to the school by the Western Cape Education Department, Hospitals and private healthcare practitioners. The learners at Mary Harding School present with severe to moderate intellectual impairment. As a result of their intellectual needs, learners require intense human resource intervention with staff being quite diversified in terms of specialist training. Often learners present with co-morbid (additional) conditions such as epilepsy, hyperactivity, autistic traits and other psychological conditions.

Belthorn Primary School

At Belthorn Primary, the learner population is about 230 (ages range from 7 to 14), with about 10 to 12 staff members. As at many schools in disadvantaged areas, there are limited resources hence lessons like Art, Physical Education, Music is absent from the curriculum. 

Another challenge facing the learners and educators is that English is not a first language for the majority of learners even though lessons are all conducted in English. Learners with special needs, social problems are all accommodated at the school. This poses an enormous challenge for educators. The school has a governing body and is responsible to the Western Cape Education Department as it is a public school. Learners are from the black and colored communities. 
Educators are extremely dedicated in meeting these challenges and welcome any additional input from outside agencies, whether it is time or resources. There is a very big need for help with literacy programmes, sports development, library services, music and dance development and arts and crafts. However, because resources are minimal, programmes are often not sustainable. The school has been in existence for more than 30 years and has established a very favorable name within the community and the Education Department. 

Christine Revell Children's Home

The origins of the Christine Revell Children’s Home go back more than 60 years, having been started by a community worker, Christine Revell, to care for young unwed mothers. The Uniting Reformed Church later transformed it into a children’s home and place of safety for babies and small children and named it after Christine Revell. The Home is registered with the Department of Social Services of the Western Cape and receives a small monthly subsidy per child. For all other needs the Home depends on donations.

In 2000, the Church established a Trust that took over ownership and management of the Home. According to its trust deed the Christine Revell Children’s Home Trust consists of between five and eleven trustees, five of them nominated by the Uniting Reformed Church and five nominated from the broader community. The eleventh member of the trust is the Director ex officio. The Trust meets four times and takes the necessary policy and financial decisions according to which the Home is run.

Management committee
There is a management committee that meets once a month with the director. The committee consists of volunteers who support and advise the director.  A wide variety of skills is required, including human resources management, financial management, PR and marketing, medical and nursing expertise, general management and building and maintenance expertise. These portfolios all form part of the director’s duties.

Other staff members include a social worker and 21 full-time as well as several part-time staff members who care for the babies and children 24 hours of every day.

The Children's Home is housed in a solid double-storey building with a garden and outside play areas for the children, several  areas for in-door activities, a large laundry and kitchen, bedrooms and  child-friendly bathrooms, as well as offices for the staff.

Saartje Baartman

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Our vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.

The centre provides the following services to women and their children who experience domestic and/or sexual violence:

- A 24-hour emergency shelter (safe accommodation)

- Short and medium term residential care

- Childcare services

- Counselling, mental health support, legal and economic empowerment services

- Children's counselling

- Research in gender-based violence

- Job Skills training

- Legal advice

YMCA (Young Christian Men's Association)

YMCA is a faith-based (FBO), non-profit organisation. They form part of a worldwide movement. The purpose is to bring together and enable the youth of South Africa to transform their communities into places where Christian values and principles are practiced. The Centre is open to all, regardless of faith, social class, age or gender. The YMCA exist in 32 communities around South Africa, running programmes such life skills, HIV and AIDS awareness, prevention and care, youth justice and rehabilitation, student hostels, spiritual growth, trauma counselling, civic education, information technology and basic computer literacy training, arts and culture programmes. At our branch they provide accommodation for people from the age of 18 upwards, HIV-related services, support groups and home visits to all people infected and affected by HIV. We are open from 08:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Our services are free of charge.

Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy

At Velokhaya they use cycling to involve children living in marginalised communities in a positive after-school activity, one which builds their self-esteem and keeps them off the streets and away from the social ills prevalent in their communities, such as gangsterism, crime and substance abuse.
Their aim is to use cycling to grow champions on and off the bike; this is because sport gives young children the skills and opportunities they need to make a success of their lives – skills such as commitment, determination, dedication, teamwork and how to win and lose.

Cape Nature

CapeNature is a public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. It is governed by the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board Act 15 of 1998 and mandated to: promote and ensure nature conservation; render services and provide facilities for research and training; and generate income.
CapeNature is driven by the vision of ‘conserving nature for a sustainable future’ and our mission is ‘to manage, conserve and promote our human, natural and heritage assets through best practice, access, benefit sharing and sustainable use.’ They achieve these objectives through various programmes and projects for example:

Community-based Natural Resource Management and Local Economic Development: Unlocking opportunities to ensure that the benefits of natural resources and their sustainable utilization and conservation are realized by local communities.

Youth Development:
Using activities as a tool for the development of youth and developing in young people the knowledge and insight necessary for them to appreciate the heritage that will be passed on to them. Also providing them with the opportunity for developing the skills needed to make a success of that heritage.

Environmental Crime Investigation:
Preventing, investigating and monitoring environmental crime

Fire Management:
Developing effective partnerships to extend fire management throughout the province

Wildlife Management:
Proactively manage conflict between humans and wildlife

Including private and communal land in the establishment of biodiversity corridors and the conservation of vital lowlands habitat remnants, through various incentives

Eco-tourism development:
Developing nature-based recreational and tourism products and leveraging the Western Cape’s natural assets in such a way that protected areas become sought after tourist destinations, and more accessible and attractive to a greater proportion of our population

CapeNature is dependent on partnerships with other roleplayers and communities to implement its mandate to ensure a successful conservation economy in the Western Cape. It has already spearheaded many leading initiatives to implement this mandate.

Tembaletu LSEN School

History of the school

Tembaletu was founded as a school for “differently abled” children. In 1974 a small group of woman were concerned by the great need for a school that could cater for Xhosa speaking children with physical disabilities in the Cape townships. The school started out small – 5 children, and two teachers – as a day care centre on the grounds of the Guguletu Day Hospital, and slowly grew over the years once they had their own plot. It now stands proudly with its 19 classrooms, 8 offices, 3 therapy rooms, sick bay, a staff room, library, computer room, domestic science kitchen, general kitchen and dining hall. The most recent addition to the school is the delightful homely dormitory donated by Hillsong Africa Foundation (HAF).
In 1996 Tembaletu was taken over by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). Prior to that it was run as a non-government institution that relied on funds raised through donations from businesses, NGOs and private trusts for buildings, equipment, wheelchairs and other resources. While many of the schools basic needs are now met by the WCED, private funding, fundraising and donations are still required in order to offer transport services and to support the development of learning and therapy programs in the school.
As it stands, Tembaletu is only one of four special needs (LSEN – Learners with Special Education Needs) schools in the Western Cape offering education to Xhosa speaking children in their mother tongue. It is one of two that caters for learners with physical disabilities and is the only one that offers a mainstream curriculum (two others cater for learners with moderate to severe intellectual impairments and one is a school of skills for learners with learning difficulties). As a result, Tembaletu caters for learners accross education districts and buses in learners from Gugulethu, Langa, Nyanga, Phillipi, Delft, Mfuleni, Khayelitsha and surrounds, and even caters for learners from as far as Paarl, Stellenbosch, Da Noon, and Hout Bay in the school hostel. The schools buses are currently not wheelchair accessible and as such each wheelchair user has a wheelchair at home and at school, both of which are maintained at school.

Township Youth Movement

The Project TEN Durban Center run the youth movement activities once a week, every day with a different group and on different subjects. Our Youth movements follow a syllabus – teaching about community, responsibility, local heroes and personal strengths, amongst other things. Eventually, we aim for these youth to run the movements themselves. This month we have focused on building strong groups, setting goals, empowering their skills, learning what a youth movement is, and of course having fun!

EROS School for Specialized Education

The History of Eros School:
On the 2nd of September 1969, Eros School opened it’s doors in the grounds of Bonneytown, Place of Safety, in Wynberg. Since  then, the school has progressed and expanded vastly and is now situated in Bridgetown, Athlone.

Mission statement:
Eros seeks to holistically educate and develop the unique abilities and desires of each of its students, keeping in mind their transition from childhood into adulthood. We also pledge to assist every individual to develop their learning skills and attitudes and to achieve their independence to the best of their ability.

Which learners are helped at Eros School?
Learners suffering from Cerebral Palsy who are physically challenged due to injuries to the immature brain.Learners who have average or above average intelligence, but who still struggle to progress academically due to specific learning difficulties.Other physically challenged learners with muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, syndromes or genetic abnormalities.