Cape Town

South Africa

Special Needs and ED in South Africa

Program Category:

Special Needs and Inclusion

The children at our Care Centre have profound intellectual and physical disabilities and require round the clock care. Basic skills like feeding themselves, going to the toilet, walking, talking and playing are all very challenging tasks. The children will never be completely independent, and total care will be required for the rest of their lives. The children are transported to the center every day, from various surrounding local communities, on the school bus and this can also sometimes prove to be a huge logistical process, requiring many hands. *Volunteers are welcome to work at a childcare/kindergarten during the school holidays.

This program is designed for

OT Students PT Students Everyone with motivation

Volunteer Responsibilities

As a volunteer your tasks include but are not limited to: Kitchen: to help prepare, serve and assist with feeding the children. Assist with Bus trips: Volunteers are welcome to come in early and assist with the transportation of the children to/from the center. This job requires many hands so they are always needed. Admin duties: volunteers that are efficient behind the desk may assist with office duties, recording and updating patient information, assisting with fundraising ideas and drives/functions, etc. Assisting with the children: Volunteers are encouraged to use any Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy knowledge and experience when assisting with the children. Due to a lack of funding, the center cannot afford to employ a resident OT or physio, so this area remains one of much-needed assistance. Daily walk: The children are taken out for a daily walk around the area and this again requires a high number of hands to carry out. This time outdoors is vital for the development and health of the children.

Program Specifications

Program Cost

Registration Fee:  US $249

1 Week Program Fee:



Extra Per Week:



Program Duration

4-week minimum

Program Availability

Only available during the South African School terms. 2019: 9 Jul – 20 Sept; 01 Oct – 04 Dec. 2020: 15 Jan – 20 Mar; 31 Mar – 12 Jun; 7 Jul – 18 Sept; 29 Sept – 02 Dec

Language Skills

Medium level English

Volunteer Hours

6 to 7 hours a day


Cape Town

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Ways To Join

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What is included in My program fee?


We always provide comfortable accommodation suitable to the program module and location. Typically, that might mean a home stay or during your selected program. All rooms always include WiFi.

In-Country Orientation

From the time you arrive in the country, we will make sure your trip runs smoothly. We show you the best places to eat, banks, point of interests, and are there for all questions.


Your experience includes a weekly meal plan of hearty and healthy local fare. The plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday.

Weekends are free for making your own culinary explorations

Monetary donation

A monetary donation goes directly to the project where you will be volunteering. This money is used to help the project purchase material they need on a daily basis, meals or pay other expenses they have.


You always learn and enjoy more when you are relaxed. That’s why we build in a weekly selection of activities, excursions, events and outings into our tours, language courses, volunteer service. From Salsa, to hiking a active volcano!


Certification (if requested) of completion of the volunteer program, perfect for inclusion in your resume.

Airport pickup

Airport pick up in private shuttle to your accommodation.

Mentorship & SUPPORT

Adventure worry-free, knowing you are supported by VAGT 24/7. Your VAGT expert helps you choose the right program for your needs and prepares you for the journey ahead. We even offer the peace of mind of a comprehensive medical, cancellation and interruption insurance plan. 

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