Teaching Internship

Teaching Internship

You are looking for a teaching internship in South Africa and you would like to collect foreign experience in a country of the Global South?

Assist in the primary school or high school of this education project that seeks to deliver high quality education for children living in poverty!

This project was founded in 2004 to support children in need living in the Township Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Cape Town. Through a children’s village, kindergarten, school as well as school sponsorship programmes the project seeks to improve the living situation and educational opportunities of local children living in poverty.

In a first step, the only local kindergarten, which had been closed for many years, was renovated and reopened in 2004. Today, it caters for about 120 children aged two to 5 years and allows them a carefree but educating time under the guidance of trained educators to prepare them for school. In 2009, a “children’s village” was built. Here, 25 AIDS orphans as well as neglected and abused children have found a new home. The children’s village is inspired by the care model of the SOS Children’s Villages, i.e. the houses are run by “house parents” who live there with their own and foster children.

In 2011, the project opened a primary school – the classrooms were housed in discarded shipping containers for the first few years, and the new school building was completed in early 2017. In the meantime, over 400 children aged 6 to 12 are taught here from pre-school to grade 7. In March 2019, the first classrooms of the high school were completed and today the high school is teaching up to matric. Further plans include the expansion of the sports programme and the establishment of a vocational training centre where graduates of the school can be prepared for various artisan and technical professions to improve their chances on the labour market.

All facilities of the project are accredited by the South African Department of Education and Social Welfare. The project is extensively supported by funding associations in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland.

A teaching internship in this project allows you a deep insight into the South African education system and you are able to collect practical experience in teaching multilingual classes.

Quick Facts

Location: Somerset West, coastal town near Cape Town

Starting Date:ideally in January, April, July or October

Duration: at least 6 Weeks

Focus Areas: Teaching, education, Sports, music, special needs education and social work

Accomodation: Dorm or Double Room together with other volunteers on the beach

Requirements: Passsion for education and children, ideally you bring qualifications or practical experience in teaching or educating children and youth

As part of your teaching internship in South Africa you can get involved with th follwoing tasks:

  • Supporting teachers in the pre-school, primary school and high school (assist with small learning groups)
  • Supporting students with learning disabilities
  • Implementation of the afternoon programme (homework help, football, dancing, tennis, athletics or choir/music)

Total costs for a 6-week Teaching Internship in South Africa from 2.348 €


What is included:

    • Return Flight from Europe to South Africa*
    • International Health Insurance*
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
    • 1-day orientation programme with city tour to introduce you to past and current achievements and challenges of South Africa’s young democracy
    • Accommodation in dorm or double room **
    • Food***
    • Qualified support and advise around volunteer and internship placements in South Africa
    • Processing of application documents, contracts as well as paperwork to get the programme accredited by your university
    • Support with applications for scholarships or financial aid
    • Support with all travel preparations (Flight, Visa, Insurances, Vaccinations, Transfer to the project etc.)
    • 24/7 Support in cases of emergency
    • Professional supervision and guidance on your job
    • Support in organising weekend activities
    • Access to live&learn network in South Africa as well as contact to other participants before departure
    • Competent contact persons in Cape Town to support you with all questions and problems while you are in South Africa
    • Volunteer and/or internship confirmation for your CV

* You will book your own flights and travel insurance. The costs are included in the quoted total costs.

** A single room can be booked at additional costs (subject to availability).

*** You are catering for yourself. The costs for 3 meals per day are included in the quoted total costs.


Not included: Personal expenditure for  free time activities

  • We are your South Africa experts.
  • We offer personal & individual advice. You are not just a number.
  • We guarantee you a placement in the project of your choice and help you with all paperwork including volunteer and internship agreements, scholarship application and visa application.
  • We support you in your entire travel planning and provide you with insider tips that you will not find in any travel guidebook.
  • We connect you with other live&learn participants.
  • We welcome you personally at the airport and help you settle into life and work in South Africa.
  • We are your contact persons during your entire stay in South Africa.
  • We provide comprehensive and clear information on costs and financing options before you book.
  • We subject all our projects to regular quality control.
  • All our partner projects contribute to the implementation of human rights and are committed to social and environmental justice and sustainability in South Africa.

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