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Volunteering South Africa, IO Cape Town

Volunteering Projects


NGO Participation

volunteering south africa Work alongside a local NGO to empower, support, and enhance the quality of life communities. As one of South Africa’s economic hub, and one of the most advanced city in Africa, Cape Town still suffers from a severe lack of development in a number of issues. With many people still living below the poverty line, a number of NGO's have take the initiative working at a ground level with the people affected to find effective and sustainable ways to alleviate and eradicate social economic inequalities. Participating in an international development volunteer project is a great way to make an effort to help tip this balance.

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Volunteer’s participation involves working in a variety of NGO's situated in local communities around Cape Town. They offer a variety of services to their clients ranging from life and leadership skills, food campaigns, soup kitchens, sewing projects, sports programs linked to awareness education, and training support projects. NGOs working at this ground level deals with a number of issues from unemployment, crime, domestic violence, drugs, alcohol abuse, prostitution, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and health. Helping the local and national government to to draft polices that address this issues.



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Eat from Earth Project

Hunger kills millions in Africa every year! Children in underdeveloped communities are undernourishment and in poor health due to food shortages. Thousands of solutions have been tabled and are in motion, however non-actually works better than when people grow their own food. In a world focused on technology and getting ahead at all costs, it might be time to look at life in a different way and focus on what's really important. This channel is virtually about the simple life and living more sustainably and organically!
Confronted with all this issues, one NGO took to its initiative to help and improve the equality of live and health of local communities. They believe that a healthy community must eat healthy and make sustainable farming practice that does not harm the environment.
volunteering south africa The organisation educates and trains people in organic food gardening. The low-cost methods they teach enable gardeners to harvest large amounts of vegetables, fruit and herbs from small spaces using very little water and no harmful chemicals. Not only this, but Eat From Earth project creates opportunities for food gardeners to expand their horizons beyond the garden fence, to develop skills and talents so that they are able to earn money to pay for what they need.

Main activities
- Greenhouse work, seeding and transplanting
- Learning organic farming
- Harvesting
- Planting crops
- Helping communities setup their organic projects
- Weeding
- Laying irrigation
- Farm related construction projects
- Assisting with day to day running of the projects
- Implementing what is taught

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Townships Roots, Volunteering

Community Developemtn, Township Roots

Township Roots is a registered organisation. We work with schools in greater Nyanga, incorporating Philippi community where there is high rate of crime, learners drop out from school and lack of sports development and facilities has affected the youth drastically.
As a result, highly capable and motivated performers often enter spheres of gang-sterism and crime or give up on their future completely. According to the Department of Basic Education Report on Dropout and Learner Retention Strategy to the Portfolio Committee on Education in June 2011. The annual dropout rate of students in grades 1-8 is between 1% and 4%. And between grades 9 – 11 this grows to 12%. Our primary mission is to decrease the school drop-out rate through our vibrant primary school activities; where we inspire them in early stages of development to identify with education. We aspire to be at forefront of development in all township communities and we intend to invest in the training of young adults.

Township Roots are active in the Philippi and Nyanga townships. These communities are poverty stricken and in 2001 its unemployment was estimated at around 56%. We offer after-school extra-curricular activities for children in the age of 8 – 15 years old. All activities takes place in the schools but one day we hope to have our own premises where children can come to hang out, play, read, learn and just be kids.


Township Roots programs:
• Literacy (Reading, Spelling Bee and creative writing)
• Performing Arts (Drama , Dance and Theoretical understanding of Performing Arts).
• Yoga (Meditation and Humbling Games)
• Sport (Soccer and Netball)
• Excursions (School gateway programme)

If you would like to recieve more information about volunteering at Township Roots, feel free to contact us at: info@iocapetown.com

Reading for Change

Our day care projects are attached to schools, and as a volunteer you will be expected to do teaching as well. You will spending the entire day with the children you’ll be working with is one of the most rewarding experiences for a volunteer, and bonds you will make will endure long after your placement is over. During classroom hours you’ll be helping other volunteers to teach a primary curriculum of English, Maths, Science, and Social Studies. ​

The focus of this project is to educate, support, and empower disadvantaged, orphaned, and vulnerable children and youth using a sustainable approach. By providing children and youth with a better education and a brighter future, this project aims to promote self-sufficiency and enable growth within Cape Town communities.