St George's Home is registered to accommodate up to 40 girls (ages 3 -18) and their mission is to provide a quality home for them with a nurturing environment that will cater for their emotional, spiritual, physical, social and educational needs.
As a volunteer, you can play a vital mentoring role to these young girls as well as come up with fun activities, help with homework, read, play, help with meal preparation and much more.
By providing specialised care, education and teaching life skills to the girls within a secure environment, caregivers and volunteers empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident individuals.
The girls are fully integrated into the local community. They attend schools in the surrounding areas and are actively involved in extra-mural activities. One of the home's main focuses is to re-integrate the children with their families as soon as possible.
To join this project you will need to be aged 18 years or older by the time you arrive in Cape Town. Personal characteristics like commitment, flexibility and the ability to use your initiative will be key. Many of the girls have experienced severe hardships and disappointments during their lives, so it is essential that you are able to set them a good example through your behaviour at all times. To ensure effective communication between all team members, a good understanding of the English language is also required.
|Main activities||Assisting with homework, creating fun activities, mentoring young girls and teenagers, helping in the kitchen and around the home.|
|Location||Wynberg near Cape Town in South Africa.|
|Arrival day||You can arrive in Cape Town on any Friday throughout the year, subject to availability. Your first day at St George's Home for Girls will be on the Monday, so you will have the weekend to settle in and make yourself at home.|
|Meeting point||One of our team members will meet you when you land at Cape Town Airport.|
|Duration||You can volunteer at St. George's Home for Girls for 4 weeks or more.|
|Working hours||Variable hours. Approximately 2:00pm - 6pm|
|Age limit||You must be aged 18 years or older when you arrive.|
|Volunteer Fee||Volunteer fees for each duration are shown on the top-right of this page with the option to select from several currencies.|
|Pre-arrival support||Our experienced Cape Town based team are on hand with expert advice and assistance to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa.|
|Airport transfers||We provide escorted transfers between Cape Town Airport and your accommodation.|
|Welcome brief||You will receive a comprehensive welcome brief shortly after you arrive in Cape Town.|
|Accommodation||You will stay at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town with a pool, restaurant, bar and wonderful views of Table Mountain.|
|Breakfast||A basic breakfast is included at Ashanti Lodge. All other meals are self-catering.|
|Orientation||On your first day with St. George's Home for Girls you will receive a full orientation.|
|Badge||We will provide you with a personalised Via Volunteers badge to wear while you are at St. George's Home for Girls. This will be yours to keep and take home.|
|T-Shirt||An attractive Navy Blue Via Volunteers T-Shirt|
|In-country support||Being based in South Africa means that we can give you real support during your stay.|
|Certificate||On completion of your placement we will send you a special thank you to accompany your CV or resume.|
|Visas||Citizens from most countries can arrive in South Africa and stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. Refer to our FAQ section for more details if you are unsure.|
|Flights||Please ask us if you need any recommendations for keeping your flight costs to a minimum, or consult our FAQ section.|
|Insurance||We have partnered with World Nomads Insurance to give you access to great value insurance for volunteers. Check out our Insurance page under the FAQ tab for more details.|
|Transport||We will take you to St. George's on your first afternoon. Thereafter, you will need to book your remaining transfers between Ashanti Lodge and the home using the Uber app on your phone.|
Your first visit to St. George's Home for Girls will be on the Monday after you arrive in Cape Town.
On your first day, one of the Via Volunteer's team will collect you from Ashanti Lodge and take you to St. George's Home for Girls. Thereafter, you will need to book your remaining transfers between Ashanti Lodge and the home using the Uber app on your phone.
You will then be introduced to Graeme at St. Georges for your introduction to the girls and the project.
Make sure you eat lunch before you leave your accommodation each day, or prepare a packed lunch to take with you.
Typically you can expect to be busy from about 2:00pm - 7:00pm. There may be opportunities to help out with events and activities over weekends too, and you will be able to talk with Graeme to arrange any time off or changes to your schedule.
Your afternoons will normally begin with helping to prepare food and snacks in the kitchen. As the girls arrive home from school you will be able to help them with homework, reading and fun activities. Be prepared to bring your own ideas along, and perhaps explore sites like Pinterest in advance for some extra help. If you would like some inspiration, we have prepared lots of boards for you on our Pinterest page with plenty of ideas for fun educational activities for children. Be creative and let your imagination go wild!
Throughout your stay you are encouraged to tell the girls your story and let them know what you did at school, where you have travelled to, where you normally work, what your interests are, and the things you would still like to do. As a positive role model, your story will encourage these girls to work hard to improve their lives and inspire them to look beyond the unfortunate circumstances of their childhood.
As one of Cape Town’s best backpackers, Ashanti Lodge has excellent facilities and is perfectly positioned in central Cape Town as an ideal base for volunteers. This will be your home while you're here and is a great place to relax when you aren’t out exploring everything Cape Town has to offer.
Ashanti is just a couple of minutes away from the excellent MyCiti bus route which provides cheap, safe and reliable transport to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and much more. Close by you will also find an incredible variety of restaurants and bars, plenty of great hangouts in Long Street, a well-equipped shopping mall, supermarkets, health shops, cafes…the list goes on.
While you’re at Ashanti you can enjoy all of the facilities below. Whether you’re having a dip in the pool, watching Table Mountain while you have breakfast, or booking an adventurous activity at the Travel Desk, you will find that Ashanti have thought of everything:
St. Georges Home for Girls is located in Wynberg close to Cape Town about a 20 minute drive from Ashanti Lodge.
We have arrival dates for this project every Friday throughout the year:
It’s easy to add extra nights to your stay, so if you find a cheaper flight that arrives earlier than your Friday arrival date just let us know. You can also add extra nights after your placement for the same reason.
If you want to add another project, a Scuba Diving Course, a Surfing Week, or even a longer tour, we can help you with that too. Please ask one of our friendly team at any time before you arrive in Cape Town.