Fikelela Children’s Home is situated in a quiet area of Khayelitsha township not far from Cape Town and began life in 2001 as an outreach programme of the Fikelela AIDs project.
Fikelela provides safe, secure and nurturing home-based care for up to 40 children aged between 0-8 years of age. It is a registered place of safety that cares for children that have been abandoned, orphaned, neglected or abused. Many of the children in Fikelela's care are nursed back to health and put on anti-retrovirals when necessary.
The wonderful team at Fikelela are committed to reunifying children with their families or placing the children into good foster homes, which are carefully screened and monitored by their social workers.
As a volunteer you will assist qualified teachers with structured lessons twice a week. The children come from backgrounds where education has not been a priority, so these lessons are designed to help the children improve their Maths and English fluency, improve their fine motor & gross motor skills, build confidence, and improve self-esteem.
You will also be involved in helping the children when they get home from school, assisting the staff to serve food, folding laundry, preparing the babies and older children for bath time and getting them ready for bed with a relaxing activity or story. Throughout your stay, you are encouraged to interact with the children in a beneficial way which promotes learning through play.
To join this project you will need to be in good physical condition and aged 18 years or older by the time you arrive in Cape Town. We can accept 17 year olds with parental permission. Emotional maturity is an important asset for volunteers at Fikelela, and you must also have personal characteristics like commitment, flexibility, patience and the ability to use your initiative if you find yourself at a loose end. To ensure effective communication between all team members, a good understanding of the English language is also required.
|Main activities||Assisting qualified teachers, reading stories, singing songs, educational activities and assisting the care workers with duties and basic child care.|
|Location||Khayelitsha 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 Fikelela will be on the Monday, so you will have the weekend to settle in and start exploring Cape Town.|
|Meeting point||One of our team will meet you when you land at Cape Town Airport.|
|Duration||You can volunteer at Fikelela Children's Home for 4 weeks or more.|
|Working hours||Variable hours. Approximately 2:30pm - 7:00pm, 5 days each week.|
|Age limit||You must be aged 17 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 team is 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.|
|Orientation||On your first afternoon with Fikelela Children's Home you will receive a full orientation.|
|Accommodation||During the week you will stay in a volunteer cottage close to the beach in Gordon's Bay. Over the weekends you will stay at Ashanti Lodge, one of Cape Town's best backpackers with a restaurant, bar and wonderful views of Table Mountain.|
|Transport||All project related transfers are provided between your accommodation and Fikelela Children's Home.|
|Badge||We will provide you with a personalised Via Volunteers badge to wear while you are at Fikelela Children's Home. 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.|
Your first visit to Fikelela Children's Home will be on the first Monday after you arrive in Cape Town. We will take you through to Fikelela, introduce you to the team, and help you to settle into your volunteer cottage in Gordon's Bay.
During the week your afternoon schedule might include the following activities.
Please remember that times and duties can vary at short notice as no day is exactly the same at Fikelela. You will need to be prepared to use your initiative if you find yourself at a loose end with no planned activities or duties:
One of the Via Volunteers team will collect you from Fikelela at about 7:00pm and take you back to your volunteer accommodation in Gordon's Bay.
On Fridays you should pack a small weekend bag before we collect you after lunch. When we collect you from Fikelela that evening at 18:00 we will take you through to Ashanti Backpackers for your weekend in Cape Town.
On Mondays we will collect you from Ashanti Backpackers before lunch and take you to Fikelela for your next shift. That evening we will take you back to your volunteer accommodation in Gordon's Bay where your week will continue as normal.
You can expect to be busy from Monday to Wednesday from about 2:30pm to 7:00pm, and Thursday & Friday from 2:30pm to 6:00pm.
The educational activities planned by the teachers for Wednesday and Thursday afternoons are structured to provide the children with a wide range of stimulus and learning opportunities, but there is always room for you to introduce your own ideas. If there is something you would like to do with the children, speak with us and we will include them and provide resources where possible. 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.
If you would like to book any activities or tours for your mornings or weekends off, please let Ed or Heather know and they will be happy to arrange these for you.
During the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday night):
You will stay at a comfortable Volunteer Cottage in Gordon's Bay, less than 2 minutes' walk from the beach, bars, restaurants, cafés, take-aways, shops, a library and a laundromat.
During the mornings (Tuesday-Friday) you will have time to visit Gordon’s Bay Beach or Bikini Beach, explore the local area, use free Wi-Fi to catch up with emails and social media, relax in the garden, visit local wine farms, go zip-lining in the mountains, or even go kayaking from the harbour.
Your cottage has the following facilities:
Weekend accommodation (every Friday, Saturday & Sunday night):
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 from home’ over the weekends 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:
Fikelela Children's Home is located in Khayelitsha township about a 30-minute drive from the centre of Cape Town, and just 25 minutes from Gordon's Bay. During each week, we will accommodate you in a volunteer cottage in Gordon's Bay. Over the weekends we will accommodate you in Ashanti Lodge, one of South Africa's best backpackers in Cape Town city centre.
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 chosen 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.