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Volunteering in EC Cape Town

EC Cape Town is proud to announce the launch of six new Volunteer programmes, with more to come before the end of the year. The minimum age for participation on these programmes is 18 years. A minimum English level of intermediate to upper intermediate is required, as participants will be required to converse with others and understand direction from the leaders. In some cases, a pre-intermediate level will be acceptable. These programmes are comprised of three environmental and three community-based volunteering programmes.

  • African Elephant Encounter provides a hand-on experience in the field with elephants and collecting data for research.
  • African Marine Encounter involves helping at a penguin and seabird sanctuary, shark cage-diving and environmental education.
  • African Wildlife Encounter volunteers will work at a sanctuary feeding animals, observing and maintaining enclosures and assisting in the day-to-day upkeep, sometimes involving the building of new enclosures.
  • Volunteering at Hout Bay Kids involves working with the children at a day care facility, assisting the children in daily activities and schoolwork.
  • At J-Bay Kids, volunteers will attend a creche where they will play with the kids daily, assisting them with basic educational activities and keeping them occupied.
  • Volunteers on Kids Literacy for Lifewill support children between 6 and 10 years old, aiming to strengthen their English reading, writing and speaking skills.

All volunteering programmes require acceptance via an application form.  Additionally, some projects require a motivational letter and/or police clearance certificate. Minimum durations of the volunteering programmes vary.