International Volunteer Work in South Africa Teaching IT
- Placement locations: Cape Town
- Role: To help teach computer programs like Word and Excel. You will also be able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work
- Type of Placements: Elementary schools, community centres
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
South Africa is a country of dramatic contrast, where wealth and poverty coexist. In the poorer townships of Cape Town, unemployment in some areas has reached as high as 40%. In the 21st century, computer literacy is a skill that is of great value and can open doors for people.
It is therefore a huge advantage when searching for work to have learned basic computer use, which is where our volunteers can help. As a volunteer teaching IT in South Africa you can make a valuable contribution to the lives of each individual you help.
Volunteers typically teach very basic computer programs like Word and Excel. However, if you are also able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work it will be much appreciated. Teaching IT in South Africa is suited to volunteers of all abilities. You don't need to be a computer expert to be helpful, but please let us know what IT skills you do have when you apply.
Volunteer Opportunities Teaching Computer Skills with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad volunteers can teach IT either in a local community centre or working in primary schools.
Volunteers working at the community centre are immersed in township life. As a volunteer, on an average day you will teach Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to approximately 20 students from the community. You can also assist in setting up social media accounts and working on resumes. The students are mostly young adults, aged 18 and up.
Volunteers helping with IT in primary schools teach basic IT skills to the children. The children at the schools are between about 6 and 13 years old. There is a set three month term which runs with only a short break, and there is a set curriculum to follow. Due to the relatively high levels of spoken English, you may be left to teach a class on your own, while a local teacher may help with theory lessons.
In other cases, you will work alongside the local teacher. The teacher will introduce a task, and then you will assist by working with small groups of children. As with all projects, any help you can give that may aid the development of the project, such as cataloguing information and developing new syllabuses, will be gladly received.
Volunteers often find that many schools are equipped with computers, but not all of them work. It is therefore helpful if you are able to update and fix computer as well as assist with the school's computer curriculum. You can also be creative. We have had previous volunteers start a typing course at a school and introduce new educational games.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in South Africa have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our African Bushveld Conservation & Environment Project in South Africa page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.