DMU Square Mile – Teaching in Cape Town, South Africa

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10002807


All students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. We encourage students interested in volunteering, including those of you already involved in DMU Square Mile or other volunteering activities in the past to apply for this opportunity. You do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate. However, applicants are expected to have a very good standard of English or some relevant experience or training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). We are delighted to offer 10 available places for students on the trip.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The Chancellor invites DMU students to participate in a trip to South Africa organised in collaboration with the Square Mile and inspired by SDG 4: Quality Education. By travelling to Cape Town you will be ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for those young people you will be teaching during the trip. The main activity of the trip will be taking part in International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) South Africa programme in and around Muizenberg, approximately 30 minutes from Cape Town, with an opportunity to engage in a teaching project.

The group will also be accompanied by DMU Square Mile team member.  The Chancellor of De Montfort University, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon and the Chief Operating Officer, Ben Browne will visit volunteers whilst in Cape Town. Students might also have a unique opportunity to join the Chancellor in her visit to the Cape Town University, which is current being organised.
The aim of the Teaching Project in South Africa is to provide assistance within state schools in low-income communities in Cape Town, to support struggling students and help ease the workload of teachers within under-resourced classrooms.

As a Teaching volunteer you will be placed in one of the three state primary schools, where you will work alongside local teachers or other volunteers. On your first day you will start with the orientation which will cover everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – Introduction to South Africa, South African Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in South Africa and Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers. Once your orientation is complete you will take a trip in Cape Town for lunch before returning to your volunteer accommodation.

A typical volunteer day will start at 7AM with breakfast and arriving to your placement location for 8:30AM. Your work at the placement will usually end by 2PM. Typical subjects taught at these schools include English, Mathematics, Life Skills, Social Studies, Art and Physical Education. You will be either tutoring for 1-hour blocks, or assisting a local teacher in the classroom, and follow a set curriculum with work books. You may also be asked to help organise other activities for the students, including sports activities.

As you will be working with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate.

Cultural activities

This trip will include a number of different cultural based activities. The group will have the opportunity to visit Cape Town. There will be an opportunity to visit local sites such as Robben Island, Table Mountain  and sampling South African cuisine. We will discuss this further with successful applicants during the pre-departure meeting.

Travel and accommodation

Flights for this opportunity will be booked by the #DMUglobal and accommodation will be included in programme fee.

Contact details

Visa information

If you have a British Citizen or British National (Overseas) or EU passport, you can enter South Africa for tourism without a visa. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa and should have at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa.

Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the South African High Commission website.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 23 February 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 2 March 2019
  • Student cost for travel and accommodation: £460
  • Students will also be required to pay for UK transfers, visa, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, DBS check, transport to and from your placement if required: £130-160
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 5 December 2018 9am