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SA Special Needs School

Bridging the gap for the mentally and physically challenged

Programme types: Featured

Avaliable in: South Africa

Back in 2009, STAESA started working toward filling a hole in the education reach in South Africa.  We recognised that those with physical and/or mental disabilities just weren't getting the same level of education as their otherwise able family and friends.  To combat this, we started a school in Cape Town focused on providing an education to school aged children with special needs.

For the past 7 years, we've been delighted to send volunteers to help in a variety of ways and we'd feel privileged to have you join the ranks.  

Teachers: volunteers are needed to teach maths and English. These two subjects are the primary focus of class, however many students have interest in a variety of other subjects and be taught ad hoc.
Social Workers: Perhaps you have skills in social work or first aid.  Helping special needs students with their integration to society is crucial for these young people.
Physical ed/Rehab: Others will be able to assist with physical exercise or rehabilitation, promoting mobility and independence.
Construction: if your skills are in construction, there is always some work needed in this area and we'd love your help. Volunteering in our construction programme could lay the way to Cape Town where you'd be able to fix classroom doors, windows, floors and paint.
Landscapers:  With sports being such a huge part of the South African culture, STAESA is working to provide a safe and reliable playing field for the kids, occasioning them to interact with their community more and improve social skills.

Whatever your skills, we'd like to invite you to consider our Special Needs School programme.  Volunteers are placed with host families in the local community. Work at the school start from 8:00 am till 2:00 pm excluding Saturday and Sunday. There is always a mentor to guide you on what to do daily at the school. This is a very busy programme with lots of activities to do and many great rewards to be gained.

Apply to STAESA Now

Your application is read thoroughly by your country coordinator. We encourage everyone to apply since our infrastructure can handle many more participants. We want more people to walk away with a great African experience, so we look forward to reading all your applications.

Send an email to with the following elements:

  1. Filled PDF application form
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Résumé

If you have problems saving or reading the PDF file, download and install the latest Adobe Reader. If you are still having problems, please contact us and we can provide you with another method of submitting your application.

If we accept your application, you will be notified via email and will be asked to pay the $75 processing fee as soon as possible to ensure that we can reserve your placement. The deposit is not part of your programme fee. The entire programme fee should be paid before your arrival in Africa. Our preferred method of payment is wire transfer to our bank account in South Africa.