The Future Factory’s Areas of Expertise

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING WHILE YOU ARE WITH US?
 
Volunteers will be working mainly in schools. An initial training period will be provided, and then you will have the chance to work in a number of different schools. Our schools range from pre-primary through to high schools, and have a number of different types of learners, We service muslim , catholic schools, those from townships and also from more affluent areas.
 
Our main sports are volleyball, soccer, netball and basketball. We also run programmes in other Olympic sports, ie,  cricket, table tennis, indigenous games, amongst others. You will have the chance to incorporate your own skills into the programme and past volunteers have taught German, English, Teambuilding and Martial Arts. You can therfore put all your skills to good use.
 
Volunteers usually work on our regular schools programmes during the week. Working hours depend on the school you are at, but a general guideline is 8am until mid-afternoon. Fridays are reserved for training or special events, or sometimes you will get the day off. There is some weekend work depending on bookings at the time, usually at special events, which are a loads of fun. Over the Christmas period, things slow down due to programmes closing down for the break. Volunteers arriving during this time will have a good chance to travel and see the country during their placement.
INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL VOLUNTEERS
 
Our international volunteers come from a wide range of countries on placements usually lasting between 4 and 8 weeks. They share their skills with the people of South Africa, while learning about the culture of the country. We also have a team of South African volunteers who assist on our programmes, including practical students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. We are always in need of volunteers and placements can be arranged. Over 100 international volunteers have worked with our communities and shared their sporting skills. In 2005 the programme won the South African Student Services Project of the Year.
FOR UNIVERSITY WORK PLACEMENT STUDENTS
 
Students studying for their Sports Science or related university degree can do their required practical experience with The Future Factory. You give us the university guidelines and a proposed programme of what you want to do, and we organize appropriate places within our projects in Cape Town for it to happen. We will liaise with both you and your placement we will coordinator prior to the placement, and at the end of your placement fill in any paperwork required by the university. We will do everything we can to make sure that your work placement is a success. Students from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland have already taken advantage of this programme.

International Volunteers

Our international volunteers come from a wide range of countries on placements usually lasting between 4 and 8 weeks.

International Volunteers

They share their skills with the people of South Africa, while learning about the culture of the country.

Award winning Programmes

In 2005 the programme won the South African Student Services Project of the Year.

Award winning Programmes

Skills Development

Past volunteers have taught German, English, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Team-building, Martial Arts and Health Education, just to name a few!

Skills Development

High Rewards

Volunteers always want to return as they have received great experiences whilst working with The Future Factory.

High Rewards

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Why Choose Us?

      • Recognised volunteer programmes
      • Hands on approach
      • Always contactable
      • Multiple volunteer programmes
      • We support because we care

What our volunteers Say

My Experience as a volunteer at The Future Factory was a life-changing event. During my time I was able to experience South African culture and connect with many different communities in the Western Cape. During my time I volunteered at a a primary school teaching physical education. I had no experience teaching physical education but I was given all the support needed to be successful. While there I was able to help coach the track team and attend the different track meets they participated in. I loved being able to help the kids improve their athletic skills and watch them perform at track meets. Those days are something I have never forgotten. I was also able to help out with a high school track team and university volleyball team. I really enjoyed the exposure to different age groups and abilities the future factory provided. The Future Factory has so many different programs, schools and community centres that they work with. There’s never a shortage for ways to help out. Annie and The Future Factory staff were always there to answer any questions and make sure all my needs were met. I was even able to come back years later to teach yoga in schools. The Future Factory has given me timeless memories and a beautiful way to be of service to others. My experience as a Future Factory volunteer has gave me life skills that I still apply today.
Steven Procknal, USA
I have spent some time at the creches supported by The Future Factory, in particular at Rooikappie Pre-School Centre. It was wonderful to join in and help with different activities, such as story time, music and dance, and helping the children with colouring and puzzles. I am grateful to The Future Factory for these opportunities. I am also glad that my own organisation, Children’s Helpers Worldwide, has been able to fundraise for the crèches namely Rooikaapie and Seawind crèches.
Catherine Franks, UK, Helpers Worldwide
The Future Factory is linked with a range of primary and high schools where volunteers can do activities with the children.
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