Maranatha Childcare Internship

Interns will work at a child and youth care centre in Port Elizabeth.

Minimum Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: From 210 Euro per week
Minimum Age: 18 years

Intern abroad at the Maranatha Social Work and Child Care Project in Port Elizabeth South Africa.

The centre is home to children who have endured abuse and trauma, many of whom have lived on the street as a result of their circumstances. The key focus is service delivery areas of therapeutic, developmental, recreational and caring. Organized activities include cricket lessons, scouts, swimming lessons, singing lessons and life dancing. All children receive counseling, internal educational, life skills, sports and devotions-based programs.

Maranatha can use assistance from interns in the following fields of studies:

  • Social Work
  • Child Care
  • Pedagogic Studies
  • Any other related social studies


Tasks and Activities

Activities per intern can differ in many ways. The variety of options within the program allows from some customization of your work and activities, focusing on your personal experience and interests.


Profile of potential student interns

Since you are participating in a program that works with highly traumatized children, we have set some requirements for completing your internship at Maranatha. We are looking for students with the following skills:

  • You are proficient in English
  • You have great people’s skills and are easy to talk to
  • You are independent and can use your own initiative
  • You have a heart for working with children
  • You have a problem solving attitude
  • You can work well in a team and can interact well with all staff
  • We require our students to apply for a police clearance from their home country


Working days and hours

This is an internship for 40 hours a week. You will be working an 8-hour day, from 8h30 in the morning till 17h00 in the evening. On days where there are weekly meetings and training, students are expected to attend and therefore need to be flexible with regards to working hours.


Daily guidance

One of the Khaya coordinators will pick you up from the airport and show you around. They prepare you for your work activities at the project and will be assisting you during your stay. They will transport you to and from the project, make sure the house is clean and meals are ready and organize fun outings for the weekends.

At the project, you will be supervised by one of the Marantha staff members according to your study requirements.


Other volunteers

You most likely won’t be alone when volunteering in Port Elizabeth and you will meet both local and international volunteers. We get interns from the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and other countries.




The volunteer house in Port Elizabeth is a gorgeous home with loads of space.  Whether you prefer to unwind in the garden, at the pool or in the lounge; this home has a special place for everyone.

The home was built in grand old architectural style and is decorated with modern touches. A pool for summer and a fireplace for winter, what more do you need?

The property is well secured and superbly located within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, laundry & shops.



We include three basic meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).



Airport transfers and daily transport to and from your project is included in your fees. Keep in mind that daily transfers to projects are planned between projects and your host.


The Fun Stuff

Volunteering with Khaya also means there is time for fun things and to share your time with all the other volunteers the best way possible.

There is so much to do in the area and we love organizing weekend tours and day trips (additional costs may apply). We however provide a free activity weekly during our Friday Social.

As we finish early on Fridays we use the afternoon to do fun activities together like visiting the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre, visiting Animal Welfare to walk their dogs, go for a hike along the beaches, play games on the beach or start the weekend with a beer at one of the beachfront bars.



What is Included?

        • Information and assistance before departure
        • Pick up on arrival and drop off at the end of your stay (Monday to Friday)
        • Basic family style meals during your stay Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
        • Shared dorm style accommodation with our host. Single and double/twin rooms are available upon request at extra cost.
        • Daily transport to and from the project
        • Direct donation to the project
        • Free social activities

What is Excluded?

        • Personal luxuries such as snacks, cold drinks and alcohol
        • Costs for weekend trips
        • Flight tickets
        • Insurance
        • Laundry service
        • Arrival/departure transfers on Saturday/Sunday

Starting dates

Our volunteers arrive on Mondays and start at the project on Tuesdays. We can pick you up from the airport or from any accommodation in Port Elizabet/Gqeberha.

Arrivals and departure transfers from Monday to Friday are included in the fees. If you need an arrival or departure transfer over the weekend (Saturday to Sunday), we ask for a local cash payment of ZAR 250 per transfer.

Participation is in full weeks (7 nights) only. Please also keep in mind that projects close for 2-3 weeks over December/January each year.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The team at Khaya loves Port Elizabeth (PE to the locals). Our head office is based in Port Elizabeth, so we know what we are talking about!

Here we enjoy beautiful beaches, scenic hiking trails, the Big 5 is on our door step, amazing restaurants, whale watching, sand boarding, canoeing, diving, international sports events and much more!

East of PE you will find the Wild coast (former Transkei and Ciskei). Here you can experience the unspoiled rolling hills & rural villages in wide open spaces between larger towns like Grahamstown, East London & Port Alfred. Along the Wild coast there are numerous coastal towns where many locals go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

To the North you will find the great Karoo; a semi desert area with wide open spaces, large nature areas and long open roads with historical places such as Graaff Reinet, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness and much more.

To the West towards Cape Town, you will be amazed by the Tsitsikamma National Park, holiday villages such as Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Nature’s Valley or the surf mecca of Jeffreys Bay.

This gives you plenty to see and visit while you are here, and we believe even provides you more diversity than staying in Cape Town to volunteer. You can always visit Cape Town or any other city or area on weekends or after your stay with us.

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