Maboneng Arty Kids


We provide education through the creative arts to children of all ages in a couple of spaces in the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg. We use the power of the arts to help students navigate a clear path that is often cluttered with the realities and collateral of extreme poverty, including gang violence, HIV/AIDS, and physical and substance abuse.

Through our arts curriculum and critical messaging component, we ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Art crosses all language and cultural barriers. It is a fun way to learn, as there is no right or wrong in art. This encourages persistence in learning, which in turn helps in developing a child’s grit and self-confidence.

Our programs create permanent change with positive outlooks, community role models and the mindset for our students to design a more certain future for themselves and their communities.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work closely with children of all ages in a supported and professional classroom environment.

What is included:
Airport Transfers
Johannesburg Orientation
All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program Appointed Supervisor for duration of program. Accommodation in single sex dormitory in backpacker/ hostel Two meals a day - Breakfast and Dinner. Donation to the Volunteer Project, to assist in their funding. A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system. Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social) Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes. Three-day Johannesburg Orientation; (Included) Accommodation for 3 nights in the best backpackers in town Two meals per day.

Day 1:
Full day walking tour of Joburg (including a choice of museums) Discover this rich and textured city; take in the history of the last 200 years. Fascinating Joburg is an immigrant town; get to know the different African cultures, the hospitable and colourful people of this continent. Their craft and treasures are a delight. Movies, music and the like can be arranged for the evenings.
Day 2:
Saturday Transfer to Soweto 20 k from Joburg Cycle, walk, ride… whatever you fancy. This tour will open your mind about township living. The struggle for our rainbow nation started in Soweto and Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Laureates lived – Tata Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Try ShisaNyama (barbequed meat), Makwenya (doughnut) or for the very brave a Smiley(sheepshead). You will see the good and the bad of this amazing town. A trip to the Apartheid Museum can be arranged for you.

Day 3:
Sunday community market for breakfast Relax in this eclectic and fun precinct, with lots to see and do: art galleries, exhibitions, street art, shops, food and drink – and of course as always Africa, music. Watch a perfect sunset from the rooftops and breathe in the warmth of Jozi. OR:
A Day Safari, balloon ride, or a hike or walk can be organized Ask about our wide range of adventure outings.

What's excluded:
The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa as Hero Holidays will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme.
Weekend excursions
Local Transport
Lunches (not provided by host/host family)
Towel and toiletries
Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
Spent at the crèche helping the caregivers and teachers with children ranging from 3 months to 6 years from 8.00 till 13.00 Monday to Friday The children get dropped off typically by a single parent so that they can go to work and not worry, knowing their kids will get two meals a day, some education and play activities - satisfied that they are safe in this humble but loving environment. As the teacher’s assistant your help is needed in various areas; from feeding little ones, facilitating ECD early child development programs through fun and games.
Playing sport and entertaining children. Our African culture is full of song and dance; you will find it contagious.

Every day after-school, in the hours when children are most vulnerable to abuse of every kind, we work to break the barriers of challenge. We start early (age 6) in developing the art of imagination and we continue through grade 12 to connect the arts to everything important in a child's life, from core academics to critical life skills. In our classrooms, through our specialized programs and our community art, we engage at-risk youth in educational arts to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.

The afternoons are spent at the youth centre Duties include preparing materials and helping the teachers and facilitators to create new ideas of learning. Creating themes and topic can be real fun, let those creative juices flow … Preparing lunch for the kids and generally doing whatever teacher wants you to do in preparation for the children’s arrival.

Empowering young children through education and art Empowerment and self-development Meeting people, learning about other cultures, gaining an understanding of the challenges facing the majority of South African youth

Special Skills Required
A love for children and culture. Patience, tolerance and respect towards children. Agility and energy to engage in physical child play. Willingness to work closely with teacher – remembering that the teacher is in charge and the volunteer is assisting her. The teacher is ultimately responsible for the children in her care. Stress-resilience.
Arrivals every Thursday for FREE three-day Johannesburg Orientation.
Project starts every Monday.
Project is Monday - Friday.
Duration is minimum of 2 weeks.


2 Weeks (17 Nights) - ZAR 17500.00 ($1166.00)
4 Weeks (32 Nights) - ZAR 28500.00 ($1900.00)
Weekly Extension (7 Nights) - ZAR 8750.00 ($ 580)

Single sex dormitory in trendy downtown backpackers hostel. Please contact us for more information.

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