Volunteering at Scalabrini

Volunteer in Cape Town

Volunteering in Cape Town with Scalabrini is a unique experience. Our volunteers make up 40% of our staff and are critical in ensuring we can continue to offer our services to the thousands of refugees and migrants who come through our doors.

Volunteering at Scalabrini

The Scalabrini Centre receives more than 2000 migrant, refugee and asylum seeker clients each month who access a variety of development, welfare, advocacy and outreach programmes. Volunteering with Scalabrini is a unique experience. Our volunteers make up 40% of our staff and are critical in ensuring we can continue to offer our services to the thousands of refugees and migrants who come through our doors. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing Scalabrini as your volunteer placement:

Be part of an exclusive network of global volunteers.
Volunteers work directly with clients on a daily basis.
Be part of an exclusive network of global volunteers.
Volunteers are matched to a position of personal and professional interest.
Full and part time positions available.
Volunteering at Scalabrini can count toward university credits.
  • Due to the sensitive and in-depth nature of our work, we do ask for a minimum commitment of three months from every volunteer, and up to six months for some full time positions. Age, education, experience and language requirements do exist for some positions.

Volunteer Placement Partners

We work along side a number of volunteer placement partners including specialised volunteer and intern placement companies as well as schools and universities. Click on the logos to visit their website.

Volunteering Yearly Stats

36

Volunteers

20000

Hours of service

6000

Scalabrini clients

FULL TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE

All placements are unpaid, and require a once-off placement fee of R500 which goes into our Local Intern Development Fund.
This fund supports a small working stipend for a local intern. For more information, click here (embedded link to Local Intern Development fund rationale).

All Rounder
In order for the Scalabrini Centre to run smoothly, we need the assistance of capable…
English School Office
Providing a specialised English language school for refugees and migrants…
Employment Access
Employment Access finds sustainable employment opportunities for foreign nationals legally entitled to work…
Bachelor Support Programme
The program provides academic support for 150 students who are mostly refugees…
Women’s Platform
The Women’s Platform connects women from different countries to foster their…
Advocacy
The Advocacy Programme’s promotes and strengthens the rights and integration of migrants and...
Communications
The communications department's role is to make Scalabrini stand out, tell the stories …
Child and Youth Care Centre
Lawrence House is not just a home for children in need; it is a meeting point for …
Welfare
Welfare assists clients in meeting their basic needs and to offer support to become socially integrated ...
SIHMA Research
SIHMA conducts research that contributes to the development of informed policies...
SIHMA Admin & Communications
SIHMA conducts research that contributes to the development of informed policies...

Click APPLY NOW to complete the volunteer application form and our team will be in touch!

Ryan Musser - English School Office Volunteer
"Creating relationships with the clients in the English School had a profound impact on my time here at Scalabrini. I was able to talk to clients about their experiences in South Africa. It opened my eyes to another world. I was able to ground myself to what others experienced in reference to my own life."

PART TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE

We have a limited number of part time positions, the majority of which are through our English School and Bachelor Support Programme.
The availability of these positions depends on the needs of the projects at the time.

English School Teaching
Providing a specialised English language school for refugees and migrants…
Bachelor Support Programme
The programme supports promising students through their personal experience …

Click APPLY NOW to complete the volunteer application form and our team will be in touch!

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Volunteer Experiences

Hear first hand from volunteers from around the world who have volunteered with Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.
25May

Three insights on migration: Sarita

The team at The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (SCCT) works with migrants and refugees every day. With such ...
06Jul

Anya Sass: Advocacy Programme Volunteer

Anya volunteers in the Scalabrini Advocacy Programme. This placement serves as a bridge between her experiences, ...
16May

Jonny Zients : All Rounder

Being an All Rounder, Jonny has walked away with a variety of improved skills and ...

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