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. Volunteers lend assistance in all of these areas, and are matched to a position of personal and professional interest. All volunteers operate out of the Scalabrini Office, working directly with clients and learning about how a multifaceted non-profit organization runs.
Our volunteers come from all over the world and bring a diverse set of experiences, knowledge and abilities. They support every aspect of Scalabrini’s programmes, from English lessons and administrative support, to outreach and advocacy work.
Due to the sensitive and in-depth nature of our work, we do ask a minimum commitment of three months from every volunteer, and up to six months for some full time placements. Further age, education, experience and language requirements do exist for some positions.
Volunteer - Full Time
These opportunities are generally available for 3 – 6 months minimum depending on the needs of the individual project. Please inquire for specific placement dates. All placements require a full-time commitment (Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 16:30) for the duration of the placement.
Take the opportunity to gain insight into our different projects by carrying out diverse tasks such as teaching English, covering reception, developing materials, and helping to coordinate and facilitate events and workshops. [3 month minimum commitment required]
Employment Access Programme
Join our Employment Help Desk team and assist our clients to develop CVs and cover letters, and apply for work. In the afternoons facilitate digital literacy workshops and assist in exploring the more specific problems and needs of our client base. [3 – 6 month minimum commitment required]
Assist the English School Manager with registration, testing, graduation and day to day administration of the school, as well as teaching your own English class. [4 month commitment required]
Conduct research and assist clients with issues such as documentation, family joining, bank account opening, and xenophobic issues. [6 month minimum commitment required]
Assist the Women’s Platform Manager with a variety of tasks such as membership management, communications, and small business development. [6 month minimum commitment required]
The Communications team at Scalabrini is a recently established team. This placement promises to be exciting and fresh, and will require you to report on several different events and on different issues pertaining to migration. [3 month minimum commitment required]
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 read the Local Intern Skills Development Fund rationale.
Volunteer - Part Time
We have a limited number of part-time volunteer opportunities, the majority of which are through our English School. The availability of these opportunities depends on the needs of the project at the time.Please go to the English School page for detailed information on the volunteering opportunities and induction process.
• Teach an English class to 20-25 adult students using provided Scalabrini curriculum. (Six week commitment, approximately 3 hours per week.)
• Facilitate an English Alive activity to 20-25 adult students. (Six week commitment, approximately 3 hours per week.)
• Tutor a small group of 2 to 4 students to supplement their classwork. (Six week commitment, approximately 1 hour per week.)
• Tutor one or two students individually to learn how to read and write. (Twelve week commitment, approximately 3 hours per week.)
For more information on joining the Scalabrini team, please review our volunteer positions and contact our Operations Manager, Amanda Kirk at email@example.com or 021 465 6433.