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Table Mountain standing over Cape Town

Live and teach in action-packed Cape Town

Young English students play together in Masiphumelele township, South Africa

Teach English to eager students in Fish Hoek

TEFL teachers together in Cape Town, South Africa

Make friends for life

A car of tourists watches a family of elephants pass on safari in Cape Town, South Africa

Spot amazing wildlife on a Kruger safari

TEFL teachers together at the summit of Table Mountain, Cape Town

Scale the impressive Table Mountain

TEFL South Africa intern Craig surfing the waves at False Bay, Cape Town

Learn to surf the waves

TEFL teachers relaxing together in Stellenbosch near Cape Town

Relax and unwind in some out-of-this-world scenery

An African penguin sits on Boulders Beach, Cape Town

Hang out with penguins... on the beach?!


The South Africa TEFL Experience is an amazing chance to get acquainted with picture-perfect, multi-cultural Cape Town. Spend your weekends trekking Table Mountain, surfing the waves and exploring the gorgeous winelands, and get rewarding hands-on experience teaching English in a school in Fish Hoek, a peaceful suburb.

Itinerary, information and insider tips

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South Africa TEFL intern Craig on the beach in Cape Town

Over the two months I have had an unbelievable time, easily some of the best experiences of my life. But there will be one thing which stands out amongst all of our meals, treks, activities, teaching, and mini adventures; some of the best moments over the last two months were made or made better by the people we spent them with.

Craig, South Africa

South Africa TEFL intern Rachel Walker abseiling in Stellenbosch

I never want to leave and you can’t make me! Each day that has past I have fallen more and more in love with South Africa and felt more and more at home. Friendships have grown stronger, the weather has got warmer and teaching has got easier.

Rachel, South Africa

South Africa TEFL intern Megan with two of her students at school in Cape Town

I couldn’t have asked for a better end to my adventure in South Africa, and would recommend any South African teachers to take part in the Kruger trip. You will see breath-taking sights and animals which you may not ever get a chance to see again! A once in a lifetime opportunity!

Megan, South Afric



Arrival in South Africa

On arriving at Cape Town airport, you’ll be met by a member of our in-country team and transferred to the intern house in seaside Fish Hoek. Take in the views, and get to know the other teachers over a welcome meal!

Welcome to South Africa!

TEFL teaching in South Africa
Learn about local life in South Africa in your 2 day orientation, where you’ll also take a guided tour around nearby Masiphumelele Township. This will give you an eye-opening glimpse of the realities of life for many of the young students you’ll be teaching. Your first weekend will then be yours to enjoy, so get out and explore!

Your teaching experience

Now it’s time to get teaching! You’ll catch public transport (multi people taxi) from the teacher house to school. During your teaching week, Mondays to Fridays will be spent assisting the teachers in the classroom – the childrens’ abilities will vary massively as there are eleven national languages of South Africa! As English is relatively widely spoken, lessons will usually be conducted in English. A lot of work will be on a one-to-one basis helping students, and acting as teaching assistant helping out with a full class. At breaktimes you’ll be supervising play, and afternoon lessons will often consist of games, sports etc.

During teaching, your evenings and weekends are yours to enjoy – there are loads of things to do and see in South Africa, with fantastic food and drink wherever you turn and gorgeous landscapes, beaches and outdoor pursuits waiting to be explored.

Kruger safari trip

A lioness in Kruger safari park, South Africa
This optional add-on will take you deep into the heart of South Africa’s wildest plains. Spend three days led by expert local guides, camping South African-style in the bush, stuffing yourself with traditional braai cooking and spotting fantastic wildlife like elephants, rhino and lions!

Before you go

What you need:

  • Be fluent in English
  • Be aged 18+
  • Be ready for an adventure teaching English abroad

What you don't need:

  • Prior teaching experience
  • A second language

You’ll need to be TEFL trained to teach in South Africa – but with our 120 Hour TEFL Course included in the price, we’ve got you covered.

  • 120 hours online TEFL training – study anywhere, on any device and get the skills you need to teach English confidently.

What will I need to organise?

Before you travel, there are a few things you need to sort. Keep things easy for yourself and don’t leave them ‘til the last minute!

  • International flights: You’ll require return flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
  • Internal flights: If you’re attending the optional Kruger safari, you’ll need to organise flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg (JNB).
  • Visas: Free visa for 90 days.
  • Budget: We recommend budgeting approximately £35/$60 a week.
  • Police check: You must carry a clean police check. For the UK you’ll need to pay approximately £25 for a Disclosure Scotland. For all other countries, please consult your local police department (costs may vary).
  • Travel insurance: this is really important – dont forget to sort yours before you travel! Travel insurance can be complicated – so click here for some great advice from our friends at the FCO.

What's Included?

  • 120 Hour Online TEFL Qualification
  • Advice & pre-departure preparation
  • Airport pick-up & in-country transfers
  • Orientation and tour of Masiphumelele township
  • Great shared intern house in peaceful Fish Hoek
  • 8 weeks’ teaching experience
  • Optional 3 day Kruger National Park Big 5 safari (additional cost: £250)
  • Full in-country support throughout

What's not included?

  • Flights – international & internal
  • Visas
  • Police check
  • Meals & extra spending £35/$60 a week
  • Travel insurance

Questions? Call our friendly TEFL advisors on 877 526 3959. We are here to help!

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i-to-i is well organized, planned and easy to follow. Affordable price and great support. when you need some extra help and support or when you have a problem, their responds are very quick. The support team is always there!! This course is very useful that it'll keep you motivated and give you confidence. I recommend to anyone. You can extend your courses as you like , keep your course account even after course expiration, I find it very useful. it's like whenever you feel like going for extra qualification all you have to do is come back to i-to-i account and pay for an extra course to keep you going. I paid for a 300hr something course but right now I have completed only 120hr course. I passed it and my certificate is on the way. I'm looking forward to complete other parts of my course as well. The only problem when you're buying a course bundle is actually all the courses are not together, each sub courses are presented separated so when you complete the 120hr course you actually get 120hr course certificate once you finish the course. I guess for each sub course it's like that so I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to get a certificate of 300hr something if I complete the course bundle I bought. Anyway I highly recommend your online TEFL course with i-to-i. When looking for a good course I've done my search online to find many sites providing very expensive courses but why go for expensive ones when you can have courses for affordable prices with such a well organized and a qualified team to help you through out the course?!! Good luck and thank you i-to-i team!
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