South Africa: Tutoring Local Youth with Inkululeko

An Inkululeko learner!

South Africa + awesome youth + education; the only thing missing is you!

Project description

About Inkululeko

A Department of Basic Education report shows that in South Africa less than a third of students finish grade 12 by the age of 18. 

At Inkululeko, we contribute to changing this in the new South Africa by meeting tomorrow’s leaders, where they’re at, today. We offer free tutoring, access to computers and the internet, transportation, exam prep, a library of text books and regular books (and snacks too!) to young people beginning in grade eight and remain with them through grade 12.

About Your Role

As a volunteer for this project, you will tutor High School students via Google Meets or Zoom during the designated center tutoring sessions. Tutors are needed in Mathematics, Life Sciences (Biology), History, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry), Tourism, Geography and English.

Tutoring sessions are 45 minute long and take place on Tuesdays and Wednesday starting at 9:30am EST (3:30pm South African time). Three South African High School students will be assigned to participate in your session based on topic and level. Since the South African curriculum may be slightly different, you will have access to Term Plans by subject. Reviewing these term plans will be useful for tutors who want to prepare and familiarize themselves with the content before the tutoring sessions. Interested tutors will also have the opportunity to develop and teach lessons in collaboration with South African colleagues of Inkululeko.

Project outcome

There are many customizable possibilities for what your project outcome could be. A Research Poster or Narrated PowerPoint are great ways to showcase a project of this sort. ELN staff will be glad to help you decide on the option that is best for you. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitmentAbout a semester (3-5 months)
Start timeAnytime, but ideally by June 10 for the summer term
Level of collaborationIndividual student project
BenefitsVolunteer experience
Who is eligibleAll undergraduate students

Core partners

Project mentor

Christina Heath

Administrative Director

Experiential Learning Network

24 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8177


Global NGO Project

This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Please be sure you identify your project as a Global NGO Project when you submit the interest form below.  

Start this Global NGO Project

  1. Express your interest in this Global NGO project by clicking the button below and completing the form. 
    • You will be notified within 2 business days if you are approved to work on this project. Approval is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. After you receive approval from ELN, you should complete the Global NGO Project Preparation Guide in the section below. 
After you complete the Global NGO Project Preparation Guide, you will automatically be prompted by email to begin an ELN digital badge.

Preparation activities

After you receive approval from ELN to begin the project, you should download and complete this Global NGO Project Preparation Guide.

Before getting started, you should review the Tutor Training and Session Structure document.

In addition to the preparation above, if you're keen to join us, we have an orientation guide that we share. It's all online and features information about our program, about our theory of change and some context on South Africa. You should also review the materials below: