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Join the KET family

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation

KET volunteers bring a vast array of skills – and donate their time and abilities to make a difference to our projects and programmes. This has a positive impact on young children, teachers, and deserving communities.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

A child in a Superman mask - one of the beneficiaries of the KET volunteer programme
A child in a mask painting in black paint - one of the children who will benefit from ECD volunteer work through KET
A child touching the sunglasses of another child in a playground - a school who receives support through KET’s volunteer programme

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and become a vital part of our community. It is also an unforgettable, hands-on way to learn new skills, discover new talents, and take on even tougher challenges to achieve personal and project goals. By volunteering, you add value to the lives of others – the greatest achievement of all. Another reason to volunteer is because it is fun. At KET, we celebrate the joys of early childhood every day – and this is felt by everyone who gets involved with our projects.

Who is our ideal volunteer?

Anyone with a desire to make a positive difference to the lives of our young children and teachers and contribute to our community’s growth and development. Whoever you are, there are many different ways to contribute through our volunteer programme.

How to get involved?

Send us an email to register your interest, on admin@knysnaedutrust.co.za, or pop into our offices and speak to our General Manager to find out more. There is a short on-boarding programme and some admin to complete before getting going.

Help give young children a better future. Become a KET volunteer today.

"After coaching Development Hockey for ten years, I decided to volunteer in another direction. As a pre-school teacher, I was excited when Bev took me to Jolly Kids – a tiny pre-school in Ruigtevlei. I cannot praise any early learning organisation as highly as the Knysna Education Trust for what they have done and continue to do for the young children of our area."

Hilda Hofmeyr - Volunteer

"As a school teacher, I sought out an opportunity to give back to the community in a field where I felt comfortable when we retired. I found a wonderful home with the Knysna Education Trust. For six years, I experienced incredible weekly visits to Noluthando Preschool in Concordia. I was proud to observe that the 6 year olds went to ‘big’ school with a sound concept of numbers 1-10 and I was confident that they would be able to develop good literacy skills with the phonics fundamentals that they were exposed to in their preschool years."

Bev McKenna - Volunteer

"One day I noticed an advert asking for people interested in becoming a KET Volunteer to attend a meeting. I did.... and was hooked! I was allocated schools with mainly Afrikaans speaking teachers and children. I visited the schools and realised that very few of the staff were actually qualified or had experience in what to really do with children of that age. KET had a food, maths, and literacy programme running but the adults were drowning in uncertainty .... but, boy, were the paperwork and programmes in order! Together with other volunteers, we worked out a structure for teachers to implement KET's programmes to top effect and it has been a privilege to work with these teachers to achieve direction and far-reaching benefits for the schoolchildren."

Ester Beukes - Volunteer