SCCT Volunteer Series: Melanie Govinda

Melanie Govinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Freie University and Master of Education degree in French and Ethics/Philosophy, from Humboldt University both in Berlin.  She also holds a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). Previously, she worked for 6 years as a Dental Assistant.  Below we find out more about... Continue Reading →


SCCT Volunteer Series: Iris Van Urk

The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town has a team of 26 staff members and relies on the help of 40 revolving volunteers to successfully implement and run its various programmes. The Centre services people from all over the continent with asylum document applications, basic human needs and skills development training. Iris Van Urk, is a... Continue Reading →

SCCT Volunteer Series: Amber Ditz

Amber Ditz is the communications intern at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town. Before joining the team at Scalabrini, Amber travelled to countries such as Vietnam, Japan and Scotland. She has previously worked for Affiliate Marketing Business and enjoys photography as a hobby. Below Amber talks about her time and experience at the Scalabrini Centre... Continue Reading →

SCCT Volunteer Series: Natalie Oelfzee

Natalie is a volunteer at the Scalabrini English School. When she is not volunteering at the school, teaching English classes to foreign nationals, she works as a full-time waitress. Her goal is to teach primary school children and she says her volunteering experience at the Scalabrini English school is contributing to that goal.  Below we... Continue Reading →

SCCT Volunteer Series: Elijah Watson

Elijah Watson is a Medical Anthropology student from North Carolina, USA. Currently, Elijah is on an exchange programme with the University of Cape Town (UCT), and is an Employment Access Programme (EAP) volunteer with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town. When he is not busy assisting clients at the EAP employment desk from Monday to... Continue Reading →

SCCT Volunteer Series: Rhoda Van Schalkwyk

Rhoda teaches Level 3 and Level 5 English classes at the Scalabrini English School.  Her other area of speciality is Adult Sex Education, and currently, she is co-facilitating Body Mapping classes at the School as well.  Body Mapping is a basic health literacy course which includes lessons on nutrition, sexual health, and human biology. Having... Continue Reading →

SCCT Volunteer Series: Laura Coughlin

Laura Coughlin is a Sports Management graduate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Laura has been at Scalabrini for just over two months now. Currently, she serves as an All-Rounder Volunteer to the various programmes which the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town runs. Being an All-Rounder volunteer has given Laura insight into each of... Continue Reading →

SCCT Volunteer Series: Franck Adou

  The Scalabrini Centre relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers for the running of its various programmes. Amongst these programmes is the English School which is dedicated to providing English language training for refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers to promote empowerment, integration, and student success. The English School curriculum was developed specifically for Scalabrini... Continue Reading →

Outreach Series – Introduction

The Scalabrini Centre provides a variety of services from its offices in the heart of Cape Town - but did you know our programmes also have an outreach component? Find out more throughout the month of July in our Outreach Series! Scalabrini offers a variety of programmes to assist local, migrant and refugee communities -... Continue Reading →

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