Voluntary Services | Emergency Pedagogy
+49 (0)721 20111-0
Waldorf Worldwide | WOW-Day | Sponsorships
+49 (0)30 617026 30
Home: Freunde Waldorf

“Fire Poi” and “Dynamite” Basketball in Johannesburg

South Africa: Michael Mount Waldorf School is located in the heart of Johannesburg, one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world and the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade. Johannesburg is a thriving city full of contrasts. Those who earn enough money can enjoy the many benefits of a western lifestyle, but there is also poverty, lack of infrastructure, crime, grinding traffic, and other problems.

The School was founded in 1960. Initially a small kindergarten in a private back garden, Michael Mount finally put down roots in 1969 in the suburb of Bryanston. In those days Bryanston was in the “sticks” and the school had a farm like quality. Today Michael Mount is a city school, as Johannesburg has grown to be the largest and most populous city in South Africa. Currently around 670 pupils attend Michael Mount from kindergarten all the way to Grade 12.

The school community is middle class from diverse backgrounds. The predominant home as well as teaching language is English but children may also speak one of the black African languages or Afrikaans or a European language.

Being in the Southern Hemisphere lends a different quality to the festivals, for example, Advent is a summer festival at Michael School. One of the school community’s annual highlights is the mid-winter festival of St. John. Recently, Class 8 treated the audience to a mesmerising display of fire poi (fire dance) before lighting the huge bonfire. And everyone enjoyed the lantern procession on the darkened sports field.

South Africans are sports mad. Playing sport or supporting sports teams from the side-lines is a big part of South African culture. At Michael Mount there are dynamite basketball teams who are known throughout Gauteng for their prowess and dominance.

Michael Mount Waldorf School is in the process of acquiring more land to accommodate the growing school in the future. The pressure is on because the suburb is changing rapidly. It used to be purely residential but businesses are buying up the land and the gracious old homesteads are being replaced by office parks and townhouse developments.

Empower & donate now
Empower & donate now
Wir schauen nach vorne!

Bleibt optimistisch und macht mit.

Sicher fragen sich gerade viele von euch, wie ein Freiwilligendienst ab Herbst 2020 möglich sein wird. Wir bleiben zuversichtlich und arbeiten intensiv an Lösungen. Deshalb gilt: Bewerbt euch weiter und denkt positiv! Alle, die sich weltweit sozial engagieren wollen und optimistisch nach vorne schauen, werden gerade jetzt besonders gebraucht. Unsere Einsatzstellen freuen sich auf euch. Gemeinsam werden wir es schaffen, den Weg in euren Freiwilligendienst zu ermöglichen.

Apply for a voluntary service

Liebe*r Bewerber*in,

wir können derzeit nur Bewerbungen aus der Europäischen Union annehmen.

Aufgrund der aktuellen internationalen Reisebeschränkungen können wir momentan leider keine Bewerbungen von Freiwilligen außerhalb der EU annehmen. Sobald die Reisebeschränkungen aufgehoben werden, ist eine Bewerbung wieder möglich.


Dear Applicant,

Currently we can accept applications from the European Union only.

Due to current international travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to accept applications from volunteers outside the EU at this time. As soon as the travel restrictions are lifted, applications will be possible again.


Chère candidate, cher candidat,

Nous ne pouvons actuellement accepter que les demandes émanant de l'Union européenne.

En raison des restrictions de voyages internationaux, nous ne pouvons malheureusement pas accepter pour l'instant les candidatures de volontaires en dehors de l'UE. Dès que les restrictions de voyage seront levées, il sera à nouveau possible de présenter une demande.


Estimado solicitante,

actualmente sólo podemos aceptar solicitudes de la Unión Europea.

Debido a las actuales restricciones a los viajes internacionales, lamentablemente no podemos aceptar en este momento solicitudes de voluntarios de fuera de la UE. Tan pronto como se levantan las restricciones de viaje, las solicitudes serán posibles de nuevo.