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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: SACV
Duration: 2-60 days
Volunteer with communities and settlements in Cape Town on this ultra-rewarding South African experience. Make a real difference to local children and the wider community, and meet like-minded volunteers at our amazing beachside accommodation at Table View near Cape Town. You can choose to work with kids in schools, crèches, or swim and surf clubs, or join a skills development placements with adults. You’ll also enjoy the lively Cape Town nightlife and beach life and even try kite surfing, plus you will gain something special to boost your CV!
Make a real difference in the lives of local communities with our fantastic volunteer projects! As part of a team of volunteers, you will provide children from severely underprivileged backgrounds with new skills, create new opportunities for poorer communities, and brighten the futures of countless local people.
International volunteers have already made a huge difference in these communities. In the last few years, volunteers have built and established 3 new preschools, taught computer skills to over 1200 children, taught 300 children how to swim, and started construction on a brick school for disabled children. Now it’s your turn! Join this Cape Town volunteering project and continue the good work!
Cape Town is a stunning city on the coast of South Africa. Dominated by the dramatic flat-topped Table Mountain, this city is full of life, with friendly locals, gorgeous beaches and vibrant bars. The city has poorer areas too, and it is here that your volunteering will be so helpful, providing much needed assistance and opportunities for underprivileged communities. These volunteer projects are an incredible way to experience the two faces of South Africa while making a difference in people’s lives.
After a 2-day orientation in Cape Town you’ll get started with your volunteering. There are a range of fantastic community volunteer projects which you can take part in in Cape Town.
You should choose one project to focus on, and most of your volunteering will then take place at this project for the duration of your stay, although you do have the flexibility to move projects if you wish. Let us know your project preference when you book so we can get the ball rolling on your volunteer experience.
Please note alternative projects will be running during school holidays and over festive periods. Please download the trip notes or contact us for further information.
Volunteer projects will adapt to the needs of the local community at the time of your visit. The following is an example of a typical 18 day itinerary.
Day 1, Friday
You will be welcomed at the airport by a coordinator who will transfer you to your volunteer house accommodation. You will have an introductory orientation session. The rest of the day is free for you to check out the shops, beach, bars and restaurants. In the evening you will be invited to a Braai (a traditional South African BBQ) at the hostel.
Day 2, Saturday
After breakfast you will meet your local tour guide who will explain the busy South African bus system, and help you purchase your ticket and travel unaccompanied into Cape Town centre. You will be met by a tour guide and taken on a walking tour where you will visit historical sites such as the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. You will visit the Parliament buildings and the District Six Museum where you will learn about life under apartheid South Africa. You will be taken to explore St Georges Mall and Greenmarket square where you can purchase African arts and crafts.
At 2pm you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here you can relax, eat some fresh fish, drink a cocktail or two and watch the ships come in and out of the harbour. You can explore this area and find shops, markets and musicians.
From 4pm or after you can head back to the hostel and start planning your next day. In the evening you can join your fellow staff, tour guides and locals at a beach front restaurant a stones throw away from your hostel or head and to sample the local nightlife.
Day 3, Sunday
Day 4, Monday
Breakfast is from 7.45-8.15am on all volunteer days. Project volunteering from 8.30am-12/12.30pm. Afternoon – Volunteer meeting to discuss planning, problems and challenges, help with donations, lesson planning, training on how to teach and plan activities with kids, tips on behaviour management and age-appropriate lessons.
Days 5-7, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Breakfast 7.45-8.15am. You will take part in your volunteer programme at morning sessions, running from 8.30am-12/12.30pm. Lunch is between 12-2/3pm on all volunteer days, and afternoon volunteer sessions run from 2-4.30 for settlement or teaching projects and 3-4.30pm for the swim/surf project. During the evenings you will set aside some time for project or lesson planning.
Day 8, Friday
A flexible day where you can help with handing out donations to local settlements, do training or planning sessions or get involved in fundraising activities in the local area. You will also have some free time to yourself.
Days 9 & 10, Saturday and Sunday
Day 11-14, Monday-Thursday
Your second volunteer week will follow the same schedule as the previous week.
Day 15, Friday
Another donation or fundraising Friday.
Day 16, Saturday
A social event will take place, for example – sunset hike to Lions Head, hop on hop off bus pass, lunch at Mzolis, township tour, drumming workshops and many more.
Day 17, Sunday
Chill out on the beach, shop in Cape Town or just hang out with your new friends on this day of relaxation.
Day 18, Monday
You will say your goodbyes and depart from your hostel after breakfast.
If your volunteer programme begins in 2019 you will follow a slightly different itinerary. You will arrive on Saturday instead of Friday. On your arrival day, you will be transferred to your accommodation, shown around and given a map of the area. You will also meet your volunteer leader and receive a full introduction to the project. That evening, you will enjoy a South African BBQ with the group.
The next day (Sunday), you will enjoy a walking tour around Cape Town, taking in the Castle of Good Hope, the Parliament Buildings, the District Six Museum, & more. The rest of the day is free to explore, relax and prepare for your volunteering. Your volunteer placement begins the next day.
Kruger Safari Experience Add-On
Make your South Africa travels even more memorable by adding an awesome five-day safari adventure to your trip. This add-on includes four nights’ accommodation where you’ll spend two nights in a Johannesburg hostel with its own pool and bar area, a night in an on-site chalet at Kruger game reserve, and one night camping in the bush on an immersive safari experience.
Our Kruger Safari Experience is a one-of-a-kind package that’ll see you staying within the grounds of South Africa’s most famous game reserve, where you might just glimpse a view of the ‘big five’. Please speak with a travel advisor for more details.
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