Volunteer & Adventure in South Africa

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Duration: 21 days

Trip code: SAVK

Combine volunteering and adventure on this rewarding and exhilarating 21 day South African adventure!

Volunteer with communities in Cape Town and make a real difference to local children. You’ll stay at our amazing, coastal accommodation at Table View near Cape Town with other volunteers and work with the kids in local schools, crèches and clubs. You’ll have time to enjoy Cape Town nightlife, beach life and unique sights before heading off on the ultimate South African road trip! Enjoy 6 days of action-packed experiences as you leave Cape Town and travel along the famous Garden Route. Encounter local wildlife such as elephants, cheetahs and lions. Explore the mysterious Cango caves, enjoy a canoe ride in Wilderness National Park and visit the famous Addo Elephant Park. With an unbeatable range of optional adrenaline activities on offer all along the route, you will have the opportunity to bungee from the world’s highest jump or go zip-lining over a river! It’s a lifetime’s-worth of amazing experiences packed into a brilliant combo of a trip!

Trip highlights

  • Rewarding work at volunteer projects in and around Cape Town, helping in local settlements, schools, crèches and adventure clubs to improve the life of the local community
  • Enjoy Cape Town night life and sights from your conveniently-located accommodation, have fun with a ready-made South African social scene or head to the local beach famous for its kite-surfing!
  • Try a spot of surfing at Jeffery’s Bay, the South African surfing paradise, canoe among the wonderful scenery of Wilderness National Park and join an optional walk with lions
  • Head deep underground to discover the magical world of the Cango Caves, explore idyllic Tsitsikamma National Park, and take a 3-hour bus tour of the incredible Addo Elephant Park
Further trip information

A rewarding and thrilling 21 day South African combo!  Spend 15 days volunteering with communities in Cape Town and make a real difference to local children. You’ll stay at our amazing, coastal accommodation at Table View near Cape Town with other volunteers and work with the kids in local schools, crèches and clubs. You’ll have a rewarding experience that will stay with you forever, not to mention boost your CV! You’ll have time to enjoy Cape Town nightlife and beaches with other volunteers, and you can explore further or relax and unwind for two days before starting 11 days of action-packed experiences travelling along the famous Garden Route on the ultimate South African road trip. Encounter local wildlife such as elephants, penguins, cheetahs and lions. Explore the mysterious Cango caves, enjoy a canoe ride in Wilderness National Park and visit the famous Addo Elephant Park. With an unbeatable range of optional adrenaline activities on offer all along the route, you will have the opportunity to swim with sharks on a cage dive, bungee from the world’s highest jump or go zip-lining over a river! It’s a lifetime’s worth of amazing experiences packed into a brilliant combo of a trip!

There are a range of fantastic community volunteer projects which you can take part in in Cape Town. Let us know your preference when you book, and we can get the ball rolling on your volunteer experience.

  • Community settlements. Help with education at crèches and adult learning projects, plus assist with social events and empowerment projects. Get involved with building and improvement projects, as well as educating the community about subsistence farming and vegetable gardens, which will help alleviate poverty.
  • School/Crèche assistant. Volunteer in pre-school educare centres around Cape Town and work with kids aged 0 - 7. You will be assigned to a class and help the teacher with daily tasks such as marking and teaching. You will be able to run your own lessons and help children develop life and educational skills.
  • Disabled school assistant. Assist with learning and care at an incredible township school for disabled children. The school is the only one of its kind in the local area, and provides all-day care for children with disabilities in the community. You will help with teaching classes, mind stimulation, physiotherapy, speaking English to the younger children, and fundraising for the school. This is a challenging but deeply rewarding role.
  • Adventure swim and surf club. Teach swimming and surfing to local kids at an after-school club. The main aim of this project is to keep children occupied and away from negative influences and local gangs. The club is an incentive for children to do well at school, and teaches them important skills such as teamwork - as well as just being great fun for them! You will also assist with computer lessons in the mornings before the club starts.
  • Skills development projects. If you have specific skills to share, you can volunteer at a specialist skills development project. Skills can include life skills such as basic wound care and HIV awareness, sports development such as soccer and dance clinics, and business skills such as craftsmanship, woodwork and entrepreneurship. This will help out of work adults find new jobs and opportunities.
  • Sport and youth development. Plan and deliver sport sessions to children at a local recreation centre, as well as assisting in morning classes. Teach kids new skills and promote teamwork and leadership. This aims to lower socio-economic problems such as delinquency, petty crime, and teenage pregnancy.

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.

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

Free day.

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

Free days.

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: Cape Town to Sedgefield. Optional Lion Walk, which gives you an unbeatable opportunity to interact with young lions in their natural setting. Then you’ll make tracks for a night spent in Sedgefield.

Day 17 – Sunday: Sedgefield via Storms River to Jeffery’s Bay. Optional activities include canoeing at Wilderness National Park, world’s highest bungee jump, or ziplining. Overnight stay in Jeffery’s Bay.

Day 18 – Monday: Addo Elephant Park and Jeffery’s Bay. Addo Elephant National Park. Optional 2-hour guided 4x4 safari. Free time in Jeffery’s Bay and visits to surf shops.

Day 19 – Tuesday: Jeffery’s Bay to Oudtshoorn. Along Route 62 through the Karoo. Visit to an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn. Visit to the Cango Caves.

Day 20 – Wednesday: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town. Elephant experience. Tsitsikamma National Park. Visit a Wildlife Ranch and get up close to some awesome animals.  Return to Cape Town.

Day 21 – Thursday: Depart from Cape Town.

Please note: This Garden Route itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. At times, part of the tour may run in reverse.

Optional Activities

This South African road trip offers an unbeatable range of optional activities at brilliant prices, so you can add in all sorts of unforgettable adventures along the way!  From wildlife experiences to elephant rides and adrenaline activities, there’s something for everyone on this ultimate South African adventure.  

Dates & booking
Please note, volunteer projects close during school holidays. If you volunteer during school holidays, you will get involved with running holiday activities.

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