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South Africa - Skills Development

Volunteer with individuals who want to develop their skills in a variety of areas. Guide, mentor and collaborate with driven local community members to develop ideas, teach different trades, and become more self-sufficient.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectCape Town, South Africa
Project LengthMin 4 weeks - Max 12 weeks (Minimum stay is technically 31 days - 3 day orientation + 4 weeks volunteering)
Arrival AirportCape Town International Airport
Volunteer WorkMentoring and teaching adults life, business and sports skills and techniques
Age17 - 80
Special Discount Volunteers who register for a start date of July or August will receive a $100 USD discount off the project cost.
Program Schedule 3-day orientation is Fri-Sun; Volunteer work begins on Mon.
Age Exceptions This project accepts volunteers who are 17 years old and younger with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.

What's Included

AccommodationShared room in a volunteer house
FoodThree meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersAirport pickup upon arrival
Transportation Daily transfers between accommodation and project site
Donation Made to the organization to assist with programs
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation Three days, including welcome BBQ and guided tour
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, visa (if required)


Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and is referred to as the ‘The Mother City’ by locals. It has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years and breathtaking scenery, from the iconic Table Mountain to the glorious Cape beaches.  It is a modern city with cosmopolitan areas boasting nightclubs and trendy restaurants, as well as rustic and unique suburbs with quirky markets and cafés. With a comfortable Mediterranean climate, Cape Town is great place to volunteer all year round.


About the Project

This project aims to give the adults in the settlements just outside of Cape Town a chance to develop skills in the health, general care, sports and business arenas. The goal is to assist community members in becoming more self-sufficient and to expand their employment opportunities. Volunteers with specific skills are invited to help guide and mentor motivated individuals and provide them with the tools they need to prosper.


Arrival and Orientation in Cape Town

Prior to your volunteering, you will participate in a three-day orientation in Cape Town. You will be picked up at the airport on Friday and transferred to your accommodations where you will be given a map and free time to explore the area before a traditional South African barbecue dinner, called a Braai. After breakfast on Saturday, you will be taken on a guided tour, a great opportunity to learn about the city and the history of the country. On Saturday evening, you can join other volunteers and staff for dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars along the beachfront and make plans for Sunday, which is a free day for sightseeing and more. 

Note: The orientation is required and is not a part of the 2 weeks designated for volunteer work. Therefore, the minimum stay is 17 days for the 2 week option, 24 days for 3 weeks, and so on. All prices include orientation.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

As a volunteer, you will be able to contribute your expertise to 1 of 3 areas depending on your preference and personal strengths. Some of the skills you'll be able to teach include:

Life Skills:

  • Basic wound care
  • HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Childcare training
  • Health and nutrition 

Sports Development Skills:

  • Soccer clinics
  • Dance clinics
  • Drama workshops

Business Skills

  • Computer training
  • Craftsmanship
  • Woodwork
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing

A typical day: After breakfast, you'll head out to your morning project, which will vary depending on which skill development project you select. After a break for lunch, you may continue mentoring groups or individuals until 3:00 pm. You'll head back to your accommodations to rest and eat dinner, and can spend your evenings as you wish. Volunteers usually work from Monday-Friday for 6 hours a day. Saturdays and Sundays are free to spend as you wish. 

Please note: Because there is a high demand for vocational skills, much of the volunteering involves handyman work. Therefore, volunteers should anticipate a high level of physical activity.

During most holidays, this project will be less structured as parents will be home with their children who are out of school. During Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, projects are very limited, however volunteers may still use the accommodation and food.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: You will stay in a volunteer dormatory, which has shared mixed-gender rooms of 2-5 people, a communal lounge, and a kitchen. Upgrades to private rooms are available in both the hostel and the volunteer house. 

Food: Three meals per day are provided. Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast, and spreads and is available on a serve yourself basis. Lunch is a buffet of breads, fruit, cold meats and spreads for sandwiches.  A hot meal will be served every night for dinner and includes a meat, a starch, and vegetables. 

Internet: Free WIFI is available at the volunteer house. There is Internet available at the backpacker's hostel for a small fee. 

Laundry: Laundry service is available for a small fee. 


Travel Extras

Make the most out of your time in Cape Town by signing up for any of these activities for your weekend or days off. You may sign up following registration. Please note there is an additional fee for these activities. 

  • Kitesurfing, windsurfing, sand boarding and/or paragliding lessons
  • Tours of Cape Point, Cape Town, Robben Island, and/or the Townships
  • Wine Route Tour 
  • Kloofing (cliff jumping), skydiving, and/or quad biking outings
  • Walking tour of the ostrich ranch
  • Abseil Table Mountain
  • Shark cage diving
  • Game drive through the Big 5 safari


Minimum Requirements

  • CV/Resume
  • Police clearance
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)


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