South Africa - Teach Children and Surf in Cape Town
Volunteer at a surf and adventure club for children from disadvantaged areas in Cape Town. Be part of an opportunity for children to learn life lessons and stay off the streets. Volunteers receive surfing lessons during the school day and help teach the kids after school.
|Location of Project||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks (Minimum stay is technically 17 days - 3 day orientation + 2 weeks volunteering)|
|Arrival Airport||Cape Town International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching kids to surf, helping with other outdoor activities, assisting in schools|
|Age||17 - 80|
|Program Schedule||3-day orientation is Fri-Sun; Volunteer work begins Mon.|
|Accommodation||Shared room in volunteer house or hostel|
|Food||Three meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival and departure|
|Transportation||Daily transfers between accommodations and project site|
|Orientation||Three days, including welcome BBQ and guided tour|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details are sent following registration|
What's Not Included
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
Arrival and Orientation in Cape Town
Prior to your volunteering, you'll 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 not only the city, but also the history of the country. On Saturday evening, you can join other volunteers and staff for dinner and drinks at 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
This project is a great way to gain experience working with children and leading group activities, while also contributing to a social and humanitarian cause. You are able to take free surf lessons during the school day and then help teach and lead groups of children after school. There are also opportunities to assist in community development projects or to help teach kids in local schools during the day. Your volunteer activities can include:
- Teaching kids to swim
- Teaching kids to surf
- Helping on hikes
- Organizing fun days and sports programs
- Educating children about important topics, such as HIV/AIDS, drugs, etc.
- Assisting in schools
A typical day: Your mornings will begin around 8:30 am and are spent either learning to surf, helping in a school, or relaxing on the beach. In the afternoon, once the children are done with school, you'll teach the kids how to surf, swim, or any other activity. Volunteers will work 5 days a week with the children. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project. Volunteers will also have a chance to learn how to surf with an instructor. Volunteers will receive a minimum of one surf lesson a week. Extra surf lessons can be booked for a an additional price.
Please note: Surf is a weather dependant sport and this activity can be cancelled on short notice.
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-yorself 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.
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, sandboarding 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
- Police background check
- Basic level of English
- Ability to swim
- Immunizations (consult local travel clinic)
- Motivation to work with children