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Introducing our 2023 Volunteer Grant: Apply for two weeks and enjoy a 3rd week for free!
Limited grants are available for start dates between July 1st till December 31st.
Schedule a phone interview to evaluate eligibility. Make a lasting impact.
Join us in beautiful Cape Town to create sustainable community projects to empower the local low-income communities. Provide local children with an educational advantage and the tools they need to succeed.
Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment):
Arrival Day, Saturday: Arrive into Cape Town International Airport (CPT). You will be picked up by the local team and taken to your accommodation in Cape Town. After everyone has arrived, there will be a welcome dinner for all the volunteers, and free time for sightseeing.
Day 1, Sunday: Continuation of your orientation, which includes tours of the major sights around Cape Town.
Day 2: Monday: Weekly volunteer meeting day – consists of training for new volunteers, administrative tasks, preparation for the program for the rest of the week.
Days 3-6, Tuesday-Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at your choice of placement. Teach in the settlements, local community schools, a farm school or other location!
Day 7, Saturday: Enjoy a group tour of Cape Point! Pickup from your accommodation is between 8 and 9:00 AM. En-route to Hout Bay you’ll stop for a tourist must-have – a picture of the “12 Apostles.” Your next stop will be Cape Point Nature Reserve – home to an abundance of flora and fauna, as well as baboons and ostriches, to name a few animals found roaming the streets. There are two lighthouses and the most southwestern point of the African continent to be seen here, and you will spend some time in the reserve. Simons Town is your lunch stop and also home to the South African Navy and a colony of penguins. Boulders Beach was set up for the penguins to roam free and is your last stop for the day before returning to the accommodation.
Day 8, Sunday: Free day for volunteers to rest or explore Cape Town and its surrounds.
Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday, and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.
Location of the Project: Cape Town, South Africa
Project length: Minimum 2 weeks – Maximum 12 weeks
Arrival Airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Volunteer Work:Education, community development
Age: 18 – 80. Volunteers aged 17 may apply with parental consent to join independently. Families with young kids are also a great fit.
Important Note: Daily transfers between accommodation and project site and a donation made to the local organization are all included in the placement fee.
Accommodations: Shared room in a volunteer house or shared dormitory
Food: Three meals per day are included from Monday to Friday and arrival weekends only
Airport Transfers: Airport transfers are included on both arrival and departure days
Orientation: Two-day orientation (Sat-Sun) in Cape Town included upon arrival that includes tours of the area, a meal, and free time for sightseeing. Volunteer work begins on Monday.
Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.
What’s not Included
Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses, meals during the weekends.
Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and is referred to as the “Mother City” by locals. It has a cultural heritage spanning over 300 years and world-renowned, 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 a great place to volunteer all year round.
Arrival and Orientation in Cape Town (Included):
Prior to your volunteering, you will take part in an orientation in Cape Town. Orientation is on Saturday and Sunday and includes a traditional South African barbecue dinner, called a Braai and a guided tour of the area.
Schools and Educare Project: Volunteers will be placed in one of seven schools in the community. Six of the schools are preschools for children from 1 to 5 years old who speak Xhosa or Afrikaans. The preschools focus on early childhood development and preparing the children for regular schools by teaching basic English and cognitive skills. The other available placement is at a farm school for grades 1 – 7 where you’ll be assisting with older students in their school programs.
Volunteer tasks include:
Holidays: The holidays are a time for the kids to have fun, so the programs are less structured and may change depending on the amount of children that arrive on the day. During this time, the Settlement & School and Educare Projects will only run from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and will be limited to sports days, game days, outings to the beach or pools, etc. Depending on the funds available, you could also be involved in building or renovations projects.
During the period from Christmas to New Year’s, there will be little to no volunteer work available. It is therefore not recommended that volunteers book short-term stays during this time. However, food and accommodations will still be available and therefore volunteers booking a longer stay will remain at the project during these dates.
Internet: WiFi is available at the accommodations.
Laundry: Laundry services are available for a small fee.
Accommodations: You will stay in a volunteer dormitory, which has shared mixed-gender rooms of 2-10 people per room, a communal lounge, and a kitchen. Upgrades to private rooms are available in both the hostel and the volunteer house.
Families traveling as a group of 4 or more can upgrade accommodation at no extra charge in a family room.
Families traveling in a group less than 4 upgrade fees will apply for a family room (subject to availability).Larger families, being a group of 6 or more, can be placed in a private house and be accommodated at no extra charge (subject to availability).
Families traveling in a group less than 6 who have private house preference, upgrade fees will apply (subject to availability).
Food: Three meals per day are provided from Monday to Friday and arrival weekends only. Breakfast comprises 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.
Please note this project’s minimum requirements:
Cape Point Tour (Included):
On your second Saturday of your volunteer program, you will take a group tour of Cape Point. En route to Hout Bay, you’ll stop for a tourist must-have – a picture of the “12 Apostles.” Your next stop will be Cape Point Nature Reserve – home to an abundance of flora and fauna, as well as baboons and ostriches, to name a few animals found roaming the streets. There are two lighthouses and the most southwestern point of the African continent to be seen here, and you will spend some time in the reserve. Simons Town is your lunch stop and also home to the South African Navy and a colony of penguins. Boulders Beach was set up for the penguins to roam free and is your last stop for the day before returning to the accommodation.
Travel Extras (Not Included):
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.
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