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This project aims to fulfill the various basic needs of several settlements in Blaauwberg by creating sustainable community projects meant to facilitate development and empower local communities. These projects take place in the settlements (also known as townships) of Cape Town, which are home to many impoverished families, who often live in makeshift shacks built from scraps of wood and metal, with little running water or electricity. This project aims to uplift the children, adults and families of Blaauwberg. 

Location of the 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 (CPT)
Volunteer Work:  Education, community development
Age:  18 - 80
Important Note:  Daily transfers between accommodation and project site and a donation made to the local organization are all included in the placement fee.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared room in a volunteer house or shared dormitory
Food:  Three meals per day are included
Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are included on both arrival and departure days
Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  Three-day orientation (Fri-Sun) in Cape Town included upon arrival that includes tours of the area, an African barbecue, and free time for sightseeing. Volunteer work begins on Monday.
Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

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 "Mother City" by locals. It has a cultural heritage spanning more than 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 great place to volunteer all year round.

Volunteers will be able to choose between the following projects:

Settlement Project:  Volunteers at this project will split their time between helping in the morning at the community educare centers, which provide young children with education-focused play groups, and teaching adults in the settlements the skills they will need to gain employment in the afternoon. Volunteer tasks include:

  • Teaching children at the educare centers
  • Organizing sports activities, fun days, and holiday celebrations for the community
  • Assisting with the everyday operations of a nonprofit and its fundraising activities
  • Educating children in various health-related topics, such as HIV/AIDS, hygiene, etc.
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 – 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. Volunteer tasks include:
  • Teaching classes and/or assisting teachers
  • Teaching computer skills
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Organizing fun days and sports activities
  • Educating children in various health-related topics, such as HIV/AIDS, hygiene, etc.
  • Assisting in afterschool programs and daycare after school is finished for the day
The Center for the Disabled: This center was established in 2008 and currently cares for 34 children between the ages of 18 months to 18 years.  This center is the only one of its kind in the settlements and is often the only place that children with special needs can be cared for and educated. Volunteer tasks include:
  • Teaching classes
  • Feeding the children
  • One-on-one classroom assistance
  • Mind stimulation exercises
  • Physiotherapy
Please note: Volunteers can only join the Center for the Disabled project for a minimum of 4 weeks.

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 Center for the Disabled will be closed and the School and Educare Project 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. The school holidays for 2017 are as follows:
  • 31th March - 18th April
  • 30th June - 24th July
  • 29st September - 9th October
  • 9th December 2016 - 11th January 2018
25th December - 2nd January 2018: 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 be able to remain at the project during these dates.

Internet:  Free Wifi is available at the volunteer house. There is Internet available at the backpacker's hostel for a small fee.
Laundry:  Laundry services are available for a small fee.
Accommodations:  You will stay in a volunteer dormitory, which has shared mixed-gender rooms of 2-5 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.

Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:

  • Ability to work well with others
  • Desire to work with the underserved population in the settlements
  • Immunizations (consult doctor)
  • CV/Resume
  • Police clearance form

Arrival and Orientation in Cape Town (Included):
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 two weeks designated for volunteer work. Therefore, the minimum stay is 17 days for the 2 week option, 24 days for three weeks, and so on. All prices include orientation.

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. 

  • 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

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