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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.

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Location of the Project:  Cape Town, South Africa
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Project length:  Min 4 weeks - Max 12 weeks (Minimum stay is technically 31 days - 3 day orientation + 4 weeks volunteering)
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Arrival Airport:  Cape Town International Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Mentoring and teaching adults life, business and sports skills and techniques
Age:  18-80. Age Exceptions: this project accepts volunteers who are 17 years old and younger with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
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Important Note:  Program Schedule: 3-day orientation is Fri-Sun; Volunteer work begins on Mon. Daily transfers between accommodation and project site and a donation made to the local organization are included in the fees.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared room in a volunteer house
Food:  Three meals a day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup upon arrival
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr 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 ‘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.

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.

Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house. There is Internet available at the backpacker's hostel for a small fee.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry service is available for a small fee.
Accommodations
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 the project's minimum requirements:

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

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 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.

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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