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.
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.
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:
- Basic wound care
- HIV/AIDS awareness
- Childcare training
- Health and nutrition
- Soccer clinics
- Dance clinics
- Drama workshops
- Computer training
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.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- 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