This project aims to teach underprivileged children valuable life lessons and skills, such as leadership and teamwork, through sports and adventure activities, specifically surfing and swimming (no previous surf experience required!). The project hosts an adventure club for 12-14 year old children who come from disadvantaged areas of Cape Town, where facilities and equipment for outdoor activities are not readily available for them. Some of the kids from the adventure club have even gone on to become sponsored by major surf brands and compete in national and international surfing contests!
What's not Included
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 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.
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.
Some of your tasks may 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
Please note: Surfing is a weather dependent sport and this activity can be cancelled on short notice.
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. Children 16-years old and younger are given the opportunity to experience new activities outside of their townships. Every day is different and you will work generally from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, helping with outdoor activities, such as beach days, surfing, swimming, hikes up the mountain, visits to the museum, and more. During Christmas and New Years celebrations, projects are very limited, however volunteers may still use the accommodation and food.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
- Police background check
- Basic level of English
- Ability to swim
- Immunizations (consult local travel clinic)
- Motivation to work with children
Arrival and Orientation in Cape Town (Included):
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.
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, 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