Volunteer to Teach Surf & Sports in Sedgefield, South Africa

Sedgefield, South Africa Children & Youth Development



If you love children, are an avid traveler, love to swim or hang ten in the ocean, you’ll be in paradise with this exciting volunteering initiative.

For underprivileged children in South Africa, experiences like swimming or surfing are rare for them, if they happen at all either due to money or location. With this surf and adventure project, you will have an opportunity to show these children a good time while learning new skills and becoming more active in their communities. Children will be exposed to sport and dance while learning Mathematics, getting lessons on literacy, among other things.

You will help children learn all that while participating in community-building tasks, painting buildings, renovating classrooms and keeping areas safe for children to learn and play. You get to unleash your thrill-seeker while giving children a chance to use their imaginations and activate their minds, as well as their bodies. A fun packaged deal for all involved!


Adventure with a purpose. That is what this wonderful project is all about children learning and having fun in a constructive way while being exposed to the best of South Africa’s beauty and culture. In addition to teaching and playing with these children, you can also make a difference by bringing some useful items to them. This includes stationery for arts and crafts in pre-schools and other supplies for other children. Also, you can bring soap and other hygiene products, provide bandages and other First Aid items, old clothes you stopped wearing from time and toys.

You get to work and feel like you’re on a fun vacation at the same time. Given where you’ll be staying and surrounded by the warmth and easy-going nature of South African people, this will feel like the dream getaway you’ve been longing to have. Plus, you will make an immense difference in the lives of countless children who may never have a chance to experience such fun things otherwise. Be a part of this adventure and make it the best time of your and these children’s lives!

Field conditions

Your work day will start either at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. local time. You will either be asked to work eight hours like a typical 9-5 or work four to five hours depending on project needs.

Your tasks will involve assisting with daily operations at different schools as well as the extramural programs. The water baby in you will come out as you will teach children how to swim and surf. You will also plan sport and fun days, so they can play soccer and other sports as well, as well as learn from interactive games. You will also teach children computer literacy, so they can feel comfortable with a keyboard and feel modernized. Furthermore, you will be a life coach helping these children make the right plays in life, teaching them about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and HIV/AIDS. On top of that, you will become a teaching assistant in schools and preschools, helping children learn all sorts of things sure to benefit them and shape their futures.

Arrival and orientation

You will be picked up at the airport by your project coordinator and carried to your accommodations where you will be shown around, go through your work activities and rules.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your accommodations are based in Sedgefield, a seaside village that’s close to the beach, instantly giving you a reminder of the fun you’re about to have. You will be sharing your room with other volunteers, but don’t worry too much about space. The volunteer house has many dormitory-style rooms with communal use of the kitchen and lounge.

Several facilities are available at the house, including hot water and showers, Wi-Fi, beds, mattresses, and free linen. Bathrooms are shared, while males and females can share accommodations. Housekeeping will be available twice each week to clean common areas, but make sure to keep your room as tidy as possible and clean up after yourself.

A coffee shop and restaurant are nearby, and bicycle rentals are available, so you can ride a bike to work or take a ride on the town during weekends.

Three meals are on offer each day. For breakfast, you can have cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast, and spreads. At lunchtime, you can help yourself to bread, fruit, cold meat and spreads. While for dinner, you will be given a hot meal, including a traditional braai (BBQ), stew, casserole and fresh vegetables on the side. Tea and coffee are available at any time, though any additional snacks will come at a cost. However, should you yearn for something else, supermarkets are close to the accommodations, so you can get your own drinks and snacks and keep in the fridge.


Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.


from $520 USDper week

from $520 USDper week


What’s included

  • Transfers to and from the project daily

  • Direct donation to the project's needs

  • 3 meals a day

  • Onsite volunteer coordinator available 24/7

  • Accommodations in volunteer house

  • Introduction programme

  • Pick up upon arrival and drop off at the end of your stay

  • Information and assistance before departure

What’s not included

  • Insurance

  • Airfare

  • Private luxuries (snacks, cool drinks, alcohol etc.)

  • Offer of weekend trips and outings (extra costs apply)

Start dates

This project is available year-round, except for 3 weeks during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Established in 2005, Khaya Volunteer Projects offers unique and affordable volunteer and gap year projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zanzibar. Khaya projects run the gamut of volunteer interests with project areas including Children; Communities; Sports Development; Healthcare; Wildlife and Conservation; and Education projects. A common thread running through all Khaya projects is a commitment to ethical volunteering. They work to ensure that your volunteering efforts and your financial contributions are used in the best way possible. In alignment with that goal, Khaya, with its base and several offices in Africa, can and does assist its local partners and projects in Southern and Eastern Africa with keeping the focus on responsible and ethical volunteering.

Their mission is simple but resonant:

“...we provide volunteering opportunities for international travellers that are both unique and as affordable as possible with high standards of service and facilities. Needless to say, we also prioritise our selected volunteer projects’ needs in ways that benefit both project and you, the volunteer.”

Honest pricing, crystal clear information, timely communication, and great service are all hallmarks of how they run a successful organization. True to the meaning of “Khaya” in several African languages, Khaya Volunteers makes sure its volunteers feel secure, well informed, and that they belong to the project to which they commit. Khaya believes that if you join on of their volunteering projects, you’ll have an African experience you’ll never forget.

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