Two-Week Volunteer Program in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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Volunteering Solutions

(52 Reviews)
  • From $925 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 5 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

Spend 2 unforgettable weeks in the South African Township of Imizamo Yethu (aka Mandela Park). Designed with the traveler-humanitarian in mind (and heart), this program promises both a full and rich experience of Cape Town and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of children for volunteers who are short on time.

You might wonder what can anyone do in two weeks that might benefit the development of a township. Rest assured, South African teachers will welcome your contribution at one of two Edu-Care facilities in this well organized program, as a shortage of teachers is one of the biggest challenges Mandela Park faces.

Depending on your tastes, you will have your pick of fun, relaxing, or adventurous things to do in your free time. Consider relaxing along stretches of golden sandy beaches, a tour of Cape Town, or a thrilling jungle safari; South Africa has it all! And, you won’t have to go it alone, as you’re bound to meet volunteers from different parts of the world.

Here is a typical 14-day itinerary:

On Day 1 (Sunday), you will be greeted at Cape Town International and transported to the volunteer house.

On Day 2 (Monday), you’ll have breakfast and then be taken to the Volunteering Solutions office for orientation about your volunteer work in Cape Town. Orientation will be followed by a City Walking Tour of Cape Town.

Days 3 - 6 (Tuesday to Friday)

You’ll commence work at the project location. See Your Impact section for details on why your contribution is so important.

Day 7 and 8: 2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour ( Saturday and Sunday)

You will take a 2-day Wildlife Tour, described in detail below. You will get to experience the amazing beauty of African wildlife. You’ll spot more species than you can name on this tour, so keep your camera handy!

On Sunday, you’ll return to your accommodations in Cape Town.

Days 9 - 13 (Monday to Friday)

Continue with a full week of project work.

Day 14 (Saturday): End of the Program

You have a day to relax or shop for souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Contact the program coordinator to arrange for an airport drop (at an additional cost).

2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour Details

Day 1: Cape Town to Sedgefield – Safari & Elephant Encounter

We depart the Mother City in the morning and set out for the gorgeous Garden Route. Your day begins with a morning Safari in search of lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and many more wild animals. You then have an action packed elephant interaction - one of the must-do-activities when in Africa. We end the day at our accommodations in Sedgefield where you have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the African sunset.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Backpacker Dorm

Sedgefield Facilities: Shared ablutions, honesty bar, free shuttle service to PiliPili beach Bar Route: Cape Town to Sedgefield, around 450 km

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours

Included Highlight: Game Drive Safari

Optional Activities: Elephant Encounter

 

Day 2: Sedgefield to Cape Town –via Route 62 and Oudtshoorn – wildlife encounters, Cango caves.

After breakfast, you and your fellow adventurers will set out for the Outeniqua Mountains to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn where you’ll have 2 options to choose from: 1) explore the wonders of the Cango Caves, one of the largest cave systems in the world, or 2) visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, full of exciting animal encounters from Crocodile cage diving to stroking a baby tiger!

After lunch, you will journey back to Cape Town along the spectacular Route 62

Meals: Breakfast

Route: Sedgefield to Cape Town, around 600 km

Travel time: Approximately 7 hrs

Included Highlight: Cango Caves (Adventure or Standard Tour), or Cango Wildlife Ranch

Included in the price:

- All accommodations and bedding

- All transport in a comfortable bus with AC & CD player

- 1 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner

- Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife ranch

- Big 5 Safari in private game reserve

- Qualified and registered tour guide

 

Extras (Optional):

Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice and are pursuant to the service providers disclosure.

Cheetah encounter - $15.14.

Crocodile cage diving - $24.51 (not in winter time).

Elephant Interactions - $50.46.

Arrival and Orientation

You will be greeted at the Cape Town International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving by car or are already in South Africa will be picked up from a pre-determined meeting point.

On your program start date, local staff will provide a half day orientation to empower you with everything you should know about your program! Key topics include:

- Introduction to the program

- General information about South Africa

- Safety Tips/Guidelines

- Custom

- Health Guidelines

- Communities

- Projects

- Host families

- Support Services

- Travel and Tours

You will also be given a 2-hour guided walking tour around the city center.

Accommodations

Volunteering Solutions arranges accommodation for volunteers in a volunteer hostel or in home stays in local communities. Hostels are located in the very safe areas of Sea Point and Observatory, and are close to shops, restaurants, public transport, and some of the best beaches in the world! Whereas the Sea Point accommodations are located in walking distance to the city center, the Observatory accommodations, located in a beautiful Cape Town suburb, are about 20 minutes from the city center.

The volunteer hostels are dormitory-style accommodations set up in typical backpacker-style, with rooms sleeping 4-8 people per room. Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. A typical breakfast consists of eggs, cereals, fruit, toast, tea/coffee, etc., and you’ll have a wholesome dinner at a contracted restaurant located within walking distance to the hostel.

Living in the hostel will allow you to get to know more than 20 other volunteers from all over the globe. You are likely to travel to your projects together by mini-bus taxi and to venture back “home” to evenings of movie nights in the lounge or having a braai, which is a South African barbeque.

Staying with a host family will allow you to experience the day-to-day life of a typical South African family living in one of the local communities. This is a true opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture. Your host will prepare breakfast, a lunch to take with you, and dinner everyday. There’s nothing like a home cooked meal when you’re far away from home. You will have a short commute to your placement, and, in the evenings, you can spend time bonding with your host family. On the weekends, you can either spend your leisure time with your host family or book yourself into a backpacker in town to explore the city center during the day and experience Cape Town nightlife.

Field Conditions

Imizamo Yethu (Mandela Park) is located in the scenic seaside of Hout Bay Valley area of Cape Town. It is home to approximately 40,000 people, many of whom live without the basic amenities such as electricity, running water and proper sanitation.

The diversity of Mandela Park will allow volunteers to see many different African nationalities and cultures co-existing in one township. Approximately 30% of its residents are South African citizens, and the rest of the population is comprised of other African nationalities including people from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, etc.

Despite a high rate of unemployment and the resultant poverty, many say “Ubuntu” (ancient African word referring to the philosophy of Human Kindness and Compassion) prevails, and there is no poverty of spirit in Mandela Park.

Your Impact

On project days, volunteers will help with childcare in 2 main “Edu-care” facilities in the township. Childcare is, by far, the greatest area of need due to the shortage of teachers.

With an extremely inadequate teacher-child ratio, volunteers are always needed to assist with: daily operational tasks, including assisting teachers (both in the classroom and out on the playground), feeding and cleaning responsibilities. Teachers will welcome your ideas for keeping the kids engaged. The extra hands, hearts, and minds will allow some individual attention to be given to kids who might not receive it otherwise.

These child-care centres depend heavily on volunteers’ help and donations, because they receive little government assistance and many parents cannot afford the monthly fees.

Location

Cape Town, South Africa
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Hout Bay Valley, Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be working in a childcare center.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers can stay in a hostel or home-stay.

  • Nearest Airport
    Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town

Cost

<p>The cost includes a $250 application fee. Extra weeks after 2 weeks are $150 each.</p>

2 Weeks
5 Weeks
2 Weeks

$925 USD

What’s Included

  • 2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour

  • Volunteering in Cape Town region

  • 2 Meals from Mon – Fri

  • Accommodation in volunteer hostel

  • Program orientation and walking tour of Cape Town

  • Airport pickup from Cape Town international airport

  • Assistance from In country support staff

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide

What’s Not Included

  • ​Any other personal expenses

  • Vaccinations

  • Local Transportation

  • Return Airport Drop(Can be arranged at extra cost)

  • Visa Fee

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Sundays year round.

Organization

Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)

Laurine

Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ...
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Xinyi Yang

Sep 27, 2017

It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.

Shuwen Tang

Sep 26, 2017

This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ... +more

Ruud

Sep 25, 2017

The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ... +more

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