Our vision at Volunteering Africa is to increase education and create awareness through the skills and expertise offered by volunteers from their selected communities and institutions, but also through the experiences and lessons volunteers will in turn take back to their own countries and cultures.
The greatest experience of my life!
Volunteering in South Africa with Volunteering Africa in Masipumelele was the greatest experience of my life. Deon and Maryna met me at the airport and at the volunteer house, they introduced me to all of the lovely staff and project coordinators, I knew that this trip was going to be amazing.
Cape Town VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
LOCATION OF CAPE TOWN PROGRAMS
Volunteering Africa offers volunteers from around the world placement in three communities near the city of Cape Town. These are the Ocean view, Masiphumelele and Muizenberg community. These communities are located roughly 30 – 40 minutes outside of Cape Town. The project you choose as well as the demand for volunteers will determine in which community you are placed
START AND DURATION OF CAPE TOWN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
Volunteer programs start on the 1st and on the 3rd Monday of each month. Volunteering Africa is a flexible organization and allows you to choose the duration of your volunteering experience which can be anywhere from 1 week to 6 months.
CAPE TOWN VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
In order to become a Volunteering Africa volunteer, you must meet a couple of requirements. On the commencement date of the volunteer program you signed up for, you have to be at least 18 years old and have a high school education.
Orientation takes place on the day after you arrive and usually lasts for a whole day. Orientation for the volunteer program will be run by the Volunteering Africa team that will meet you on your arrival.
As a Volunteering Africa volunteer, this is what you can expect a normal day to be like:
- Each morning, there will be breakfast at the volunteer house.
- After breakfast, volunteers will leave to go to their respective programs. Transport will be provided for them.
- Once at their projects, volunteers will meet with the staff of the community project to which they have been assigned.
- When your volunteer work for the day ends depends on your chosen project and where you are placed. It can be anywhere from 12: 30 pm to 5 pm.
- When volunteers are not working, they are free to spend their time as they choose. For example, they can shop, visit tourist attractions, go to restaurants, or go back to the volunteer house and relax.
- Volunteers will have a lunch break which will usually be between 1 pm and 2 pm. If a volunteer chooses to participate in the teaching, sports development or computer training program, it is advisable that you make yourself a sandwich in the morning before leaving for your program as these programs finish between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
- Weekends: Volunteers do not have to participate in any volunteer work over the weekends. During the weekends, volunteers will have time to indulge in and explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Cape Town. Volunteers can ask to take long weekends if they wish to go on safaris or travel a further away from the Mother City to places such as the Garden Route.
- Sunbird Adventures is the dedicated transport and tour operator for Volunteering Africa
Volunteering Africa provides safe and secure housing for all of its volunteers.
Volunteers who sign up for the program will live together in the Volunteering Africa house which is located in a safe neighborhood in Cape Town, close to where the volunteers will be working. This creates a sense of community and provides volunteers with an opportunity to socialize. Because volunteers are expected to share rooms they are also required to be respectful of one another. Although a domestic worker will clean the house from Monday to Friday, volunteers are expected to keep their personal space tidy. We suggest that volunteers bring towels and sleeping bags for any trips they plan on taking.
The program fee includes your airport pick up, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during your volunteering period in Africa. You will receive 24 hour support 7 days a week. Your program fee also includes transport to and from placements and administration costs.
WHAT ADDITIONAL COSTS WILL I HAVE?
Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in South Africa generally find US$150 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).
Volunteering Africa supplies a self help breakfast, lunch and dinner to its volunteers during the week. For breakfast, volunteers will typically be served cereal, fruit and toast.Tea and coffee is also included. Lunch will most often consist of sandwiches that the volunteers can take with them to their different projects. For the evening meal, meat, vegetables and a form of carbohydrates such as potatoes, bread or pasta can be expected. Both dinner and breakfast is served at the volunteer house.
Volunteers with special dietary requirements will need to let the team know ahead of their volunteer period so that arrangements can be made to accommodate them. Tap water is clean enough to drink in South Africa but if volunteers want to buy their own bottled water, we recommend that they bring about £1 per week which will allow them to buy 2 liters of water to drink per day. Remember that part of the fun of travelling to a foreign country is opening yourself up to new experiences. The Volunteering Africa team promises to make sure that you are well-fed but the food will most likely be different to what you eat usually eat. So come with an open mind and try our delicious South African dishes!