Day 1 (Monday) Arrive at Cape Town Airport (airport code CPT) where you’ll be met and taken straight to your new home, a journey of around 45 minutes during which you’ll get your first sight of the iconic Table Mountain. You’ll need to arrive by 4pm so that you’re in time for orientation at 5pm followed by dinner.
If you aren’t able to arrange a flight to get you into Cape Town before 4pm then you should fly in a day early. We can arrange an extra night accommodation and airport pickup.
Day 2 (Tuesday) After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to get into it. This morning you’ll head off to meet the project team at the surfing academy and then after a short orientation including health and safety matters it’s time to get suited up, grab a board and enjoy your first surf lesson with a fully qualified surf instructor.
The project operates Tuesdays to Saturdays and every morning you’ll have access to surfboards and wetsuits so you can get out there and practice your own surfing skills.
The kids start arriving around 2pm, and before they hit the surf they get lunch and complete their homework (volunteers help both with lunch prep and with homework). There are usually around 20 children each day, between 8 and 17 years of age. Once homework is finished, you’ll hand out wetsuits and surfboards and then it’s into the water! Muizenberg Beach is very safe and an experienced instructor will always be nearby – each volunteer is allocated one or two kids to look out for and keep safe. These kids and their families simply can’t afford to do any of this on their own, so you’ll really be having a positive impact on their lives. Once surfing is complete you will help pack up and if you like you can assist the team dropping the kids off back at home, a chance to meet their families and gain a further insight into their lives, perhaps even to visit their homes.
Sometimes there is a break from the surf and the afternoon activity is a hike or a game of soccer – either way, volunteers are involved and vital to the success of it.
Aside from working with the kids your help is appreciated with all manner of support tasks such as office admin, project marketing through photography, blogging and social media, polishing or fixing surfboards or helping out in the shop.
Days 7 and 8 (Sunday and Monday) Spend your free time as you please, your days off are yours to enjoy. Cape Town offers so much to do. Maybe you’d like to climb Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, explore the city with its fascinating museums and art galleries….or even go wine tasting. There are loads of stunning beaches to choose from and a visit to the Cape is a must. You’ll also want to kick back and chill in the garden or around the swimming pool at the volunteer house.
Your last day (Monday) It will be sad to say goodbye to your newfound friends but you’ll have so many special memories to take back with you. The return transfer from Fish Hoek to Cape Town International is not covered within your project fee but our regular transfer company will be able to organise the journey. Budget around $30.
As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in South Africa.
While you're here...
Facilities and the area
There’s a phone at the house for incoming calls - buy a phone card to make outbound calls.There is a laundry down the road.Cape Town has a temperate climate but winter (May to September) is pretty chilly so pack warm clothes and plenty of sweatshirts.Bedding is provided - but bring a sleeping bag for extra warmth – also BYO towel.
Fish Hoek’s main street is only 10 minutes’ walk away where you’ll find a supermarket, serviced laundry and internet café, as well as banks and other shopping. The beach is just a stone’s throw beyond that!
Bars, restaurants, more shopping and more beautiful beaches are only 10 minutes away by taxi.
Fish Hoek is on the train line, this is also a great way to get around
Taxis to Cape Town CBD cost around $30
Our large volunteer house in Fish Hoek will be your happy home for this trip. It accommodates up to 20 people in single-sex six-share bunk-rooms. Three shared bathrooms all have hot showers. There’s also a lounge area, balcony, a nice garden and barbeque. You’ll be only a short distance from the shops and beach. There are lockers for your valuables - bring a padlock with you. A $100 security deposit is payable on arrival.
You’ll be self-catering during your stay, and can cook your meals in the communal kitchen complete with stove, fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster. We recommend you budget around $70 per week for groceries – markets and shops are nearby.
There’s a braai (Barbie) in the garden which is yours to use – always nice on a warm evening. If you prefer a night off cooking, then there are heaps of take-out options, bars and restaurants about 10 minutes’ walk away.