Create your own, personal volunteering adventure. Options are available to mix and match in blocks of 1 week.
Township Animal Rescue A great option for budding veterinarians, vet nurses, animal welfare officers or any lover of cats and dogs, this organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected, abused, and unwanted domestic animals in low-income areas. You’ll assist vets in the clinic and animal hospital, attend mobile clinics in the townships, be part of rescues, treatments, rehabilitations and adoptions and much more.
Kids' Surfing Project This project was founded by a local surfer and provides an opportunity for kids from the townships to get off the streets and into the water to experience a positive aspect of their home town, having fun and exercise whilst learning how to surf. You don’t need to be a surfer, but competency in the water is of course essential to be able to keep the kids safe.
Township Sports Project Assist with sports and activities at this primary school in an underprivileged community of Cape Town. You’ll share your passion and knowledge for netball, soccer, rugby, cricket, basketball, tennis +++ with these enthusiastic kids and by being part of their daily physical education sessions, you’ll make a great difference.
Township Art and Sustainability Bring out your creative side as you join this dynamic team of artists who think out of the box and create beautiful art pieces using recycled materials collected from beach clean ups and recycling co-ops. Get involved with lessons for children from the local township, encouraging the kids to be creative, give them ideas, join and work alongside them and the creative member leading the session.
Township Kindergarten Working alongside this team of inspiring local women, come and help out at this well-established township childcare centre. The daycare centre takes care of over 60 township children aged from 3 to 6, allowing their parents to go out to work. It’s an amazing opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the lives of these kids
Equine Therapy If you have a love for horses and a passion for working with children with disabilities, this program is perfect for you. Help disabled children feel the joy and freedom of movement as they experience the incredible social, mental and physical benefits of horse riding. This Therapy in Motion centre is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides these special experiences for kids with disabilities, and has achieved amazing results. Min 4 weeks commitment.
Teaching Internship this internship program is designed for students, gap-year travellers and first-time teachers. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain classroom experience, learning practical skills and gaining confidence working alongside a local teacher. Min 4 weeks commitment.
Marine Biology Internship Get up close and personal with sharks, turtles, penguins, fish and other marine creatures at this incredible aquarium in the heart of spectacular Cape Town. You’ll assist with a variety of tasks such as cleaning displays, prepping food and keeping the residents and visitors happy. You may even get involved in open water rescue missions or animal releases! Min 4 weeks commitment.
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, otherwise you should fly in a day early. We can arrange an extra night accommodation and airport pickup.
The Project After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to get into it. On your first morning our team will accompany you to the project, to introduce you to the staff. Project hours vary depending your program of choice – transport to and from is generally by public minibus taxi, a cost of around $4 a day and a journey time of 15-30 minutes.
Weekends Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy. Cape Town offers so much to do. There are loads of stunning beaches to choose from, go for a surf or check out a penguin colony. 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.
Departure 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. Save around $30 for the airport transfer, which our coordinator will arrange for you.
Accommodation Our large volunteer house in Cape Town will be your home, only a short distance from the shops and beach. The house accommodates up to 20 people in single-sex bunk-rooms with up to 6 sharing. There are lockers for your valuables, a kitchen, lounge area, balcony, a nice garden and barbeque. 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 – or use the braai (BBQ) outside. We recommend you budget around $70 per week for groceries – markets and shops are nearby. There are also heaps of take-aways, bars and restaurants about 10 mins walk.
Fish Hoek’s main street is only 10 minutes’ walk away where you’ll find a laundry, 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. Taxis to Cape Town CBD cost around $30 - Fish Hoek is also on the train line, this is also a great way to get around
Comfort Accommodation Work hard during the day and treat yourself to a bit more comfort for your downtime with our upgrade accommodation option in Kommetjie. Check that sunset - that's you ! This is a separate accommodation in a different suburb to the volunteer house. There are two king-bed rooms each with ensuite, fridge, wifi, TV and kettle and a shared kitchenette and pool. Stunning views and amazing sunsets. The upgrade is available on request for $140 pp (twin) / $200 (single) per week. The beach, shops, restaurant and bars of Kommetjie are all walkable.