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Overview
South Africa is one of the most enchanting countries in the world, and has always been on the checklist of travellers. A paradise for wildlife lovers and also for those who loves to relax by the beach - South Africa has it all! With the stretches of golden sandy beaches, the breeze tantalizing your senses, the ocean with its deep blue hues, and the lush green forests - South Africa is a perfect canvas painted beautifully by the Creator.
 
We have essentially designed this ‘Special Volunteer and Travel Program’ for those who want to have an authentic experience of South Africa, but don’t have much time to spend there. The ‘2 Week Program’ will enable you to be a part of a volunteer project and contribute towards the development of a township, and also take you for a tour of Cape Town as well as a thrilling jungle safari.
 
This will also give the participants an opportunity to meet other volunteers from different parts of the world, and explore each other’s culture and customs. Working with the natives will be beneficial for the volunteers as they can absorb the love and warmth and also know about their lifestyle and traditions.

Project Location
Volunteers will be placed in a township named Imizamo Yethu (often referred to as Mandela Park), located in the scenic seaside of Hout Bay Valley area of Cape Town. Originally created in the early 1990’s to accommodate an estimated population of 3000, the township has grown rapidly and is now home to approximately 40,000 people, many of whom live without the basic amenities such as electricity, running water and proper sanitation.
 
Imizamo Yethu is also one of the most diverse townships in the Western Cape Province, where approximately 30% are South African citizens, with the rest of the population comprising of other African nationalities including people from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, etc.
Volunteers working here will get a unique insight into how all these different African cultures come together to live side by side. Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges that the people of Mandela Park face, but through sheer resilience and an overwhelming spirit of “Ubuntu” (ancient African word referring to the philosophy of Human Kindness and Compassion), they survive in their daily life.
 
Project Information: CHILD-CARE
The area with the greatest need of volunteer help, by far, is the childcare field.
There are 2 main ‘Edu-care’ facilities in the township. These 2 projects are similar in many ways in terms of the number of children and facilities available, and therefore face the same challenges, the greatest being an insufficient number of teachers.
 
With extremely inadequate teacher-child ratio, volunteers are always needed to assist with the daily operation tasks – everything from teaching/education side (both in the classroom and out on the playground), to feeding and cleaning responsibilities.
 
With very little financial assistance from the government, and monthly school fees of only approx. R300 per child (which many parents cannot afford), these child-care centres depend heavily on volunteers’ help and donations.

 
 
 
Day 1: Sundayvolunteer in cape town south africa
Volunteers arrive on this day. We shall receive you from the Airport and take you to the volunteer house.
 
Day 2: Monday
After breakfast, we shall take you to the office for orientation about your volunteer work at Cape Town. Orientation will be followed by a City Walking Tour of Cape Town.
 
Day 3 - 6: Tuesday to Friday
You’ll commence work at the project location.
 
Day 7 & 8: Saturday and Sunday
We shall take you for a weekend wildlife tour on Saturday. You will get to experience the amazing beauty of African wildlife - keep your camera handy, as you’ll spot too many species here!
On Sunday, you’ll return back to your accommodation in Cape Town.
 
Day 9 – 13: Monday – Friday
Continue with project work.
 
Day 14: Saturday - Programme Ends
You have a day to relax or to do shopping. Try getting some souvenirs for your friends and family back at home.
You can contact our program coordinator if you would like to arrange for airport drop at an additional cost.

2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour Detailsvolunteer travel south africa
Day 1: Cape Town to Sedgefield – Safari & Elephant Encounter
We depart the Mother City in the morning and drive towards the gorgeous Garden Route. We start the day 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 accommodation in Sedgefield where you have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the African sunset.
 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: 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. This morning we head towards the Outeniqua Mountains to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn where you’ll  have 2 options to choose from.
You can either choose to explore the wonders of the Cango Caves, one of the largest cave systems in the world, or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, full of exciting animal encounters from Crocodile cage diving to stroking a baby tiger!
 
After lunch we begin our 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
volunteer and tour in cape town
Included in the price : All accommodation + Bedding

All transport in 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
 
 
Optional extras :-
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice as per the service providers.

Activities:
Cheetah encounter - R210.
Crocodile cage diving - R340 (not in winter time).
Elephant Interactions - R700.
 
South Africa Program Booking
All program in Cape Town have different start dates, please see the relevant tables below for your choice of program. Volunteers need to book their flights to arrive on the dates below.
Volunteering Solutions South Africa Reviews
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Nora AlHelali
(Saudi Arabia)

The in-country staff was also very supportive. Everything felt like home. hope I could do this again very soon. .

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Jessica Zukhovich
(United States)

My whole trip was having the opportunity to live with and make friends from all over the world. I will always carry with me all the amazing memories from this trip. .

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Caroline Gehring
(Germany)

It was a great experience! It was so nice to meet the new people who became very good friends in only 3 weeks..

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Bethany Gordon
(United States)

I'm so happy that I found Volunteering Solutions. These moments are unforgettable and this is an experience I will treasure for always. .

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Jennifer Winkelmann
(Germany)

I enjoyed the working at my Project. The Project was amazing! I enjoyed the work with the children and the surf lessons..

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Isabelle Fischer
(Germany)

I really loved my project. I could work with the grade R at my school and the children were so lovely. It was awesome to see how happy you could make them by helping them with their exercises and playing with them..

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Stefano Tasin
(Italy)

The in-country support staff was excellent. I'm so glad to have done this experience, It was really really worth it..

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Tobias Langer
(Germany)

The highlight was my last day in school, because everybody was crying. After 7 weeks you get used to the children and you kind of love them. .

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Tin Chi (Tammie) Chow
(New Zealand)

I really enjoyed working at my project placement. It was a great experience for me and for the school as well. The staffs at the school appreciated my effort in playing sports with the children and helping them..

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Jennifer Rojek
(United States)

I enjoyed working at my placement. The staff was very welcoming, they wanted to hear about where I was from, they involved me as much as possible. .

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Verena Sladek
(Germany)

I worked with kids aged between 8 months to 2-5 years old. I used to provide them love and care which they would be missing. I am very happy to have chosen this program..

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Emilia Florko
(Poland)

I did enjoy my project. It’s always important to make friends with children that went through a lot in their past and to share the time and great emotions with them..

Cape Town, South Africa
Bridget Russo
(United States)

The staff was very helpful. I wrote a few times asking about donations and they responded very quickly and very details. :) I definitely feel my time was appreciated and my experience worthwhile. I am a teacher back home so I felt that I collaborated with the teacher and worked together as a team..

Cape Town, South Africa
Milena Neumann
(Germany)

I really enjoyed the working at my project. The teachers were nice and helped me with problems. The highlight of the program could easily be that I had the possibility to go on another school..

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Simone Coenen
(Germany)

I loved my program placement very much. I loved the kids and it was really hard to say goodbye. I loved my work, the teaching in other countries is awesome and playing soccer with them makes the kids feel so important. I got a lot of positive feedbacks from the teachers and the principals and I fel.

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Caroline Poell
(Germany)

To do a Volunteering Project was literally the best decision I have ever made. Working with the children didn’t just give me the feeling of being needed but also helped me to get to know myself much better and to develop in a positive way. I would always recommend this program. As I said, it was t.

Cape Town Program Cost
Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.
WeekEURUSDGBPAUD
2 weeks€655$675£574$945
Extra week€146$150£128$210
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