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.
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.
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.
Volunteers arrive on this day. We shall receive you from the Airport and take you to the volunteer house.
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.
You’ll commence work at the project location.
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.
Continue with project work.
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 Details
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.
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
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!
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
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
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice as per the service providers.
Cheetah encounter - R210.
Crocodile cage diving - R340 (not in winter time).
Elephant Interactions - R700.
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Volunteering Solutions South Africa Reviews
The in-country staff was also very supportive. Everything felt like home. hope I could do this again very soon. .
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. .
It was a great experience! It was so nice to meet the new people who became very good friends in only 3 weeks..
I'm so happy that I found Volunteering Solutions. These moments are unforgettable and this is an experience I will treasure for always. .
I enjoyed the working at my Project. The Project was amazing! I enjoyed the work with the children and the surf lessons..
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..
The in-country support staff was excellent. I'm so glad to have done this experience, It was really really worth it..
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. .
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..
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. .
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..
I did enjoy my project. Itâ€™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..
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..
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..
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.
To do a Volunteering Project was literally the best decision I have ever made. Working with the children didnâ€™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.
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