Community Outreach Roundtrip

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Coordinator | Dayne
Coordinator | Dayne
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Experience the best of South Africa with this ultimate combination program including a tour of Cape Town, community volunteering in Knysna and an awesome safari! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

Experience the best of South Africa with this ultimate combination program! Begin with a 3 Day tour of the beautiful city of Cape Town; travel to Knysna and assist with our community outreach volunteer projects and then end your trip with a 3 day camping safari in Addo National Park.

About the Cape Town Tour
Day 1 - City Tour:
Your City Tour in Cape Town will enable you to discover the multi-ethnic character and historical wealth of the city through visits to the SA Museum, the Company Gardens, the colourful Malay quarter with its Muslim community, the city centre and the District 6 Museum. Finally from the top of Signal Hill, you will gaze in awe at the splendour of the Mother City (Cable Car to Table Mountain is NOT included). (Scheduled tour) 

Day 2 - Peninsular Tour:
The Peninsula Tour takes you along both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Coastlines. Stop in at the charming fishing village of Hout Bay where boat trips to Seal Island are available for a supplementary charge. We then continue along the untamed Atlantic coastline to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point - the most southwesterly tip of Africa. On our return trip, we pass through Simon's Town (S.A's naval base), traverse the fishing port of Kalk Bay and the lush suburb of Constantia.

Day 3 - Robben Island:
Enjoy a morning at leisure or visit Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) for your own account. The Island represents important aspects of South African History. Then spend the remainder of your time exploring the exansive waterfront - the hub of Cape Town Shopping

About the safari
Enjoy an unforgettable 3 day safari at Addo Elephant National Park. This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. Addo’s over 500 elephants will delight you with their antics. You have the chance of seeing the Big 5 on this trip too! Camp in the heart of this stunning 170,000 hectares reserve and enjoy star gazing and hearing the sounds of nature - truly a wild African experience! 

About Volunteering in Knysna

  • You will spend 2 and half weeks in Knysna, helping with our community outreach projects 
  • Enjoy our beautiful beaches, turquoise lagoon and indigenous forests 
  • Be part of a close-knit welcoming community 
  • Knysna is full of restaurants and coffee shops; and has a vibey marina with great shops 
  • The area offers every activity you can think of, including hikes, boat trips, animal experiences, sky diving, the highest bridge bungee jump in the world and shark cage diving which you will have the opportunity to do if you are brave enough 
  • You can also extend your time volunteering in between the Cape Town and Addo Trips.
Volunteer projects may include:

TB Screening

Our TB Screening South Africa Project uses a non-invasive questionnaire based method to identify people who are presenting symptoms of TB and refer them to local health clinics.

With the assistance of our volunteers we go house-to-house and conduct a questionnaire – if it is apparent that someone is potentially infected with TB we provide them with a referral letter and advise them to visit a local health clinic for formal testing and treatment where necessary.

House-to-house screening is considered by the World Health Organisation to be a highly effective method for active case finding.

Please note: This project is carried out within the general population – it is not specifically aimed at people with TB and therefore there is no increased risk of contracting TB.

Community Survey

This community volunteer project focuses on an ongoing Community Survey. This survey is aimed at giving us a better understanding of how the local people feel about their community; as well as highlighting issues that our projects are already tackling and areas where we may be able to develop new projects.

Volunteers go house-to-house and conduct questionnaires. The content of the questionnaires varies depending on the current aims of the project.

Through this project we have been able to gain insight into unemployment rates; living conditions and access to services; skills that local people have; projects/classes that locals are interested in; and animal welfare issues.

Support for the Elderly

Volunteer for Elderly residents who live at a care home in Knysna, South Africa. This project is aimed at providing company and support to the residents of a local old age centre.

Our volunteers provide an opportunity for residents to enjoy a range of different programs, including exercise programs, arts and craft activities, group games, story reading, gardening and more! They especially love a game of bingo and making cards for their loved ones.

Through this project we are able to keep the residents mentally and physically active, provide them with emotional support, and provide an opportunity for many hours of fun they otherwise wouldn’t have. Many of the residents do not have family members that visit often. Not only do we help to break up some of the long days but it is a great opportunity for cultural exchange.

Recycling Swop Shop

Help us run a project teaching kids the value of looking after their community and the concept of using recycling to meet their immediate needs through a recycling exchange incentive scheme. Our swop shop also creates an effective means of cleaning up the local environment.

Local children collect plastic, paper, tins and glass which they bring once a week to the Swop Shop. Their recycling is weighed by EDGE of AFRICA volunteers and depending on the amount and type of recycling the child receives a certain amount of points which they can then spend in the ‘Swop Shop’.

The shop is filled with clothes, toiletries, toys & stationery (and the list goes on!) all donated by Knysna locals and International volunteers. There is no money involved in this scheme and the Recycling Swop Shop is entirely reliant on donations and volunteer participation.

The recycling that is collected through this project is put to good use, for example we use 2 litre plastic bottles to create eco-friendly greenhouses (see our Food Security Project); and we are developing a business empowerment project that will employ local people to create functional products out of “waste” materials!

Food Security

Our Food Security Project is aimed at providing locals with the assistance and education that they need in order to be able to grow food for themselves and their families.

The current focus of this project is to assist community members in building eco-friendly greenhouses. There has been a constant battle with developing vegetable gardens that are exposed to local animals in the informal areas of our Knysna Community. There is also an on-going problem that 2 L plastic bottles block drainpipes causing many houses and streets to flood. In order to tackle these issues we began constructing greenhouses using a wooden frame (making use of alien wood wherever possible) and rows of 2 litre plastic bottles (collected via our Recycling Swop Shop and through local competitions).

We have begun by creating greenhouses at local schools, both to assist the schools in providing food for their students and also to serve as prototypes for the wider community. Our long term goal is to assist individuals in creating their own greenhouses and to develop opportunities for food exchange and business empowerment opportunities.

We also run our “Ipana Banye” (“sharing together”) project once a week, where we prepare and distribute nutritious soup. Each week we rotate around different areas of our local community to try to reach as many people as possible.

Support Group for Teenagers

Volunteer with Teenagers through our weekly Support Group. This project is aimed at providing local teenagers with an opportunity to discuss and learn about issues important to them; and to build their self-esteem through positive reinforcement.

This is an 8-part workshop covering the following topics:

  • Bullying
  • Peer Pressure & Gangs
  • Body image, Self-esteem & Puberty
  • Relationships & Sex (2 parts)
  • Effects of alcohol
  • Communication skills
  • Personal Development

As well as discussing these important topics we also encourage the participants to set personal goals and to consider how the choices they make affect their ability to achieve their goals. Many of the children we work with come from backgrounds that aren’t always able to provide the direction that they need to lead the best life possible. We hope that through our workshops we inspire the children we work with to make responsible decisions and be the best they can be!

HIV/AIDS Awareness Workshops

These workshops are aimed at local children aged 12-18 years old and play an important role in the fight against the HIV epidemic.

In Sub-Saharan Africa nearly 1 in 20 adults are living with HIV and this region accounts for 71% of the people living with HIV Worldwide. Around 29.5% of South Africa’s population is infected with HIV.

Through our years of experience of working with children in Knysna’s township areas it has become increasingly apparent that although many of the children have heard about HIV/AIDS, their understanding is very minimal.

Our fun and interactive workshops cover all aspects of HIV/AIDS & TB:

  • How HIV/AIDS works and the facts about transmission
  • The link between HIV/AIDS & TB
  • Prevention
  • HIV testing and treatment
  • Effects of prejudice

In order to assess the effectiveness of our workshops, participating children complete a short quiz before they begin the workshops and the same quiz after they have finished the workshops.

Typical day

Your day will generally begin between 8.30-9.00 and finish 16.00-16.30.  You will usually come back to the lodge for lunch, but if you are out for the day you will be provided with a packed lunch.  You will always be accompanied by an EoA Co-ordinator who will ensure your safety and will make sure you know what you need to do.

Free-time activities

When you arrive in Knysna, EDGE of AFRICA has some great opportunities lined up for your stay including: visits to various food and craft markets; Whale & Dolphin boat trips; shark cage diving; wildlife sanctuaries including getting close to various cat, elephant and monkey species; highest bungee jump in the world; canoeing, hiking and climbing; and visits to numerous breath-taking beaches and beautiful rivers.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Specific qualifications are not required for this placement, although you will need to have a love for working in the community and be comfortable working with people of varying ages.

You need to be caring, motivated and enjoy team work. Good health and average physical fitness are also required. You also need to be confident with speaking English
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by EDGE of AFRICA
What's included?

  • Pick up at Cape Town airport and transfer to Cape Town accommodation 
  • 4 night/3 day Cape Town tour including accommodation, breakfasts and packed lunches (evening meals and optional extras excluded)
  •  3 day/2 night safari including game drives (in our vehicle), camping & conservation fees, 3 meals a day (excluding optional extras)
  • Transfer from Cape Town to Knysna for volunteer program 
  • FREE bus ticket from Knysna to Cape Town upon departure OR transfer to GEORGE airport 
  • 24/7 emergency support
  •  All project costs, equipment, tools and resources 
  • Orientation & Training 
  • Accommodation in our Knysna Volunteer House 
  • 3 meals a day at Knysna Volunteer House (on weekends we provide the ingredients for you to cook your own dinners) 
  • Project Related Transport 
  • Project T-shirt 
  • Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily 
  • Assistance with optional activities and tours 
  • Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone 
  • Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons
  • Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the Knysna volunteer house 
  • Post-project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount
Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

You will need to fly into Cape Town (CPT) where we will we be waiting to welcome you - just look for a sign with your name on! We will then transport you to your accommodation ready to start your 3 day Cape Town tour the following day. 

After your Cape Town tour we will transport you to Knysna ready for the volunteering portion of your program. 

On departure from the program, we will transport you either to George Airport (GRJ) (where you can catch a connecting flight back to Cape Town) or to the bus stop in Knysna. If you choose to take the bus from Knysna to Cape Town we will include your bus ticket FREE of charge! 

If you are travelling further through Africa before returning home we are more than happy to provide any advice or support in planning your onward journey. 

We will provide you with a comprehensive Pre-Travel Advice pack when you confirm your booking with us that will outline all our recommendations for flights, packing and in-country advice.


In Cape town, you will stay in comfortable, central dorm-style accommodation. 

In Knysna the EDGE of AFRICA lodge is a beautiful Victorian House, perfectly situated on a slope, overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. A place where you can put your feet up and admire the view or take a two minute stroll to town and explore the hot-spots of Knysna. 

In Addo, you will be roughing it and camping in the National park.

 Please Note, accommodation upgrades are available throughout your stay at an additional cost

Dorm Room Guesthouse Camping
Food & Beverages
During your Cape Town tour we provide breakfasts and packed lunches but evening meals are excluded.  

When you are volunteering in Knysna we provide 3 meals a day. Breakfasts include a choice of cereal, toast, and fruit; lunches include sandwiches, soup or traditional cuisine; and evening meals include pasta, curries, stews etc. 

During your safari trip we provide 3 meals a day.  Breakfasts include a choice of bread, cereal and fruit; lunches include sandwiches, hot dogs or salads; and evening meals include pasta dishes and usually a braai (barbeque)

We are happy to cater for specific dietary requirements as best we can!
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

2019 Dates

  • January 22nd - February 16th
  • February 5th - March 2nd
  • February 19th - March 16th
  • March 5th - March 30th
  • March 19th - April 13th
  • April 2nd - April 27th
  • April 16th - May 11th
  • June 11th - July 6th
  • June 25th - July 20th
  • July 9th - August 3rd
  • July 23rd - August 17th
  • August 6th - August 31st
  • August 20th - September 14th
  • September 3rd - September 28th
  • September 17th - October 12th
  • October 1st - October 26th
  • October 15th - November 9th
  • October 29th - November 23rd
  • November 12th - December 7th
*Please note you have the option to add additional weeks of volunteering.  

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$600 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. EDGE of AFRICA will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with EDGE of AFRICA during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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