Elderly / Frail Care Center

founded in 1972
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Coordinator | Kevin
Coordinator | Kevin
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Volunteer by helping local staff take care of the elderly members of society
Gain an in-depth knowledge of how the Frail Care system works in South Africa
Enjoy the Mediterranean climate which makes trips in your free time very comfortable and pleasant
Live in a volunteer house and meet people from numerous countries all over the world
Discover the night life and socialize in one of the many bars Cape Town has to offer
Volunteer at a Home/Facility for the Elderly and Frail Care Center. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

This Elderly/Frail Care Center opened its doors 1959 and initially only served as basic accommodation for the elderly (who could look after themselves), and offered no additional services. However, this changed in 1994 with the official end of Apartheid and a change of government. The new government wanted to move away from the institutionalization of the elderly, so this home, and many similar facilities changed their portfolio to frail care centers – this means that they now provide not only accommodation, but 24-hour nursing care and additional services such as Chiropody, Hairdressing facilities, weekly shopping outings, daily cleaning and laundry services and 3 healthy meals per day. Physiotherapy sessions have also recently been brought in, with the goal of eventually recuperating the elderly to a position of being able to help themselves with most daily activities. 

The facility currently has 70 residents, ranging in ages from 45 – 90yrs. Many of the current residents are unable to live without assistance, and suffer from a wide range of conditions such as Diabetes, various Cancers, Hypertension, Schizophrenia 4, Dementia,  Peripheral Vascular Disease, Huntington’s Chorea, and Korzikoff syndrome. Without this frail care center, most of these residents would be left unattended and on their own. Due to a very limited number of staff, volunteers (both local and international) are always more than welcome to assist in any way possible.

Typical day

Depending on the length of stay, the project supervisor tries to have volunteers work in various parts of the facility on a weekly basis in order to get a full understanding of how the center operates. Their main area of work will be with the Carers (nursing staff) on duty, with tasks such as:

-              Bathing the clients

-              Dressing them and assisting them to the toilet

-              Feed the clients during meal times

-              Interact with, and entertain the clients during free time – face-to-face interaction is of key importance

-              Assist with other daily activities including exercise

-              Assist in physiotherapy sessions

-              Kitchen duties: help with food preparation and cleaning

-              Laundry: Help sort clothing and treat infected clothing

-              Volunteers who want to learn more about the inner workings of the centre, can assist in the office and reception too.

Free-time activities

Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.
There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5!

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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills are required, however, volunteers need to have a passion for working with elderly people and a willingness to help wherever needed.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by Stay Africa Volunteers

Placement in a suitable project and volunteer house - Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa - Transfer from the airport to the STAY AFRICA house - Transfer to STAY AFRICA office for Orientation - Orientation program, including welcome session and Orientation Session - Meals and accommodation at volunteer house - 

At additional cost: Access to email, internet and mail holding facility at the STAY AFRICA House; Transportation from the accommodation to the project site and back. 

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Volunteers will be collected at Cape Town International Airport on the Set Arrival Date. A representative from the shuttle company will have a signboard with STAY AFRICA VOLUNTEERS on it to meet you. If you are unable to see anyone, please make your way to the information desk in the main terminal as the driver will page for you.


The STAY AFRICA Volunteer House can accommodate up to 30 volunteers at a time (5 dorm-style rooms sleeping between 4-8 people) , on-site, live-in full-time hostel manager, fully-equipped kitchen and communal lounge area with satellite TV, fully-fitted bathroom with 4 showers and 3 toilets, individual lockers for each volunteer,  WiFi internet connection, located centrally on transport route close to supermarkets, internet café, laundries, restaurants, etc.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner is provided Monday to Friday only. Lunch and weekend meals are the volunteer's expense. Breakfast is self help and normally includes coffee, tea with bread and cereal. Dinner includes a wide variety of dishes featuring food such as chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetable or rice. Dinner may also include a salad or soup.

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

Our volunteer program commences on every Sunday of the year (closed from mid-December to mid-January).

We understand that flights may be expensive and you may not always be able to secure a flight to arrive on a Sunday, we are therefore happy to accommodate last minute bookings, or early arrivals, if this helps you to secure an affordable flight. Extra nights are charged at R300 per night.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$229 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Stay Africa Volunteers 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 Stay Africa Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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