Environment, Arts and Sustainability Support

founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Agnieszka
Coordinator | Agnieszka
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Beautify the township, create new playgrounds for the kids, inspire the community with your own ideas and teach locals about the environment and how to live sustainably
Uplift the the locals with amazing workshops: art, sports, surf, cooking, planting and sustainability workshops
Travel while you make a difference! Do Safaris, go Surfing, hiking, swimming, kiting, sailing, horse riding, swim in waterfalls, explore nature & wildlife and do adventurous Roadtrips with us!
Get to know the culture, explore authentic township and Xhosa life, join ceremonies and events and make new friends
Enjoy your evenings at a lovely riverfront accomodation with an amazing vibe and spend your daily free time with exciting activities like Surfing, Hiking, SUP and Safaris
Uplift and inspire the people in Motherwell by beautifying the township with art, organize events & workshops and teach locals about the environment and sustainability. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Us and the volunteers work closely together with the locals of the township Motherwell, who want to improve life in the township and ensure a better future.

Your main task will be to help the artists Sakumzi and Coco to beautify the township with art and creativity, bring hope into the community, teach them how to live sustainably, create or build new spaces for the kids and locals (like playgrounds, soccer fields, communal gardens and more), organize events and workshops and inspire locals and communities with your own ideas and skills

Besides this we have a diverse program in which you can participate as well (please note: if you want to work with small children, you need to stay at least 4 weeks):

  • we organize afterschool activities like sports, arts, planting, practising English, playing games and environmental activities
  • we do art with the kids at the Hand in Hand Art Studio and Art Academy
  • we help out at a soup kitchen run by Nwabisa, the 'Mama' of the neighbourhood
  • we do the 'Flowers for Africa' project once a month, where kids paint huge flowers on the walls of their shacks
  • we organize events in our artistic park, which we created out of a dumpsite

Besides the weekly program, we organize different events in the township where everyone can show their art and do music, dancing or theatre performances on a little stage. We also offer workshops for sustainability, gardening, English, maths and art and we hold meetings with the locals to discuss environmental and social issues with them.

Once a month we do the 5 days ‚Flowers for Africa‘ workshop initiated by the artist Luc van der Walt and the non-profit organisation ‚Art to uplift‘ which provides underprivileged children with the therapeutic experience of art.  With a group of artists, the children are painting flowers bigger than themselves on the murals of their communities. The children are left proud, educated and more confident in themselves and the community is inspired to make other improvements. 

Typical day

The volunteers are accommodated in a nice guesthouse in Port Elizabeth and are working with the locals in the township 5-6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

After breakfast in the morning, you can relax in the garden, go for a swim in the river, go surfing, go to the beach, go for a hike or take a SUP on the river. Around 1am our project initiator Luc takes you to the township Motherwell.

Your main task will be to help the artists Sakumzi and Coco to beautify the township with art and creativity, do English, art or sustainability workshops, help with our environmental projects (planting, organizing anti-waste campaigns), create or build new spaces for the kids, organize events and workshops and inspire kids and communities with your own ideas and skills.

If you plan to stay for a long time period, you are welcome to help out with the other Community Upliftment Projects in the area (as mentioned above).

Around 6pm you go back to your lovely accommodation and enjoy the amazing vibe on our terrasse at the river or at our fireplace together with the other volunteers and project facilitators. Usually the project facilitators cook together with the volunteers a Pojke or another healthy meal. We offer fresh veggies, rice and noodles for you to use. The dinner is always a nice way to reflect the day and have some beers together.

Free-time activities

  • The guesthouse has a lovely garden right at the river where you can swim and use our Standup Paddleboards, the perfect place to relax in your free time
  • Do Yoga or Meditation in our guesthouse
  • Port Elizabeth is known for its pristine beaches: You can have a beach day, take a surf lesson with our Surf Instructor Luc or go surfing by yourself
  • PE is a windy area, so it's great for kiteboarding, windsurfing and sailing.
  • Go camping on the beach with us and cook delicious meals on the fire
  • Visit the Addo Elephant Park, it is just 40 minutes away
  • Other game reserves are also close by
  • Go hiking in the mountains and swim in secret lagoons
  • Experience a real township Braai and a real township party at a Shabeen
  • Do some art with the artist Sakumzi at his Hand in Hand art gallery in the township
  • Go out in the city of Port Elizabeth
  • Visit the different festivals, events and markets in PE
  • Surf the longest wave of South Africa in Jeffreys Bay
  • Do a weekend trip to the picturesque area of Natures Valley and the Garden Route
  • We offer unforgettable 2-6 days Surf tours around the Wild Coast or the Garden Route with our Van
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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by TripBuddies

The fees cover the costs for accommodation, transportation, food, some activities, salaries and other project expenses.

Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport
If we are available we can pick you up from the airport, otherwise, you can take a taxi for 150 Rand (10€) or let us organize a shuttle (10€).
You will be staying at riverfront accommodation with a great vibe and fun activities like stand up paddling, windsurfing, fishing and sailing on your doorstep. It has a lovely veggie garden where you can pick up fresh fruits and veggies and where you can relax, swim and sunbath. The guesthouse/backpackers specialises mostly in animal safaris, road trips and surf lessons. In the evenings we have relaxed get togethers on the terrasse, where we play guitar, sit at the fire and have dinners together.
Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. 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

You can start anytime. If we are available we can pick you up from the airport, otherwise, you can take a taxi for 150 Rand (10€) or let us organize a shuttle (10€).

The first day you can relax and recover from your long journey on the beach or at the river and get to know everyone. You will get an introduction and we will make a plan for the week for you.

Book our food package for just 30€ per week:

We provide a vegan dinner (fresh veggies and rice) and Oats, bread, mayo, tomatoes from the garden, peanut butter & milk for breakfast. You can prepare your brekkie yourself and in the evening everyone who wants to cooks usually together. Additional food you can buy for yourself in the supermarket. Filtered water is available at our accommodation.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

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1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$411 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. TripBuddies will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with TripBuddies during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Environment, Arts and Sustainability Support

Uplift and inspire the people in Motherwell by beautifying the township with art, organize events & workshops and teach locals about the environment and sustainability.


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