Uplift Children with Art

founded in 2019
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Coordinator | IMAMA
Coordinator | IMAMA
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Art is being used to empower children and inspire community development.
You will get to spend time with the most beautiful, funny and heart-warming kids that will make you cry with laughter, together with a team that loves what they do.
Explore authentic township and Xhosa life, get to know the culture, join ceremonies, township parties and events and make new friends
Make unforgetable memories with exciting outdoor adventures, go surfing, SUP, hiking, go on a Safari and enjoy the lovely riverfront accomodation with an amazing vibe
Make a difference, inspire the township community, help at the afterschool program and bring in your own ideas and workshops
Uplift children from the township Motherwell with the power of art: paint huge murals with the kids and beautify the shacks This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

As Arts facilitator your main responsability will be to help preparing and running different art and craft projects with the kids at our shelter Mamas Place.

Our dear friend Luc van der Walt also implemented his amazing Flowers for Africa Workshops into this community, volunteers help to continue doing these workshops with the kids:

‚Flowers for Africa‘ is a 5 days workshop initiated by the artist Luc 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. Before the workshop you help to organize paints and brushes. During the workshop you help and direct the children. On the last day you will help to take a picture of each child with their flower.

In the week after the project you print out lots of photos and organize a ceremony to celebrate the success of the workshop together with the community leaders. The ceremonies include dancing, music and theatre performences performed by the kids and a diashow with photos of the project. The main purpose of the ceremony is to hand out a certificate with a photo of each child with their painted flower. It is a beautifull event that will stay in your mind and heart forever!

Are you adventurous, social, naturally curious and creative and looking to gift some of your time and effort to a South-African community project with underprivileged (kick-ass and hilariously funny) kids, then this might be just the opportunity you were waiting for. Our projects are perfect for anyone looking to expand their mind and learn some new skills.

Typical day

The volunteers are accommodated in a nice guesthouse in Port Elizabeth and are working with the kids and facilitators 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 1pm ur project initiator Luc takes you to the township Motherwell.

You will mainly do the Art Projects and also help out with our Community Upliftment Projects. 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 for their children:

·       we organize afterschool activities like sports, arts, planting, practising English, playing games and environmental activities

·       we help out at a kids soup kitchen run by Nwabisa, the 'Mama' of the neighbourhood

·       we beautify the area together with the locals

·       we organize events in parks, where kids can do art, dance, music and theatre performances

·       we help out at a preschool in the township

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 Paddle boards, 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 very 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

·        We offer unforgettable 2-6 days Surftours 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)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at A Levels 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 UPLIFTeV & IMAMA Community Dev

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


Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport

We will pick you up from the airport.


You will be staying at a lovely homestay in Uitenage, with a swimming pool, family vibes and fun get-togethers. We usually cook or braai together in the evenings.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Book our food package for just 10€ per day:

We provide dinner and breakfast at the accommodation for just 10€ per day.  Additional food you can buy for yourself in the supermarket.

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 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

Please ask us first when the next 'Flowers for Africa' Project takes place and we will let you know on which date it is best for you to start.   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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$434 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. UPLIFTeV & IMAMA Community Dev 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 UPLIFTeV & IMAMA Community Dev during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Uplift children from the township Motherwell with the power of art: paint huge murals with the kids and beautify the shacks


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