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Sport and development

2 - 24 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Perfect 4.6  · 
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Especially suitable

Age 18+

About the program

Teach skateboarding or any special sports to children from local townships to promote physical activity and self confidence in conquering a new skill.

This project falls under the umbrella of Sports Development. Our aim with the Skate Club Project is to build self confidence and a passion for sport among the participants of the program. Volunteers are not required to have any experience with skateboarding, as volunteers will also receive lessons ...

About the program

This project falls under the umbrella of Sports Development. Our aim with the Skate Club Project is to build self confidence and a passion for sport among the participants of the program. Volunteers are not required to have any experience with skateboarding, as volunteers will also receive lessons from our skilled project leaders. This project combines fun activity with lessons in safety and the teaching of life skills such as discipline, structure, communication, and dedication.
As this is an incentive-based program, it encourages students from local schools to work hard in the classroom and behave both in school and on project. Since implementing this fun incentive for the children, we have noticed a drastic reduction in the school drop-out rates. With all of our sport programs, we hope to promote physical activity as a positive past time to steer youth away from negative influences within their communities and curb boredom after school.
Volunteers will assist with one of our School and Educare programs in the morning, and in the afternoon will take part in skate lessons for the children. Volunteers of the Skate Club Project will also have the opportunity to assist with our other Sport Development initiatives such as the Swim and Adventure Surf Club Project. This project works hand-in-hand with the Surf Project, as practice on skateboards will inevitably improve their skills on a surfboard in the water as well.
The Skate Club Project was created and is lead by two of our female interns. For us, it is important to teach these youth that girls can perform just as well as boys in sport and can do anything that they want in life. This is an important life-lesson for the individuals from township and settlement communities. 

Free-time activities

Free-time activities



Minimum Age: 18 years

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 (intermediate level)

Criminal Background Check


Required Documents

police clearance, application form, proof of travel insurance, flight details and copy of passport

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

Proficient in English, positive attitude, medium+ level of fitness. Skateboarding experience an asset, but not required.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by SAVE Foundation

Included: Airport pick up ,2 day Cape Town orientation , accommodation, 3 meals a day, weekly social events, transport to and from projects, 24 support and supervision, donation to the project, and certificate of appreciation.

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Our driver will have your name written on a SAVE welcome sign. If you have any issues, please report to the Information Desk and call us directly. *Please note: only the pickup from the airport to SAVE is included, transfers back to the airport must be arranged*


As a volunteer, you will stay at one of our 2 volunteer houses. Both are a few minutes walk from each other and located about a 5 minutes walk from the beachfront. Most rooms sleep 4-6 volunteers and are co-ed. Some rooms have en-suite bathrooms and some share a central bathroom in the house. Volunteer houses are safe and secure, with common lounge areas and kitchen facilities. Double and private rooms are available upon request.

Food & Beverages

Breakfast: Self-serve including bread, cereals, milk, yogurt, coffee/tea, and spreads, Lunch: Self-serve options including sandwiches, salads, etc. ,Dinner: A variety of hot dishes will be provided as well as salad/vegetables/starches. Twice a week there will be a traditional South-African meal such as a braai or potije. *Complimentary tea and coffee are always available* *Vegetarian and gluten/dairy-free options available*

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE


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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

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Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 800€
3 weeks 1,095€
4 weeks 1,349€
5 weeks 1,692€
7 weeks 2,367€
9 weeks 3,052€
24 weeks (max. stay) 8,188€
Average fees 371€/week

Program fees

371€ per week 2 - 24 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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2 - 24 weeks


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

Your final payment will be agreed with SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Meet your organization

SAVE Foundation

Perfect 4.6 rating (59 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2007

Verified by Volunteer World

  Good response rate

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Spoken languages: English

About the project

SAVE Foundation works to enrich, educate, and empower various township and settlement communities, as well as protect and rehabilitate wildlife in areas of Africa.

Meet your organization

SAVE Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation. We are NOT a booking agent; we run, manage, and fund all of our humanitarian projects with the help of volunteers. We believe in transparent and sustainable programs that positively impact our local community.

SAVE Foundation is a registered and 18A tax-exempt, non-­profit organisation (NPO) that assists communities in Africa. Our work involves setting up and facilitating sustainable community and conservation development projects in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya as well as assisting other non-­profit organisations that are actively involved in the local communities.

Volunteers pay a fee that covers the costs of their stay such as accommodation, transport and meals as well as a donation that assists to finance the projects. In return, volunteers get to experience African culture, see our beautiful countries, learn some new skills and make a difference to those in need. As well as making many new friends, the memories made are sure to last a lifetime!

Our volunteer packages include teaching children to (kite) surf and swim, building schools and homes, assisting at local schools, teaching business skills to adults, working with sharks, cheetahs and other wild animals.

Every little bit helps and one can come and volunteer for anything from two weeks to two years!

SAVE Foundation Vision

The vision of SAVE Foundation is to provide local communities with education, youth development, sports development, and skills that will enable them to help themselves rise above the vicious cycle of poverty, and to provide conscientious and responsible wildlife conservation. Through the assistance of enthusiastic volunteers, generous sponsors, and dedicated staff, SAVE Foundation has broadened its reach from a small community-based South African outreach project, to 6 different countries with 35 humanitarian and wildlife projects over the past 9 years. SAVE Foundation hosts like-minded, dedicated volunteers from all over the world; in 2015 the organization amassed 2, 050, 200 total volunteer hours.

SAVE Foundation is committed to providing ethical volunteering opportunities with African wildlife. Our wildlife projects focus on conservation and rehabilitation of endangered, injured, and abandoned animals.


Humanitarian Projects

SAVE Foundation is committed to providing responsible and sustainable volunteering opportunities. We believe that responsible volunteer practices are paramount to any high quality international volunteer organization. SAVE differs from other non-profit organizations because of the way that we work to create self-sufficient and thriving communities. Each project goes through a rigorous assessment-in conjunction with local authorities on the matter-to identify the needs of the particular community and/or school and how SAVE can best assist them to achieve their goals. SAVE aims to do more than provide Band-Aid solutions to larger issues, but instead work alongside locals to assist with development that will continue to positively impact the community throughout generations.

SAVE Foundation provides responsible volunteering opportunities by ensuring that:

  • Volunteers do not replace paid employment opportunities for local people
  • Volunteers work alongside local staff to assist them with day-to-day operation and the implementation of improvements
  • The goal of each project is to create a self-sufficient and locally run program
    • Ex. We assist schools achieve a high level of education and operation to obtain official school registration.
    • Once a program/school is successfully up and running, we identify a new program in need of our assistance, and leave the local staff to run the operation on their own
  • Volunteers receive training upon their arrival to provide the best assistance possible within their specific placement
  • SAVE regularly collects feedback from volunteers and local project staff
  • SAVE evaluates programs on an ongoing basis
    • Assess both needs for improvement/assistance and areas of growth
  • SAVE does not use “stereotypical” aid images in our marketing campaigns to garner attitudes of pity or victimization amongst the individuals that we work with
    • The images and film that SAVE disseminates simply depicts the activities and projects in which volunteers participate
  • We encourage the dissemination of resources and education, rather than simply donating funds and goods
    • Our aim is to contribute to the self-sufficiency of struggling communities by teaching valuable skills and educating the citizens to empower themselves
    • We do not promote the idea that these individuals are simply beneficiaries of charity.

Furthermore, SAVE takes a developmental approach to poverty reduction by working with communities in need at all stages of life, from education and care in preschools to empowerment through business and skills development for adults. We believe that it is not enough to simply work with a single sector of the community; it must be a holistic approach that will promote a change in the cycle of poverty.

Wildlife Projects

SAVE Foundation is committed to providing ethical volunteering opportunities with African wildlife. Our wildlife projects focus on conservation and rehabilitation of endangered, injured, and abandoned animals. SAVE also strives to educate volunteers about the various species that we support. All interactions with the animals are in a safe and respectful manner with constant supervision from a professional.

SAVE provides responsible volunteering opportunities with wildlife by ensuring that:

  • We do not treat animals as a tourist attraction; no animals are trained to perform in front of an audience
  • We only support breeding at projects that are specifically designed for re-population purposes of endangered species
  • The animals at our projects receive professional and attentive veterinary and handling care
  • SAVE aims to release all animals back into the wild that are capable of doing so
  • The projects act as a safe haven for orphaned, injured, and traumatized animals
  • Each enclosure provides adequate space for the animals to roam freely
  • Volunteers work closely with researchers and project staff to enhance their knowledge about the wildlife
  • We provide a Pre-Vet project that is geared towards individuals with an interest in the professional fields of veterinary science, animal welfare, and animal management; thus, contributing to the future of animal conservation and protection through the addition of further professionals

59 reviews · rating4.6

Paul Schepers rating3.8

2017 at Swimming & Surfing Instructor

In the beginning there we´re not a lot of volunteers, but after a few days a lot of them arrived an we we´re about 30-50 volunteers. In my opinion we were too much volunteers. So they should organize better, how much volunteers they need at what time. BUT the work was very important and I think ...
sylvaine neyret rating5

2017 at Educare & School Assistant

Hi, I loved that experience, sharing the work of the teachers and watching the children learning. Each day was a different one, sometimes with the babies, another day with the olders, untill 6. the staff from save was very nice and a wellcoming I recommand this place! Many ...
Nina Rotcajg rating3.2

2017 at Animal Sanctuaries

Animal Sanctuary was globally a good project, I really liked it. But, you need to know that we need a lot of money there, for example the WiFi is not free and the activities like the safari is at 4500 R. I didn't know, and because of that, I haven't been able to do one. Also, it is some hard work, ...
Jeanne Bassinet Sae rating3

2017 at Animal Sanctuaries

It was not was I expected, a lot of stuff were false on the website who hasn't been uploted since 4 years. I had a great time but I would have known more informations. We were on a residence, we had to pay a bad wifi (i didn't knew when I entered the password they force me to pay 2 weeks the time of ...
John Nugent Nugent rating4.8

2016 at Sport & School Assistant

This was an amazing experience full of cheerful new faces and places. The kids were awesome. Teaching was a really good thing; to see how smart the children ...
Jenny rating4.6

2016 at Wild Cat Protection

I was in Felidae center for 3 weeks in June 2016. My expectations were really high but it was more then I ever could imagine. I experienced so much about the culture, the animals and I got to do a lot of activities that I didn't think I would ever do during my whole life. Waking up of the lions ...


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