All Out Africa

Support People with Disabilities

Cape Town, South Africa show on map

Non-profit | All Out Africa

Provide support and community-based rehabilitation for people with disabilities! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

THE PROJECT

Apart from the normal struggles of living with a disability, social stigma and discrimination surrounding disabilities mean that People With Disabilities (PWD) face even greater challenges. In many instances, PWDs are not afforded the same opportunities as regular members of society, and this in turn means they are often unable to contribute productively to their communities.

Your role will be based in a local care centre, which provides social activities, food, assistance with day-to-day life and vocational training. You will work alongside centre staff, assisting them and taking on responsibilities as your skills and experience allows. It was discovered by medical workers that persons with disabilities were not accessing medical treatment and services, many were left at home alone with no assistance and some without food. They were also facing negative social attitudes and perceptions, and social stigma.

A group of volunteers came together and supported by a local church they created a centre that can provide services for up to 30 clients. The centre provides support to assist independent living, community-based rehabilitation and the opportunity to train clients to learn skills such as sewing for economic empowerment. It also raises awareness of the challenges and potential of their clients to reduce stigma and facilitate acceptance.

HIGHLIGHTS

The highlights of this rewarding experience include:

  • Supporting People with Disabilities to live independently, be part of a community and gain skills to generate an income
  • Experience the vibrancy of life in a South African Township
  • Live in and explore the city of Cape Town, soak up the sun on the beautiful sandy beaches, hike up Table Mountain and learn about the history of this iconic city

YOUR ROLE

Your role is based at a local registered care centre which provides services for 20 – 30 adults with either physical or intellectual disabilities. The centre is staffed with volunteers who provide support and community-based rehabilitation.

As a volunteer your role will be to assist with the daily client-related activities at the Centre which involve:

  • Social interaction with clients and assisting them with their day-to-day activities in the centre
  • Supporting the centre and their clients to generate income through making arts and crafts items and selling them within the local community
  • Assisting with vocation and skills based training
  • Helping out in the kitchen and in the garden to provide nutritious meals for clients
  • Tell the residents stories about your home and travels – help them explore the world despite their physical challenges.
ITINERARY
Day 1

Fly into Cape Town International Airport (more details in “Arrivals” section in the South Africa Destination Brief) where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you to Hout Bay Backpackers, your home for the duration of the experience. It is a 45-60 minute journey from the airport to Hout Bay.

Day 2

The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience, and what to expect.

In the afternoon you will embark on a Township Tour with an expert local guide who will introduce you to life in a township. The tour takes place in Imizamo Yethu, one of the townships All Out Africa has volunteer projects in.

Day 3

Today you begin your volunteer project! The Project Coordinator will take you to and assist you in settling in at your project. After lunch you have another tour, this time through the Hangberg community. Your tour guide is a local leader who lives in the community and is involved in many of the youth interventions to encourage positive development.

Day 4

In the morning you will return to the centre and in the afternoon you may remain at the centre or if alternatively you may get involved in another project at one of our youth development centres, which focus on extracurricular activities for disadvantaged children.

Day 5

You’re now fully up and running as a volunteer, and will go to both your morning and afternoon projects!

Day 6-7 and other weekends for the duration of your stay

The first weekend of your experience you will be given a one-day bus ticket to the open top red bus tour, which is a great way to explore Cape Town and familiarise yourself on what you want to do! Stops include Camps Bay, Table Mountain, V & A waterfront and Cape Town City Centre. You have the option to upgrade to a two day pass for a small additional fee which is recommended.

Other weekends are free for you to relax or to see more of the scenery and activities Cape Town has to offer!

Typical day

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
7:00 Wake up and have your breakfast on the deck overlooking the beach and Hout Bay Harbour!

7:30 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day

8:00 Participate in your chosen project assisting with teaching skills, food preparation, reading and social activities

12:30 Time to either return to Hout Bay Backpackers for lunch or to eat the packed lunch you made that morning!

14:00 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm

16:00 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the sea!

18:30 Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax...... 

Details on Arrival

Start date for this project is the first and third Monday of the month throughout the year, with the exception of December when the project is closed. 

You will be given an ‘International Arrival/Departure form’ on your flight – please fill this in on the plane before landing. When you are filling in the Arrival/Departure form please remember that participating with All Out Africa counts as ‘tourism’ for immigration purposes.

If you do transit through OR Tambo International Airport, your first stop will be at the Immigrations Desk where you will have to hand them your passport and your Arrival/ Departure form that you would have filled out on your flight. Your passport is stamped/endorsed by the Immigration

Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa.

You will then proceed to the baggage reclaim area to collect your luggage. From here you will proceed to Domestic Departures Terminal B in preparation for your flight to Cape Town.

When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport, your first stop will be at the Immigrations Desk where you will have to hand them your passport and your Arrival/Departure form that you should fill out. Your passport is stamped/ endorsed by the Immigration Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa. Please ask for a normal tourist visa.

You will then enter the baggage reclaim area to collect your luggage. Once you have your luggage make your way to the exit (signposted in English). There you will be met by one of our staff (holding an All Out Africa sign and will be taken to the All Out Volunteer accommodation.

Day two of your experience will involve an interactive and informative orientation which will prepare you for your volunteer experience and will also give information to help you understand the local culture, history and how to make the most of your time here. Day three will involve meeting the project staff and people you will be working with. All Out Africa staff will show you to your placement and help you settle in. 

Free-time activities

Your evenings and weekends will be free time to explore the mother city! You will be staying in beautiful Hout Bay, which offers a beach and harbour with restaurants, bars and markets to keep you busy on the weekends. The city of Cape Town is a short bus ride away and offers a wide range of options to participate in. Your first weekend on our South Africa programs includes a "Red Bus" tour, which will allow you to jump on and off all day to explore as much as possible. Activities include museums, art galleries, nightlife, shopping, beaches, vineyard tours, or even cage shark diving!

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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
required
Required Documents
police Clearance required.
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 from 08:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
All Out Africa (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by All Out Africa

INCLUDED IN THE COST

Comprehensive 24 hour, 7 day a week support from All Out Africa

Volunteer projects specifically designed to enable you to make an active contribution during your stay

Support of volunteer project coordinators who are experts in their fields which ensures the volunteer experience is valuable

Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture and your role as a volunteer upon arrival

All food and accommodation throughout your stay 

(Airport transfers on ARRIVAL day is what is included as a part of your project fee. If you arrive on another day, additional charges may occur.) 

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

ARRIVALS

You will be given an ‘International Arrival/Departure form’ on your flight – please fill this in on the plane before landing (it is sensible to make sure you have a pen on the flight with you). When you are filling in the Arrival/Departure form please remember that participating with All Out Africa counts as ‘tourism’ for immigration purposes (because you are paying for your experience).

If you do transit through OR Tambo International Airport, your first stop will be at the Immigrations Desk where you will have to hand them your passport and your Arrival/Departure form that you would have filled out on your flight. Your passport is stamped/endorsed by the Immigration Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa.

You will then proceed to the baggage reclaim area to collect your luggage. From here you will proceed to

Domestic Departures Terminal B in preparation for your flight to Cape Town.

When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport, your first stop will be at the Immigrations Desk where you will have to hand them your passport and your Arrival/Departure form that you should fill out. Your passport is stamped/endorsed by the Immigration Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa. Please ask for a normal tourist visa.

Also, for your destination details please write down All Out Africa and if asked for postal address please put:

! ALL OUT AFRICA, 8 Edward Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town

You will then enter the baggage reclaim area to collect your luggage. Once you have your luggage make your way to the exit (signposted in English). There you will be met by one of our staff (holding an All Out Africa sign and will be taken to the All Out Volunteer accommodation.

DEPARTURES

When you arrive a member of All Out Africa staff will request your flight departure time and will organise a transfer for you to the airport.

Accommodation

Hout Bay Backpackers has a truly stunning view over Hout Bay beach and local shops, markets, restaurants and amenities are all within walking distance. Cape Town centre is a short bus ride away, with stops outside the backpackers.

You will be accommodated in shared dorms with communal bathrooms with bed linen and pillows. There are communal living spaces, DSTV, kitchen and terrace for you to use, and staff will help you organise trips and excursions to local sights.

Hout Bay is situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, twenty kilometres south of the Central Business District of Cape Town. It is bordered by Table Mountain and a white sand beach. Hout Bay has one of the busiest fishing harbours in the Western Cape with an established fish industry, and great fish restaurants. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers, interns and students receive 3 meals a day when joining an All Out Africa experience. These meals are provided at Hout Bay Backpackers and are eaten together on the communal decking area in the summer or in the dining room during winter.

Breakfast is self-service from a selection of items including cereals, bread, fruit, yogurt, eggs and spreads. Lunch too is self-service from items such as bread, ham, cheese, salad and fruits. Dinner is a cooked meal which you will assist with cooking on a rotational basis. Types of dishes served include pasta, stir-fry, curry and stew.

Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for. In order to fully support you during your experience, please advise us at time of booking if you have any food allergies or preferences, so we can cater for these in our meal plans. We will do our best but be prepared your food selection may not be as varied as other participants. If your food allergies/preference are quite restrictive, we may require you to pay an additional fee to allow us to cater for you. 

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.
Vaccines
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,507
5 weeks
$ 1,729
6 weeks
$ 1,951
7 weeks
$ 2,174
8 weeks
$ 2,255
10 weeks
$ 2,665
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,075
Average fees
$ 317 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. All Out Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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 All Out Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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