Travel, visit communities and uplift Children

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High­lights

Uplift children and inspire community development with art and fun activities like sports, surf, cooking and planting all around South Africa
Explore the travel highlights of South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma, Hole in the Wall, Drakensberg, Kruger and get to know the locals in Townships and rural Zulu/ Xhosa Communities.
Have an unforgettable adventurous journey around South Africa, on which you can make a difference, inspire communities and bring in your own ideas.
Adventure of a lifetime: get to know the culture, explore nature and wildlife, learn surfing, meet amazing people, learn SUP, learn yoga, enjoy chilled beachdays and go on exciting roadtrips
Explore authentic township and rural Xhosa and Zulu life, get to know the culture, join ceremonies and events and make new friends
Experience the real South Africa with a guided round trip where you visit different social and environmental projects. Uplift kids and make a difference while you travel. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Travel & Volunteer - Our guided South Africa Volunteering Round Trip

Route: From Cape Town to Johannesburg, visiting Social Projects in Knysna, Port Elizabeth, Coffee Bay and Durban.

Important: You can choose single packages of the route below, tailor your own desired route, request changes, skip parts and adjust volunteering duration of each project.

Recommended Duration: 11 - 14 weeks

7 days Trip Cape Town & Garden Route to Knysna (4 days in Cape Town)

5 days Volunteering at a Kids Surf Projekt in Knysna

5 days Garden Route Surf Trip (Natures Valley, Jbay & highest Bungee Bridge)

4 weeks Volunteering in Motherwell (Free time activities around Port Elizabeth: Surf lessons, Beach days, Safaris and trips to Addo, Jeffreys Bay, Natures Valley & Tsitsikamma NP

5 days Surf Roadtrip to Coffe Bay along the Wild Coast

4 weeks Volunteering at a Preschool & Afterschool Activities in a Xhosa Community (for shorter stays you Volunteer in the Xhosa Community Development and Afterschool activities, minimum stay of 4 weeks required to help out at the preschool)

(free time activities: hike along the beautiful coastline, visit the famous Hole in the Wall, join real Xhosa ceremonies, go surfing, visit Coffee Bay, explore the Transkei with its authentic round huts)

1 day Transkei Drive & 1 night in Durban

6 days Volunteering in the Zulu Community with fun activities (mountain biking, jumping from waterfalls, kayaking & hiking)

2 days the Drakensberg, where you hike up the second-highest Waterfall of the world

4 days Safari in the Kruger National Park & incredible waterfalls at Blyde River Canyon


OR choose a 4 weeks Round Trip:

2 days Cape Town

5 days Garden Route Surf Roadtrip with a visit of the kids' surf project in Knysna

3 days Motherwell Township Art project

1 day Addo Safari

3 days Surf Roadtrip to Coffe Bay along the Wild Coast

3 days visit the Xhosa Community at Coffee Bay

1 day Transkei Drive

3 days visit the Zulu Community near Durban

2 days Drakensberg

4 days Blyde River Canyon & Safari at Kruger NP


 Volunteer at our main project in Port Elizabeth:
Together with the locals of the township Motherwell we organize workshops, afterschool programs, upliftment projects and run a shelter in order to uplift the children of the township, inspire the community and ensure a better future for everyone

  • 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 do art with the kids at the Hand in Hand Art Studio and Art Academy run by the two artists Sakumzi and Coco
  • we beautify the area together with the locals
  • we help out at a preschool in the township
  • 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), where everyone can show their art, dancing or theatre performances on a little stage and where we organize workshops for sustainability, gardening, English, maths and art

You can make a difference by bringing in your own ideas of how to uplift the community and 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.

The volunteers are accommodated in a nice guesthouse in Port Elizabeth and are working with the kids and facilitators in the township 4-6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

Typical day

On our guided tour around South Africa, every day is different. Usually, we get up at 7 am and do fun activities, explore South Africa's stunning landscapes, drive to the beautiful highlights of our trip and visit different communities and Social projects.

A typical day at the Xhosa Community (minimum stay of for weeks required, if you want to join the preschool):

8am - 1pm: Preschool (or help with community development)

1pm- 3pm: free time

3pm - 5pm: Afterschool Activities for the older kids (English classes, Sports, Games, Art, Gardening)

A typical Day at our main kids' upliftment project in the Township of Port Elizabeth:

After breakfast in the morning, you can relax in the garden, go for a swim in the river or take a SUP. Your working time depends on your focus, but usually, it starts around 1 pm. Our project initiator Luc takes you to the township Motherwell. Here you will help out with our Community Upliftment Projects. There will be different tasks every day, but most of the time you play with the kids, do art, games and sports activities with them. You will also help Nwabisa with cooking for the kids in the afternoon. A few times per week some of our volunteers can join our Surf lessons with the kids from Motherwell.

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 and volunteers, 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.

Free-time activities

  • Go Surfing or take Surf Lessons
  • Enjoy relaxed beachdays
  • Go on amazing hikes
  • Do a Safari
  • Do Yoga or Meditation.
  • Go camping on the beach with us and cook delicious meals on the fire
  • Go hiking in the mountains with stunning views
  • 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
  • enjoy a vibrant nightlife at the big cities
  • Visit the different festivals, events and markets
  • Surf the longest wave of South Africa in Jeffreys Bay
  • Drive along the famous Garden Route
  • Join our unforgettable Surf tours around the Wild Coast or the Garden Route
Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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
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, some meals, some activities, organization, personal support, safety and other project expenses.

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

We pick you up from the airport.

Accommodation
We provide dorm or tented accommodation during the tours, but you can request private rooms at an extra cost. During your volunteering stays you stay at apartments/guesthouses with a kitchen. You can book a private room for an additional cost.

We recommend to plan your longest stay at the project in Port Elizabeth. Here you will have the following accommodation:
Towpath is a charming guesthouse at the Riverfront with a great vibe and amazing people!
You have a peaceful garden with access to swim in the river.  You can use our SUP boards for free, go fopr a swim, meditate, taste veggies from our veggie garden or just relax in the sun.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Most of the days on the tour we provide a vegan dinner (fresh veggies and rice/pasta). For breakfast we provide Oats, bread, mayo, tomatoes from the garden, peanut butter & milk. You can prepare your brekkie yourself and in the evening everyone we cook together with the other volunteers.

On some days you will need to organize your own food, but we will give you the exact details about that.

You can buy additional food for yourself in the supermarket.

Drinks are NOT included. But you get free filtered water at most accommodations.

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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The 4 weeks Round trips start on certain dates: Please make a request and we will tell you the current departure dates.

For longer stays please tell us your preferences and we will send you a Travel Journey specifically tailored for your needs!

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
€3,600 ($4,032)
6 weeks
€4,700 ($5,264)
8 weeks
€5,300 ($5,936)
9 weeks
€5,800 ($6,496)
10 weeks
€6,200 ($6,944)
11 weeks
€6,500 ($7,280)
12 weeks
€6,800 ($7,616)
50 weeks (max. stay)
€20,000 ($22,400)
Average fees
€650 ($728) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. TripBuddies 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 TripBuddies during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

Why book with Volunteer World

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Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if TripBuddies cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by TripBuddies.

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Travel, visit communities and uplift Children

Experience the real South Africa with a guided round trip where you visit different social and environmental projects. Uplift kids and make a difference while you travel.

$650/week

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