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South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)

Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$200/week
4 - 12 weeks

Education Children and Youth

Volunteer with children aged 6-13 years as a teacher's assistant at a primary school in Cape Town. Make your travel to South Africa meaningful!

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Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$200/week
4 - 12 weeks

Community Childcare

Volunteer at a Creche or Kindergarten in Cape Town with infants and children up to 6 years of age.

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Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$200/week
4 - 12 weeks

Community Childcare

Social welfare homes for children or child and youth care centers.

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Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$209/week
4 - 12 weeks

Community Sports

Sports and physical education coaching at local primary schools with Children aged 6 - 13 years old.

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Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$200/week
4 - 24 weeks

Community Human Rights

Gain practical experience working in an NGO focusing on human rights, with an emphasis on social and economic rights.

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Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$200/week
2 - 12 weeks

Health Service Medical Care

Volunteer at a Community Clinic serving the underprivileged.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$495/week
2 - 12 weeks

Animal Wildlife

Volunteer at a Game Reserve that hosts the BIG 5.

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Cape Town, South Africa by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)
$200/week
8 - 24 weeks

Community Childcare

Gain practical experience working with children aged 1-6 Years old.

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Project Details

South African Students’ Travel Service (SASTS) is a non-profit organization providing high quality, affordable Volunteer programs in Cape Town.

History

South African Students’ Travel Service (SASTS) was set up in 1972 to provide affordable travel opportunities for South African students. It was the travel division of NUSAS, the National Union of South African Students, whose activities took root in the days of Apartheid. SASTS has played an integral role in facilitating student and youth travel for over 40 years and is well equipped to help students realise their travel dreams. Working with reputable and internationally recognised partners and being members of international associations. SASTS programmes are run in accordance with guidelines put in place by these international organisations. Over the past 11 years SASTS Working Adventures has branched out to include exciting opportunities for foreign travellers to experience South Africa by implementing Work South Africa, Volunteer South Africa, Groups and High School South Africa. 

Volunteer Programs

There are a vast number of interesting volunteer projects available and most of them are in the local communities surrounding and in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Volunteers can make a valuable contribution in many different facets of childcare, teaching, social, environment and medical placements in and around Cape Town. Ay  the South African Students’ Travel Service volunteer program, participants will stay with local host families and eat the local meals prepared by the family. They also have the option of staying in the City in a Volunteer House and eat in a local restaurant as well as use local minibus transport to their volunteer project. As a not for profit organisation run by staff of the local communities, we have extensive knowledge of the various communities of Cape Town and South Africa which enables us to offer first hand experience and advice of volunteering in the local communities. SASTS will provide a real insight into Cape Town’s culture, history, landscape through orientation and local community placement and provide the opportunity for genuine interaction with the local people.

South African Students’ Travel Service aim is to offer quality, affordable volunteering experiences and the opportunity to be immersed in a local culture for clients interested in discovering Cape Town. As a non-profit organisation, SASTS is dedicated to providing young people, from all over the world, the opportunity to come to South Africa and experience our cultures and people. 

There are a vast number of interesting volunteer projects available and most of them are in the local communities surrounding and in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Volunteers can make a valuable contribution in many different facets of childcare, teaching, social-welfare, environmental and medical placements in and around Cape Town. On our Volunteer Programme, participants will stay with local host families and eat the local meals prepared by the family. They also have the option of staying in the City in a Volunteer House and eat in a local restaurant as well as use local minibus transport to their volunteer project. As a non-profit organisation run by staff from the local communities, we have extensive knowledge of the various communities of Cape Town and South Africa, which enables us to offer first-hand experience and advice of volunteering in the local communities. SASTS will provide a real insight into Cape Town’s culture, history, landscape through orientation and local community placement and provide the opportunity for genuine interaction with the local people. 

Respect for the locals, their cultures, religion and environment are essential to operate a successful volunteer programme. All our Volunteers placed in the local community have to abide by our Code of Conduct by respecting the local culture.  

Volunteers also have the opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of South Africa whereby we offer tours of Cape Town and Western Cape. Local guides and agencies are used with the understanding to offer a true cultural experience. 

Community Development 

SASTS works very closely with the local communities of Cape Town, to provide sustainable on-going partnerships. As a not for profit organisation, the programme costs goes toward running of the programme. Subject to available funding, SASTS assists community projects with donations to assist with various programmes such as feeding scheme, a laptop was donated to a Daycare centre in the Farming community, end of year school functions, sports equipment for Schools etc. 

Volunteers in the local community are placed with Community host families, within walking distance from their volunteer project. Host families are paid a stipend to cover meals and accommodation, thus SASTS giving back to the local communities by placement of volunteers at both project and host family.  

All of our families we use are local host families and community projects started by the local people of the community that has identified a need within the local communities. Volunteers are placed at much needed community projects, NGO’S, public schools, Women run day care centres, Orphanages etc. All community projects are screened prior to placement of volunteers and factors such as economic responsibility, environmental, social responsibility and safety of the client are considered prior to approving local community projects for placement of our volunteers. In many cases volunteer assistance to these projects will assist the local people via ongoing placement of volunteers at both host family and projects. 


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NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
1972
Contact Person
Clyde Hayward
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

South African Students' Travel Service is a not-for-profit (section 21) student and youth travel organisation. Established in 1972 to provide affordable travel services to students on South African campuses, SASTS sees travel as a valuable educational experience, which fosters international understanding. Profits from the organisation are channelledtowards bursaries for disadvantaged students and used towards creating new travel and work opportunities for young people. SASTS Working Adventures is the South African member of the International Association for Educational and Work Exchange Programmes (IAEWEP) and the federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO).

SASTS works very closely with the local communities and endeavour to make a change to these developing communities. Volunteers will be able to change the lives of the children and adults they will be working with on a daily basis and assist.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals