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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Community Supporter

Cape Town, South Africa

This project works in Cape Town to reach out to urban communities in need of support and development.

About the Program

Nestled in the scenic mountainous slopes of the Cape, you will find one of Cape Town’s northern suburbs, Kraaifontein. Since 1994, the community here has expanded from 85 000 people to more than 200 000 people! 

Many of them have to survive on a minimum wage, casual (day to day) employment and low cost housing. Due to insufficient income, issues such as poverty, child neglect and alcohol abuse are daily occurrences. Many of the people suffer from tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; however, the success of treatments for these serious diseases are often impacted by lack of good nutrition.

Cape Town Community Projects aims to support and uplift the community, and your assistance as a volunteer is sorely needed.

Volunteers at this project need to understand the importance of the following:

  • Bring an attitude of getting busy, preparing yourself with ideas and contributions for activities and taking initiative. ‘Proactive’ is your key word!
  • Show respect towards the people and culture of the local community. You may disagree with certain habits and ways of the people here, but don’t forget you are a guest in their area.
  • This is a faith-based organisation and its policies and procedures are Christian founded, however anybody from any religious background is more than welcome.
  • Expect things to be challenging at times! BUT - you have great coordinators and Khaya as your back-up team, and you will be able to deal with anything this challenging and rewarding project will throw at you.

Typical Tasks

There are several programs available. These can be combined with one another if you wish, so that you are able to help a wider number of people, and have a more diverse experience.

Helping with food: Here you will help to prepare, cook and hand out meals to the different people of the communities.

Foster care: You will help with the daily running of the foster care house which is home to 2 – 6 babies and toddlers.

Grade R learning centre: Our preschool has 180 children between the ages of 5 – 6. Volunteers will give them care and attention, play games with them, exercise, sing and dance.

Rehabilitation care centre: You will have the rewarding opportunity to present life skills to people aged 18 and up who are recovering substance abusers.

Gardening: You will assist with agricultural work in the community gardens to help supplement the soup kitchen and the families’ needs.

Target Group

The children living in the community are our first priority. As they speak Xhosa and/or Afrikaans, communication may be a challenge, especially with the younger kids. Fortunately, English is also a commonly used language.

Volunteers are expected to guide and support the children through social support. Many of the kids are directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS and the level of absenteeism in schools is high due to lack of guidance and family support. This affects the child’s education, and in turn impacts on their future career and financial prospects. Your volunteer efforts will help to break this vicious cycle.

Guidance and Supervision

Program directors are managed by the program managers, who oversee the entire project. When you arrive at your project, the project manager will introduce you to the program directors with whom you will be volunteering.

Typical day

Your working hours will be flexible and include the following tasks.

  • Food preparation
  • Handing out meals
  • Childcare
  • Educating children
  • Caring for abandoned babies
  • Teaching life skills to substance abusers

Free-time activities

In and around Kraaifontein there are some nice restaurants and backpackers hostels where you can go to. You better go to Capt own, there is a ton of stuff to do there! Climb up the Table mountain, swim with white sharks, go horse riding or visit some of the lovely colourfull streets in cape town. There are many restaurants and cafés where you can chill out for a drink or a lovely dinner.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
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 from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Khaya Volunteer Projects are happy to help you.

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Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects

Transport to and from the project - Accommodation - All meals - Guidance and supervision for the duration of your stay

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

The Airport Transfer is compulsory. Just tell us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be ready to pick you up and will bring you to your accommodation! Cost for Airport Transfer Return are: $45.

Accommodation

You will stay with a local host family in the surrounding area of Kraaifontein. This will not only provide you with an unique insight in the daily life of South Africans, your assistance and financial contribution will help provide this family with much needed income.

Expect to ‘pull your weight’ in the household and assist with cooking, cleaning and washing up as you would in your own home.

You will have the use of a private bedroom which is possibly shared with another volunteer.

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

All three meals will be covered in the costs! You can assist in the household with cooking if you like.
Just send an email when you are vegetarian or when you have any allergies.

Internet Access
Limited 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)
1 week (min. stay)
$385.00
8 weeks
$2,920.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,360.00
Average fees
$374.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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