Social welfare homes for children or child and youth care centers.
About the Program
The opportunities of Cape Town’s poorest for advancement have increased in the last decade on the back of economic growth and aggressive anti-poverty programs by government and NGOs. However, poor children in Cape Town face serious challenges like abuse, neglect, malnutrition and violence. Many live in townships, or informal settlements, which are marked by flimsy shacks, gang violence and limited access to services like electricity and water. Health issues, especially those related to drug use, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS, have also left many children orphaned and/or disabled.
Volunteers bring affection, attention and love. They introduce the children to new cultures and bring fresh perspectives. By being positive and kind role models, volunteers present the children with much needed examples of successful adults. Volunteers live communities surrounding Cape Town.
Structure and Facilities
Usual working days go from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM or 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM and include the following activities.
Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.
There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5!
Volunteers will be collected at Cape Town International Airport on the Set Arrival Date. A representative from the shuttle company will have a signboard with SASTS on it to meet you. If you cannot find the representative because your flight is early or delayed, please look out for SASTS. If you are unable to see anyone, please make your way to the information desk in the main terminal as the driver will page for you.
Volunteers placed at community projects will reside in a homestay within walking distance from their project or where transportation will be provided. The communities are approximately 30-40 minutes outside Cape Town in working to middle class residential areas. At the homestay, 3 meals a day, 7 days per week are provided and volunteers are responsible for their own laundry. Internet is a luxury and cannot be guaranteed. Volunteers will share a room with fellow volunteers.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is provided everyday at the homestay. Vegetarians can be catered for. Breakfast is self help and normally includes coffee, tea with bread and cereal. Lunch consist of a packed sandwich to our project and Dinner includes a wide variety of dishes featuring food such as chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetable or rice. Dinner may also include a salad or soup.