The program takes underprivileged children out of settlements and teaches them valuable life lessons through the mastery of kitesurfing skills.
About the Program
This program takes underprivileged children out of the settlements and off the streets of the townships and teaches them valuable life lessons in the through sports, adventure activities, teamwork and educational classes. This project exists under the umbrella of Sport and Youth Development and is an addition to our Adventure Surf Club, but focuses mainly on kitesurfing.
SAVE Foundation is the Development Team for SAKA (South African
Kitesurfing Association) and our children get to participate and assist
in their events. By 2020 we aspire to have at least one of our children
enter the Youth Olympics for kitesurfing. SAVE Foundation was also thrilled to take part in the Virgin Kitesurfing
Armada South Africa on the 6th of February, 2016 as an official
beneficiary non-profit organization. The youth who are a part of our
Kite Outreach Project were excited to assist with the preparation and
landing of the kites, and the volunteers and staff eagerly helped with
the operation of the day; running the registration station, ushering
crowds, and being stewards for the kiters on the water. Through community involvement such as this, SAVE has forged a strong bond with the local and international kitesurfing community.
Volunteers will receive individual kitesurfing lessons at the world-famous Kite Beach in Tableview before they assist with teaching the children. As the kitesurfing lessons for the youth only take place after school hours, volunteers on this project will take part in a School and Educare Assistance project in the morning (when they don't have their own lessons), and will spend the afternoon at the beach with the children. Volunteers will assist in theoretical, safety, and practical kitesufing lessons that may include instructional video seminars, safety demonstrations with a kitesurfing instructor, and practice with a training kite on the beach until the children are at a level where they can practice in the water. As a Kitesurfing Outreach volunteer, you may also have the opportunity to assist with local competitions and kitesurfing events where the youth help to launch and land kites for the competitors.
*As this project is weather dependent and only runs on Saturdays and school holidays, the volunteer will also be able to be involved in any one of our other volunteer projects at no extra charge.*
2 Day Cape Town Orientation
DAY 1: Friday
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you will meet your volunteer leader and learn more about your project, if you arrive late you will be given a time that you will meet your leader. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel.
DAY 2: Saturday
Start the day with breakfast and head to Saltycrax backpackers.
A SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre.
You have two options to choose from:
1. Walking Tour:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.
2. The hop on hop off bus pass:
Board this open rooftop bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!
After one of the above activities you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the side walks. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (own expense).
In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beach front in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.
Day 3: Sunday
You will have at your own leisure to relax and get ready before your projects starts.
As a volunteer you can arrange a number of activities to do in your free time such as skydiving, kloofing, quad-biking, sandboarding, and multi-day Western Cape tours. SAVE also runs weekly socials for our volunteers that can include bubble soccer, outdoor movie theatre, bowling, ice skating, etc. On weekends you can take the bus into town to explore the city of Cape Town or climb the iconic Table Mountain. We are located a mere 5 minutes walk away from the world famous Kite Beach in Tableview, as well as restaurants and public transit, so there is always something to do!
Our driver will have your name written on a SAVE welcome sign. If you have any issues, please report to the Information Desk and call us directly. *Please note: only the pickup from the airport to SAVE is included, transfers back to the airport must be arranged*
As a volunteer, you will stay at one of our 2 volunteer houses. Both are a few minutes walk from each other and located about a 5 minutes walk from the beachfront. Most rooms sleep 4-6 volunteers and are co-ed. Some rooms have en-suite bathrooms and some share a central bathroom in the house. Volunteer houses are safe and secure, with common lounge areas and kitchen facilities. Double and private rooms are available upon request.
Breakfast: Self-serve including bread, cereals, milk, yogurt, coffee/tea, and spreads, Lunch: Self-serve options including sandwiches, salads, etc. ,Dinner: A variety of hot dishes will be provided as well as salad/vegetables/starches. Twice a week there will be a traditional South-African meal such as a braai or potije. *Complimentary tea and coffee are always available* *Vegetarian and gluten/dairy-free options available*