Kitesurfing Outreach Instructor

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.

Project Highlights

  • Learn to kitesurf and teach the children at one of the top 5 kitesurfing destinations in the world.
  • This project is very flexible, giving you the choice of the hours and amount of hours to work.
  • Help children develop life, sport, and educational skills
  • You can join in on any other volunteer projects at no extra cost.
  • Volunteers receive 12 hours lessons which should be enough to get their IKO certificate.
  • Learn about South African cultures and way of life

Suitable for


Typical day

Volunteers work 5 days a week. Usually they will work between 20 – 25 hours a week on the project. In addition, you may need to spend some time planning lessons and activities. Please note that the exact program may vary depending on special events and the project you are on.

This project is very flexible. The hours and amount of hours worked is determined by the volunteer. If volunteers want, they can also be involved in any of the other projects on days when there are no lessons (school days & days with no wind). 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
16 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
police clearance, application form, proof of travel insurance, flight details and copy of passport
Other Skills
Proficient in English, positive attitude, medium+ level of fitness, ability to swim, some kitesurfing experience is an asset.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Free-time activities

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!

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What's included?
Airport pick up - 2 day Cape Town orientation - Accommodation - 3 meals a day - Weekly social events - Transport to and from projects - 24 support and supervision - Donation to the project - Certificate of appreciation
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

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.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

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*

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SAVE Foundation will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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20 Briza Road, Tableview, South Africa, 7441 Cape Town, South Africa