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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Surfing & Education Assistant

Sedgefield, South Africa

If you enjoy water sports, such as surfing, love being around kids and want to teach them to be active and have a positive view on life then this project is for you!

About the Program

Are you a surfer? Or do you want to learn how to ride the waves? This program needs sporty and active volunteers to assist with their surf, sports and education program in a picturesque beachfront village in the majestic scenery of the Garden Route, on the south coast of South Africa.

This program’s objectives are to create sustainable community development programs that assist our local underprivileged community through:

  • Education and sport lessons (swimming, dance, maths, literacy, surfing, soccer,etc.)

  • Renovating, revamping and building program that uplift the local community

  • Schooling assistance

This program could not exist without the help from the volunteers, either thanks to their donation or to their assistance in classrooms, painting buildings, assisting in the aftercare or assisting with swim lessons and surfing.The only funding this program receives comes from volunteers and or sponsors. All funds received are used on the day to day programs for material, food, wages, accommodation etc.

Program Offered

The program takes children from underprivileged backgrounds, communities and settlements out of the townships and exposes the children to opportunities and experiences they would not ordinarily have had. Our program aims to teach valuable life lessons through sporting activities, adventure activities, teamwork and educational classes. 

  • Program needs
    If you would like to bring something for the children at one of the programs, here are some examples of useful items that can always be put to good use:

    • Stationery arts and crafts for pre-schools, school supplies for older children

    • General hygiene products such as soap, tooth paste, toothbrushes (for children!), face cloths

    • First and aid items plasters, bandages, antiseptic ointment etc.

    • Old clothes all sizes welcome but children and baby clothes are most needed

    • Toys

Many of the program requirements will change from time to time. For the most accurate needs analysis it is always best to consult with Khaya. Goods are generally cheaper when bought in South Africa – should you wish to purchase any program related items the volunteer leaders will happily assist you with this. 

Typical day

Daily activities

Volunteers will assist with the daily operations of the schools as well as the extra mural programs. Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching children how to swim
  • Teaching children to surf
  • Assisting with adventure activities
  • Planning sport and fun days
  • Teaching computer literacy
  • Educating children in life lessons such as HIV, drugs and alcoholism etc.
  • Teaching assistants in schools and preschools

Working days and hours

The volunteer usually starts working at 08:00 or 09:00. He may sometimes be asked to work 8 hours a day, while sometimes only 4 to 5 hours, depending on the need of each program. 

Free-time activities

Sedgefield is located along the beautiful and famous Garden Route, between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Sedgefield is officially the first ‘slow town’ of South Africa and is the perfect place to rest quietly, far away from your busy life and to enjoy the beach and beautiful people that live here.

Other than offering an amazing landscape and miles of pristine beaches, the town offers you a lot of outdoor activities, such as swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, cycling, and paragliding. 

Water Sports

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You got to love kids and love to educate them. However there are multiple tasks to be done, not only tasks that are directly involved with kids. (see program details)
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Khaya Volunteer Projects straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for


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What’s included:

  • Information and assistance before departure
  • Pick up upon arrival and drop off at the end of your stay
  • Introduction Program
  • Accommodation in volunteer house close to the beach
  • Onsite volunteer coordinator available 24/7
  • 3 meals a day
  • Direct donation to the program’s needs
  • Transfers to and from the program daily
  • Offer of weekend trips and outings (extra costs apply) to enjoy yourself on the weekends
Airport Pickup at George Airport

The volunteers will be picked up at the airport of George upon arrival and transported to their accommodation in the seaside village of Sedgefield.


You will be staying in a volunteer house close to the beach that you will share with other volunteers. The house is made up of dormitory style rooms with communal use of the kitchen and lounge. 

Here is a list of the facilities available in the house:

  • Hot water and showers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Beds, mattresses and fresh linen
  • Males and females may share accommodation unless otherwise requested
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house clean and tidy. Housekeeping will clean the common areas twice per week.
  • Walking distance to beach, restaurant and coffee shop
  • Bicycle rentals available 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All your meals are included and you will receive 3 meals per day breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast: self help breakfast of cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads.
Lunch: self-help of lunch of breads, fruit, cold meats, spreads.
Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night such as a traditional BBQ (braai), stews, casseroles and fresh vegetables etc.

Tea and coffee will be available at any time but all other drinks and snacks will be at own expense.

There are supermarkets close to the volunteer house for your personal drinks and snacks, which you can keep in the volunteer fridges at the house.

NOTE: Please advise of any dietary requirements at time of booking. Volunteers with very specific dietary requirements may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense. 
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 George Airport (GRJ) in George. 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.
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)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Sedgefield/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%)
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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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