As a volunteer you can make a positive difference by using surfing as a tool to change the lives of Cape Town's underprivileged children.
About Surfing Smiles
The Surfing Smiles project is an organization that aims to establish a way out of gangsterism, crime and drugs for children from disadvantaged communities. The ‘way out’ entails a new outlook on life, brought about by the love of surfing and the ocean.
The project wants to share surfing and the lifestyle and culture it offers with others, to make a positive difference in society by using surfing as a tool to change the lives of the projects’ children and to make them ambassadors for change in their communities.
Volunteering & Impact
Currently, they are working with 12 children from Ukhanyo Primary in Masiphumelele. They hope to build long-lasting relationships with the children, develop their surfing skills, and help them get to the point where they too can teach others how to surf. They want to push them to become qualified surf instructors and perhaps start their own surf school one day.
In order to facilitate this, the project offers a unique surfing and volunteering experience to anyone with a love for the ocean, a sense of adventure and the will to give something back. At this project, you will not only get to experience the best Cape Town has to offer while learning to surf but also help make the project’s dream a reality and change the lives of their children.
After breakfast, a typical day starts on the beach with a surf lesson with your coaches. You will have a bit of time to free surf after your lesson. This is followed by lunch and making packed lunches for the children. The kids finish school and are then brought to Muizenberg for their surf lesson.
You have a session with the kids where you pass on what you have learnt in your surf lesson. This happens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday you plan activities for the children. If the waves are really good, you will most likely go surfing.
Other activities include hiking, soccer, swimming, slack-lining, arts and crafts, beach clean-ups, etc. You will have brainstorming sessions and plan new activities. You will also help with social media and blog posting.
You have the opportunity to join in with the social activities organised by our Social Club.
Activities could be: City Tour, Visiting Table Mountain, a tour to Cape of Good Hope, transfer to nightspot: Long Street, Waterkant, Waterfront, a 3 Day Garden Route, Safari and Bungee (on weekends), Sunset Boat Cruise, Shark Diving, visiting the Winelands etc.
A driver will meet you at the airport. Look for a sign that says ‘Good Hope Volunteers’ in the arrivals hall.
The Volunteer House is a private house in an upmarket residential area and consists of rooms with 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. There are 4 bathrooms to share, a communal kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with TV and DVD and a beautiful garden with a swimming pool. A commercial laundry service is close by. Bedding is provided. Towels will be not provided.