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Surfing with Kids - Surfing Instructor

As a volunteer you can make a positive difference by using surfing as a tool to change the lives of underprivileged children.

About Surfing Smiles

The Surfing with Kids project was founded in 2010 in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The project's mission statement is: "The empowerment and social development of youths living in rural and marginalised communities through surfing."

Empowerment comes as a result of commitment, dedication and learning new skills. Through the medium of surfing, the project’s team teaches the value of learning to do difficult things and enjoying the results of commitment and dedication. Social development comes as a result of developing self-awareness. Surfing is not ordinarily practised in marginalised communities around South Africa. By learning to do something they've never done before in an environment they've never encountered before, children develop a new awareness, forming new ideas about themselves, their abilities and their lives.

Volunteering & Impact

You DO NOT need any previous surfing and/or ocean experience, but you MUST be comfortable in water and be able to swim.

You work directly with the children participating in the surfing programme and you assist the youngest children first. You help them to surf. You help them to handle the surfboards and to catch and ride small waves in the shallows. You also play beach games with children and are responsible for general supervision on the beach and packing and unpacking surfing equipment.

You are always thoroughly instructed and briefed by professional surf instructors, who work full time at the surfing programme, before helping any child in the ocean. You only work with the children under surfing instructors’ supervision.

You also have the opportunity to learn surfing yourselves, under the supervision of the surfing instructors! You will be given a series of introductory surfing lessons with a professional surf instructor, and you can continue your own surfing practice before and after assisting the children’s surfing programme.

This project also incorporates a variety of other ocean-related activities, besides surfing, aimed at empowering marginalised children. They encourage healthy interaction between volunteers and children through a variety of fun activities, like swimming and doing fitness exercises. If the weather and/or oceanic conditions aren’t favourable for surfing, volunteers will engage with the children in surfing, oceanic and/or environmental educational workshops.

Highlights

  • Surf and/or learn how to surf in a surfers’ paradise.
  • Change the lives of kids from poor communities by teaching them how to surf.
  • Experience several different South African communities and cultures.
  • Meet travellers from around the world and share your experience with other volunteers.
  • Explore sights and adventures of the world-famous Garden Route.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Typical day

Regular Days

You teach basic ocean skills and introduce young children to surfing.

During daily surfing sessions, you assist the surf instructors by helping the youngest and most vulnerable children to become familiar and comfortable with the ocean. These young children are generally terrified of water and most join the programme without being able to swim. They therefore need constant supervision and one-on-one attention in the ocean. You provide that support and assist these young children with surfing.

Volunteer Surfing: You will have the opportunity to learn surfing yourself, under the supervision of the programme’s surfing instructors. Included in the programme is a series of introductory surf lessons.

Kids’ Surfing Programme: You will work directly with those children participating in the kids’ surfing programme. You assist the younger children in the ocean, teaching them swimming skills and helping them to surf small waves in the shallows. You also play beach games with children and are responsible for general supervision on the beach and packing and unpacking surfing equipment.

Equipment Repairs: Optional extra tasks include equipment maintenance, in the form of surfboard and wetsuit repairs.

Educational Workshops: These workshops vary, depending on the specific interests/skills of volunteers, but can include other physical activities such as soccer, yoga, general sports. Further educational workshops are related to the ocean and/or the environment. These workshops are conducted ONLY if the ocean and/or the weather are not favorable for children’s surfing.

Extra Excursions: One day per week is reserved for excursions, sightseeing and/or shopping. You can explore the beautiful surrounding coastline of the Garden Route area, visit nearby towns, do some shopping or simply spend the whole day surfing and/or doing other adventure activities. Options include snorkeling, sand-boarding, paragliding, skydiving, bungee-jumping, canoeing, kayaking, zip-sliding, exploring ravines and waterfalls, tubing, and various wild-life experiences such as game-drives and whale watching! Plus many, many more!

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.

Details on Arrival

You need to arrive at George Airport where you will be collected by the volunteer staff. Transport is provided on both your arrival and departure, and is included in the programme fee. Preferred transfer time is between 10:00 and 12:00. 

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 (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and Police Clearance Certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You need to be able to swim. You must have a love for children and be able to teach subjects in a fun and interactive way. It is important that you are able to use your imagination to keep children focused and engaged. You should enjoy playing games, doing sports and being outside in the sun.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Good Hope Volunteers straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Any questions? Just ask. We at Good Hope Volunteers are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Mossel Bay is a very friendly and relatively small town, with a quaint town centre and beautiful views. The surrounding area, known as the Garden Route because it is always green, is world famous and boasts breathtaking scenery, pristine beaches, indigenous forests and spectacular wildlife.

There are great waves for learning to surf, with beginner-friendly waves at Diaz Beach, and there are also plenty more demanding waves for advanced surfing. Except during summer holiday periods (primarily Christmas and Easter), the area is relatively quiet and very relaxed.

One of the most famous surf spots in the world, Jeffrey's Bay, is only 300km east of Mossel Bay and many of the world's best surfers, including 11-times world champion, Kelly Slater, rate Jeffrey's Bay as having the best waves in the world.

The Garden Route is also renowned for its wide variety of adventure and nature-oriented activities, including snorkeling & diving, sand-boarding, paragliding, skydiving, bungee-jumping, canoeing, kayaking, zip-sliding, tubing, and various wild-life experiences such as game-drives and whale watching.

Weekly excursions to these activities are not included in the programme but can be easily arranged with the help of programme coordinators, who will book transport and arrange activities for volunteers upon request.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Contact & Reservation
$297
/week
$297
/week
4 - 50
weeks
4 - 50
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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Included:

  •        Project placement
  •       Airport transfer on arrival and departure (George Airport)
  •       Accommodation (twin rooms, breakfast, lunch & dinner from Monday to Saturday, self-service laundry)
  •        All surfing equipment
  •        Series of surf lessons with an internationally qualified and professional surf instructor
  •        An orientation at the beginning of your volunteering
  •        Electronic certificate (printed copy on request)
  •        Local support including a 24-hour emergency number
  •        Constant Programme Supervision
Airport Pickup at George Airport

Transport is provided on both your arrival and departure, and is included in the programme fee. Preferred transfer time is between 10:00 and 12:00.

Accommodation

You will stay in beachfront flats that are located very close to Diaz Beach, 2 – 5 min walking distance. The flats are modern, stylish and equipped with all the necessary utilities for a comfortable stay. All flats are 2 – 3 bedroom flats, with a maximum of 2 volunteers per room. Men and woman may share a flat, but do not share rooms. Each flat has its own bathroom, living room and kitchen.

The flats are fully furnished. The living rooms have comfortable couches, the beds are clean and comfortable, and there are televisions with a selection of channels. The kitchens are equipped with everything necessary for cooking meals and all the flats come equipped with washing machines and/or there are laundry facilities which are available within easy walking distance.

The flats do not have Internet facilities, but there is free WiFi available at Diaz Beach, which is where volunteers work with the children. You can also easily purchase a South African SIM card from a local cell phone provider for accessing the Internet on a smartphone.


Food & Beverages

Three daily meals are provided Monday to Saturday. On Sundays meals are not provided. All meals are served at a local family owned bakery/restaurant located 2 minutes walk from the beach and 2 minutes walk from volunteers' accommodation. Meals are prepared with your preferences in mind. You can communicate with restaurant owners directly and convey what you prefer to eat. Reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your preferences. They do not cater for unnecessary whims.  

A vegetarian option is available and it may be possible to cater for other special dietary requirements, but only if we are made aware of the situation in advance.

On Sundays you must cater for yourself. Your accommodation is fully equipped for cooking and there are several food and grocery shops within easy walking distance of your accommodation and there is also a shopping mall nearby. Mossel Bay Town Centre is a short taxi ride away (5 min) and there are several more shops that sell large variety of items.

There are also many good restaurants in Mossel Bay that prepare good food at very reasonable prices and can be reached easily, either by walking or with a short taxi ride.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,249.00
5 weeks
$1,528.00
9 weeks
$2,644.00
17 weeks
$4,876.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$14,083.00
Average fees
$297.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mossel Bay/South Africa between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Good Hope Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Good Hope Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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