This humanitarian trip to South Africa begins with an intensive English language course. The school is located just a stone's throw away from the city center, Table Mountain, and the beaches. It boasts 14 spacious classrooms, a lounge with a television, WiFi access, a swimming pool, and a garden with a barbecue area available for students during their English language gap year. There are plenty of opportunities to make friends and practice English even after classes!
We guarantee the highest standards of education and engage the most competent and qualified teachers. Our teachers are selected for their dynamism and personality, making the classes both fun and comprehensive. You won't just study English; you will interact with students from all over the world and have unforgettable experiences.
This program offers one week of English language classes with accommodation in a residence before joining the volunteer team starting from the second week.
We offer three social missions involving children in Cape Town, South Africa: an educational project, a sports instructor project, and a surfing instructor project.
You will be placed in schools in disadvantaged areas of Cape Town. Your main tasks will include assisting with school management and supporting the teachers. You will be responsible for a group of young children, teaching them an activity of their choice under the supervision of local staff. This could involve theater, dance, gymnastics, football, drawing, or any other activity that promotes personal development. These classes are conducted for 3 to 5 days either at the school or after school, depending on the volunteers' profiles.
In addition to the educational mission in the mornings, you will engage in sports activities in the afternoons. The sports classes help children acquire skills such as teamwork and discipline, contributing to their well-being and development. You can participate in existing sports programs (skateboarding, football, dance, boxing, swimming, and spikeball) or teach the children a new sport they are unfamiliar with or have never practiced before. If the children show interest in the sport and have the ability to continue, the activity will be continued even after your departure. If specific equipment is required, you will either need to bring what you need or fundraise to finance it. For example, a volunteer brought boxing equipment to teach non-contact boxing, which was a great success and is still ongoing today.
Alternatively, you can spend your afternoons teaching surfing, swimming, and skateboarding after the morning school sessions. These activities are highly appreciated by children aged 12 to 14. The club is open after school (from 1:30/2:30 pm). The sports activities will rotate, for example, 2 afternoons of surfing, 1 afternoon of swimming, and 2 afternoons of skateboarding.
During this humanitarian trip to South Africa, you can choose between these activities to have the impact you desire on the children.
A supplement of €200 applies to participants under 18. For further information, check our youth programs.
English Language Course
Accommodation in a student residence on campus (4-person room with private bathroom).
Volunteers will be housed in one of our volunteer houses with rooms for 2 to 5 people. All houses are equipped with electricity, WiFi, hot water, a kitchen, shared bathrooms (with showers and toilets), beds with sheets, and a pillow (towels not provided).
Volunteers are responsible for maintaining their own room and the volunteer house. The bathrooms are cleaned daily by the cleaning staff, and linens are changed once a week. The houses are located a 5-minute walk from the beach and restaurants. The organization’s staff is always present at the hostel, assisting and guiding volunteers in all activities and organizing social events outside of the projects.
– Additional night in Cape Town: starting from 18€
Outside of school, you can participate in activities organized by the school:
– Sunset at Lion’s Head
– Picnic at Camps Bay
– Guided tour of Bo-Kaap
– Guided tour “From Apartheid to Freedom”
– Wine tasting with locals
– Beach Volleyball
– Beach Yoga
– Minimum age: 16 years old.
– English proficiency: Beginner level.
– One week of mandatory English language classes before the start of the project.
– Criminal record check.
Placement depends on the skills and profile of the participants. A phone interview and application documents (CV and motivation letter) will determine the volunteers’ tasks on educational projects, ranging from childcare to organizing extracurricular activities and providing school support/assistance for those with more experience.