Trip Details

This particular programme is designed to educate children on South Africa’s streets by teaching them new skills.  The youngsters, who are from disadvantaged areas of Cape Town, are taught team-work and other life skills via sport and out of school adventure activities – as well as general lessons.

The Cape Town Adventure Club offers a range of activities, including swimming, surfing and hiking to children between the ages of 12 and 14. Project volunteers will themselves learn to surf in order to be able to teach the children likewise.

The youngsters reside in Cape Town townships such as Dunoon and Site 5 where there are few, if any, suitable sporting and educational facilities. As a result you’ll find that each week groups of five to 20 enthusiastic children enjoy taking part in the Cape Town Adventure Club project.

South Africa’s Western Cape, where this programme is based, is very culturally diverse. Contrast the very wealthy and extremely poor individuals living side by side. The main ethnic groups volunteers work with are English or Afrikaans South Africans. Most of the children speak both language so are easy to communicate with.

Volunteers will themselves gain valuable skills in childcare during this gap volunteer  experience in Cape Town. They will become especially proficient at dealing with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme itself runs for three to five days a week, beginning when the children come home from school.

While the children are in school gap volunteers assist local schools and education centres in computer and maths lessons.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

You will arrive on Friday for an exciting weekend orientation before starting your program on Monday.

Gap volunteers in Africa’s Cape Town will spend time in schools, after-care centres or creches where they will interact with the kids, help with lessons, or work on outreach projects.  It’s important everyone who participates in the programme is a competent swimmers since most of the activities take place at the swimming pool or on the beach.

During the week you will spend time on a number of varied and interesting tasks such as teaching children to swim and surf, helping out on hiking trips, and even running fun days and sports events.

You will also spend time teaching computing in local schools and educating the youngsters on hygiene and health. Expect to spend a total of three of the five days will be spent with the children.

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

South Africa

Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2

South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!

While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.

South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.

All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of Africa and has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.
Natural beauty abounds with beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, lush forest belts and of course the famed Table Mountain. South Africa also boasts no less than 20 National Parks with the opportunity to see lion, leopard, rhino and elephants, to name but a few!  We have a selection of gap year adventures in South Africa including work at wildlife sanctuaries, work and travel in local South African communities, development projects and much more.  If you are interested in volunteering in South Africa please get in touch or read on for our latest experiences.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa