Trip Details

The Kitesurfing Outreach Project is an incentive program for children to do well at school and home.Children are selected to take part in the program, usually 2 at a time. The kids are first taught to swim by the volunteers, and later receive kitesurfing lessons from the volunteer and a professional kitesurfing instructor.

The volunteer receives 12 hours of kitesurfing lessons from an IKO certified instructor from BEST Kiteboarding Cape Town. The volunteer and child are able to take their kitesurfing lessons at the same time. Once the volunteer has completed their hours, they can mentor the child further in swimming, beach kite flying or kitesurfing at the skill level the child is ready for. This results in the children being involved in the sport, keeping them off the streets and opening doors for job opportunities or sponsorship. As this project is weather dependent and only runs on Saturdays and school holidays, the volunteer will also be able to be involved in any one of our other volunteer projects at no extra charge.

Trip Itinerary

The program takes underprivileged children out of the settlements and off the streets of the townships and teaches them valuable life lessons in the through sports, adventure activities, teamwork and educational classes. This program is run as a weekly extramural activity for youth from a disadvantaged school with the main focus on kite surfing.

Information about the children/schools

  • Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa
  • The children live in townships in Cape Town, such as Dunoon
  • Children in the program range from 12-14yrs.
  • Children are split into 4 groups of 5- 20 children that will be part of the program every week.
  • School Starts at 08:00 and closes and 13:30/14:30
  • There are normally 30-40 children in a class with one teacher.
  • Many of the children do not pay school fees so the schools funds are stretched and any assistance is welcomed.
  • Most of the children’s homes are without running water.
  • Homes are often built from scrap metal and secondhand wood.
  • 40% of the families in these areas are without a male head of household.
  • Some of the children may have difficult home lives.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse is common in the townships where the children live.
  • The children often do not have anyone to monitor their educational progress or after-school activities.
  • Children within this age range are susceptible to recruitment by local gangs.
  • Many of the children on the kite-surf project are able to surf, and therefore need only supervision.
  • Some of the children at swim lessons have a fear of the ocean.
  • Some of the girls see surfing as a “boys sport,” and may need extra encouragement.

Volunteer Tasks
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the programs for example:

  • Teaching kids how to kite surf
  • Educating children in life lessons,such as HIV,drugs etc
  • Helping in schools

Extra Info

This project is very flexible. The hours and amount of hours worked is determined by the volunteer. If volunteers want, they can also be involved in any of the other projects on days when there are no lessons (school days & days with no wind). The volunteer will need to have basic level of fitness and swimming skills.

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