Despite being one of the top tourist destinations in the world, many visit Cape Town and don't experience what life is like for the millions of disadvantaged and poverty-stricken people living in the communities surrounding the city which is why we suggest spending one week volunteering in the nearby community of Khayelitsha, South Africa's fatest growing township. With a population of roughly 2 million people, statistics relating to unemployment, HIV, and orphaned and vulnerable children are staggering due to the sheer size of the population.
During your stay at the tip of Africa, your first week will be spent in Observatory – the city’s most bohemian suburb, a short 10-minute drive from the city center with a quirky selection of bars, restaurants, cafes and vintage stores. The house is fully furnished, comfortable and spacious, and has a cook and housekeeper as part of the friendly team. You will share a room with two to six other volunteers, and bathrooms are communal. Wi-Fi is available for a small fee, plus there’s access to a small lock-up safe for your valuables.
Cape Town’s colorful and vibrant atmosphere will get your volunteering and travel experience off to an exciting start as you experience the delicious foods, rich culture and unbeatable scenery on offer. You can spend your weekend visiting cultural and heritage sites such as Table Mountain and Robben Island or even head to the beach to relax or hit the waves.
We also think you can't come to South Africa and not travel along the world-famous Garden Route. Packed with exciting activities and amazing wildlife opportunities, you'll travel through mountains, along the ocean, see sand dunes, canoe the rivers and even head out on safari before being returned to Cape Town.
This volunteering and travel opportunity in Africa promises to leave you fulfilled, with new insights, new friends and a newfound appreciation for your own way of life.