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Spend two weeks in Cape Town, volunteering your time to teach underprivileged children and help keep children off the streets before spending your second week on a backpacking tour of the world-famous Garden Route!

Missing
  • Help create a brighter future for children in disadvantaged inner-city communities in Cape Town
  • Assist at under-staffed and under-resourced pre-schools by planning lessons, teaching classes, and proving one-on-one attention to children
  • Run educational after-school programs, working with disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children in the community
  • Embark on a trip along the Garden Route, one of the most famous drives in the world
  • Spot the Big 5 on safari and get outdoors; canoeing, hiking and dipping your toes in the ocean!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education Combo Projects
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 965| € 1425| US$ 1689| AU$ 2013|
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Priced From
£ 965| € 1425| US$ 1689| AU$ 2013|

Detailed Project Pricing
Volunteering ONLY USD 995 GBP 544 EUR 805 AUD 1197
2 week COMBO USD 1689 GBP 965 EUR 1425 AUD 2013

Project Start Dates

Volunteers can either choose to spend one week on the Teaching and Education Project here in Cape Town (Start-dates every second Monday of the year) or combine this with a second week spent on a 6-day Garden Route tour!

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Volunteers will spend their first week joining existing volunteers on our Teaching and Education project...

Teaching

TEACHING

Each morning you will visit a nearby community pre-school in the 'township' community of Philippi, where you will assist the wider African Impact team to provide better education and a brighter future to a large class of children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years. This pre-school offers disadvantaged children a kick-start to their education and specifically focuses on preparing them for primary school. Since the introduction of international volunteers, the pre-school has seen many children graduate with far greater opportunities for further education due to the exposure of the English language, literacy, numeracy and one-to-one attention that otherwise would not be possible.

Afterschool care

AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

Each afternoon volunteers attend a very special after-school facility which aims to provide a safe place for vulnerable children to attend in the immediate hours when school finishes and abuse and neglect is most common. Volunteers help provide education, fun, sport and guidance to a group of over 200 children aged 6 - 13 and support the inspirational Grandmothers who run the facility that fights against the stigma of HIV/AIDS and the struggle of poverty. 

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

6day garden route backpacking adventure

6-Day Garden Route Backpacking Adventure

If you choose to combine volunteering with the Garden Route Backpacking Tour, our partners will pick you up from the volunteer house on your second Monday and whisk you off for a 6-day tour along the world-famous Garden Route, returning you to Cape Town the following Saturday in time for your flight home... or your next adventure!

Check out the highlights below!

  • Get up close and personal with African Penguins
  • Spot Africa's most magnificant animals on safari at ADDO Elephant Park
  • Depending on the season, spot whales from one of the greatest whale watching spots in the world!
  • Visit the most Southern tip of Africa
  • Explore beautiful caves and canoe the calm waters of Wilderness to picnic at waterfalls
  • Taste South Africa's world famous wines
  • For the bravest, try out skydiving, shark cage diving or a bungee jump!
  • Spend your nights around the firepit at some of South Africa's coolest backpackers and meet other travellers

 

Day 1 cape town  hermanus  cape agulhas

Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas

We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants and markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

Included Highlight: Penguins at Betties Bay

Optional Activities: Whale watching boat trip (in season July - November)

Day 2 cape agulhas  oudtshoorn

Day 2:  Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn

We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour, followed by a sampling of the local wine & craft beer. 

 Included Highlight: Craft beer and local wine tasting and Cango Caves Adventure tour

 day 3 oudtshoorn  knysna  sedgefield

  Day 3:  Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield

After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the spectacular Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to have lunch and do some shopping.  After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches.

Included Highlight: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park                           

Day 4 sedgefield tsitsikamma  addo

Day 4: Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma – Addo

After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.

Included Highlight: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park

Optional Activities: 216m Bloukrans Bungee jump OR treetop canopy tour

Day 5 addo  wilderness

Day 5: Addo – Wilderness

We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 3-4 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will overnight and have sundowners overlooking the spectacular Wilderness Beach.

Included Highlight: Entrance and 3-4 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park

Optional Activities: 2 hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide

Day 6 wilderness mossel bay  cape town

Day 6: Wilderness –Mossel Bay - Cape Town

After breakfast at the popular George Farmers’ Market, we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening.

Optional Activities: 10 000 foot tandem skydive OR Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa

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ABOUT CAPE TOWN

About cape town

About the Destination

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.

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Cape Town Teaching and Backpacking Adventure

Cape Town, South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Spend two weeks in Cape Town, volunteering your time to teach underprivileged children and help keep children off the streets before spending your second week on a backpacking tour of the world-famous Garden Route!

Missing
  • Help create a brighter future for children in disadvantaged inner-city communities in Cape Town
  • Assist at under-staffed and under-resourced pre-schools by planning lessons, teaching classes, and proving one-on-one attention to children
  • Run educational after-school programs, working with disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children in the community
  • Embark on a trip along the Garden Route, one of the most famous drives in the world
  • Spot the Big 5 on safari and get outdoors; canoeing, hiking and dipping your toes in the ocean!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education Combo Projects
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 965| € 1425| US$ 1689| AU$ 2013|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 965| € 1425| US$ 1689| AU$ 2013|

Detailed Project Pricing
Volunteering ONLY USD 995 GBP 544 EUR 805 AUD 1197
2 week COMBO USD 1689 GBP 965 EUR 1425 AUD 2013

Project Start Dates

Volunteers can either choose to spend one week on the Teaching and Education Project here in Cape Town (Start-dates every second Monday of the year) or combine this with a second week spent on a 6-day Garden Route tour!

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Volunteers will spend their first week joining existing volunteers on our Teaching and Education project...

Teaching

TEACHING

Each morning you will visit a nearby community pre-school in the 'township' community of Philippi, where you will assist the wider African Impact team to provide better education and a brighter future to a large class of children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years. This pre-school offers disadvantaged children a kick-start to their education and specifically focuses on preparing them for primary school. Since the introduction of international volunteers, the pre-school has seen many children graduate with far greater opportunities for further education due to the exposure of the English language, literacy, numeracy and one-to-one attention that otherwise would not be possible.

Afterschool care

AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

Each afternoon volunteers attend a very special after-school facility which aims to provide a safe place for vulnerable children to attend in the immediate hours when school finishes and abuse and neglect is most common. Volunteers help provide education, fun, sport and guidance to a group of over 200 children aged 6 - 13 and support the inspirational Grandmothers who run the facility that fights against the stigma of HIV/AIDS and the struggle of poverty. 

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

6day garden route backpacking adventure

6-Day Garden Route Backpacking Adventure

If you choose to combine volunteering with the Garden Route Backpacking Tour, our partners will pick you up from the volunteer house on your second Monday and whisk you off for a 6-day tour along the world-famous Garden Route, returning you to Cape Town the following Saturday in time for your flight home... or your next adventure!

Check out the highlights below!

  • Get up close and personal with African Penguins
  • Spot Africa's most magnificant animals on safari at ADDO Elephant Park
  • Depending on the season, spot whales from one of the greatest whale watching spots in the world!
  • Visit the most Southern tip of Africa
  • Explore beautiful caves and canoe the calm waters of Wilderness to picnic at waterfalls
  • Taste South Africa's world famous wines
  • For the bravest, try out skydiving, shark cage diving or a bungee jump!
  • Spend your nights around the firepit at some of South Africa's coolest backpackers and meet other travellers

 

Day 1 cape town  hermanus  cape agulhas

Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas

We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants and markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

Included Highlight: Penguins at Betties Bay

Optional Activities: Whale watching boat trip (in season July - November)

Day 2 cape agulhas  oudtshoorn

Day 2:  Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn

We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour, followed by a sampling of the local wine & craft beer. 

 Included Highlight: Craft beer and local wine tasting and Cango Caves Adventure tour

 day 3 oudtshoorn  knysna  sedgefield

  Day 3:  Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield

After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the spectacular Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to have lunch and do some shopping.  After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches.

Included Highlight: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park                           

Day 4 sedgefield tsitsikamma  addo

Day 4: Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma – Addo

After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.

Included Highlight: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park

Optional Activities: 216m Bloukrans Bungee jump OR treetop canopy tour

Day 5 addo  wilderness

Day 5: Addo – Wilderness

We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 3-4 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will overnight and have sundowners overlooking the spectacular Wilderness Beach.

Included Highlight: Entrance and 3-4 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park

Optional Activities: 2 hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide

Day 6 wilderness mossel bay  cape town

Day 6: Wilderness –Mossel Bay - Cape Town

After breakfast at the popular George Farmers’ Market, we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening.

Optional Activities: 10 000 foot tandem skydive OR Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa

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ABOUT CAPE TOWN

About cape town

About the Destination

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.

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