Cape Town Teaching and Backpacking Adventure

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!


Cape Town will not run out of water in 2018, but is still in the midst of a drought. We are encouraging our volunteers to continue saving water and would like to assure you that African Impact has contingency plans in place should the situation change – all volunteers will have sufficient water. Life in Cape Town will continue and the community programs need dedicated volunteers more than ever.


  • 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!

Volunteer Reviews

“This was such an amazing opportunity. Not only was I able to travel across the world and experience a new country, but I made great friends, went to so many new places and made an impact on the community all at the same time. The African Impact experience is one that you MUST have; you will leave the beautiful country a much more great full, positive, and educated individual.”

Kristen Kuhn, USA

“My trip with African Impact was one of the most incredible things that I have ever done in my life. It exceeded any expectations that I had, by far! The staff and the African Impact Team definitely made this experience what it was. The projects were incredible and I definitely felt like a made an impact, as well as enjoyed the endless activities to do in Cape Town!”

Hunter Brennan, USA

Dates & Rates

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
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.

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.

Volunteers will spend their first week on our Teaching and Education project in Cape Town, before heading out on a Garden Route Tour for the second week.

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