Empathy is a key ingredient for bringing positive, sustainable change to people’s lives, so develop this by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes on this home-stay volunteering experience in Cape Town. Utilize your passion and skills and find meaningful ways of making a social impact within the community.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Contribute to the development of a township in Cape Town who we have worked with for over 8 years, Red Hill
- Spend 1 night a week living with a local family, fully supported by the African Impact team
- Be immersed daily in the local community and contribute to skills development initiatives, including job-readiness workshops, support groups, fitness classes, and more
- Impact the lives of disadvantaged children by providing a helping hand at community preschools
- Help our team run educational and after-school programs at a foster care home and community facility for children living in poverty
- Be challenged while gaining new perspective and insight into what life is like for many people in South Africa
- During your free time, explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world while remaining grounded and mindful of the very experiences not enjoyed by all
About the Destination
Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The Mother City (as it’s known to locals) is home to Table Mountain, Robben Island, beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards, and incredible scenic drives. It’s been named the number 1 food city on the planet and regularly makes the top lists for most beautiful city in the world. It’s also packed with adventure activities, such as skydiving and surfing.
Host Family Accommodation
Once a week, you will get the unique opportunity to stay over with 1 of the families living in the informal Red Hill settlement. The majority of homes in Red Hill are simple shacks, but are still very safe and homely. While it may be a challenging and eye-opening experience, the host families and surrounding neighbors are very welcoming to our volunteers as we have been working with these community members for over 8 years.
From Friday to Thursday, you’ll live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around, it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. Our team of international and local staff members live and work with you, so expect to see and do more than most tourists could ever dream of.
Fun & Travel
You can hike up the magnificent Table Mountain, or take the cable car to the top. Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view, you can choose to abseil your way down. Surfing lessons, shark cage diving and sky-diving are also on many tourists’ “bucket lists”, and Cape Town’s mountain ranges make for great mountain-biking too.
Beach and Ocean Adventures
Although the water may be just a little cold, Cape Town has plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, each with its own unique atmosphere. If you are really keen to explore the waters you can dive with the sharks or take a tour to Cape Point Peninsula where you will have a chance to swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Cape Town has many iconic sites which makes for great photograph opportunities. Take a boat trip to Seal Island, visit the celebrated Robben Island and of stand on top of the world-renowned Table Mountain, reaching it either by foot or cable car. A convenient and fun way to see more of what the city has to offer is to take the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour bus. You will also have a chance to do some shopping and enjoy fine dining at the V&A Waterfront or at one of the many local food markets.
Cape Town has something for everyone. If you’re not really a city slicker and prefer to discover what nature has to offer, you can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.
The Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies within a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise with many buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, birds and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Cape Town – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
“I had a great experience volunteering with African Impact in Cape Town. The program staff did a fantastic job of making me feel welcome, and engaging volunteers in meaningful projects. We were able to see how our volunteering fit into a bigger picture of community development. I enjoyed meeting volunteers from all over the world, and getting to volunteer in a meaningful and personalized way.”
Dena Coates, USA
“My home stay experience in Red Hill was incredible. I have experienced how welcoming South African people can be, but the home stay puts that into perspective even more so. My host mom Caroline kept introducing me as her sister, and would tell guests to speak in English so I could understand the conversation even when they were not talking to me. Overall it was one of the best experiences I have had.”
Erin Duffy, USA