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Girl Empowerment, South Africa

Join our girl empowerment project and educate young people about gender equality while helping them pursue their dreams and aspirations. You will play a vital role in empowering and educating girls and boys from Cape Town’s impoverished townships by helping them finish their education and supporting them in working towards their future goals. By being a part of this initiative, you are making a positive impact on young girls, their future families, and their communities.

Winner of GoAbroad’s Innovative New Program Award 2016


  • Experience the real, uncensored Cape Town as a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in township communities surrounding the city
  • Genuinely impact the lives of disadvantaged girls and young women, empowering them to become leaders in their community and advocates for gender equality in South Africa
  • Engage boys in the conversation about gender equality through fun activities, educational workshops, and youth groups
  • Be a positive role model for children at girls’ and boys’ clubs, encouraging trust and positive relationships through the discussion of important and relevant subjects
  • Engage with groups of vulnerable teenagers and young adults, delivering skills workshops and support groups that help them deal with early pregnancy and finding a job
  • See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the ‘Most Beautiful City in the World’ for the past 5 years
  • Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities the city has to offer, including abseiling down Table Mountain, tasting some of the finest wine in the world, whale watching, and snorkeling with seals

About the Destination

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans, wine valleys, and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty such as Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and gorgeous coastlines. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a chance to discover its beauty and experience its magic.

You can venture to the top of Table Mountain to watch the sun set, go paragliding, kayak beside dolphins and penguins, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy Africa’s finest restaurants, and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. If you want to explore the culture of the country, visit the historic Robben Island or take a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid.

Volunteers live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, which is just three minutes from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. 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.

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay at our volunteer house in Cape Town – a cozy, safe, and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns, and staff
  • Three 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 contribute responsibly and sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you will 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, and souvenirs

Volunteer Reviews

“My time here at African Impact has been immersive, educational, and a lot of fun. I truly feel that working here as a volunteer has had as much of an impact on myself as I have on project. I have fallen in love with all of the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to work with on the various Girl Impact projects, and have been continuously inspired by them and all of the other volunteers I have met here.”

Ella Draplin, USA

“It’s honestly the hardest thing leaving this project. Not only the amazing people that you meet that become your family, but also the staff. I have never come across a more successful and sustainable organization. The African Impact team in Cape Town is truly amazing and I cannot recommend it enough to future volunteers. You get everything; social life, scenery, helping others, a new family, the list is actually endless.”

Jessie Mitchell, Australia

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