Girl Empowerment, South Africa

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities and join our girl empowerment project. You will play a vital role in empowering and educating girls and boys from Cape Town’s impoverished townships, while working together to promote safety and violence prevention. By supporting this initiative, you are making a positive impact on the girls, their future families and their whole community.

Winner of GoAbroad’s Innovative New Program Award 2016


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.


  • Experience the real, un-cut Cape Town as a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in the 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 real gender equality in South Africa.
  • Through art therapy, educational workshops and youth groups, engage boys in the conversation about gender equality.
  • Be a positive role model for children at girls’ and boys’ clubs, encouraging trust and positive relationships through the discussion of topical 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 this city has to offer, including cage-diving with Great white sharks, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, or snorkeling with seals.

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

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 (Mon-Fri)
  • 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

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities.

You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy some Africa’s finest restaurants and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. For those more interested in exploring South Africa’s culture, how about visiting the historic Robben Island, or taking a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid?

Volunteers live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around (ready to get suited up?), 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.


During your time on this project, you will get involved in these key areas:

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