Girl Empowerment, South Africa - African Impact

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


  • 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

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:

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
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

Why AI Africa Specialists
We live and breathe all things Africa

Klim in die bakkie, ons gaan nou lekker braai. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.

Why AI With you all the way
We are with you all the way

Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

Why AI Measurable Impacts
We are about real, measurable change

Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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We knock it out of the park

But don’t just take it from us, read over 2000 reviews from our past volunteers and check out our awards.

Why AI Leading the Way
We are leading the way

With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.

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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