Social Impact Experience, South Africa - African Impact

Social Impact Experience, South Africa

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.

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AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Contribute to the development of a township in Cape Town who we have worked with for over eight years, Red Hill.
  • Spend one night a week living with a local family, fully supported by the African Impact staff 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 fun 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

Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The Mother City (as it’s known to locals) is home to iconic Table Mountain, Robben Island, beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards and incredible scenic drives. It’s been named the number one food city on the planet, as well as regularly makes the top lists for most beautiful city in the world.  Did we mention that it’s packed with adrenaline-fueled activities, including skydiving, shark-diving and surfing?

Host Family Accommodation

Once a week – alongside a member of the African Impact staff team – you will get the unique opportunity to stay over with one of the families living in the informal Red Hill settlement. The majority of homes in Red Hill are simple shacks (built using tin and wood), but still remain 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.

Volunteer Accommodation

From Friday to Thursday, you’ll 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.

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.

WHy AI Reviewed and Awarded
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

“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.”

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October 19, 2018

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