Social Impact Experience, Cape Town

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.


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.


  • 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.

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.”   Erin Duffy, USA

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 Monday – Friday
  • 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

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 will be living in our volunteer house in the suburb of Observatory with other volunteers and African Impact staff. Observatory is a very artsy, bohemian district filled with quirky restaurants, vintage stores and relaxed bars with live music.

The volunteer house, affectionately known as the ‘Lionhouse’ (you’ll figure out why, soon enough) is a fully-furnished, cozy accommodation with dorm-style rooms split by gender. Here you will share meals with other volunteers, get to know our Cape Town staff and have a safe base from which to explore this incredible city.

Water Being Poured
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Volunteer enjoying the views of Cape Town, despite current water restrictions
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