South Africa Surf and Community Volunteers

2-8 weeks from £549

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Volunteer with kids in South Africa
learn to surf in South Africa
Surf and Community project in Cape Town, South Africa
Surfing and childcare, South Africa

Trip Highlights

  • Learn how to surf or perfect your surfing skills on South Africa’s amazing coastline in Muizenberg!
  • Gain experience in sports coaching, teaching some of the children how to surf.
  • Improve the lives of underprivileged youngsters by passing on your skills.
  • Take in the sights of bustling Cape Town in your free time!

Trip Summary

If you love the outdoors, are keen to kick-start or improve your surfing skills and want to share these fantastic opportunities with underprivileged children in South Africa, this is the adventure for you.

This project is run by a young South African who wants to give back and build the local community from the postcard-perfect sandy beach of Muizenburg, near Cape Town. With many underprivileged children in the local area, this project believes it’s vital to give these children opportunities they wouldn’t usually have. The children have been taught a new skill and get to be part of a family. 

In the afternoons, between 15 to 20 children from local townships are picked up by the team and taken to the surf programme for lunch. After lunch its homework time! This is where you come into play, helping the kids aged 8 to 17 with homework. After homework the afternoons are spent surfing.  When there’s some free time you are welcome to build on experiences eg go on local hikes or play a game of soccer making the most of the fresh air and the great outdoors.

The underprivileged children participating in the surf project could only have ever dreamed of learning to surf. Spending time with international volunteers also proves to be an inspiration to these young people and a window into the wider world.

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Trip Info

The surf project is located on the white sandy beaches of Muizenburg near Cape Town. The aim of the project is to get children from disadvantaged backgrounds off the streets, away from negative influences and to give them something worthwhile and constructive to do with their time whilst having an amazing and enjoyable experience in the process. The project is well known for working alongside the community and for teaching children to surf who would not otherwise be able to afford to do so. In addition the centre advises on healthy eating and fitness programmes including snorkelling, football and hiking, all aiming to help South Africa's next generation be as fit and active as possible.

To start with you will receive surf coaching and get up to speed with the core skills of riding a wave. You'll also be introduced to the local area and get the opportunity to visit where the children you are helping live. Along with your own surf lessons you will be helping the centre to prepare for the surfing lessons for the children, including activity plans and equipment. You will help prepare the children’s lunch, assist with homework, then go surfing in the afternoons.

You’ll be working roughly 10am until roughly 5pm Tuesday to Saturday with a break for lunch between 1pm and 2pm; the children arrive at the surf project at around 3pm Tuesday – Thursday and 1pm on Fridays ready for their lessons.

A typical program:

Every morning starts with a surf session followed by lunch.

Tuesday to Friday late mornings you will assist the project with admin e.g. blogging, marketing and social networking. You'll contribute to the development of the projects through social networks taking pictures, writing and posting articles. You can also help brainstorm new ways to improve the structure of the project.

On your first day you will be met at the airport and taken to the volunteer house in Fish Hoek, which will take about 45 minutes. Then it’s time for a detailed orientation, an evening meal and sleep!

For rest of your first week you will get to know the local area and learn how to ride the waves like a true surfer. The beach at Muizenberg has been specifically chosen due to its great waves for beginners. While you may learn quite quickly how to make falling off a board look stylish don't worry, most people are standing and riding their first wave within an hour or two. 

Sundays and Mondays are yours to do as you please. You certainly won’t run out of activities to keep yourself occupied in the surrounding areas. With places like Table Mountain, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and Boulders beach just a short distance from your accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could also catch a cab to the local shopping mall to catch a movie, chill out in coffee shops, surf the internet or clothes shop!

Now that you’ve learnt the basics and are comfortable riding the waves your days will be split between working on your skills and getting involved with the children. Your mornings will be spent perfecting your style and getting to know more about the tides and currents to give you a better all-round knowledge.

After a break for lunch you’ll help the team prepare for the arrival of the local children. They start to arrive at about 3pm so it will be all hands on deck to prepare lunch, do homework then suit up!  After the surf lessons (about 5pm) you will be helping to rinse out the wetsuits. Your weekend time will again be your free time to explore or relax.

Your final day.
Once you have said goodbye to all your new friends and packed away any last minute souvenirs you’ll travel back to the airport. Your return transfer from Fish Hoek to Cape Town International Airport is not included within your project fee but our regular transfer company will be able to arrange the journey back for you for roughly US$35 / 250 Rand and is easily arranged in country.

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What's Included

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation
  • In-country orientation
  • Local in-country team
  • 24hr emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Airport transfer
  • Local transport to and from the project (approx. R30 per person per day)
  • Food

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Helping the kids made it feel worth while and also catching your first wave was awesome.

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Read through all the info provided, bring an extra towel and swim wear and be prepared for travelling locally- using the bus and train etc.

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Accommodation & Meals

During your time in Cape Town you'll be staying in our lovely volunteer house in the small seaside town of Fish Hoek. The house has 3 bathrooms that include western style toilets and hot water. Bedrooms in the house are dormitory style with up to 6 volunteers sharing a room. There are also a number of communal areas including a comfortable lounge with sofas, table where you can eat your meals and a lovely balcony and garden area with BBQ, swimming pool and flatlet! Wifi is also available at the volunteer house and is payable upfront on arrival, the cost is 100R/£6.50 per week. While in the house you will be responsible for keeping the place clean so please tidy up after yourself, especially in the kitchen. 

There are lockers in the accommodation where you will be able to store valuable but you will need to bring your own padlock and keys. Additionally you will need to bring your towels as these are not provided. Bedding is provided but we recommend that you bring a sleeping bag for travelling and as additional warmth over the winter months (June to August). You should also make sure you bring warm clothes with you, particularly if you are travelling during the South African winter months, when it can get particularly cold.There isn't a washing machine at the house but there is a laundry close by where you can get your clothes cleaned at your own cost.

A Supermarket, shops, internet cafe, laundry and bank are all close to the volunteer house so you’ll be able to shop either in your lunch-break or after your days volunteering.

Please note that there is a security deposit that will need to be paid to the in-country team on arrival so please make sure you have budgeted for this. The deposit needs to be paid in your local currency and needs to be the equivalent of R1000. Your deposit will be returned when you leave the accommodation at the end of your project as long everything is left as you found it.

Your time in Cape Town is on a self-catering basis (apart from the evening meal on the first night). There is a kitchen complete with cookers, loads of fridge space, microwave, toaster and other kitchen utensils you can use to cook tasty meals to enjoy in the large dining area. However if you are feeling a little lazy why not order takeaway instead!

We recommend that you budget around R600 (South African Rand) per week for groceries, as prices are similar to home. However if you choose to eat out or buy takeaways regularly, this will be more expensive and you will need to budget accordingly.

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Arrival Information

Please arrange your flight into Cape Town International Airport (airport code CPT). You’ll need to arrive in before 4pm on your programme start date so that you’re all ready for the orientation which kicks off at 5pm and your return flight for your programme end date.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination. 

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Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age 18, maximum dependent of potential participants health.

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.


How Many Volunteers Will I Be Staying With?

We have a fantastic volunteer house in Fish Hoek where all of our volunteers stay who are volunteering on various projects around Cape Town.

How Much Spending Money Should I Take?

We would recommend budgeting for around £80-£100 per week to cover food, extra activities/tours at the weekends, souvenirs etc.

Can I Get In Touch With Other Volunteers Before I Go?

Yes! We provide a 'buddy list' of others email addresses joining you in Cape Town on the same start date.

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