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Overview

Be a part of 2 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in South Africa and experience the best that the country has in store for you! This program has been essentially designed for those who want to have an authentic experience in South Africa, but don’t have much time to spend there. This will be an opportunity to meet other volunteers from different parts of the world and explore each other’s culture and customs. Working as a volunteer, you can make a significant difference in the lives of the underprivileged people and also know more deeply about their way of life.

In short, this ‘2 Weeks Special Program’ will enable you to be a part of a volunteer project and contribute towards the development of a township, and also take you for a tour of Cape Town as well as a thrilling jungle safari. Soak in the beauty of the place, get some Instagram-worthy shots and enjoy to the fullest.

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Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have an ability to take initiative  All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program.

Itinerary

Day 1: Sundayvolunteer in cape town south africa
Volunteers arrive on this day. We shall receive you from the Airport and take you to the volunteer house.

 

Day 2: Monday
After breakfast, we shall take you to the office for orientation about your volunteer work at Cape Town. Orientation will be followed by a City Walking Tour of Cape Town.

 

Day 3 - 6: Tuesday to Friday
You’ll commence work at the project location.

 

Day 7 & 8: Saturday and Sunday
We shall take you for a weekend wildlife tour on Saturday. You will get to experience the amazing beauty of African wildlife - keep your camera handy, as you’ll spot too many species here!
On Sunday, you’ll return back to your accommodation in Cape Town.

 

Day 9 – 13: Monday – Friday
Continue with project work.

 

Day 14: Saturday - Programme Ends
You have a day to relax or to do shopping. Try getting some souvenirs for your friends and family back at home.
You can contact our program coordinator if you would like to arrange for airport drop at an additional cost.

2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour Detailsvolunteer travel south africa
Day 1: Cape Town to Sedgefield – Safari & Elephant Encounter
We depart the Mother City in the morning and drive towards the gorgeous Garden Route. We start the day with a morning Safari in search of lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and many more wild animals.
You then have an action packed elephant interaction - one of the must-do-activities when in Africa. We end the day at our accommodation in Sedgefield where you have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the African sunset.

 

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Backpacker dorm
Sedgefield Facilities: Shared ablutions, honesty bar, free shuttle service to PiliPili beach Bar
Route: Cape Town to Sedgefield, around 450 km
Travel time: Approximately 5 hours
Included Highlight: Game Drive Safari
Optional Activities: Elephant Encounter

 

Day 2: Sedgefield to Cape Town –via Route 62 and Oudtshoorn – wildlife encounters, Cango caves. This morning we head towards the Outeniqua Mountains to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn where you’ll  have 2 options to choose from.
You can either choose to explore the wonders of the Cango Caves, one of the largest cave systems in the world, or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, full of exciting animal encounters from Crocodile cage diving to stroking a baby tiger!

 

After lunch we begin our journey back to Cape Town along the spectacular Route 62

 

Meals: Breakfast
Route: Sedgefield to Cape Town, around 600 km
Travel time: Approximately 7 hrs
Included Highlight: Cango Caves (Adventure or Standard Tour), or Cango Wildlife Ranch

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Included in the price : All accommodation + Bedding


All transport in comfortable bus with AC & CD player
1 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner
Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife ranch
Big 5 Safari in private game reserve
Qualified and registered tour guide
 
 
Optional extras :-
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice as per the service providers.

Activities:
Cheetah encounter - R210.
Crocodile cage diving - R340 (not in winter time).
Elephant Interactions - R700.
 

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteers working for childcare and social welfare program in Cape Town will be expected to fulfill the following tasks on a daily basis; 

  • Feeding, clothing and playing with the children
  • Assisting children with homework.
  • Meal preparation and assistance in general activities at the project.
  • Involve the children in art, craft, dance and drama activities.

Living

Volunteering Solutions makes great efforts to provide best of living standards to its volunteers. In Cape Town, our international volunteers are picked up from the airport and put in volunteer houses or with host families, equipped with all modern amenities. We also make sure that we help our volunteers with their local requirements, sightseeing or weekend tours.

Airport Transfer

Volunteers are picked up from the Cape Town International Airport by a representative and transferred to the volunteers hostel accommodation by a shuttle transfer. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in South Africa will have to arrive at the accommodation on own and will not be provided with a pickup.

Orientation

A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff on the program start date. The orientation would cover topics such as introduction to the program,General information about South Africa,Safety Tips / Guidelines,customs,health guidelines, communities, projects, host families, support services, travel and tours.Participants also receive a Walking City Tour which is a 2 hour walk around the City Centre area.

Accommodation

Volunteering Solutions arranges accommodation for volunteers in a Volunteer hostel or in home stays in local communities. The Volunteer hostel is a dormitory-style accommodations situated in Observatory area of Cape Town.The rooms in the hostel typically have 4-8 people per room.The Observatory accommodation is located in a beautiful suburb of Cape Town, about 20 minutes from the city center. The hostel is perfectly situated close to shops, restaurants, public transport, and some of the best beaches in the world! The areas are also very safe. 

Living in the hostel is a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” because you will meet and live with many other volunteers from all over the globe. It’s a great opportunity to make lifelong friends and learn about different cultures. Each day you will travel to your project, usually by mini-bus taxi which is a very cheap and efficient way to travel in Cape Town, and is also a lot of fun! After you finish your project for the day you usually spend your evenings doing different activities with the other volunteers in the house like, movie nights in the lounge or having a braai, which is a South African barbeque.

When staying with a host family while volunteering in South Africa you will live in one of the local communities of Cape Town. There you will experience life of a typical South African family which will be a great cultural experience. You will travel a short distance to your project in the morning and in the evenings you will spend time bonding with your host family. On the weekends you can either spend your leisure time with your host family or book yourself into a backpacker in town to explore the city centre during the day and experience Cape Town night life. 

Meals

Volunteers staying at the hostel accommodation are provided with self-service breakfast at the hostel on weekdays (Monday – Friday).Supplies such as cereals,eggs,bread with various toppings, coffee/tea, selection of fruits are provided.Lunch, dinner and weekend meals are not included but can be eaten out at any of the affordable eateries or ordered to home as well. Volunteers can also purchase supplies locally and prepare meals in the house kitchen.

For those staying in a host family, you will be provided 3 meals a day, prepared by your host. Breakfast before your project, a packed lunch to take with you and a delicious home cooked meal for dinner.

During your Free Time

Cape Town has so much to offer for travellers and there is a lot to do on the weekends and during the free time. Volunteers usually take the Garden Route tours on the weekend or explore the beautiful beaches of Cape Town. You can also do a full day Cape Point Tour and head south to Cape of Good Hope. On a free day you can do a trek upto Table Mountain or just chill out at the Waterfront area. There is a lot to do and you will never have a dull day in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

 

Program Cost

Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying for?

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • Assistance from In country support staff
  • Airport pickup from Cape Town international airport 
  • Program orientation and walking tour of Cape Town
  • Accommodation in volunteer hostel 
  • 2 Meals from Mon – Fri
  • Volunteering in Cape Town region
  • 2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour

What's NOT included?

  • Airfare
  • Visa Fee 
  • Return Airport Drop(Can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Local Transportation 
  • Vaccinations
  • ​Any other personal expenses

Program Dates

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August 01152229 07142128
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November 071421 06132027

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FAQ's

FAQ's Application and Program Details
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. We majorly follow the first come first serve policy. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you apply for the program and hold your spot. 
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation will be updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Cape Town, South Africa volunteer projects:
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. 
Volunteers joining the medical volunteer project must be either Pre-Medical, Medical or Nursing student or possess other qualifications related to medical and nursing field such as CNA or EMT. Medical professionals such as doctors and nurses are also welcome to join the program. 
The participants need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. 
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Clean Criminal Background Check Report for participants joining Childcare and Teaching Projects.
The participant must be in good health.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in South Africa Volunteer Program as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the volunteering programs. Volunteering Solutions has hosted large student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the program. We have hosted groups from universities in the UK, the USA as well as other countries.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The Certificate is provided on request.
All volunteers need to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) on the program starting date i.e Sunday.

The assigned driver from a backpacker airport pickup service would be waiting for you with a signboard in the arrivals area and you would then be transferred to a hostel accommodation in the city. A brief orientation session takes place on Monday morning.
The projects are placed in and around Cape Town. The city is located with one of the most stunning backdrops of Table Mountain and offers beautiful beach locations and countryside. Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa and is also very cosmopolitan with people of different religions, race, and beliefs living together in the city.

Volunteers in Cape Town work in the city as well as in many different community suburbs such as Grassy Park, Athlone, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, and Belville. Projects are located close to city center as well as in suburban areas and townships. 
Volunteers usually work for 4 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekends off to travel. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions. 
Flights and Visa
All travelers traveling to South Africa should have a valid visa.The citizens from most of the European (including the UK & Ireland), African and South American countries as well as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do NOT need to obtain a Visa beforehand and can stay in the country for a period up to 90 days. However, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months period.

All participants joining the South Africa volunteer projects for more than 90 days, need to apply for volunteer visa at the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate. Along with the visa application, you need to attach the required supporting documents. Volunteers are provided with the necessary supporting document for their South African visa application. More detailed information shall be provided after you become a Volunteering Solutions’ enrolled participant.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is very well connected and has direct flight connections from European, Middle East, African and some Asian destinations.
South African Airways, KLM Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Kenya Airways, Condor Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air France and Singapore Airlines are? some of the major airlines that have direct connections to Cape Town.
Health and Safety
Cape Town is a safe city and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. It has been rated as one of the best places to visit in the world by New York Times in 2014 and receives millions of tourists every year. As in any major metropolis around the world, you need to take general precautions for safety. You will be given safety precautions and instructions by the local coordinator team during the orientation as well as in your Pre-departure handbook after you become an enrolled participant. 
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to South Africa. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to South Africa, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions.  To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. 

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
Accommodation and Living
Your program coordinator or a member of the local coordinating team will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport which you can use. Most preferred mode of transport within the town is the Public Bus, taxis. The coordinator will be happy to guide you regarding anything that you need to know.

Volunteers in Cape Town are provided accommodation in a volunteer house/ hostel or in homestays in suburbs and communities. The volunteer house/ hostel is centrally located, close to the city center as well as to many cafes, restaurants, and delis. Living in the volunteer hostel is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers from around the world. 

Volunteers staying at the hostel accommodation are provided with self-service breakfast at the hostel on weekdays (Monday – Friday).Supplies such as cereals,eggs,bread with various toppings, coffee/tea, selection of fruits are provided.Lunch, dinner and weekend meals are not included but can be eaten out at any of the affordable eateries or ordered to home as well. Volunteers can also purchase supplies locally and prepare meals in the house kitchen.

For those staying in a host family, you will be provided 3 meals a day, prepared by your host. Breakfast before your project, a packed lunch to take with you and a delicious home cooked meal for dinner.

While staying with a host family during volunteering in South Africa, you will live in one of the local communities of Cape Town. There you will experience life in a typical South African family, which will be a great cultural experience. You will be provided 3 meals a day, prepared by your host – Breakfast before your project, a packed lunch to take with you and a delicious home cooked meal for dinner.
Unfortunately the entire volunteering experience is as much about volunteering on your project, as it is about cross-cultural exchange and community building. A lot of that happens through the housing that we have set up by being with like-minded people. Additionally, for safety reasons all volunteers must live in the allotted accommodation.
Yes, however, you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form. 
Depending on your project placement, you will get evenings and the weekends free,  to travel and explore the places. In the evenings, volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. Weekends are free and you can go for short weekend trips.There is a lot to do in Cape Town and you will never experience a dull moment in the city. You can explore the city and go to different places such as Bo-Kaap, Robben Island, climb the Table Mountain or just relax at one of the beautiful beaches in the city. You can also take the Western Cape tour and explore the beautiful wine lands. Get in touch with the country coordinator and know more about the places you can travel to. 
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $70-$80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you choose to go on weekend trips out of town.
On arrival, you can change your foreign currency into South African Rands (ZAR) from the Cape Town International Airport.  South Africa has a modern banking system and there is an abundance of ATMs and foreign exchange outlets in the city.  
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions South Africa program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.

To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit ?the Meet a Volunteer page on our website. 

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