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Sports and Surfing in South Africa

Teach township children from Cape Town how to surf

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$1,692.00

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Visit amazing Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer alongside an international team teaching underprivileged children from local townships to surf and care for their coastal environment. Discover the wildlife, winelands, mountains and more in your free time.
Overview
Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

Come and join our team and teach children to surf in addition to coaching other mainstream South African sports in townships that surround the beautiful city of Cape Town.

The aim is for you to assist teachers and GVI staff to run sports lessons at the township schools in the mornings. You will be running general physical education classes but you may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby. In the afternoon you will help run our surf club. This involves giving the children surf lessons and teaching them about how to care for their coastal environment.

Volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities. Optional side trips are available to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Town wildlife safari and wine tasting in Stellenbosch, to name but a few! Any side trips you wish to take can be arranged on arrival in Cape Town. For those traveling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town.

Testimonials

"I chose this program as I have a background in sports and water sports and this was a really good combination as I would get to make a difference in both fields. It has definitely met my expectations, the surfing especially, the set up is really good, the instructors are awesome and the kids really love it! I really feel I have made a difference as you see the kids’ progress and how much they enjoy it and would definitely recommend the project to others."

- Jack Hawkins, (United Kingdom)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Life

Monday to Friday

Every weekday morning you will be teaching sports classes at township schools. In the afternoons you will head to the beach where you will be working with an instructor to teach children to surf. Even if you have no previous surfing experience, this project is a great way to start out.

Field Conditions

You will be sharing accommodation facilities with your fellow volunteers in an apartment or house with access to electricity, hot running water.

Free Time

During your downtime at weekends you can relax and enjoy many of the amazing sights and experiences Cape Town has to offer. Several optional side trips are available such as a safari day-trip or cultural tour of the city.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Details

This program runs with the collaboration and support of community leaders and teachers from the local communities.

Volunteers will: prepare and run general physical education classes; coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby; teach children how to surf; educate the children about their coastal environment and its importance through fun and interactive workshops; and, assist with beach clean ups.

Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skills and supervision within the township.

How this project makes a difference:

This project gives township children the opportunity to play sports and learn to surf in conjunction with creating an awareness of the environment around them. The children not only learn how to respect and protect their local beaches but the project also keeps the children physically active, healthy and safe from the drugs, alcohol, and crime which is so prevalent in the townships.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Life on the Internship

Monday to Friday

Every weekday morning you will be teaching sports classes at township schools. In the afternoons you will head to the beach where you will be working with an instructor to teach children to surf. Even if you have no previous surfing experience, this project is a great way to start out.

Field Conditions

You will be sharing accommodation facilities with your fellow volunteers in an apartment or house with access to electricity, hot running water.

Free Time

During your downtime at weekends you can relax and enjoy many of the amazing sights and experiences Cape Town has to offer. Several optional side trips are available such as a safari day-trip or cultural tour of the city.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Program Details

This program runs with the collaboration and support of community leaders and teachers from the local communities.

Volunteers will: prepare and run general physical education classes; coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby; teach children how to surf; educate the children about their coastal environment and its importance through fun and interactive workshops; and, assist with beach clean ups.

Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skills and supervision within the township.

How this project makes a difference:

This project gives township children the opportunity to play sports and learn to surf in conjunction with creating an awareness of the environment around them. The children not only learn how to respect and protect their local beaches but the project also keeps the children physically active, healthy and safe from the drugs, alcohol, and crime which is so prevalent in the townships.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Life

Monday to Friday

Every weekday morning you will be teaching sports classes at township schools. In the afternoons you will head to the beach where you will be working with an instructor to teach children to surf. Even if you have no previous surfing experience, this project is a great way to start out.

Field Conditions

You will be sharing accommodation facilities with your fellow volunteers in an apartment or house with access to electricity, hot running water.

Free Time

During your downtime at weekends you can relax and enjoy many of the amazing sights and experiences Cape Town has to offer. Several optional side trips are available such as a safari day-trip or cultural tour of the city.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Details

This program runs with the collaboration and support of community leaders and teachers from the local communities.

Volunteers will: prepare and run general physical education classes; coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby; teach children how to surf; educate the children about their coastal environment and its importance through fun and interactive workshops; and, assist with beach clean ups.

Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skills and supervision within the township.

How this project makes a difference:

This project gives township children the opportunity to play sports and learn to surf in conjunction with creating an awareness of the environment around them. The children not only learn how to respect and protect their local beaches but the project also keeps the children physically active, healthy and safe from the drugs, alcohol, and crime which is so prevalent in the townships.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our Cape Town field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in South Africa!

Optional Side Trips

Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend – This trip includes 2 nights in Cape Town near Long Street so that you can sample the lively weekend city life. On Friday afternoon you will travel through to Cape Town after finishing your volunteer work.. The Saturday is a free day and you may wish to take the opportunity to visit some of the following iconic Cape Town attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope or the Green Market Square craft markets. Sunday includes a full day in Cape Point and a visit to an African Penguin colony. You will have the opportunity to explore the Cape Point nature reserve on mountain bike where you may see antelope, zebra, ostrich, seals and possibly even whales. During the day you will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the reserves beautiful beaches.

Wildlife Safari – Visit a private game reserve which is located one and a half hours from Cape Town. Here you will enjoy lunch and an afternoon safari before returning home. Transfers to and from the project accommodation are included. There are many other fantastic trips in the area around Cape Town that can easily be arranged once in-country such as shark cage diving, skydiving, wine tasting tours, Hermanus day trips for whale watching (seasonal) or a typical township experience.

Please note that anyone booking on this project for the two week option will need to extend their stay if they want to take part in more side trips.

Further Traveling Opportunities

South Africa has such a wealth of fantastic opportunities for further travel. In Cape Town, you have easy access to the famous Garden Route, chances to explore the Cederberg Mountain range or take more time to enjoy the vibrancy of Cape Town. Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, the world-renowned National Parks of Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing option in this stunning country.

The Team

Andy Eskeland
Project Coordinator

Meet Andy, Our Project Coordinator at the Ikhayalethemba orphanage. He initially joined us as a volunteer and stayed on as a part of the team.

His favorite aspect of his job? “Working with the kids and seeing their growth and development, especially with English, which is so important. Seeing some of the children progress to joining a school, and seeing how proud they are is just amazing.”

What does Andy think the volunteers contribute to the project? “They bring different ideas and abilities that I can learn from, as well as expanding the variety of activities for the kids. His highlight since joining the project? Participating in the Charity Challenge. “We completed a three-day hike from Cape Point to Table Mountain as a fundraiser for the orphanage, with great results!”

Jennie Rasmussen
Program Manager

Meet Jennie, or ‘JT’ as she’s better-known. She started out as a volunteer in 2010, before being offered the position of Project Coordinator, progressing to Senior Coordinator, Project Manager, and finally, our invaluable Programs Manager for Cape Town.

JT’s number one highlight since working with GVI? Library Day. “GVI staff from around the globe, volunteers, school teachers and children – about 60 people, transformed an empty space in to a fully functioning library in just one day. It great to get so many people involved with such a worthwhile project. I was also lucky enough to see the faces of the first class of children when they saw the library.”

What does JT think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers are crucial for this operation; to help the projects grow. Every person has something to offer, whether that’s professional skills or knowledge based on their own experiences.”

Cheryl Martin
Project Manager

Meet Cheryl, our Base Manager in Cape Town. A former teacher, headmaster and special needs educator, she was the first volunteer on our ‘Grade R’ project, and was exactly who we needed.

Cheryl’s main highlight since being on the project? “When we first started ‘book-time’ at the orphanage, the children didn’t really appreciate books and stories. We were pretty persistent and the children now easily sit and enjoy a book for almost an hour, even the toddlers! It’s led to such a great improvement in their language skills, attention span and ability to learn. I’m also really proud of the work we have done concerning protecting children’s rights, especially in social media. We’ve set a really good standard.”

What does Cheryl think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers never cease to amaze me with their skills and talents! It’s so important to use these talents as best we can. These things have made a difference to the teacher’s ability to provide a program, and therefore, to the children’s ability to learn.

Peter Bradford
Country Director

Meet Pete, our Country Director for South Africa. He’s been with GVI since 2004, when he joined us as a Field Manager.

Pete’s highlights since working for GVI? “Witnessing birth, life, drama and death in the South African bush, and over time, really getting a sense of the inter-connectedness and cyclical nature of it all. The biggest privilege though, has been sharing it with our volunteers, guiding them in their early forays into this vibrant, exciting ecosystem and seeing their growth over time on the program is truly wonderful to witness.”

What does Pete think volunteers bring to the project? “Have you ever driven a game viewer off-road, at night, while using a telemetry receiver, spotlight and GPS, all while talking on the radio and trying to scribble down some data?! The volunteers are a great help in many different ways. Some, when they first arrive, believe they have no relevant skills to bring to the team, then later discover that seemingly obscure talents can make a difference too.”

Elisabeth Tuck
Country Expert

Meet Lis, our Celidh-dancing world record holder who dreams of being in the Lion King. She started out at GVI as a volunteer in Kenya, and loved the way we do things (obviously) which led her to apply for a job with us, and Bob’s your aunty – here she still is!

One of our favorite volunteer stories about ‘Dottle’, as she’s also known, is how she was once asked on a date by a charming Southern boy. It went something like this: “You better get on a plane, Darlin, ‘cos we got dinner reservations tonaaaaght” Priceless.

Lis’ one travel must-have that she recommends to all volunteers is an open mind “I know its cliché, but if you try everything and take new situations as they come, you’ll have a much more fulfilling experience”.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Our Impact

Location

Cape Town

GVI Community operations in South Africa are based out of Gordons Bay, a picturesque coastal village nestled at the foot of the Hottentot Hollands Mountain Range, just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town. The area is home to beautiful swimming beaches, magnificent wine farms and popular restaurants and bars. Gordons Bay is also the beginning of the scenic and well-known Garden Route, making this the perfect base to explore the best sites and activities the Cape has to offer.

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