Skills Development Project

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The skills development project allows volunteers to transfer a skill to the children or adults of our local communities. The communities you will work in have a very low education and the majority of the adults are unemployed.

SAVE is always in need of volunteers with special skills that they can transfer to our communities and allow them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society.

Previous projects and ideas are below and not limited to:
Life skills
Teaching children or adults basic life skills
– Basic wound care
– HIV awareness
– Childcare training
– Heath and nutrition

Sport development
Running workshops with adults or children
– soccer clinics
– dance clinics
– drama workshops

Business Skills
Training adults to create their own income with trade skills as well as entrepreneurship mentorship.
– computer training
– craftsmanship
– wood work
– entrepreneurship
– marketing

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Project Highlights

  • Using creativity to develop products from reclaimed materials
  • Helping locals develop practical skills
  • Experience working with local adults who are eager to learn
  • Learning about the South African culture and way of life
  • Making new lifetime friends

Project Details

  • Arrival day for orientaion: Every Friday
  • Project starts: Every Monday
  • Location: Blaauwberg/TableView, Cape Town
  • Minimum duration: 4 weeks
  • Please Note: Mondays are Office Day for both new and old volunteers. New volunteers will receive their teacher training and additional information on our projects and the areas where they will be working. Volunteers who have been with us for more than one week will assist with planning for the week, equipment maintenance, re-organising storage spaces, donation sorting etc.

School holidays 2018:

First Term: 29th March – 09th April
Second Term: 23rd June – 16th Juli
Third Term: 29th September – 08th October
Fourth Term: 13th December – 08th January

2018 Public Holidays:

1. Jan. New Year’s Day
21. Mar. Human Rights Day
30. Mar. Good Friday
2. Apr. Family Day
27. Apr. Freedom Day
1. May. Workers’ Day
16. Jun. Youth Day
9. Aug. National Women’s Day
24. Sep. Heritage Day
16. Dec. Day of Reconciliation
17. Dec. Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25. Dec. Christmas Day
26. Dec. Day of Goodwill

Due to Christmas and New Years celebrations, projects are very limited, however volunteers may still use the accommodation and food.

Volunteer tasks

  • Establish and implement skills programs with children or adults
  • Run workshops with groups or individuals
  • Provide course material for the lessons
  • You can run your own workshop during your stay with us
  • One on one assistance with entrepreneurs
  • Business plan mentoring
  • Assisting with financial management
  • Implementing your own project plan to the community
  • Assisting of stock take and pricing of goods

Average working day

Project runs 5 days a week normally from Monday to Friday. The day will start around 08:30 and finish around 15:00.

Volunteer Requirements

  • CV/Resumé
  • Police clearance
  • Intermediate level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Winter in South Africa

Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up
  • 3 nights Orientation in Cape Town
  • weekly social
  • Accommodation on project
  • Hop on hop of bus tour
  • 24 hour support and supervisor on project
  • Donation to the NPO to assist with programs
  • Certificate of appreciation

2 Day Cape Town Orientation

DAY 1: Friday
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you will meet your volunteer leader and learn more about your project, if you arrive late you will be given a time that you will meet your leader. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel.

DAY 2: Saturday
Start the day with breakfast and head to Saltycrax backpackers.
A SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre.

You have two options to choose from:
1. Walking Tour:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.

2. The hop on hop off bus pass:
Board this open rooftop bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!

After one of the above activities you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the side walks. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (own expense).

In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beach front in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.

Day 3: Sunday
You will have at your own leisure to relax and get ready before your projects starts.


Volunteer houses that sleeps 2 – 4 in a room.  5 – 8 in a house. Swimming pool, self catering kitchen. Walking distance to the beach, shops, transport terminals Volunteer accommodation will depend on availability.  in peak season you may be placed in Saltycrax 10 sleeper dormitory until space is available in the volunteer house. Upgrades to private single or double rooms at extra cost


Breakfast: Self-catering Fruit, cereal, yoghurt, toast
Lunch: Sandwich of cold meat, salad, fruit
Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night. These range from a traditional BBQ, stews, casseroles, fresh vegetable etc.
Tea and coffee will be available all day A refrigerator is available for volunteer’s personal food NB. All other drinks will be at own expense Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs.  We will try our best to accommodate this however you may need to supplement your own food.

Extras NOT included:

Wifi: At volunteer house for R50p/w Or At SaltyCrax for free

Washing Laundry service available

Extra Surf lessons Book the 3 day Surfing bolt on for:

  • 3 x 2 hr professional surf lessons
  • Surf photos analysis during 6hr lessons

Cape Town, mother city to the locals as well as everyone else around the world!
Don’t miss out on what’s happening, join for one or many different types of activities offered in and around Cape Town.

Activities in Cape Town include:

Surfing Lessons

A full day of surfing lessons at the sandy white beaches of Blouberg or Muizenburg.
Daily, weather permitting. Lunch.

Kitesurfing Lessons

The ultimate power kite activity. Learn to speed across the water. Lessons are 4 or 6 hours long, from 10am to 2pm or from 10am to 4pm. Includes: boards, kites, harnesses, wetsuits, helmets and all appropriate safety equipment.
Daily, weather permitting.

Windsurfing Lessons

Head to Rietvlei, a fresh water lagoon, where a qualified instructor will teach you to windsurf.
Daily, weather permitting.

Cape Point Tour

Follow the scenic coastal roads of the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, were you can hike or mountain bike through the nature reserve. Experience Cape Town at its best. Includes: transport and entrance to the nature reserve.
Daily. Lunch.

Wine Route Tour

Meander through stunning landscapes and wine farms. Stop at wine estates for tastings, and to appreciate the natural beauty and historical attractions of the region.
Daily. Wine tasting & lunch included.

Township Tour

Explore the culture and history of townships. Meet the locals, visit a crèche and drink home brewed beer. This is a must for any one who wants an authentic view of South African life.

Township Tour & Robben Island

After spending the morning in the local town-ships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island.
Daily, weather permitting.

Kloofing (Cliff jumping)

A day of extreme adventures. Hike through Kamikaze Canyon. Those brave enough can jump down 3-22m from cliffs into crystal clear rock pools below. Abseil down a 65m cliff.
Wed, Fri, Sat. Min 4pax. Breakfast, lunch.

Quad Biking

After a short introduction, join a guided ride through the many tracks, trails or courses.

Abseil Table Mountain

Abseil 112m down the world’s highest commercial abseil. Enjoy a wonderful view of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean at 1000m.

Walking Tour of Cape Town

This 3 hour guided walk through the city centre focuses on the history of Cape Town from the days of Dutch settlement though the Apartheid years and into the time of the new nation. You will pass milestones like the Castle Of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Company’s Gardens.

Shark Cage Diving

See the Great White Shark face-to-face in its natural habitat. The experienced and specialised crew in Gansbaai will take you to “Shark Alley”, the prime spot for shark cage diving.
Daily, weather permitting. Breakfast, lunch.


Do a tandem jump or take lessons and do a solo jump. During the 20 minute aircraft-ride, you will have an awesome view of the West Coast, Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Then enjoy an exhilarating free-fall at 200kph followed by a peaceful parachute-ride.
Daily, weather permitting.


Take lessons or book paragliding tours and soar high above fantastic landscapes. No experience is required for a 15 to 25 minute tandem flight from Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Daily, weather permitting.

Big 5 Safari

View South Africa’s Big 5 in their natural surroundings. Join us for breakfast before the game drive in a four star private nature reserve. Later, we have a picnic in the park. The park is in a malaria-free area and offers a variety of accommodation and guided tours.
Daily. Breakfast, lunch, snacks.

Sandboarding (Full day)

Learn sandboarding in a safe and fun-filled environment. You are provided with high quality equipment and experienced guides.Daily. Lunch.

Cape Town to Windhoek Overland Safari

This exciting holiday you will experience the best of Namibia. From Cape Town to giant sand dunes in ancient deserts, ancient rock paintings to incredible game viewing experiences in Etosha National Park – find those unforgettable memories. Embrace the magic of Africa with a tour that will leave you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent.

Included Highlights
Cape Town Township Tour
Fish River Canyon
Sossusvlei, Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park
Etosha NP, Game Drives

Intended Itinerary
It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the following as a guide only.

Duration: 12 Days
Countries visited: South Africa, Namibia

Day 1:
Cape Town – Western Cape, South Africa
Distance travelled: +/-260kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Our overland safari begins with a guided township tour. This upbeat and informative tour will introduce you to the people, culture and pace of life of the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town’s intriguing township areas.

After our tour, we leave Cape Town behind and make our way north over the Piekenierskloof, through the fruit growing area of Citrusdal to our camp overlooking the Cederberg Mountain range. Once we’ve settled in, we enjoy an optional wine tasting to sample some of the wines of the region.

Accommodation: Highlanders Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:
Western Cape – Gariep (Orange) River
Distance travelled: +/-400kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Continuing north, we pass through the Namaqualand region, famous for its spectacular flower carpet that covers the land between August and September after the winter rains. Namaqualand hosts a whopping 4000 plant species with approx. 40% epidemic to the area. We set up camp tonight on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River, a stunning backdrop. The camp by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience.

Accommodation: Umkulu camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Distance travelled: +/-180kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Today, we have the opportunity to enjoy a morning canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water’s edge. After packing up our camp, we cross the border into Namibia arriving at the breathtaking Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 550 metres deep and 27 km at its widest point, this stunning canyon is the second largest in the world – the first being the Grand Canyon. There are plenty of opportunities this afternoon for keen photographers to take pictures and enjoy a nice walk on the canyon edge.

Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
Fish River Canyon – Sesriem
Distance travelled: +/-600kms
Approx day drive: Full day

Further north, we continue through barren, rocky desert land to Sesriem, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. This magnificent park containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes at 350 metres high. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 – containing part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range – it is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in world. Once settled in, we enjoy the night around an open fire under the brightly lit starry skies.

Accommodation: Sesriem Camp- Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
Namib Naukluft National Park – Solitaire
Distance travelled: +/-100kms
Approx driving day: Short day

Rising early, we enter the National Park and drive to our first stop – Dune 45. At 170m high, it’s fascinating shape and accessibility makes it the most photographed dune in the world. We clamper to the top of the dune in time to watch the sun rise as the shifting colours move across the open desert. The spectacular view from the top is worth every energy-sapping step. After a nice warming breakfast, we join a 4×4 vehicle transfer which takes us deeper into the park for a walk at leisure to view Deadsvlei area and the surrounding dunes. Departing from the dunes, we make our way to Solitaire, the smallest registered town in Namibia and home to the best apple crumble.

Accommodation: Solitaire Rest Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – 7:
Solitaire – Swakopmund
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Today we head to the Atlantic coast for two nights, stopping for a photo opportunity as we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and down through breathtaking mountain passes of the Gaub and Kuesub. Surrounded on 3 sides by the Namib Desert, and on the 4th by the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is Namibia’s largest beach side town and offers a huge array of activities, an interesting German heritage, palm-lined streets and seaside promenades. Some desert-based adventure activities are on offer if you so choose – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those not adventure minded enjoy what the town has to offer and indulge in the town’s German café culture, museums, shopping and beachside strolls.

N.B: Swakopmund is time at leisure, so for the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. Enjoy your days on the optional activities and sample the local restaurants.

Accommodation: Amanpuri Dorm Bed (two nights)
Meals included: Breakfast x 2

Day 8:
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Distance travelled: +/-150kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Leaving Swakopmund we turn eastward through the endless dry plains to the beautiful Damaraland region and stop at Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”. This spectacular granite rock formation rises 1728 metres and is a part of the Erongo Mountains, which was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano. Over millions of years the outer layer was carried off by wind erosion, until the granite intrusion was exposed. Take your time to explore the area and take in the impressive sunrises and sunsets as the shifting colours move over the rocks. This area also holds the most impressive bushman rock paintings which can be viewed with a local guide of the area.

The Spitzkoppe Restcamp lies at the base of the mountain and we camp overnight

Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Bush Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:
Spitzkoppe to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Half day

From Spitzkoppe we make our way to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park (Otjitotongwe means Cheetah, Cheetah in the local language of Herero), home to a non-profit organization, aimed at conserving cheetahs in a natural environment. The farm comprises of tame and wild cheetahs that were brought to the farm to prevent them getting killed by local farmers for killing their livestock. We meet the tame cheetahs for a photographic opportunity and take a small game drive in the larger enclosure before returning at sunset to relax around the open fire, swim in the camp pool and enjoy a sundowner at the local bar.

Accommodation: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – 11:
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park to Etosha National Park
Distance travelled: +/- 250kms on day 9 only
Approx drive day: Full day including game drives

Heading North, we make our way to Etosha National park. Etosha – meaning “place of dry water” – is enclosed by a central salt depression or pan that seasonally fills with water. At 22,750 sq km, this magnificent park is home to 114 mammals and 340 bird species. We spend the next two nights here, making camp inside the park at one of the three main sites offering floodlit waterholes for night-time game viewing. Observers frequently see a range of animals congregating around the watering holes including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Southern Africa. We have a short afternoon game drive upon arrival and a full day game drive the following day.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo or Halai or Namatoni Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2

Day 12:
Etosha to Windhoek
Distance travelled: +/-420km
Approx driving day: Full day

Leaving Etosha, we make our way south to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is characterised by German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history and has a mere population of 200,000 inhabitants. Our safari finishes upon arrival in Windhoek.

Accommodation: No Accommodation
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Information
Overland Tour
This tour is a participation camping tour and your help will be needed by assisting (usually on a rota basis) with the various day to day campsite duties, such as shopping, setting up the camp, cooking and keeping the truck tidy. But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour – most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

All tour highlights and inclusions, 2- person dome tents, fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, sleeping mattresses, service of two crew, all road and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, meals as indicated.

Local Payment, Activities and Excursions (optional), visa’s, travel insurance, flight departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items of personal nature.

Every Overland tour has a Local Payment amount which must be paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour. This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price which is paid before travel. Paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean un-torn post 2006 edition notes) that pays for food, park entries, activities and camping costs along the way with payment goes directly to the supplier. Please refer below to what is covered by the Local Payment.

These are optional activities that are paid directly to the provider while on tour and you are free to decide what activities you would like to do. Please see table below for prices.

We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers.

Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum, bearing in mind that most airlines impose a 20kg limit. It should be brought in a soft backpack or rucksack along with a smaller day bag. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings and early morning game drives. You also need a sleeping bag (and small pillow if preferred). We recommended you pack a small torch or headlamp, mosquito spray and a money pouch/ belt that can be easily hidden. Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. A full ‘What to Bring’ list is included in our pre-departure booklet (online version), issued when you book.

The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure.

Please be aware that some of the areas visited on this tour are malarial. We strongly recommend you seek professional medical advice for the appropriate anti-malarial tablets.

The table below indicates the visas required for travel to the countries on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. At least one month prior to travel seek confirmation from embassies or a visa specialist, that these requirements are still current. For UK citizens the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) offers free up-to-date travel info: For other nationalities a number of travel advice websites are listed on the Acacia website.

It is a booking condition of Acacia that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. Your guide will ask you for a copy of this when you join the tour. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact. We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this tour.

Money Matters
Naturally you will require extra money for your own personal spending on the tour, for Activities and Excursions, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature. Everybody has different spending habits but as a guideline we suggest you budget South African Rand 150-200 per day (South African Rand can be used in Namibia). Also keep some US$ cash for relevant airport taxes and visas needed, optional activities and any additional accommodation before or after your tour.

– Spending money Spending money is best carried as cash. South African Rand can be used throughout South Africa & Namibia
and can be obtained from an ATM on arrival. US dollars (Us Dollars in clean, un-torn, post 2006 edition notes) is also
accepted for many optional activities & at markets throughout Africa. We have an on-board passenger safe for security and
your guide will advise how and when you can exchange money (US dollars, Sterling or Euro) to local currency throughout the
– Currencies are as follows: South Africa – Rand; Namibia – Namibian Dollar. Please note that Rand is legal tender in Namibia at the same rate of exchange as the Namibian Dollar.
– ATM machines are found in Southern Africa. Please note they are sometimes unreliable (and therefore should not be relied upon).
– Credit cards can be used to pay for optional activities although charges may be may be high by western standards (+/- 5%).

We recommend you bring your spending money in several different ways (some cash and some cards); your guide can best advise on what to use where.

This is always a matter for your own individual discretion but as in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy, it has become customary to give a small gratuity to local staff, including your tour leader and driver, at the end of a tour if services rendered have been to your satisfaction.

Responsible Travel
We strongly believe that you get the most out of a journey by respecting the culture and people of the places you visit. On our tours we try to travel in a way that benefits the communities we pass through and minimises negative impact on the environment. This can be from ensuring the campsites we use are clean when we leave and dressing respectfully in conservative areas to getting involved with local charity projects. We ask that you are open to this when you travel with us. Being proactive in responsible travel helps develop cross-cultural understanding and friendships with the local people, and will greatly enhance your experience in Africa.

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