Adventure Club Project

Project Details

Project starts: Every monday
Location: Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 2 weeks

This project is a great way for the volunteers to gain experience working with children and groups, and learn new outdoor activities like surfing and skateboarding – volunteers receive lessons so they can help teach the children.

The project is run as a weekly curricular activity for disadvantaged youth from one of the local schools. Our main goal is to keep the children occupied and off the streets after school. Volunteers help us teach them valuable life lessons through adventure activities, teamwork, educational classes and sports such as skateboarding, swimming and surfing. For most of the children, this is the highlight of their day which is why we also use it as an incentive for them to do well in school, giving them a better chance at a brighter future. Those that turn up for school every day, behave themselves in class and study hard will rewarded by going skateboarding, swimming or surfing after school.

The Western Cape, where the program is based, is a very culturally diverse area of South Africa. There is a large integration of the underprivileged with the wealthy. The main cultures that you will be working with are Xhosa or Afrikaans South Africans. The homes they live in are often built from scrap metal and second-hand wood, usually they do not have running water in their homes. Forty percent of the families in these areas lack a male head of household and the children often have no one to monitor their educational progress or after-school activities. The children we work with live in the nearby township or settlement in Cape Town, such as Du’Noon and Wolwerivier.

Due to lack of funding there is very little physical education provided to the children in the preschools and primary schools, this can create physical and mental developmental issues. For this reason, in the mornings we assist Educare Centers in the local township by providing fun games and lessons to children from the age of 3 to 7 years old. In the afternoons we working children from the age of 10 to 14 years old, developing important skills and teaching valuable life lessons through adventure activities.  Most of these children can speak English, yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa. This is a very important part of the program as alcohol and drug abuse is common in the townships where they live, and at this age they are especially susceptible to recruitment by local gangs.

Volunteer Tasks May Include (but are not limited to):

  • Teaching kids how to swim and surf
  • Teaching and skating with the kids
  • Providing assistance in sports training and sport clinics
  • Running fun days and sports programs
  • Assisting with lessons on computers
  • Assisting in preschools
  • Being a good role model and encouraging good social and emotional skills


  • Airport pick up
  • 2 day Cape Town orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Weekly social events
  • Transport to and from projects
  • 24-hour support and supervision
  • Donation to the project
  • Certificate of appreciation

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

If you have any dietary requirements, please inform SAVE about this before your arrival. We will try our best to accommodate this however you may need to supplement your own food. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby. There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks. Tea and coffee will be available free of charge, all other drinks will be at own expense.

Laundry service is available at an additional cost

Extra Surf lessons
Extra surf lessons are available at an additional cost. You can book the 3-day surfing bolt which includes:
– 3 x 2 hours of professional surf lessons
– Surf photos analysis during 6 hours of lessons


Volunteers will stay in one of our volunteer houses with bedrooms sleeping 2 – 5 people. All houses are facilitated with electricity, hot water, a kitchen, one or two toilets, a bathroom with a shower, beds with linen (no towels). Male and female volunteers will share rooms unless otherwise requested. Upgrades to private single or double rooms are available at extra cost.

Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house tidy. Bathrooms and kitchens are cleaned every day by cleaning staff, and linen is changed once a week. The volunteer houses are at walking distance from shops, restaurants, entertainment, bus stops, and the beach.

This project runs all year round. However, during school holidays we run the project according to our holiday program.

REMINDER: Projects will be closed from 23 December – 1 January. Due to Christmas and New Years celebrations, projects are very limited, however, volunteers may still use the accommodation and food.

Did you know that our program changes during the holiday periods?

Project Wish List

  • Surfboards
  • Wetsuits
  • Swimwear
  • Surfboard trailer
  • Skateboards
  • Skateboard safety gear

Volunteers will work 5 days a week. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project. The volunteers’ mornings are spent assisting in one of the schools and the afternoons are spent with the kids teaching them to swim or surf. They will also have a chance to learn how to surf with an instructor and receive a minimum of one surf lesson a week. Extra surf lessons can be booked for a an additional price.

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.

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Physical Challenge level
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Project Highlights

      • Learn to surf and teach the children how to surf
      • Learn to skateboard and teach the children
      • Spend most of your day outdoors and on the beach
      • Learn to assist in classrooms
      • Help children develop life, sport, and educational skills
      • Gain experience in working with children within an organisation
      • Provide children with new experiences
      • Learn about South African cultures and way of life
      • Develop new friendships

Volunteer Requirements

      • CV/Resumé
      • Police clearance
      • Basic level of competency in English
      • Copy of return flight itinerary
      • Ability to swim



Please visit our FAQ’S page for a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions.

Example Itinerary


A.M : Volunteer Meeting

P.M : Office Day

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.

A.M: School assistance/Gross Motor Development with Preschool children

P.M: Surf lessons

A.M: Skateboarding lesson

P.M: Teach Swim

A.M: School assistance/Gross Motor Development with Preschool children

P.M: Assist with skateboarding lessons for the children

A.M: School assistance/Gross Motor Development with Preschool children

P.M: Assist with Soccer lessons

A.M: Free Time

P.M: Free Time

A.M: Free Time

P.M: Free Time

Holiday Club

Did you know that our program changes during the holiday periods?

Volunteer Experiences

Phone: 0.215.569.69
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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