Project starts: Every monday
Location: Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
The main objective is the facilitation of poverty prevention programmes and upliftment in the settlements. Employment and education opportunities are provided where possible. We try to assist the community through specific programs such as “Winter Hope” whereby we provide warm clothing and shoes to the children, blankets to families as well as obtaining building materials to fix leaking roofs and rebuild structures where necessary to try and provide some relief from the winter cold which can be freezing when your only shelter is a damp, leaking corrugated iron structure!
Another regular program is to provide with, assist in or educate communities in agriculture projects such as subsistence farming. With this, we help start new vegetable gardens, work in existing vegetable gardens or educate about growing food for own use. This assists with food aid and poverty alleviation.
We engage these communities in regular education, motivation and social upliftment programmes and exciting events such as fun at the beach, various sporting activities and outings which are hosted throughout the year.
The settlement project is flexible and volunteers may need to use their initiative and run parts of the project on their own.
The main objective is empowering the local community and supporting them with their basic needs. We regularly distribute food hampers to the underprivileged and clothes in the winter. We engage these communities in regular education, motivation, and social upliftment programs and exciting events such as fun at the beach, various sporting activities and movie outings which are hosted throughout the year.
Previous projects include
- Clearing ground, erecting preschool classrooms, fencing and laying down grass for a preschool
- Building a brick school for disabled children
- Planting and maintaining several vegetable gardens for families
- Planting and maintaining a vegetable garden for the preschool
- Building a camp for goats who were kept in overcrowded, inhumane conditions
- Airport pick up
- 2 day Cape Town orientation
- 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
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. Our cleaning staff clean bathrooms and kitchens every day and will change your linen once a week. 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?
- School supplies
- Sports equipment
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’ days are spent assisting at the schools within the community. Their duties will include but will not be limited to; creating lessons plans, running activities and craft sessions, as well as assisting in any other areas of the community – this may include cleaning, cooking and assisting with refurbishing and repairs within the community. Other tasks may include community outreach projects such as; running workshops and assisting with the dog feeding scheme.
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.
Cape Town Activities
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Physical Challenge level
- Working with the educare centers
- Working in settlements with disadvantaged families
- Creating your own educational programs to teach children
- Supporting and training adults
- Learning about running a non-‐profit organization
- Learning about South African cultures and way of life
- Making new lifetime friends
- Police clearance
- Intermediate to advanced level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Minimum age of 18
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.
P.M: Vegetable garden
P.M: Cleaning resources (chairs,tables,toys)
P.M: General duties
A.M: Off or activity day with children