Skills Development Project

Project Details

Location: Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 4 weeks

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 limited education and 60 – 80% 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
  • First Aid Training
  • 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

The Western Cape, where the program is based, is a very culturally diverse area of South Africa. There is a large integration of the disadvantaged with the wealthy. The main cultures that you will be working with are Xhosa or Afrikaans South Africans. The children on this program range from 10 to 17 years old and live in townships or settlements in Cape Town, such as Dunoon and Wolwerivier. Most of them can speak English, yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa. The homes they live in are often built from scrap metal and second-hand wood and 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. Furthermore, 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

  • 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


  • 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

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. Two to three times a week a cleaning lady will be there to clean the house and change linen. 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?

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.

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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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
          • Using your skills to better situations in South Africa
          • Making new lifetime friends

Volunteer Requirements

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



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: Brain Storming

P.M: Brain Storming

A.M: Checking resources and planning

P.M: Planning

A.M: Workshop

P.M: Purchasing materials

A.M: Workshop

P.M: Planning

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

Holiday Club

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

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