Sport & Youth Development Project

Project Details

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

Children living in impoverished communities have a huge need for youth development projects which serve to teach them valuable life skills such as teamwork, structure, discipline and which uplifts their self-esteem through the realization of talent.

This project is for children from severely disadvantaged areas. Mornings are spent developing preschool-aged children as well as children who do not attend school. In the afternoons we do various sport projects with the children where we teach and play soccer, netball, cricket and other team sports which not only develops the children but is also a way for the children to be exposed to better role models and to be kept busy which serves an important role in lowering socio-economic problems which are often found in these settlements, such as teenage pregnancy, delinquency, petty crime, and which lowers their chances of getting involved in gangsterism and negative behavior.

The Western Cape, where the program is based, is a very culturally diverse area of South Africa. There is a large integration of the poor with the wealthy. The main cultures that you will be working with are English or Afrikaans South Africans. The children on this program range from 12 to 14 years old and live in townships in Cape Town, such as Dunoon. 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 do not have running water. 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 especially at this age they are susceptible to recruitment by local gangs.

Volunteer Tasks

  • Teaching kids sports
  • Helping with classroom activities in preschool
  • Being a positive role model through behaviour on the project
  • Some basic building projects such as fixing soccer posts, building new sport facilities

Volunteers will work 5 days a week with the children. 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 sport – this could be(but not limited to) soccer, netball, rugby or athletics.


  • 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 services are 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 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. 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 25 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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Project Highlights

      • township culture
      • Spend most of your day outdoors whilst enjoying the sunshine
      • Learn to assist in sport programs of varying age groups
      • Skills developments for the children
      • Experience the poorest of our settlements
      • Help lower socio-economic problems and make a genuine difference
      • Learning 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

P.M: Sport lessons with kids

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Sport lessons with kids

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Sport lessons with kids

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Sport lessons with kids

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: 0.278.723.2662
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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