Sport & Youth Development Project

Project Details

Project starts: Every 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 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.

There are 3 options to choose from when joining this project:

Option 1
Participating in the existing sports programs as they are (Skate, Soccer, Dance, Boxing, Swim)

Option 2
Choose one of our existing sports and develop the children in the program. This could mean running a skills workshop to do with one of the particular sports; helping to make one of the programs be more productive; identifying and developing areas that need improvement etc.

Option 3
Run a sports clinic to teach the children a sport that they do not currently know of or participate in. This could mean running a short clinic for the duration of your time to expose the children to different sports from around the world. If the children show interest and we have the capabilities to continue with the project once you have left, we will do so. In this option if there are any equipment needs you will need to either bring said equipment with you or fundraise for the equipment to be purchased once here. For example, we had a volunteer bring over boxing equipment and run a clinic to teach the children non-contact boxing fitness. It was a huge success and we are currently still running the project with the children.

Please keep in mind that location for all sports varies according to needs and logistics. Soccer, for example, mostly happens in the township at the community centre but sometimes we take the children to Table View to do sports with them there.

Volunteer Tasks

  • Teaching kids sports
  • Helping with classroom activities in preschool
  • Running gross motor development lessons and activities for preschool children
  • Being a positive role model through behaviour on the project
  • Some basic building projects such as fixing soccer posts or 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 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. 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: 0.215.569.69
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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