VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided and we recommend volunteers bring their own towel and toiletries. The accommodation is safe and secure with the volunteer houses located in a safe suburb near the community where volunteers work. Living is comfortable and the volunteer houses have electricity and running water with Western toilets.
Volunteers in South Africa receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style. Breakfast generally consists of tea, toast and cereal and volunteers are provided with food for making a sandwich at breakfast time to prepare a packed lunch. Dinner usually consists of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta. Bottled water is readily available in South Africa and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day), however tap water is fine to drink in most areas. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Orientation is taken by our South Africa team at their offices in Cape Town. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – Introduction to South Africa, South African Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in South Africa, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your accommodation.
First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would be as follows:
7.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.
8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.
1.00 PM - 2.00 PM Lunch break. Volunteers take a packed lunch to their placements, prepared in the morning.
12.00 PM - 2.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer house, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.
7.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.
On the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. Long weekends can be taken if volunteers wish to on safari, or travel to places further afield, such as the Garden Route. Although there are no cooks on staff during the weekend, food supplies are stored in the kitchen at the volunteer houses for volunteers to use to prepare their own meals.