Surf, Skate and Swim Volunteer Project in South Africa - Table View
Ready to get on board as a Surf, Skate and Swim volunteer in South Africa - Table View? International Volunteer HQ’s Surf, Skate and Swim project is an exciting way for volunteers to make a meaningful difference to the lives of children from disadvantaged communities. Volunteers gain experience in youth work and teaching while providing opportunities for students to learn valuable life skills and teamwork through surfing, skateboarding and swimming.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from $370 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Mentor and teach disadvantaged students to surf, swim and skate
Discover South Africa’s excellent surf breaks
Stay near a beach with views of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain
Who is this program suited to?
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
This is an after-school project with a difference, providing fun activities with real x-factor for students from low-income communities. By keeping children occupied after school and providing them with confidence-building activities, volunteers can support and foster general positivity in the lives of vulnerable young people.
As a Surf, Skate, Swim volunteer you will help to teach valuable life lessons and teamwork through surfing, skateboarding and swimming. You’ll help to teach and practice these skills, and occasionally other sports, to students who range in age from 10 to 16 years old.
For many of the children this is the highlight of their day. The project is an incentive for them to do well in school, as only those who attend school every day, behave in class and study diligently are able to attend.
You should bring your own wetsuit with you, as the wetsuits on the project are given to the children first. If you don’t have one, you can buy one in Cape Town - if you don’t want to take it home with you, you can donate it to the project when you leave.
As the Surf, Skate & Swim project is run in the afternoons from Tuesday to Thursday, you can expect to spend mornings assisting in the Kindergarten project or having surf/skating lessons. You’ll get a free lesson per week, and extra lessons can be arranged through our local team at an additional cost. All outdoor activities are weather-dependent, and you’ll take part in indoor activities or plan future activities if the weather isn’t suitable.
The Surf, Skate & Swim project is not available during the school holidays. If you apply for the Surf, Skate & Swim project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.
School Holidays 2021:
- 27th September - 4th October
- 13th December - 18th January 2022
School Holidays 2022:
- 26th March - 4th April
- 25th June - 18th July
- 1st October - 10th October
- 16th December - (exact date for returning to school in 2022 has not yet been confirmed)
Why do Surf, Skate and Swim volunteering in Table View with IVHQ?
When you volunteer to teach young people surfing, skating and swimming in South Africa - Table View you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Providing socially positive experiences for disadvantaged youth
- Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining teaching and youth work experience
- Immersing yourself in South African culture
- Exploring South Africa’s beautiful beaches
- Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
- All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
- All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
- All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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”My favorite moments were all the time together with the kids and the other volunteers just having fun. I think that was the crucial part, because in those moments the kids felt equal to us, they were with people from all over the world and that made each of them feel as one of us.”
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The program is based in Table View in Cape Town. Table View is about 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD and is where volunteer orientation and general administration is carried out by our local team as well as where the volunteer accommodation is situated. Projects are located in the Du Noon township, Wolwerivier settlement and Blouberg beach.
Arrival and orientation
Volunteers need to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday in order to complete the program orientation which will take place on Sunday afternoon. After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Table View. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Saturday night before your program orientation.
If you are traveling in South Africa prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up within the Cape Town CBD area on the day before your program orientation.
Orientation is taken by our South Africa - Table View team in Table View. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – an introduction to South Africa, South African customs, 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.
Volunteer schedule example
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.
Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at, but a typical volunteer day might be as follows:
|Morning||Make your own breakfast at the volunteer house|
|8:00 - 9:00 AM||Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.|
|12:00 - 5:00 PM||Work at the placement usually ends between 12pm and 5pm depending on the project. After their project work ends, volunteers are free to relax at the volunteer house, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.|
|7:00 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house.|
Please note Monday and Fridays are half days of volunteer work. On Monday afternoons there is a volunteer meeting and planning session for the week ahead, and Friday afternoons are free time.
On the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. See unusual wildlife like antelope and penguins,visit the spot where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, paraglide off a rock high above the city or watch the sun sink into the Atlantic ocean with a glass of the region’s finest wine in your hand. Long weekends can be taken if volunteers wish to go on safari, or travel to places further afield, such as the Garden Route or Stellenbosch.
Looking for more ideas of things to do in South Africa? Check out our South Africa Travel & Tours page!
Accommodation and WiFi
Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and can expect to share a room with one to nine other volunteers. Bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, but you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries.
The accommodation is safe and secure, located within a suburb near the communities where volunteers work. Living is comfortable and the volunteer houses have electricity (with occasional power outages) and running water with western toilets.
To ensure volunteer safety and commitment to volunteer placements, there is a curfew in place at the volunteer house of 11:00 PM. If you prefer a private room, couples room, or family room, accommodation upgrades can be arranged with our local team for an additional cost, but are subject to availability.
All volunteer houses have WiFi available which you are welcome to use.
Volunteers in Table View receive three meals a day. Meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style and can be high in carbohydrates. Breakfast consists of self-prepared tea, coffee, toast, yoghurt, fruit and cereal.
Lunch is also self-prepared with food supplies in the volunteer house. This can range from sandwiches taken along to your placement, leftovers from the previous night’s dinner and salads.
Dinner is eaten together with all volunteers at one of the houses and is prepared by a local chef. Dinners can consist of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta. There are also two braai (barbecue) nights a week.
Tap water is not safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available in South Africa and volunteers should budget approximately $10 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to cater for you.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||$370 Equivalent to $53/day|
|2 weeks||$655 Equivalent to $47/day|
|3 weeks||$885 Equivalent to $43/day|
|4 weeks||$1,180 Equivalent to $43/day|
|5 weeks||$1,495 Equivalent to $43/day|
|6 weeks||$1,785 Equivalent to $43/day|
|8 weeks||$2,365 Equivalent to $43/day|
|10 weeks||$2,935 Equivalent to $42/day|
|12 weeks||$3,515 Equivalent to $42/day|
|16 weeks||$4,665 Equivalent to $42/day|
|20 weeks||$5,825 Equivalent to $42/day|
|24 weeks||$6,985 Equivalent to $42/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50-75 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Capital||Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)|
|Languages||Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana|
|Currency||South African Rand (ZAR)|
Weather and climate
The subtropical location, moderated by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides of the country and the altitude of the central plateau, are responsible for the warm temperatures typical of South Africa. Across much of the country, summer (December to February) is characterized by hot, sunny weather with temperatures averaging around 25°C (77°F). Winter (May to September) is cooler and drier with evening temperatures averaging around 10 °C (50°F). In Cape Town, sporadic showers and chilly winds are common during the winter months, but with daytime temperatures can average around 15°C (59°F).