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Surf, Skate and Swim Youth Volunteer Program in Table View

This is an after school project with a difference, providing fun activities with some real x-factor for students from low-income communities. By keeping children occupied after school and providing them with confidence building activities, volunteers can bring valuable support and foster general positivity in the lives of vulnerable young people.

Volunteers 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 10-16 years old.

Surf, Skate and Swim volunteer in South Africa with IVHQ

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 must be a competent swimmer to take part on this project, however, you don’t need to know how to surf or skate. You’ll have time to learn how to skateboard, and if you need surf lessons, a local instructor is available to help you. You should also bring your own wetsuit with you, as the wetsuits on the project are prioritized for the children. 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-Thursday, you can expect to spend mornings assisting in the Kindergarten project or having surf 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 will close for the school holidays in January, April, July, October and December. If you apply for the Surf, Skate & Swim project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.

School Holidays 2020:

  • March 20th - March 31st
  • June 12th - July 7th
  • September 18th - September 29th
  • December 2nd - January 13th 2021
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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $330 for 1 week
  • Volunteer on after school programs for children from low income communities

  • Help to teach students to surf, skateboard and swim

  • Volunteer with local students aged between 10-16

  • Supplement your time by volunteering on other projects in the morning

  • Get access to free surf lessons

  • Suited to active volunteers who are competent swimmers

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
South Africa at a glance
  • Based in Table View, 30 minutes from central Cape Town

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in volunteer houses

  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in South Africa each month

The program is based in Table View, Cape Town which is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. 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.

Volunteer programs begin every Monday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

Depending on your arrival time the program orientation will take place on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning​. Volunteers need to arrive in Cape Town on the Sunday.

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 ​Sunday ​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 team in Table View. Orientation will take place on Sunday afternoon​ ​if ​you ​arriv​e ​before 5pm​,​ or on Monday morning of your chosen start date​. Orientation runs ​for 1 hour​ ​and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – 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.

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:

Morning Self-prepared breakfast at the volunteer house.

8.00 AM - 9.00 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.

12.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends between 12pm and 5pm depending on the project. After project, volunteers are free to relax at the volunteer house, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.

7.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and can expect to share a room with one to nine other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. You will just need to bring your own towel and toiletries. The accommodation is safe and secure, located within a safe suburb near the communities where our 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 11.00pm. If you prefer a private room, couples room, or family room, accommodation upgrades can be arranged with our local team for an additional cost of approximately $10 to $20 per person, per night (subject to availability).

All volunteer houses have WiFi available which you are welcome to use.

Volunteers in Table View receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style. Breakfast consists of self-prepared tea, coffee, toast, yoghurt, fruit and cereal. Lunch is also sef-prepared with food supplies in the volunteer house. This can range from sandwiches taken along to placement, leftovers from the previous night’s dinner and salad. 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 (BBQ) nights per week.

Bottled water is readily available in South Africa and volunteers should budget approximately $10 per week for this (2 liters per day), however tap water is fine to drink in the volunteer houses and most other areas. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to cater for you.

“Volunteering with IVHQ has changed my life. I feel so happy and thankful that I was able to share this experience with my best friend. I volunteered in the Kindergarten program for 1 week in Table View and teaching these children, playing with them, reading to them and feeding them has made me appreciate the little things in life so much more. These young children come from poor communities, violence, and drug abuse. Yet, they smile every day, run to hug you, and just want a little bit of love. If you are thinking about volunteering with IVHQ, do not hesitate. It will be a life changing experience that you will be able to hold on to forever. I cannot wait to plan another trip!” - Mirela Mohan (Kindergarten Volunteer in South Africa - Table View)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in South Africa - Table View here.

South Africa - Table View

Length of Program Program Fee $USD
1 week $285
2 weeks $430
3 weeks $720
4 weeks $955
5 weeks $1,185
6 weeks $1,415
8 weeks $1,875
10 weeks $2,330
12 weeks $2,790
16 weeks $3,705
20 weeks $4,620
24 weeks $5,540
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses

South Africa - Table View: Surf, Skate & Swim Project

Length of Program Program Fee $USD
1 week $330
2 weeks $540
3 weeks $770
4 weeks $990
5 weeks $1,235
6 weeks $1,465
8 weeks $1,925
10 weeks $2,370
12 weeks $2,830
16 weeks $3,735
20 weeks $4,650
24 weeks $5,570
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

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 go 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.

See our South Africa Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in South Africa!

Capital Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)
Population 51.19 million
Languages Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana
Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone UTC+02:00

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).

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in South Africa.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

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