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Volunteer Abroad in South Africa - Table View with IVHQ

Volunteer in South Africa - Table View

Volunteer in South Africa - Table View with International Volunteer HQ, Britain's most affordable and trusted volunteer organisation. Volunteers are based in Table View, a west coast suburb of Cape Town. You can choose from 4 volunteer project options in Table View, including Sports Development, Kindergarten, Surf, Skate & Swim and Holiday Club.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 4 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in Table View, 30 minutes from Cape Town
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in South Africa each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$285 (approximately £240) for 1 week
  • Opportunities for weekend safaris and travel
I just couldn't bring myself to label any particular day as my favourite as every moment spend with them was special and different. We had fun days on the beach, the joy on their faces at the Christmas parties , the visits to the Ostrich farm and the Aquarium and the first week at the school were also equally enjoyable. Thanks again, it was wonderful making this trip through IVHQ. I think you are one of the most professional organisations and am very happy to have selected this trip through you. Your whole process just makes it so trusted and I was confident it was going to be an amazing.
IVHQ Volunteer - Fabiola George
Fabiola George
Nationality: Indian
Age: 48
Destination: South Africa - Table View
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in South Africa to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in South Africa will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore South Africa with your new-found friends.

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. Volunteers are required to fly into Cape Town International Airport (CPT), which is a 12 hour flight from most major airports in Britain.

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

Surf, Skate & Swim

The Surf, Swim and Skate project is run as an after-school activity for youth from one of the local schools we work with and caters to students from low-income communities, and operates Tuesday through Thursday afternoon. The children range in age from 10 to 16 years and the main aim of the project is to keep the children occupied and off the streets after school while providing them with confidence building activities. For many of the children this is the highlight of their day and 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 will be able to attend the project.

As a volunteer on the Surf, Swim and Skate project you will help teach valuable life lessons and teamwork through adventure activities including skateboarding, swimming and surfing. You can expect to teach swimming to any children who cannot yet swim, assist with water safety and teaching surfing to children who are competent swimmers as well as teaching children how to skateboard. Volunteers who cannot yet surf will be provided a minimum of 1 lesson per week by our local instructor. As the Surf, Swim and Skate project is run in the afternoons you can expect to spend mornings assisting in the Kindergarten project or taking part in your designated surf lesson. Extra surf lessons can also be arranged through our local team at an additional cost.

You must be a competent swimmer to take part on this project, however, you do not need to know how to surf or skate. You are advised to bring your own wetsuit if you have one as the wetsuits provided by the program for volunteer use tend to be in a poor condition due to the better wetsuits being allocated to the children. Another option is to purchase a wetsuit while in Cape Town which you can then donate to the program if you do not wish to take it home with you. The Surf, Swim and Skate project will close for the school holidays which typically fall in January, April, July, October and December. If you apply for the Surf, Swim and Skate project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.

Due to current water restrictions in Cape Town, when a pool is not available, the swim portion of the project is taking place at the beach dependent on suitable weather and surf conditions. On days where pools are not available, and it is not possible to swim at the beach, volunteers will instead take part in activities with the children such as dance, team building, crafts and baking.


Many communities, preschools and schools in impoverished areas in South Africa are unable to provide effective programs due to a lack of funding, resources and skill levels. On the Kindergarten project volunteers are placed in pre-primary schools in disadvantaged communities which are facing these issues. You can expect to assist the local teachers and staff with teaching and caring for children who range in age from a few moths to 6 years. Classroom activities include fine and gross motor skills development, mathematics development, language and literacy development in addition to other topics covered within the South African pre-school curriculum. You will have flexibility to run your own lessons if you wish to and are encouraged to use initiative to create activities for the children. You can also expect to assist with the feeding programs within the schools, supervising children, feeding babies, assisting with nap time and cleaning/chores.

The pre-schools run throughout the year and close for the school holidays which typically fall in January, April, July, October and December.​ I​f you apply for the Kindergarten project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.​ ​As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course.

Sport Development

The Sport Development project is designed for children from low-income areas to access after-school sport and activities which not only help with their development but also exposes them to better role models. The project operates Tuesday through Thursday and aims to keep the children busy after school and less likely to engage in negative behaviors, playing a key role in lowering some of the socio-economic problems often found within local townships in South Africa.

Volunteers on the Sport Development project will spend the morning assisting with educational activities in the schools and centres we work with and in the afternoon will run a variety of sport lessons with the children who range in age from 6 to 15 years. Sports include soccer, netball, cricket and other team sports. You are encouraged to bring activities and resources to teach sports they are passionate about to the children, who love to learn new skills. In addition to running sport lessons, you may sometimes run hygiene/health lessons, arrange fun days, and assist in some basic renovation projects such as fixing goal posts and refurbishing sports facilities.

You have three options to choose from for your project. When applying we ask that you rank these options in your order of preference​ in the comments of your application​.

  1. You can join the existing sports activities the local team run - including but not limited to; skateboarding, netball, soccer or swimming. This would mean assisting with the children’s development in these sports and running the program that is already in place.

  2. You have the opportunity to be in more of a leadership role, where you would analyze the existing sports project and see if there are ways to improve it. You will communicate with the local team any suggested changes, and once the changes are agreed to, implement the changes.

  3. You will have the opportunity to run a sports clinic for the duration of your stay. This would mean teaching the children a sport that the local team currently does not offer, or that the children would not otherwise have access to learn about. It is important to note that this option would mean planning and running a program and possibly providing equipment that might be needed to be able to teach the sport.

Due to availability, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your first choice, but the local team will do the best they can.

The Sport Development project will close for the school holidays which typically fall in January, April, July, October and December. If you apply for the Sport Development project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.

Holiday Club

The Holiday Club project is designed to keep students engaged during their school holidays and discourage any negative behaviours which could potentially occur if left to their own devices in the townships during the holidays. The school holidays typically fall in January, April, July, October and December and during this time only the Holiday Club project is available to volunteers. As a volunteer on the Holiday Club project you can expect to take part in a variety of activities with the children which include, but are not limited to; mini putt, picnics, hikes, visits to the aquarium or power station, beach days, game days, craft days, baking days and more. It’s important to note that if a holiday club activity requires payment of an entrance fee, you will have to cover this charge as the program covers the entry for the children.

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). British travellers do not require a visa to enter South Africa for a duration of 90 days. 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 travelling 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 socialising.

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 £9 to £17 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 £9 per week for this (2 litres 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 £GBP ($USD)
1 week £240 ($285)
2 weeks £360 ($430)
3 weeks £600 ($720)
4 weeks £790 ($955)
5 weeks £985 ($1,185)
6 weeks £1,175 ($1,415)
8 weeks £1,555 ($1,875)
10 weeks £1,930 ($2,330)
12 weeks £2,310 ($2,790)
16 weeks £3,065 ($3,705)
20 weeks £3,825 ($4,620)
24 weeks £4,585 ($5,540)
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (~£250) 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. Please note IVHQ fees are charged in USD.
  • * 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 £GBP ($USD)
1 week £275 ($330)
2 weeks £450 ($540)
3 weeks £640 ($770)
4 weeks £820 ($990)
5 weeks £1,025 ($1,235)
6 weeks £1,215 ($1,465)
8 weeks £1,595 ($1,925)
10 weeks £1,965 ($2,370)
12 weeks £2,345 ($2,830)
16 weeks £3,090 ($3,735)
20 weeks £3,850 ($4,650)
24 weeks £4,610 ($5,570)
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (~£250) 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. Please note IVHQ fees are charged in USD.
  • * 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
  • Deals on flights and travel insurance
  • 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 characterised 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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