- duration 15 days
- tour type Independent
- age requirement 18+ years old
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
- Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
- Spend a week working with disadvantaged children
- Enjoy beautiful Cape Town and spend some time on the beach
- Travel the unforgettable Garden Route
- See extraordinary wildlife
Spend an unforgettable two weeks in South Africa! Discover beautiful Cape Town, volunteer with disadvantaged children, go canoeing in the Wilderness Route, drive along the magnificent Garden Route, try local delicacies, go on a game drive to spot the Big Five, explore the Cango Caves, and more!
Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa
Day 2: Cape Town, South Africa
Day 3 - 7: Cape Town, South Africa
Day 8: Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Day 9: Cape Whale Coast - Hermanus - Cape Town, South Africa
Day 10: Cape Town, South Africa
Day 11: Sedgefield - Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Day 12: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Day 13: Jeffreys Bay - Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Day 14: Oudtshoorn - Stellenbosch, South Africa
Day 15: Stellenbosch, South Africa
- 14 nights in hostels
- 15 Breakfast(s)
- 5 Lunch(es)
- 1 Dinner(s)
- Airport transfers, tour transport
- Cape Town airport pick-up & drop-off
- All transfers by road
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Cape Town walking tour
- Wilderness Lagoon canoe tour
- Knysna Heads visit
- Big 5 Addo elephant NP game drive in tour bus
- Ostrich farm tour
- Cango caves tour
- Tsitsikamma National Park visit
- Hemanus cliffs path walk
- Bo plaas, Simonsig and bubbly tasting
- La Bri pairing
- Stony Point penguin colony visit
- Donation to the project
- Certificate of appreciation
- Entrance fee to Tsitsikamma NP
- Other meals/drinks
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
- Travel insurance
- Flight tickets
- Visa fees
- All the tips to the guides are optional and not included
- Optional gratuities
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cape Town & Garden Route Voluntour 15D/14N tour. You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 89 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 22 April 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 April 2021, a deposit of 30% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 89 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Cape Town & Garden Route Voluntour 15D/14N tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Cape Town & Garden Route Voluntour 15D/14N tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.
Activities can be reordered or exchanged in case of or due to weather or unforeseen conditions.
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the programs for example:
- Teaching lesson plans to children in the preschool (colors, letters, shapes, art, etc.) as well as teaching English through play and vocabulary stimulation. (Training is provided)
- Stimulating smaller children in the younger groups with developmental toys, touch and by speaking English to them, we hope it will help them learn faster when they get to the older groups. English is compulsory in later education. The earlier they learn, the more they benefit. (Training is provided)
- Assisting with the tasks at the preschool such as cooking, cleaning, feeding and hygiene
- Supervising children at all times during outdoor or free play
- Helping with events
- Fundraising - This can be done in advance to assist the program! Please contact us for more information on how you can help before you arrive!
- Administration, lesson plan preparation, developmental activities, research, etc. This is mostly done after project hours in preparation for upcoming days. You may be required to do some of these tasks in your free time.
- Helping with the baby room – changing diapers, feeding babies, putting babies to sleep as well as basic stimulation through play
- Assisting in the vegetable garden where we grow fresh produce for their meals
- Helping with washing up after meals, cleaning classrooms, washing bedding and toys
- Maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for the children at all times
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.
Project tasks may sometimes seem repetitive – but your efforts will make a huge difference. Enjoy the project locations, your fellow team members, and the fact that you are helping to make a difference in the community development of South Africa.
Example volunteer itinerary:
- Monday: Educare (Morning) & Weekly Meeting/Training (Afternoon)
- Tuesday: Educare (Morning) & Vegetabel Garden (Afternoon)
- Wednesday: Educare (Morning) & Cleaning Resources (Afternoon)
- Thursday: Educare (Morning) & Fundraising (Afternoon)
- Friday: Educare (Morning) & General Duties (Afternoon)
Please note that from time to time there can be unavoidable changes to projects. These can be caused by weather, conservation priorities, materials supply, or because ongoing projects have progressed more quickly or slowly than originally planned. We ask you to accept the changes – we are sure that you will enjoy the replacement projects just as much.
What can you bring to the volunteer project?
If you would like to bring something for the children at the other projects please consult your volunteer leader once on project. Some useful items we always need:
- Stationery – arts and crafts for preschoolers, school supplies for older children
- General hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes (mostly children’s toothbrushes), face cloths
- First aid items – plasters, bandages, antiseptic ointment, etc
- Old clothes – all sizes but especially for children and babies
- Old toys
If you are planning on buying something for the children, rather wait until you are here as then you will have a better idea of the community needs. Goods are also often cheaper in South Africa than overseas – not to mention that it saves you carrying it around with you! Your volunteer leader will be happy to go shopping with you for the required items. Most of our project requirements change from time to time. For more accurate information regarding project needs, please feel free to contact us.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:
Breakfast (cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads)
- Lunch (bread, cold meats, salad, cheese, spreads and fruit)
- Dinner (hot meal such as a traditional South African BBQ (braai) and stews (potjies). All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.
- Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at own expense
A generous amount of food will always be served. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby. There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks.
NOTE: Let us know if you have special dietary needs (e.g. if they are vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to arrival. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.
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. 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.
- Warm clothes – Many people have the perception that it is always hot in South Africa. However, 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. We do not have indoor heating in South Africa!
- Old clothes – bring comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty to work in
- Sunscreen (and a sun hat in summer)
- Prescription medication if needed
- Basic first aid requirements
If you need anything else upon arrival, you will be within walking distance from several shops.
NOTE: The most important things to bring are a sense of humour, patience, an open mind and a positive attitude!
Please Note: During your volunteering you will likely be grouped with other volunteers, but the rest of the trip will be self-guided, joining with small groups for tours.
Please note that if you wish to volunteer with a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Implemented COVID-19 Protocols