Cape Town Community

4.9(29 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
South Africa
Duration
2 to 12 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience South Africa’s dynamic lifestyle whilst making a real difference to the lives of local children. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in one of the most scenic cities in the world, educating and uplifting underprivileged youth. Picture yourself providing disadvantaged children with the opportunity of education, empowering local communities, assisting in children’s basic development needs, experiencing the diversity of the nation and contributing to important, real-world community outreach projects.  

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with local project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to Cape Town’s youth development with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup to project transport, volunteer accommodation, meals, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable change on underprivileged youth, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference on children’s education and development whilst channelling that adventurous South African way of life at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start making a difference to the world. You’ll be helping the following projects; community pre-school, emergency foster care for neglected children, life skills program and educational support.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Relax in a shared volunteer guesthouse, located just minutes away from the beach and complete with a spacious backyard and recreational lounge.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Return airport transfer
To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Muizenberg. Return transfer to the airport upon completion of your volunteer placement.
Meals
Enjoy three typical South African meals on weekdays, prepared fresh for you by the in-house cooks.
‘Welcome to Cape Town’ orientation
Get familiar with Cape Town and meet your project staff and other volunteers. Plus, you’ll also receive a comprehensive overview of the project, the communities in which you’ll be working and your role as a volunteer.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Cape Town Community Volunteer trip in South Africa is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment, and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll be volunteering in the port city of Cape Town.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Cape Town International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Muizenberg, situated only 3 minutes away from the beach. Relax, settle in and meet some of the other volunteers.

Head to your orientation with the other volunteers, where you’ll be introduced to Cape Town and the surrounding areas, as well as to the project staff and volunteers. You’ll also receive a comprehensive overview of the project, the communities in which you’ll be working and your role as a volunteer.

Day 2+

7am: Rise and shine, it’s time to start your day! Enjoy a hearty continental breakfast served at the volunteer lodge, consisting of cereals, toast, tea and coffee. 

8.30am: Head to your chosen volunteer project for your morning shift. If you are helping out with emergency foster care, your responsibilities could include implementing fun activities to help the children with their basic development needs, such as social play, gross motor skills, language, numeracy and rhythm. If you’re heading off to community pre-school care, your duties will include story time, music and movement sessions, theme-based lessons, structured play and lesson planning.

12.30am: Head back to the volunteer accommodation for lunch, try some local dishes nearby or eat a packed lunch at the amazing viewpoint!

2pm: In the afternoons, you’ll be supporting an after-school care program or life skills program.  When contributing your time to after-school care, you could be implementing fun and educational games, supporting them with their homework, craft-making, gardening or helping them with their computer literacy or reading. In the life skills program, you’ll be helping children from various challenging backgrounds with important life skills and helping their chances of completing their education.

5pm: You’ll be taken back to the volunteer house where you’ll evaluate the day and discuss the schedule for the following day.

6pm: Enjoy a well-deserved dinner back at the volunteer house with the other volunteers. After dinner, relax and unwind around the house, go to trivia nights, watch movies, head to one of the local pubs or join in on a workshop based around topical issues.

Weekends: You’ll generally have weekends off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Make the most of your time off and partake in some of the optional excursions on offer. These activities include a ‘big 5’ private game reserve safari, a hike to the top of Table Mountain, a hop-on, hop-off Cape Town city sightseeing bus tour, and much more.

Ongoing

We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Reviews

Bianca M
Booked in Aug, 2019
The customer service is great. Friendly, helpful and enthusiastic staff. Explained everything clearly and made sure I was comfortable with each part of the process. Really looking forward to my trip.
Zoe C
It was great to hear about what I had read about online and have my questions answered.
Kellie S
Booked in Nov, 2017
Making my life long dream come true!!!!!
Emily T
Such a helpful and lovely team, can't wait for my trip!
Brandon K
Lauren was very helpful and answered all the questions I had and was very very lovely. I am very thankful for all the help Lauren gave me and she helped confirm that this trip was a great idea for me
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Frequently asked questions

Yes! There are several destinations that are open to travellers right now! And if you’re from Australia, you could be able to get an exemption to travel if you’re travelling for over 3 months*, which is the majority of our trips. We can advise how to apply for this exemption. We recommend our travellers book their trips at least 6-12 months in advance, so by the time you’re ready to depart we’re confident your destination (if it’s not already open) will be open and ready to go. *Full exemption info here.

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected by our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.


If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.


In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

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Make your decision
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We become friends
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Time to go
We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.
24/7 support
Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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