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Play a huge role in helping underprivileged girls and boys in Cape Town make more informed choices growing up, empowering them to become confident and inspired young people, while at the same time living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Through mentoring and discussion, you will educate children of all ages in areas such as healthy living, relationships, income generation and safety and act as a role model for improving the lives of girls in South Africa.

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Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Facilitate girls’ and boys’ clubs for vulnerable children to help them learn more about topics such as their health, safety, early pregnancy, self-confidence and income generation
  • Run an after school support group with youth of all ages who need advice, mentorship and role models in the township of Khayelitsha 
  • Assist and lead English lessons and computer skills for women who run an Emergency Care Home for abandoned and orphaned children so that they are better able to support the children in their care
  • Gain a real understanding of the daily struggles girls and boys live with in an underdeveloped township and make a positive impact in their lives
  • Combine this with another volunteer activity to broaden your volunteer experience, whether this be working with orphaned and vulnerable children, teaching and youth development or sports development.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Gender Equality
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“Listening to adolescent girls and boys talking about their thoughts on relationships, careers, dreams and education is as rewarding as it gets. Helping to shape the ideals of a future generation has a profound impact on all involved.” Michelle Lindsay – Cape Town Business Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 874
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1110
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1345
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 1701
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 1923
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2145
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 2367
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 939
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1192
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1445
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 1828
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2066
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2305
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 2543

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

2018 Start Dates:

15 & 29 January | 12 & 26 February | 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October |  5 & 19 November

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Work & Impacts

The Girl Impact is an exciting new initiative that aims to make a positive change in the lives of girls across Africa. Through education, mentoring and support in both Cape Town and our other project locations, we address gender inequality and help inspire and empower girls and boys in a number of different communities.

In South Africa in particular, support is needed for girls and boys growing up in poverty in order to help them make more informed choices growing up. Limited access to quality healthcare, education and a patriarchal system where men hold primary authority means that life for a girl here can be challenging.

Added to that, abuse and early pregnancy rates are high, so by creating initiatives whereby both boys and girls can be targeted to discuss important issues such as safety, health and relationships, we aim to make a long term change and support those who are being left behind.

During your volunteering afternoons spent on The Girl Impact, you will get involved in these three areas:

Girls and boys club

Girls and Boys Club

Partnering with an organisation that takes care of abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small family homes and facilities offering foster care support, volunteers on this project help run and girls’ and boys’ club twice a week. The aim of these clubs is to provide support to young children and help them in their future choices by discussing topics in the areas of health, safety, early pregnancy, self-confidence and income generation. The idea is to offer a safe place for these children to be informed, ask questions and grow into empowered adolescents and young adults. 

Youth support group

Youth Support Group

Working with youth who have come together to form a dance group to generate income for their families, volunteers provide a much-needed support group once a week in a disadvantaged and underdeveloped community surrounding Cape Town. Focusing on issues that many children and teenagers face daily, such as access to education, living in poverty and their own safety, the support group provides a safe and constructive way to discuss issues, share problems and provide solutions that help these children make more informed choices growing up.

English lessons

English Lessons

At an emergency foster care home that takes care of abandoned and orphaned children, the ‘Mamas’ are in real need of support in their day to day roles, as well as improving their English language skills. By spending time understanding the needs of these women, volunteers then run English lessons that aim to provide these women with the basic tools they need to be able to develop their careers and assist the children in their care. By empowering these women to feel confident in speaking to potential foster carers and other professionals they may come into contact with, it is also a fantastic chance for them to use their new skills to teach the children in their care and create long-term change in the level of English language used in the facility.

Other Activities

During your time on our Girl Impact project, you will also get the opportunity to join some of our wider community initiatives that take place in the morning.

Volunteers have to choose from:

  • Part Time Sports Coaching and Development
  • Part Time Pre-School Teaching and Youth Development
  • Part Time Orphaned and Vulnerable Child Care

Think they all look pretty great? No fear, we can help you decide and go through them in more detail later!

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Get out and about exploring

GET OUT AND ABOUT EXPLORING

You will be living in an area of Cape Town called Observatory, one of the most bohemian, buzzing and chic places to live, only a short walk away from plenty of unique coffee shops, bars and restaurants. There are lots of things to do in Observatory, so whether you’re interested in browsing the vintage stores, heading to a quiz night or listening to one of the many live music nights, there is always something going on. Of course, you’re only a ten-minute drive away from the center of Cape Town so you can always go further afield and explore this incredible city!

Go sightseeing

GO SIGHTSEEING

Cape Town has been voted the world’s most beautiful city and therefore has endless opportunities for sightseeing in your spare time. As well as the iconic Hop-on, Hop-off tourist buses that give you an interactive and informative tour of the city, you can also take to the city by foot, exploring the incredible food and curio markets, the beautiful Victoria and Albert Waterfront or the spectacular promenades and beaches that line the ocean. Of course, Cape Town is known for the world-famous Table Mountain which offers incredible views over the city so there is plenty of amazing hiking opportunities, as well as the chance to visit Robben Island and learn more about Cape Town’s diverse history and Nelson Mandela.

For the more adventurous

FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS…

As well as hiking up Table Mountain, there are endless opportunities to take part in adventure activities. From abseiling, skydiving, helicopter rides to mountain biking, Cape Town is the ultimate “bucket list” location and we can arrange everything for you so you will never be short of things to do! If you’re more interested in getting out on the water, why not go shark cage diving, learn to surf or visit the penguins at Boulders Beach? As Cape Town is almost surrounded by water, if you’re a keen kayaker, paddle-boarder or just want to learn a water sport, there isn’t a better place to do it!

Wildlife

WILDLIFE

The city of Cape Town isn’t known for its wildlife, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find it close by! Whether you decide to visit the most South-Western point of Africa and spot baboons and ostriches in the national park, or hit the ocean by boat and spot dolphins, seals or whales (Jun – Nov), there is plenty you can do in the local area. Of course, you could also head further afield and spot the ‘Big 5’ (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) at a private game reserve and spend your day on safari! 

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About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

While joining this project you will be staying in one of the coolest suburbs of Cape Town, a bohemian area known as Observatory and about a 10 minutes’ drive from the center of the city. The private and secure gated property where you will be living is fully furnished and staffed with a housekeeper and cook, as well as on-site staff who live with you to make sure that your time with us is as incredible as possible! Close by are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops that mean you will never be short of things to do, as well having the city of Cape Town on your front door to explore!

This volunteer house will be your base and each day you will travel out to a number of different communities in the ‘Cape Flats’ area where you will be volunteering. These townships are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages and are incredibly vibrant! Yet across these communities, there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Locals live in a vast range of housing types from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings and visiting this township is an eye-opening experience.

Outside of your time volunteering, you will be staying in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so whether you visit in the summer months, from December to February or during our winter of June to August (Don’t worry, we don’t know what snow is down here!), there are endless activities and sights to see. From the iconic Table Mountain to the fascinating prison that held Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, Cape Town is a city of culture, history and color! Concerts, wine tours and visiting the beaches are always a favorite for volunteers, as well as ticking off their bucket list by jumping into the ocean to go shark cage diving, skydiving or heading out on safari to spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ animals!

Cape Town, although an incredible tourist location, is a city troubled by inequality and poverty and what better way to visit than making a difference during your time here. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sophie Spencer, UK

I chose to volunteer in sunny Cape Town with the teaching projects out there. I spent half my time supporting teaching at a pre-school in a local township and the other half with GAPA (Grandmothers Against Poverty & Aids) - a truly incredible project that supports grandmothers to provide after-school care, fun and food to children.

I learnt more than I could have imagined. Cape Town is so vibrant and colourful, it’s constantly buzzing! We spent our weekends and free time exploring Obs (the volunteer house local town) where there is an eclectic mix of late night coffee shops, pubs, clubs and live music! We clambered up Table Mountain and abseiled down again.

We then joined the Cape to Addo tour, where we bungee-jumped, braved black-water tubing and bare-back Ostrich riding! We sunned ourselves at a citrus farm and spotted elephants on Safari – a perfect way to round off an epic South African adventure.

Michelle Hughes, Australia

Two weeks is definitely not long enough and it has flown by. I hope to be back soon and this experience has fuelled my interest and desire to explore this culture rich continent. I’ve had an amazing time and will carry the whole experience, including what I’ve seen and the interactions I’ve had, with me. A big thank you to the whole team for being so warm and welcoming. It’s been a short trip but I’ll be going home with some great memories. With lots of peace, love and hope for the future.

Morgan MacLennan, Canada

The past 4 weeks have been the most amazing adventure of my life! I would never have dreamed it would go by so fast.

Lisa Simpson, England

Some people come into our lives and leave hand prints on our heart... and we are never the same. I'm leaving here with hundreds of hand prints on my heart! Thanks for a wonderful time.

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Girl Empowerment in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Play a huge role in helping underprivileged girls and boys in Cape Town make more informed choices growing up, empowering them to become confident and inspired young people, while at the same time living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Through mentoring and discussion, you will educate children of all ages in areas such as healthy living, relationships, income generation and safety and act as a role model for improving the lives of girls in South Africa.

 mg 3752

Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Facilitate girls’ and boys’ clubs for vulnerable children to help them learn more about topics such as their health, safety, early pregnancy, self-confidence and income generation
  • Run an after school support group with youth of all ages who need advice, mentorship and role models in the township of Khayelitsha 
  • Assist and lead English lessons and computer skills for women who run an Emergency Care Home for abandoned and orphaned children so that they are better able to support the children in their care
  • Gain a real understanding of the daily struggles girls and boys live with in an underdeveloped township and make a positive impact in their lives
  • Combine this with another volunteer activity to broaden your volunteer experience, whether this be working with orphaned and vulnerable children, teaching and youth development or sports development.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Gender Equality
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“Listening to adolescent girls and boys talking about their thoughts on relationships, careers, dreams and education is as rewarding as it gets. Helping to shape the ideals of a future generation has a profound impact on all involved.” Michelle Lindsay – Cape Town Business Manager

Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 874
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1110
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1345
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 1701
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 1923
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2145
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 2367
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 939
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1192
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1445
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 1828
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2066
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2305
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 2543

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

2018 Start Dates:

15 & 29 January | 12 & 26 February | 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October |  5 & 19 November

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Work & Impacts

The Girl Impact is an exciting new initiative that aims to make a positive change in the lives of girls across Africa. Through education, mentoring and support in both Cape Town and our other project locations, we address gender inequality and help inspire and empower girls and boys in a number of different communities.

In South Africa in particular, support is needed for girls and boys growing up in poverty in order to help them make more informed choices growing up. Limited access to quality healthcare, education and a patriarchal system where men hold primary authority means that life for a girl here can be challenging.

Added to that, abuse and early pregnancy rates are high, so by creating initiatives whereby both boys and girls can be targeted to discuss important issues such as safety, health and relationships, we aim to make a long term change and support those who are being left behind.

During your volunteering afternoons spent on The Girl Impact, you will get involved in these three areas:

Girls and boys club

Girls and Boys Club

Partnering with an organisation that takes care of abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small family homes and facilities offering foster care support, volunteers on this project help run and girls’ and boys’ club twice a week. The aim of these clubs is to provide support to young children and help them in their future choices by discussing topics in the areas of health, safety, early pregnancy, self-confidence and income generation. The idea is to offer a safe place for these children to be informed, ask questions and grow into empowered adolescents and young adults. 

Youth support group

Youth Support Group

Working with youth who have come together to form a dance group to generate income for their families, volunteers provide a much-needed support group once a week in a disadvantaged and underdeveloped community surrounding Cape Town. Focusing on issues that many children and teenagers face daily, such as access to education, living in poverty and their own safety, the support group provides a safe and constructive way to discuss issues, share problems and provide solutions that help these children make more informed choices growing up.

English lessons

English Lessons

At an emergency foster care home that takes care of abandoned and orphaned children, the ‘Mamas’ are in real need of support in their day to day roles, as well as improving their English language skills. By spending time understanding the needs of these women, volunteers then run English lessons that aim to provide these women with the basic tools they need to be able to develop their careers and assist the children in their care. By empowering these women to feel confident in speaking to potential foster carers and other professionals they may come into contact with, it is also a fantastic chance for them to use their new skills to teach the children in their care and create long-term change in the level of English language used in the facility.

Other Activities

During your time on our Girl Impact project, you will also get the opportunity to join some of our wider community initiatives that take place in the morning.

Volunteers have to choose from:

  • Part Time Sports Coaching and Development
  • Part Time Pre-School Teaching and Youth Development
  • Part Time Orphaned and Vulnerable Child Care

Think they all look pretty great? No fear, we can help you decide and go through them in more detail later!

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Get out and about exploring

GET OUT AND ABOUT EXPLORING

You will be living in an area of Cape Town called Observatory, one of the most bohemian, buzzing and chic places to live, only a short walk away from plenty of unique coffee shops, bars and restaurants. There are lots of things to do in Observatory, so whether you’re interested in browsing the vintage stores, heading to a quiz night or listening to one of the many live music nights, there is always something going on. Of course, you’re only a ten-minute drive away from the center of Cape Town so you can always go further afield and explore this incredible city!

Go sightseeing

GO SIGHTSEEING

Cape Town has been voted the world’s most beautiful city and therefore has endless opportunities for sightseeing in your spare time. As well as the iconic Hop-on, Hop-off tourist buses that give you an interactive and informative tour of the city, you can also take to the city by foot, exploring the incredible food and curio markets, the beautiful Victoria and Albert Waterfront or the spectacular promenades and beaches that line the ocean. Of course, Cape Town is known for the world-famous Table Mountain which offers incredible views over the city so there is plenty of amazing hiking opportunities, as well as the chance to visit Robben Island and learn more about Cape Town’s diverse history and Nelson Mandela.

For the more adventurous

FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS…

As well as hiking up Table Mountain, there are endless opportunities to take part in adventure activities. From abseiling, skydiving, helicopter rides to mountain biking, Cape Town is the ultimate “bucket list” location and we can arrange everything for you so you will never be short of things to do! If you’re more interested in getting out on the water, why not go shark cage diving, learn to surf or visit the penguins at Boulders Beach? As Cape Town is almost surrounded by water, if you’re a keen kayaker, paddle-boarder or just want to learn a water sport, there isn’t a better place to do it!

Wildlife

WILDLIFE

The city of Cape Town isn’t known for its wildlife, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find it close by! Whether you decide to visit the most South-Western point of Africa and spot baboons and ostriches in the national park, or hit the ocean by boat and spot dolphins, seals or whales (Jun – Nov), there is plenty you can do in the local area. Of course, you could also head further afield and spot the ‘Big 5’ (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) at a private game reserve and spend your day on safari! 

Back to Top

About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

While joining this project you will be staying in one of the coolest suburbs of Cape Town, a bohemian area known as Observatory and about a 10 minutes’ drive from the center of the city. The private and secure gated property where you will be living is fully furnished and staffed with a housekeeper and cook, as well as on-site staff who live with you to make sure that your time with us is as incredible as possible! Close by are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops that mean you will never be short of things to do, as well having the city of Cape Town on your front door to explore!

This volunteer house will be your base and each day you will travel out to a number of different communities in the ‘Cape Flats’ area where you will be volunteering. These townships are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages and are incredibly vibrant! Yet across these communities, there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Locals live in a vast range of housing types from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings and visiting this township is an eye-opening experience.

Outside of your time volunteering, you will be staying in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so whether you visit in the summer months, from December to February or during our winter of June to August (Don’t worry, we don’t know what snow is down here!), there are endless activities and sights to see. From the iconic Table Mountain to the fascinating prison that held Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, Cape Town is a city of culture, history and color! Concerts, wine tours and visiting the beaches are always a favorite for volunteers, as well as ticking off their bucket list by jumping into the ocean to go shark cage diving, skydiving or heading out on safari to spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ animals!

Cape Town, although an incredible tourist location, is a city troubled by inequality and poverty and what better way to visit than making a difference during your time here. 

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Sophie Spencer, UK

I chose to volunteer in sunny Cape Town with the teaching projects out there. I spent half my time supporting teaching at a pre-school in a local township and the other half with GAPA (Grandmothers Against Poverty & Aids) - a truly incredible project that supports grandmothers to provide after-school care, fun and food to children.

I learnt more than I could have imagined. Cape Town is so vibrant and colourful, it’s constantly buzzing! We spent our weekends and free time exploring Obs (the volunteer house local town) where there is an eclectic mix of late night coffee shops, pubs, clubs and live music! We clambered up Table Mountain and abseiled down again.

We then joined the Cape to Addo tour, where we bungee-jumped, braved black-water tubing and bare-back Ostrich riding! We sunned ourselves at a citrus farm and spotted elephants on Safari – a perfect way to round off an epic South African adventure.

Michelle Hughes, Australia

Two weeks is definitely not long enough and it has flown by. I hope to be back soon and this experience has fuelled my interest and desire to explore this culture rich continent. I’ve had an amazing time and will carry the whole experience, including what I’ve seen and the interactions I’ve had, with me. A big thank you to the whole team for being so warm and welcoming. It’s been a short trip but I’ll be going home with some great memories. With lots of peace, love and hope for the future.

Morgan MacLennan, Canada

The past 4 weeks have been the most amazing adventure of my life! I would never have dreamed it would go by so fast.

Lisa Simpson, England

Some people come into our lives and leave hand prints on our heart... and we are never the same. I'm leaving here with hundreds of hand prints on my heart! Thanks for a wonderful time.

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