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 centre of the city. The private and secure gated property 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 colour! Concerts, wine tours and visiting the beaches are always a favourite 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.