Teach marginalized kids to surf in South Africa

Come and join a team that teaches children to surf, in addition to coaching other mainstream South African sports in townships that surround the beautiful city of Cape Town. The aim is for you to assist teachers and staff to run sports lessons at the township schools in the mornings. You will be running general physical education classes but you may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby. In the afternoon you will help run our surf club. This involves giving the children surf lessons and teaching them about how to care for their coastal environment.

Volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities. Optional side trips are available to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Town wildlife safari and wine tasting in Stellenbosch, to name but a few! Any side trips you wish to take can be arranged on arrival in Cape Town. For those travelling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town.

This project offers qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on the project for a longer duration on a scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field. If you would like to work towards a field career and make the very most of your time abroad, you might want to work towards a place on a scholarship. Successful scholars may find themselves offered full time employment, and many of the current staff have come through this route. Contact us for more information!


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What to Expect?

This program runs with the collaboration and support of community leaders and teachers from the local communities.

Volunteers will assist in the preparation of general physical education classes. They will help coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby; teach children how to surf; educate the children about their coastal environment and its importance through fun and interactive workshops; and, assist with beach clean ups. Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skills and supervision within the township.

This project gives township children the opportunity to play sports and learn to surf in conjunction with creating an awareness of the environment around them. The children not only learn how to respect and protect their local beaches but the project also keeps the children physically active, healthy and safe from the drugs, alcohol, and crime which is so prevalent in the townships.

  • Program ID: # 2471
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Cape Town Cape Town
    South Africa
    34° 7' 47.982" S, 18° 50' 29.5908" E
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cape Town (CPT)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Teach Overseas
    Women's & Youth Programs
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