Trip | Volunteer in South Africa
Volunteer Surf Coaching in Muizenberg, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
about this position
About this position
Overview: volunteer surf coaching in Muizenberg, South Africa
This program is run by a small organisation, that was launched in 2015 by a local surf enthusiast, who dreamed of sharing is passion for surfing with the less fortunate kids and youth and give them hope for a better future. Surfing will unlock new character features which will help the children with their personal development. Most kids growing up in the townships of Cape Town don't have much hope for a bright future and try to flee from their socioeconomic environment: with poverty, criminality, drugs and gangsterism as their only way out. These teenagers shall be given alternatives, that will help them to achieve more in their lives and even impact others positively.
What to expect
Program details: volunteer surf coaching in Muizenberg, South Africa
This project works together with a primary school in the township of Masiphumelele. At this stage 11 boys at the age of 7 to 17 years join the surf program. During this program these kids are not only given surf lessons to improve their surf skills. The program coordinator tries to establish a long-lasting relationship with them, in order to help them with their homework and to motivate them for a brighter future.
A part of the program fee is invested in education fonds, which allows the children to pay their enrollment fees for higher education, such as studying at a university or doing an apprenticeship. Depending on the institution these fees could be up to 3,500 Euro per year. All of the children joining the program should be given the opportunity to qualify for these funds and if they are interested, they are welcome to join the organisation after their studies or even launch their own business.
Volunteers in this surf coaching program will assist the team in every aspects of their daily activities. In addition, volunteers will learn the ability to surf and might even reach an intermediate level during the program. But as a volunteer you won't only learn how to surf, but also read the waves, learn more about etiquette in the line-up and perhaps move to a smaller board. You also learn more about surfboard design or shapes and weather and surf forecasts.
Itinerary of your stay abroad
Program: volunteer surf coaching in Muizenberg, South Africa
Volunteers should arrive the first Friday of the month (4.1 | 1.2. | 1.3. | 5.4. | 3.5. | 7.6. | 5.6. | 2.8. | 6.9. | 4.10.| 1.11.). The program will not take part in December. April is already fully booked.
Airport pick up
Volunteer will be picked up from the airport and transferred to their accommodation. You will join a welcome dinner during your first days, to get to know the team and other volunteers.
Your program starts the following Monday after your arrival. You will have surf sessions depending on your booked package, which is 1 or 3 times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Your surfguide is a professional and will take you to one of the best surf spots in the region. During your surf days you will have more time in the afternoon to help the team of the organization creating blog entries or plan activities with the kids.
The kids will arrive at 3pm in Muizenberg after school. They will then get a surf lesson with the help of the volunteers. After surfing the children will receive dinner at the organization and will go back home.
On Tuesday and Thursday morning you will plan other activities with the children. You will get picked up from your backpacker in the morning and will go on a small tour, to finally be back at the organization around 1 pm, to be there by the time the children arrive from school. Depending on the weather you will surf with the children or do different activities such as soccer, swimming, skateboarding, art classes etc. This activities are to be planned with the other volunteers. You are welcome to include your own hobbies and skills!
Possible morning tours for you:
- Visiting Cape Town with sightseeing tour
- Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point
- Visiting various museum
- Penguins at Boulder's Beach
- Lion Park in Drakenstein in Paarl
- Table mountain trekking or trekking to the silver mine
- Boat tour from Hout Bay to Seal Island
- Visit local markets
- Surf trips for advanced surfers
You are welcome to plan your weekend according to your interest. Cape Town has so much to offer! You can book a surf tour or do a weekend trip to Garden Route, vineyards or experience the nightlife in Cape Town. One thing is for sure, you will spend a lot of time at the ocean! Small injuries are not unusual, but the team will instruct you well to decrease the risk for injuries.
School holidays 2019
- Easter holidays: 16.03.-01.04.2019
- Winter holidays: 15.06.-08.07.2019
- Spring holidays: 21.09.-30.09.2019
- Summer holidays: 05.12.-14.01.2019
Accommodation during your surf project in Muizenberg, South Africa
Volunteers will be accommodated in a Backpacker directly at the beach of Muizenberg. You will sleep in a dorm room. The bath room will be shared with the other roommates of the hostel. Bed sheets will be provided, but you must bring your own towel. Muizenberg is an district of Cape Town and is the gateway to would famour surf spots of the southern peninsula.
The hostel itself is a melting pot for travelers from different backgrounds with a very laid back atmosphere. Most of your roommates will be surfers. The location of the backpacker also offers access to nearby bards, restaurants, cafes and surf shops. The super market and access to public transport is only a few meters apart.
Backpacker are the perfect accommodation for short term stays. The international and young travelers have the opportunity to meet like minded people and plan activities together. The service fee includes a bed in the dorm room, which will usually be shared with 4 or 6 persons in bunk beds. The backpacker offers the possibility to lock away your valuables.
If you would like to request a single room or would like to live in other guest houses, we are happy to organize this as well for your and let you know the additional costs.
Volunteers will receive breakfast from Monday to Friday. A fridge is available for common use.
Services for your surf program in Muizenberg, South Africa
We will help you to prepare your journey from the very beginning and support you throughout your stay abroad. The following service are included in the program fee:
- Placement in the volunteer program
- Visa assistance
- Information about affordable flights, insurances, vaccinations and further important travel information
- Airport transfer (pick up and drop)
- Accommodation in a backpacker
- Breakfast (Monday to Friday)
- 1 surf session per week (more surf sessions available via an upgrade)
- Orientation on site through our experienced program coordinator
- Information about further activities
- Local contact person throughout your program
- 24/7 emergency contact
- Monthly meeting with all interns and volunteers
- Certificate of completion
Depending on how much you would like to surf, you can opt for 2 upgrades:
Surf Pro Upgrade
- 1 tour / week
- 3 surf sessions/week
- Breakfast (Mon-Fri)
- Surf equipment available
Surf and Tour Upgrade
- 2 tours/week
- 2 surf sessions/week
- Breakfast (Mon-Fri)
- Dinner (Mon-Thu)
- 1 yoga session/week
- Surf equipment available
- Transfer in Cape Town
Our local team
Our local team
Your coordinator in Cape Town
"My name is Jana Williams, I am originally from Germany, but living in South Africa for 8 1/2 years. Nearly 6 years of those I stayed in the mother city of Cape Town. I am now managing all internship and volunteer placements for Studentsgoabroad Cape Town. During my studies of Social Work I did internships abroad myself. I have been to London, India and even in Cape Town which was 12 years ago. While still living in Germany I started placing interns in Southern African countries and always enjoyed this activity. This activity is interesting, exciting, versatile and most of all positive, as a stay abroad always enlarges the personal horizon.