The Adventure Surf Club offers extramural activities to children from disadvantaged areas. The club teaches 12 to 14 year olds how to swim and surf, and the kids also participate in other sports like hiking or soccer.
Volunteers are involved in two tasks. They provide assistance to kids and give lessons at a school or a crèche. After school and some weekends the volunteers teach the kids how to swim or surf, either in a pool or on the beach.
No surfing experience is necessary. Volunteers get free surfing lessons so that they can teach the kids to surf.
- Learn to surf while you teach the children
- Spend most of your day outdoors and on the beach in stunning Cape Town
- Learn to assist in classrooms
- Helping children develop skills
- Gaining experience in working with children and groups
- Allowing the children to have new experience
- Learning about South African cultures and way of life
- Making new lifetime friends
Project starts: every Monday
Location: Blaauwberg/Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
About the children & schools
- Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa
- The children live in townships such as Dunoon or site 5
- Children in the program range from 12 – 14yrs.
- Children are split into 4 groups of 5‐ 20 children that will be part of the project every week.
- School starts at 08:00 and closes and 13:30/14:30
- There are normally 30 – 40 children in a class with 1 teacher.
- Most of the Children do not pay school fees so the schools funds are stretched and any assistance is welcomed.
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the program and will be involved in:
- Teaching kids to swim
- Teaching kids to surf
- Helping on hikes
- Organizing fun days and sport programs
- Teaching computer skills
- Educating children in life lessons such as HIV awareness, drugs, etc.
- Helping in schools
- Volunteers will work 3 to 5 days a week with the children.
- Mornings can be spent learning to surf, helping in a school or relaxing on the beach.
- Afternoons will be spent with the kids, either teaching them to surf or on another activity.
- On days off, volunteers will get a chance to learn how to surf with an instructor and will also have use of SAVE’s surfboards.
- Police clearance
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Acceptance subject to availability of position
- Volunteer's ability to swim
- Shared rooms sleeping 2 - 4
- Communal lounge and kitchen
- Dormitories sleeping 4 - 10
- This can be upgraded to private rooms
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. These include:
- Breakfast: self help breakfast of cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast & spreads
- Lunch: self help lunch of breads, fruit, cold meats & spreads
- Dinner: a hot meal will be served every night. These range from a traditional BBQ, stews, casseroles, fresh vegetable etc.
- Tea and coffee will be available all day
- All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable
- A generous amount of food will always be given so no one will go hungry
- All other drinks will be at own expense
- A refrigerator is available for volunteer’s personal food
Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs
- Volunteers will be met at Cape Town International airport and taken to their program
- On project days the volunteers will be transported by private car or mini bus. The vehicles are roadworthy and have all relevant licenses and liability insurance
- Airport pick up
- Orientation and welcome BBQ
- Weekly Social activity
- Three meals a day
- Transport to and from the program
- Free surf lessons
- 24 hour support and supervisor on project
- Donation to the NPO to assist with programs
- Certificate of appreciation
Project wish list