Immerse yourself in a South African township community while supporting our long-term projects and experience a unique opportunity to work with local families.
Volunteers will work at educational facilities assisting with much needed construction projects. These centres typically take care of children from abusive and neglectful families, providing them with a loving, caring home. Students will work on a construction project with one of our partners, such as one of the township educare centres, for some hands on practical work improving the infrastructure and learning environment. The exact work will depend on the needs of our partners at the time but typically may involve some basic maintenance and renovation work or painting and brightening up the space with murals or other artwork.
Taking part in our programmes will contribute to long-term goals and further development and empowerment of this community.
Contribute to our long-term community projects and experience first hand, life in a township; enjoy stunning views of the mountain ranges including Table Mountain; accommodation is in a private and secure compound.
This trip takes you to the breathtaking city of Cape Town, and to a coastal community 45 minutes from the city where you will be based. The city is dominated by the magnificent Table Mountain and Lions Head, standing guard over the CBD (central business district), Camps Bay and the waterfront suburbs of Greenpoint and Seapoint. Renowned for its natural wonders, the city will never fail to amaze.
GVI works in an informal community 40 minutes from Cape Town and in the small sea suburb of Gordon’s Bay. Having been involved in the area since 2008 (and South Africa for almost 15 years) we have established relationships with Ikhayalethemba Village Care Centre, Nceduluntu Educare Centre, Nceduluntu Grade R and ACJ Primary School.
Cape Town's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Cape Town:
- Improve the quality of education in Nomzamo and Zola.
- Promote gender equality in the local community
- Increase the health and wellbeing of less privileged people in the community
- Increase in-country capacity by providing training to less advantaged people in South Africa
I enjoyed being able to experience South Africa in a less "touristy" way. It was interesting to meet locals, as it gives a better perspective about South Africa.