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Cape Town Adventure And Cultural Immersion Teen Volunteer Program

Discover Cape Town, South Africa during this hands-on, two week project for under 18 volunteers.

Program Information

Volunteer alongside an international team teaching children from local townships important sports skills and co-ordinating drama lessons, facilitating the development of their physical and cultural skill set.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals


The aim of this program is for you to assist teachers and GVI staff to run sports lessons at township schools during the week. You will be assisting in running general physical education classes and may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby, depending on the season.

You will also assist educators and GVI staff with co-ordinating drama classes, interpreting cultural pieces with the students and assisting in developing their ability to work with creative projects.

You will volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and these communities for the duration of your stay.


Program Details

Program Type: Under 18
Location: Africa - South Africa - Cape Town

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Project Life

Monday to Friday
Every weekday you will be assisting in teaching sports classes at township schools. You will gain general exposure to the teaching field and will assist where necessary both inside the classroom and on the sports field for the duration of the program.

You may be required to assist teachers of various classes in the daily execution of their classes, for example, assisting a drama teacher on a piece of literature from the English curriculum (like a poem or short story) and working with the class to interpret these pieces in a creative way, for example, through a short performance or a play.

Field Conditions
You will be sharing accommodation facilities with your fellow volunteers in an apartment or house with access to electricity and hot running water.

Free Time
During your downtime, you can relax and enjoy many of the amazing sights and experiences Cape Town has to offer.

Project Details

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

Volunteers will prepare and run general physical education classes; assisting in coaching specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby; while educating the children about their coastal environment and its importance through a variety of interactive workshops.

Volunteers will also play an important role in assisting teachers within the classroom, helping to make lessons more interactive and participating with the scholars directly, ensuring their learning experience is maximised in the process.

Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of activities and events, due to general community issues like lack of equipment, skills and supervision within the township.

How this project makes a difference:
This project gives township children the opportunity to play sports, gain a creative awareness, as well as creating an awareness of the environment around them. The children not only learn how to respect and protect their local environment, but the project also keeps the children physically and intellectually active, healthy and safe from the drugs, alcohol, and crime, which is exceedingly prevalent in the local areas.

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 at 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.

GVI’s 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:
1. Improve the quality of education in Nomzamo and Zola
2. Promote gender equality in the local community
3. Increase the health and wellbeing of less privileged people in the community
4. Increase in-country capacity by providing training to less advantaged people in South Africa

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.

Our 10 Ethical Commitments


Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Adventure and cultural activities
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Dedicated GVI leaders
  • Extensive pre-departure service including packing lists, fundraising advice, advice on travel arrangements, a thorough pre-departure orientationAdventure and cultural activities
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs


Although this trip follows a structured itinerary, don’t think you won’t be seeing and doing some amazing things! Our long term field staff will be arranging some exciting excursions for you. Previously, this has included a peninsula tour and a township tour.

The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

Katelin Ryan

Service Learning Manager Cape Town

A sustainable development extraordinaire with a great commitment to create sustainable solutions for local communities. Katie has worked in South Africa for many years before her role with GVI and after completing her Master's degree in International Education she joined our team of professionals.

Her credentials include over eight years of volunteering, teaching, managing, and leading international education programs around the world. This includes working in zero-waste policy communities in New Zealand, and in an orphan bear refugee center in Croatia.

As our Service Learning Manager she is excited to use her experience designing experiential education programmes and managing community programmes.

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  • 2019

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