With the aim of making a sustainable change in the lives of vulnerable communities, we partner with local communities organizations who work with populations facing the complex challenges associated with poverty. Students work with several ‘township’ communities across the broader Cape Town area, listening to local stories, learning through local perspectives and making a meaningful impact through a variety of community initiatives. The communities we work with often experience barriers such as inadequate housing, insufficient service provision, limited access to quality health care, high unemployment rates and obstacles to education and skill development.
Timeframe for Involvement
5 to 14 days
South Africa has a rich and diverse cultural history. Known as ‘The Mother City’ by the locals, Cape Town is a vibrant city with a beautiful coastline and an array of cultural heritage sights, parks and activities. Education programs take place in underprivileged communities in Cape Town’s informal settlements.
Red Hill Informal Settlement
Having worked with three communities on the southern peninsula, our longest standing relationship exists with Red Hill, an informal settlement of roughly 1,500 people, set in an isolated mountainside area. While this community has existed since 1986, the continued lack of permanency has had dire impacts on the standard of living experienced by the residents. Housing materials are restricted to sheet metal and chip wood, and with no running water in homes, there are health and hygiene concerns. Access to medical care and quality education is limited. Students work with two local pre-schools as they help to support early childhood education and school readiness programming.
Cape Flats Communities
We also work with community education partners across the Cape Flats communities including Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa. With a population of roughly two million people, statistics relating to unemployment, HIV and orphaned & vulnerable children are very high. Partnering with programs which directly address the educational needs of the community, students gain important knowledge and insight as they work with local professionals to provide school support and educational resources to young students and their families.
Working alongside a pre-school teacher, students provide support and aid the children’s development as they prepare for primary school. They learn how to:
- Assist the teachers in small group activities and throughout their daily routine
- Learn new perspectives on education from local professionals
- Work in partnership with the teachers in line with their curriculum, offering teachers support and sharing new ideas
- Engage the children in introductory English and assist with themed curriculum work
- Help prepare the children for successful schooling beyond pre-school by developing “school readiness” skills such as letter, number and color recognition
- Plan and teach theme-based lessons, including crafts, songs and storytelling
- Teach games that promote physical development
Students are housed at The Team House Cape Town which offers excellent group accommodation for both short and long-term stays.. All meals and transport are also provided. The Team House is ideally situated at the base of Chapman’s Peak on Long Beach in Cape Town, only 25 minutes from Cape Point. Wake up to the sound of the sea and fall asleep to the whisper of the wind!
Dinner and Djembe Drumming
Gold Restaurant caters an experience to the opulent heartbeat of African cuisine and culture. Tailoring it’s menu to the diversity found across the African continent, Gold Restaurant offers a gourmet selection seasonally adapted from North, Sub-Saharan, and Southern Africa. Beforehand, guests have the opportunity to join in a djembe drumming session. Feel the pulse of Africa as you drum and dine.
As the most southwestern outcrop of the African continent, Cape Point rises above the cobalt and turquoise-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With the sound of the sea rushing below you, climb up to the lighthouse for a view of misty mountains in the distance at one of Cape Town’s most scenic and significant vantage points.
Cape Malay Cooking Class
Jasmina’s house is part of the colorful and immensely cultural tapestry that is the Bo Kaap district of Cape Town. The Malayan cuisine that she imparts is also a part of the rich heritage of the area, seasoned with distinct spices and created from recipes that have been handed down through generations. In the warmth of her kitchen you can learn how to make a mouth-watering Malayan meal, from traditional samosa starters to decadent chicken curry. Afterwards, you can enjoy the living dish of history you have helped to spice.
Robben Island Overnight
Step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela for a night, staying over in prison accommodation with a private tour of the prison and island. Get a feel for the isolation and challenges that the prisoners faced for decades in one of the world's most famous prisons - Robben Island. This is a unique experience that will bring you closer to understanding the challenges that Mandela and many other historical figures faced in their fight for freedom and equality.
Monks Cowl Drakensberg Hike
Located in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, the trails of Monks Cowl showcase the incredible scenery of Drakensberg in the midst of mountains and valleys. Experience the beauty of South Africa as you explore these picturesque landscapes.
Hiking the Chokka trail is a fourteen kilometer adventure, taking you through the Coastal Cradle of Humankind. During the hike, you will have an opportunity to see the second largest blowhole in Southern Africa, and unknown grave, and the remains of the Osprey and Cape Recife. After the hike, there is an included tour of the SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation Center. Continuing via Shark Point, there is a calamari tasting at Port St. Francis, then a canal cruise in the late afternoon. The day ends with dinner at Joe Fish Restaurant or a local boma for braai.
The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of Apartheid. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape, offering the international community a unique South African experience. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that contribute to the saga of Apartheid.
Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. It exists in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet vegetation of the Lowveld region. This rich transitional zone attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the “big five,” wild dog, Roan, Tsessebe, Sable antelope and more than three hundred and sixty species of bird.
AWOL Bicycle Tour
This international, award-winning, socially responsible bicycle tour in Masiphumelele, Kommetjie is a new take on township tours, providing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community from a bicycle seat. A qualified local guide will escort guests around the township, visiting interesting places and explaining Xhosa customs. The tour includes lunch at a local township restaurant that serves delicious authentic African food.
Step through the entryway to this beach and find yourself face to face with one of Africa’s quirkier inhabitants: penguins. A colony of African penguins resides on Boulders Beach, a stretch of sand dominated by giant seaside rocks and penguin nests.
Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
This tour winds its through jewel-toned houses and mosques, providing commentary on the history and tradition behind the iconic architecture of the Bo-Kaap district. As you follow your guide through this segment of Cape Town, we invite you to explore a side of South African history defined by cultural fusion and crossover. Watch tradition unfold into a modern landscape of vibrancy as East meets West at the southern point of Africa.
A Soweto day tour takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson museum. You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, trying local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind, taking you through the smell of pavement cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience the humanity, hospitality, and warmth of township life humanity - the "ubuntu" of South Africa
Abseiling Table Mountain
Abseiling is one of the best ways to explore the rocky crags of Table Mountain. This thrilling activity includes a relatively technical hike, so a moderate fitness level is required to experience this adventure!
Find out why Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world as you climb to the top. The mountain stretches gloriously on the Cape Town horizon, rising effortlessly from the lights and bustle of the city. As you ascend, the rugged terrain becomes a world in and of itself, age-old rocks, grasses, and shrubs covering the mountainside. The top of Table Mountain provides astounding views of the city on one side and the sea on the other, with rolling clouds over rocky peaks. A cable car provides a scenic descent, suspended gracefully over jagged rock and the famous flora of the mountain.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center
This center provides a sanctuary for many wild animals that are the victims of habitat loss, such as leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and vultures. While Moholoholo is directly involved in research, breeding programs and rehabilitation, it also helps tribal communities and farms by adopting and relocating 'problem animals’ that would otherwise be poisoned or injured. The aim of this rehabilitation facility is to promote awareness about environmental upheaval and to support endangered wildlife.
Class in the Clouds
Did you know that Table Mountain is believed to have more plant diversity than the British Isles put together? Class in the Clouds gives learners the chance to learn all about the amazing fauna and flora found in the Cape Floral Kingdom while enjoying the view from the top of Table Mountain.
Induna offers a wide variety of adrenaline-racing activities such as white water rafting, ziplining, and quad biking. Only twenty minutes away from Kruger National Park, Induna’s pristine location provides an unforgettable setting for adventure sports and outdoor team activities.