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Making Waves

Making waves takes you on an unforgettable surf travel experience that includes volunteering your time and skills to coach and mentor children from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town.
from EUR 1750
Duration: 2 weeks
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    To get you acquainted with the making waves project and meet the other volunteers, we organise an orientation dinner in the first days of your stay.

    The mornings are for you!
    You will receive three surf lessons a week, guided by one of the best surf instructors in Muizenburg
    Every week you will go on one tour around the Cape Peninsula.
    Unlimited surf gear rental.

    The afternoons are for you and the children! You will help coach the making waves children in the water in Hout Bay or help mentor the children in the classroom in Imizamu Yethu.

    During your entire stay, making waves coordinator is 24/7 available to you to provide support where needed.
    Your role:
    Surf coach

    • You will help assist the making waves children in the water through interactive surf sessions
    • Surf sessions take place two to three times per week after school in Muizenburg


    • You will help the making waves children with their homework and guide them with their English and Maths
    • You will design life skills activities and fun games to expand their horizon
    • Classroom sessions take place two to three times per week in our classroom in Imizamu Yethu township

    If you have unique skills or ideas that you would like to share with making waves before, during or after your stay, please let us know. We are always open to new and cool ideas! Some examples of skills and ideas that previous volunteers contributed: organisation of photography workshop, organisation of painting workshop, production of making waves video clips, assistance with social media, assistance with PR and advertising, initiation of fundraiser among family and friends for the Foundation.
    Is the work dangerous?
    Is there a potential risk?
    SCHOOL PROJECTS CLOSES:- Sunday 17th of December 2023.

    FIRST TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 11th of January - Sunday 17th of March 2024.


    SECOND TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 4th of April - Sunday 16th of June 2024


    THIRD TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 4th of July - Sunday 22nd of September 2024


    FOURTH TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 26th of September - Sunday 15th of December 2024

    2 weeks
    Additional per week:
    A taste of what the tours around the peninsula of Cape Town may include:
    - Explore Cape Point Nature Reserve, the most southwestern tip of Africa, and hike to Dias Beach
    - Table Mountain hike where we take you on a beautiful route off the beaten track
    - Cruise along the coast to Betty’s Bay and see the penguin colony
    - Lions head sunrise hike followed by a refreshing morning dive into the ocean between the boulders at Bakoven beach
    - Explore the museum district to learn more about the history of Cape Town and South Africa and taste the best Capetonian coffee
    - Silvermine Nature Reserve, where we hike to Elephants Eye with stunning views followed by a refreshing swim in the dam
    - Surf tours for the more adventurous and capable surfers
    - Boat cruise from Hout Bay to Seal Island to experience Cape Town by boat and learn more about the seal colonies
    Minimum age:
    Police clearance:
    Special skills required:
    Intermediate level of English
    Must be able to swim
    Good with children
    Good attitude
    Language requirement:
    Intermediate level of English
    What's included:
    - Airport transfer
    - Welcome dinner in true South African style
    - Accommodation in our beach house
    - Healthy breakfasts Monday to Friday
    - Delicious dinners Monday to Thursday- Unlimited wifi
    - Local guidance and support
    - 24-hour emergency number
    - Donation to the Surf Foundation
    - Orientation and training on project activities
    - Fundraising toolkit
    - Electronic volunteer certificate
    - Weekly social activities
    - 4 epic tours around Cape Peninsula
    - 3 weekly surf lessons by our experienced surf instructor, 12 in total
    - Unlimited surf gear rental
    - 1 surf tour around the Cape Peninsula
    - Surf video analysis
    - Surf photo package
    - Complementary online surf course by South African pro surfer
    What's excluded:
    • Flights
    • Visa
    Closest town:
    Cape Town
    Surrounding area:
    Thursday arrival transfer and Sunday departure transfer included
    Friday orientation transfer
    Saturday Cape Peninsular transfer
    Volunteer House Hout Bay
    Muizenburg is a beautiful village with a vibrant energy; surrounded by the mountains and the sea.
    From Muizenburg it is a 30 minute train ride to the center of Cape Town.

    In Muizenburg volunteers are hosted at making waves volunteer house. it is located amidst the surf action just across the road to the beach. Within walking distance from the house you can find a wide variety of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, food markets, surf shops and the local train and bus station.
    Breakfast Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Thursday included

    lunch is at your own cost
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