The Kitesurfing Outreach project takes underprivileged children out of the settlements and off the streets of the townships and teaches them valuable life lessons through sports, adventure activities, teamwork and educational classes. This incentive program aims to encourage children to do well at school and home.
The children are selected to take part in the program, usually 2 at a time. The kids are first taught to swim by the volunteers. The volunteer and child are able to take their kitesurfing lessons at the same time. Once the volunteer has completed their 12 hours with a professional kitesurfing instructor, they can mentor the child further in swimming, beach kite flying or kitesurfing at the skill level the child is ready for. This results in the children being involved in the sport, keeping them off the streets and opening doors for job opportunities or sponsorship. By 2020 we aspire to have at least one of our children enter the Youth Olympics for kite surfing.
As this project is weather dependent and only runs on Saturdays and school holidays, you will also be able to be involved in any one of our other volunteer projects at no extra charge. You will need to have basic level of fitness and swimming skills.
Learn to kitesurf and teach the children to swim and kitesurf in one of the top 5 kitesurfing destinations in the world
This project is very flexible, giving you the choice of the hours and amount of hours to work
Help children develop life, sport, and educational skills
You can join in on any other volunteer projects at no extra cost
Volunteers receive 12 hours of kitesurfing lessons which should be enough to get their IKO certificate
Learn about South African culture and way of life
Day 1: Welcome to South Africa
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you will meet your volunteer leader and learn more about your project, if you arrive late you will be given a time to meet your leader. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel.
Day 2: Orientation Tour of Cape Town
Start the day with breakfast and head to SaltyCrax backpackers. A SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre. You have two options to choose from:
1) Walking Tour
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.
2) Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass
Board this open rooftop bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain... all from the comfort of your seat!
After one of the above activities you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the sidewalks. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (own expense).
In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beach front in Table View - all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.
Day 3: Sunday
You will have at your own leisure to relax and get ready before your project starts.
Weekly Schedule & Activities
The program is run only on Saturdays and school holidays. As such, this project is very flexible and the working hours are determined by the volunteer. If volunteers want, they can also be involved in any of the other projects on days when there are no lessons (school days & days with no wind).
School Holidays 2017:
31 Mar - 18 Apr
30 Jun - 24 Jul
29 Sep - 09 Oct
9 Dec - 11 Jan 2018
School Holidays 2018:
29 Mar - 09 Apr
23 Jun - 16 Jul
29 Sep - 08 Oct
3 Dec - 08 Jan 2019
During the school holidays the program is run according to the holiday program. Please note that during the holidays it’s a time for the kids to have fun, so the programs are less structured and may change depending on the amount of children that arrive on the day. In addition there are a lot of public holidays spread throughout the year.
Due to Christmas and New Year’s celebrations between December 25th - Jan 2nd, all projects in Cape Town are closed, however, volunteers may still use the accommodation and food and join us for Christmas lunch on the 25th.
With every new arrival we have a safety and orientation briefing where we discuss issues such as general safety in South Africa for example, what to do in the settlements, where not to go, what to do in case of an emergency, sea currents, HIV AIDS and crime. There is a volunteer co-ordinator with our volunteers at all times while on project to ensure the safety of the children and volunteer. We offer all our volunteers 24/7 support and assistance.
2-day orientation in Cape Town
Three meals a day
Transport to and from your project
12 hours of kitesurfing lessons from an IKO certified instructor
24-hour support and supervision
Weekly social events
Donation to the project
Certificate of appreciation
Volunteers will stay in one of our volunteer houses with bedrooms sleeping 2-6 people. All houses are facilitated with electricity, hot water, a kitchen, one or two toilets, a bathroom with a shower, beds with linen (no towels). Male and female volunteers will share rooms unless otherwise requested. Upgrades to private single or double rooms are available at extra cost.
Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house tidy. Two to three times a week a cleaning lady will be there to clean the house and change linen. The volunteer houses are at walking distance from shops, restaurants, entertainment, bus stops and the beach. The volunteer accommodation has a pool. Accommodation can be upgraded to private rooms for an additional cost.
Participants are expected to keep their rooms and personal belongings tidy at all times and participate in any chores as required for the cleanliness and operation of the shared facilities.
Volunteers will be met at Cape Town International airport. 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.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day which include:
Breakfast: self-catering breakfast of cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast & spreads
Lunch: self-catering lunch of breads, fruit, cold meats, cheese, salad & spreads
Dinner: consists of a hot meal such as a traditional South African BBQ (braai) and stews (potjies).
Tea and coffee will be available all day.
All dinners will include meat, starch and vegetables.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants must advise us on their dietary needs when filling out the application form.
Visas & Insurances:
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the volunteer.
Winter in South Africa:
Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.