Cape Town accommodation
Volunteers will stay in one of our volunteer houses with bedrooms sleeping 2 - 5 people. All houses are facilitated with electricity, WIFI, 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. Private single or double rooms are also available.
Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house tidy. Bathrooms and kitchens are cleaned every day by cleaning staff, and linen is changed once a week. The volunteer houses are at walking distance from shops, restaurants, entertainment, bus stops, and the beach.
Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) accommodation
Located along the marine drive area of Humewood in Port Elizabeth - a hub of activity throughout the year. A 5-minute walk from Lungile will bring you to the main beach, restaurants, beach bars, a skate park, the popular boardwalk, booming nightlife - any of which is bound to be hosting the hype of the day!
Lungile offers a variety of high quality accommodation options from dormitories to en suite private rooms.
As you exit the terminal at the airport, our driver will be waiting for you with your name on a board. If for any reason you can’t find the driver please make your way to the Cape Town Information Desk and contact us at +27 21 556 9369 or +27 73 3334338. Most project activities are within walking distance of the volunteer accommodation currently. SANCOBB Table View is within walking distance and you will be transported on your first day so to orientate yourself.
Return Baz Bus Hop on/Hop off ticket between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is also included.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day (Monday - Friday) and breakfast and lunch (Saturday - Sunday) 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.
Exception: During your Cape Town introduction weekend, you will receive 3 meals a 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 advise us on your dietary needs when filling out your application form. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.
Three meals a day (family style)
If you have any dietary requirements, please inform SAVE about this before your arrival. We will try our best to accommodate this, however, you may need to supplement your own food. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby. There are refrigerators available for volunteers personal food and soft drinks. Tea and coffee will be available free of charge, all other drinks will be at own expense.
Visas, Insurances & Flight Tickets
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the intern. Travel insurance is compulsory. You are also required to present a copy of your return flight itinerary when entering South Africa.
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.
- Swimwear and beach towel
- Wetsuit - If you have your own and wish to surf during your stay. Otherwise you can use one of ours if permission is granted by the project leader
- Warm clothes
- Old clothes - bring comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty to work in
- Sneakers or comfortable working shoes
- Sunscreen (and a sun hat or cap)
- Prescription medication if needed
- Basic first aid requirements
- Please bring a spare set of warm clothes, best to wear quick drying clothes in general.
- Please note we don’t allow strap tops, very short shorts etc. Shorts that come to the knee and T-shirts are what is accepted.
- If you have your own gumboots/crocs you can bring those, if not we have one’s that you can use.
Project Dress Code
T-Shirts will be provided for the project.
The work is very physical by nature, and you will probably be exhausted at the end of every day. The environment is wet, and the majority of the work takes place outdoors. Volunteers should be prepared to work in extreme weather conditions (rain or heat).