Community Service Volunteer Programs in Cape Town | Connect-123

Community Service Volunteer Programs in Cape Town

The Connect-123 Volunteer Program in Cape Town has a flat fee of $2,450.  This fee includes:
  • A unique volunteer opportunity in Cape Town that matches your skills and interests
  • Access to Connect-123 social program with weekly events
  • Comprehensive orientation shortly after you arrive in Cape Town
  • Airport pick-up
  • Option to stay in Connect-123’s Cape Town housing program or help arranging alternative accommodations
  • Pre-trip information guide to South Africa
  • Ongoing support from Connect-123 staff, before, during, and after your trip
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Lifetime Connect-123 Alumni group membership, connecting you with program graduates around the world for advice and opportunities
A $300 deposit, which is due with your application, can be paid via credit card or debit card here. The balance of $2,150 is due when you confirm your participation. Provided that you have not approved a placement, your deposit is fully refundable up until two weeks after we send the first volunteer offer to you.
Most of our volunteers choose to stay in Connect-123 housing which is in an apartment building in the center of Cape Town. Volunteers live in two bedroom, two bathroom apartments with TV, DVD and fully equipped kitchen. The building has pay as you go wireless Internet access, as well as 24 hour security and a rooftop pool and small gym. Apartments come with towels and bedlinens and a twice monthly cleaning service is provided.Staying in our housing is a great way to connect with the rest of the Connect-123 community - our office is even situated in the same building which means we are always on hand with support and guidance. However, we are also happy to advise you on alternatives should you prefer to live elsewhere - house/apartment shares with locals or homestays with Cape Town families may also be possible.

Cape Town community service volunteers will certainly have many opportunities to put their time and energy into a worthwhile cause. While Cape Town is a stunning tourist destination and a busy center of commerce, it is also home to many struggling communities. Unemployment, drug abuse, alcoholism and the scourge of HIV/Aids have all taken their toll on families in these areas. Lack of service delivery means many people live in shacks without electricity or running water. Meanwhile schools and hospitals with scant resources cannot adequately address the communities’ needs.

Against this backdrop non profit organizations are doing tremendous work to uplift communities in need. International volunteers can contribute to these efforts by joining activities such as caring for toddlers and infants at orphanages, working with drug users and homeless people, and assisting with education and literacy initiatives for both children and adults.

Check out our other community service volunteer programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin and Shanghai.

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