Do I need a VISA?Open or Close
For most countries you do not need a Visa if you are in South Africa from 1-90 days. If you are staying for longer than 90 days we will help you to get the papers you need for the application. Application is to be sent in to your embassy latest 60 days before the trip.
Please contact your embassy as soon as possible for more information about your country. We will then assist you from there with anything you need from South Africa to complete your application
Accommodation in Cape TownOpen or Close
Volunteers/Interns that stay for 1-3 months will share a room with another person. If you stay for more than 3 months, we do offer a single room. You can also request a single room for the duration of your stay. We have various houses that we place our volunteers and interns in. All the houses have wifi, kitchens, bathrooms, cupboard space, desks and bedding. The houses are a great place to meet other volunteers and students doing internships – all of our accommodation is in the suburb of Observatory in Cape Town.
For larger groups, we use a Backpackers, which is a beautiful house with everything you need, including a braai area, huge garden, and communal areas.
You also have the option of booking your own accommodation should you wish, and we then deduct that from the overall price of your package. We do recommend that we help you, if you never been to South Africa before or do not know anyone here
Is there WIFI?Open or Close
There is WIFI at the houses, and also at various coffee shops, etc.
Can I take days off fom the project to travel?Open or Close
Yes you can, as long as the project is notified in advance of the days you will not be there.
Is Cape Town safe?Open or Close
South Africa is a country with a lot of crime. However, Cape Town is relatively safe, especially in the central area where you will spend most of your time. Our advice would be not take any unnecessary risks, keep valuables out of sight when walking around, and being vigilant. We will show you around and explain more so that you can feel safe. If your project involves being in the townships, there will always be a team of people with you, as well as guides in the area.
What are the prices like in South Africa?Open or Close
South Africa is cheap compared to Europe. You can eat out for about 3-5 euros (slightly more expensive in the evenings in restaurants) and the food in the grocery stores is about half the price compared to most of Europe. The usual tip is 10% if the service has been good.
Are there option for gluten and dairy allergies?Open or Close
Yes, Cape Town has many options for those with allergies, as well as vegetarians and vegans. Cape Town itself is well-known for its wide variety of food.
Can I use my phone in South Africa?Open or Close
Yes you can as long as it is unlocked for other sim cards. During your Introduction Day, we will assist you in buying a new sim card for your phone, and show you how to use it. We can also assist you with a very basic phone to use for the duration of your stay with us, if you would like. You can buy the correct plugs and adapters for your laptop or cellphone in any supermarket in Cape Town, the ones sold in Europe do not always work in South Africa.
How will I get around?Open or Close
There are many modes of transport in Cape Town, which we will show you during your orientation day. Most of the projects are within walking distance from the accommodation, but for those that are a little further, we will show you how to use the mini-bus taxi service, which is very cheap, and also a fun way to learn the culture of South Africa. Uber is also available, as well as meter-taxis and the train, though the train system is not a very reliable way to get around. There is also a bus service for the CBD area of Cape Town.
What else is there to doOpen or Close
There are many activities to chose from in Cape Town. Once you are settled, our team will tell you more about what there is to do, help you book things like skydiving, etc, and we also take you on a Cape Point Tour as part of your package. Here are just a few other activities:
Community Soup Kitchen every Friday
What language is spoken in South Africa?Open or Close
South Africa has 11 official languages. The languages most used in the Cape Town area are English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. The majority of the children at the projects speak English, so communication will not be an issue.
Other things to noteOpen or Close
Be patient at the Projects. It may feel like you do not do much in the beginning, but it’s more about getting to know the people and gaining their trust and confidence to build up the relationships. With time you will get more into it and we will be around to assist you in your job. Feel free to use your own initiatives at the projects, and come with your own ideas on what you would like to do to help make things better.