Connect-123 Cape Town Volunteer Programs

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Volunteer abroad in Cape Town, South Africa with Connect-123! Our Cape Town volunteer programs expose students to issues unique to South Africa as well as those that pertain to Africa in general. These experiences will allow for self-transformation in an incredible international setting.

Explore one of the most stunning cities in the world while giving back to local communities. Volunteering in Cape Town gives you the opportunity to make an impact on many societal inequalities, such as illiteracy, education, healthcare and human rights.

Our local staff provide on-the-ground support before, during, and after your placement including housing assistance, in-depth orientation, social events and cultural activities. Volunteers will be provided with housing assistance and pre-trip guidance as well as airport pick-up and detailed orientation upon arrival.

Contact us today to find out how you can make a positive impact on the world we live in!

Highlights
  • Tailored placements! Connect-123’s experienced team finds unique, best-fit opportunities for you, related to your interests, goals and requirements.
  • Extensive Network! Connect-123’s partner network includes entrepreneurs, human rights organizations, engineering firms, advertising agencies and many more options!
  • Flexibility! Choose your arrival and departure dates, based on your schedule.
  • Service! From pre-departure to in-country support to post internship assistance, Connect-123 provides you with all the support you need!
  • Memories! Meet new friends from all over the world and make memories to last a lifetime!

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Reviews

95%
based on 2 reviews
  • Impact 9.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 9
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Jack
9/10

A Strong Network: Connect 123

My internship was a bit different than what I expected and this was for the best. Specifically, there was not much direction in terms of how I was supposed to organize the event that I was planning for my host organization (which Connect 123 placed me with) However, this was not a bad thing. My supervisor simply instructed me to “go crazy” with sponsors, advertisement, and endorsements for a fundraising event in which participants were challenged to climb the three peaks of the Cape Town skyline. It was admittedly difficult to make connections and network in a city that is completely unknown to me, but the challenge was been rewarding. I found many individuals who are willing to support my company’s work in reducing homelessness, gangsterism, and incarceration by making contributions to my efforts. I also learned to communicate a non-profit business model, something I had no prior experience with.

My program coordination in Cape Town was nothing short of fantastic. I had two coordinators who worked with me. Both are natives of South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively). They were wonderful, having provided enough guidance to see me through my first days while giving me the space to grow and discover on my own as my time in Cape Town passed. They planned social events with other students in this summer’s group on a weekly basis, from cooking events to countryside expeditions. I was so fortunate to find friends in Cape Town, both in my program and outside of it, who I believe will be comrades long into the future. This has everything to do with the strength of Connect 123's program. Since returning to Santa Clara this past academic year, I have guided friends through Connect 123's application process because I so firmly believe in it.

How can this program be improved?
Connect's program could be improved by more thoroughly auditing some individuals who come through the program. While I was lucky to connect with some really amazing people, I also met some individuals who did not seem to believe in the work they were doing in Cape Town. This detracted slightly from the group's collective resolve. It is, however, incredibly difficult to determine one's level of commitment over a Skype call, and I formed incredibly tight bonds with many people in my summer program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alicia
10/10

Summer of Change

I found Connect-123 to be an amazing program and I could not be happier with my previous summer in South Africa. I spent two gorgeous months in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. I found CT to be one of the friendly and most welcoming please I have ever traveled to. Connect-123 set me up with a wonderful apartment and an amazing opportunity with Christel House South Africa, a school working the break the cycle of poverty. I had a life changing summer and my experience has really taught to me look at the world in a different way.
My day to day life in Cape Town included waking up and being at Christel House at 7:30 a.m.working with the most amazing children in the world until 3:00 p.m. and then back to the apartment. In the afternoons and evenings I would hang out with friends and maybe go out for drinks at night.
On the weekends we went to wine festivals, hiked mountains, took road trips, and explored the city.
I must say that this was by far the best experience of my life and felt that it would not have been possible without Connect-123

Yes, I recommend this program

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Connect-123 develops and administers internship programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Dublin, Ireland; Sydney, Australia; and Barcelona, Spain. In all countries, internship opportunities are hosted by local...