SAVE Volunteering SOUTH AFRICA

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About

SAVE Volunteering is a Non Profit Organisation. We are NOT a booking agent, we run, manage and fund all of our Humanitarian Projects with the help of volunteers.
We believe in transparent and sustainable programs that impact our local community.

The volunteer fees go towards, food, accommodation, transport, weekly socials and the rest of the money gets donated to the NPO for running costs such as stationary or meals for the children.

Join one of our amazing projects and leave with a life changing experience!

Volunteer with Children

  • Adventure Surf Club: Spend time with children helping them learn to swim and surf, as well as taking part in various activities such as hiking, educational classes and teamwork.
  • Settlement project: Work in settlements with disadvantaged children helping educate them with valuable life lessons, helping with events, fundraising and running fun days and sports activities.
  • School and Edu-care Assistance: Work in a school or settlement Edu-care center giving lessons and managing the class, building relationships with the children and watching them grow.
  • Disabled School Assistance: Learn about and work in a local township by assisting the people that the rest of the township does not understand. Create mind stimulation and provide physiotherapy for them.
  • Sport and Youth development: Spend most of your day outside enjoying the sunshine whilst you assist in sport programs; help develop the skills of the children and helping lower socio – economic problems to make a difference.
  • Kite Surfing Outreach project:Learn how to kite surf and teach disadvantaged children to swim and kite surf, with flexibility enabling you to choose your hours of work.

Volunteer with Animals

  • Animal Care and Protection Project: Work one on one with animals of all kinds of species through educating the public, mass sterilization and providing support for rescued animals.
  • Great White Shark conservation: Learn about the behavior of Great White Sharks and other species and spend time at sea obtaining help, support and encouragement from Marine Biologists.
  • Pre Vet Project: Experience a real working conservation and wildlife management programme that includes game capture and release of elephant and buffalo tracking.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary: Work hand on hand with big cats such as lions, cheetahs and tigers. Assist animals that once had no hope and learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals.
  • Hartees Animal Projects: Learn more about animals through interactive hands on projects. Interact with elephants, monkeys and other animals.
  • Wildcat farm/Sanctuary: Work hand on hand with big cats such as lions, cheetahs and tigers. Assist animals that once had no hope and learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals.

Skills Development Volunteering

  • Skills Development: Run your own project in order to utilize your own skills, and using your initiative to create timetables and activities to help the children develop skills.
  • Skills and Computer class assistance: Teach computer skills, lesson planning and working in the ‘Big Green E – Machine”. Drive the sports development initiative and provide support to a local orphanage.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

93%
based on 75 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.2
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Jake
10/10

Do It

Amazing experience. Very worthwhile and eye opening experience as far as volunteering. There is a lot to do in South Africa and it is a very beautiful place. Only warning- be flexible. I was told that I would be teaching basic computer skills and working in a classroom, however that did not happen. What I did instead was still very valuable.

Yes, I recommend
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Espen
10/10

Miss it everyday

its the most amazing thing i have ever done, and i want to go back! Lovely staff, ultimate experience and friends forever. Love the surfingproject as well, to be with the kids in the water and learn to surf, would not be without it!

How can this program be improved?
Just a little more info before arrival.
Yes, I recommend
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Claudia
7/10

Do NOT go in december

I went to volunteer in December 2013. What a disappointment. Even though I asked them numerous times in advance, it turned out to be holiday progremme, so the programmes were not running. I was supposed to help out with the disabled children, something I would have loved to do, and, as a bonus, would also look good on my resumé. Unfortunately, all I got to do now was just 'play' with the other kids from the townships, to keep them busy. Fun, but not what I had signed up (and payed!) for.

If you are not that keen on volunteering and just want to party a lot, then I can definitely say that it is the place to be. Real volunteering? I honestly do not know, but definitely not during the summer holidays. Very disappointed.

Response from SAVE Volunteering

Dear Volunteer, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience. We have since amended our programme over the December holiday period. All schools are closed over this period, however there is always children in the townships that do not go away over the festive period. SAVE still runs its volunteer programmes to cater for these less fortunate kids.

We do make a point of making the volunteer aware of the programme changes when they book over this period as SAVE runs projects up until and including the 25 December.

We are sorry if this was not communicated to you at the time of booking. Your contribution was still meaningful and brought joy to the children that was not fortunate enough to go away or celebrate Christmas like we all know.

Regards,

Sergio Dreyer
Chairman of SAVE Foundation

No, I don't recommend
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Marc
10/10

Thank You

Thank you save for everything! it was an amazing experience that i will cary with me for the rest of my life. I thought that i would come to change south africa and cape town but eventually cape town changed me!

Yes, I recommend
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Martine
10/10

Surf&Adventure

I had ten amazing weeks in Cape Town! It turned out to be way better than I ever expected. I was so lucky that I worked on three different places; the computer project, Sarah's, and Elundini! It is fantastic to work at all of those places, and a pretty big challenge as well!
I made a lot of friends during my stay, and I couldn't be more happy! Thank you so much for this awesome time - I will definetly come back!

Yes, I recommend
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Yarden
10/10

Amazing amazing amazing !!!!!!

I was amazed by this project ,at first I thought when arriving in town and sleeping there over an weekend that this project is just gone be one of those normal once. But they proved me wrong this project was amazing and full of adventure programs. The staff members if they say 24 hours available they are actually that .I love all my new volunteer friends that I met and will return to this side again

How can this program be improved?
None ,but 4 weeks is to short
Yes, I recommend
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kimme
10/10

Amazing , Amazing Time

Hi all I had one amazing time in south Africa ,I was there for four weeks on the disabled project .The first day In South Africa I was welcomed and greeted by the wonderful staff of Save .They gave us an full orientation of what the projects is all about and the area we stay in .the Monday I started on the project called Elundini (disabled Project)I was introduced to the teachers and classrooms by our Volunteer coordinator ,they explained to me about the projects and some of the kids.My time spend there was very short and for this I will come back to participate in the projects again. So save staff great job and well done ,see you all again .

How can this program be improved?
everything was good
Yes, I recommend
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patrick
9/10

Disabled Project (Elundini)

I was here for 4 weeks and in the township de noon on Disabled project called Elundini.The project was really good and I really enjoyed my time spend there .I will return to south Africa and come and volunteer and that project again .

How can this program be improved?
I will get more sponsors in to help with equipment and needs for kids
Yes, I recommend
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Josh
10/10

Best thing I've ever done.

I have now volunteered twice with SAVE. Both time were amazing. The kids you work with are amazing and you create a real bond with them.

The other volunteers become like a family and this includes the staff as well.

It would be impossible for me to think of any negatives.

On the second visit I spent christmas day at the Salty Crax hostel and that was the best christmas day of my life.

I'd encourage anybody thinking of doing a project with SAVE not to think twice and just do it. The only hard bit is leaving.

How can this program be improved?
No critical feedback whatsoever.
Yes, I recommend
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liv
9/10

Babes Educare is Awsome !!!!

Hi I was an volunteer here at Save for January ,I was here for 4 weeks and was on an project called babes educare centre in the township De noon .The first day when I arrived there things was so different to the way I have seen in my country .There was a lot of kids in one small area and they all speak Xhosa .The next day my coordinator was with us on the project and he knew the kids and showed us what to do and split the kids in to they age groups .I have teach the children some great things for my time being there and they have touch my live forever .I can still see the smile on they faces when all of us volunteers arrived 'teacher ,teacher "I will be back in near future and I loved my stay there .thank you save

How can this program be improved?
there is just to many people giving us orders what to do and where to go.
Yes, I recommend
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Simone
10/10

surfing project

I have done the surfing project for 3 weeks and it was amazing. The accomondation was at the.beginning realy cold because the window was broken and it was during the winder time. But i got use to it. The stuff there us really friendly and helpful. In the morning i worked at a pre-school and it was a great expirience. I learned a lot about growing up in a township and start to be thankfull for my own life and childhood.
In the.afteenoon came the older kids to us for surfing.Thies was a little das because of the weather we just could go for surfing 4 times with the kids. Maybe july and august are the wrong time for doing this project.
All in all i really loved my time in Cape town and i wont miss One single moment.
I will.defnetly come back!

Yes, I recommend
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Molli
10/10

A Life-Changing Experience

This has been my second time back with SAVE, and I can once again say that I had an amazing time!
The surf project is a lot of fun because you can often go to the schools and help out in the morning and still surf with the kids in the afternoons. It's so nice to be able to give the kids something to do after school!
The SAVE and Salty Crax staff are all awesome people..it's so cool to meet people who can work hard and play hard :)
I love living in the volunteer houses as well, they are super comfortable and great for the social aspect of volunteering!
Overall, this experience has changed the way I see the world and the way I want to live my life. One of the best parts is that I now know people from around the world that I will never forget, and that I'm glad to call good friends.
If you're looking to help people and maybe help yourself in the process, then SAVE is the perfect place for you!

How can this program be improved?
I signed up through an agency, and they weren't very clear on the SAVE program at all!
Yes, I recommend
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Michael
9/10

Volunteering in SA

I did the adventure surf club program for ten weeks and i totally loved it.
It is amazing to see much fun the kids have and how fast they learn.
Also for me it was very nice to meet new people from all over the world and the fact that you can learn how to surf makes it even nicer ;)
I had the time of my life ;)

Yes, I recommend
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Lexi
10/10

Cape town

Best experience of my life! I stayed at saltycrax over the summer and worked under Nikki. She was the best project leader ever and made the experience perfect. The projects we worked on changed my life and all I want is to go back!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing!
Yes, I recommend
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Adams
10/10

Can't Wait to Get Back

In June 2011, I stayed at SaltyCrax and participated in a SAVE program. We volunteered on weekday mornings and afternoons, and we would have the evenings and weekends to ourselves.

My group (10 women) volunteered at an elementary school in the morning, and each volunteer got to help in a classroom by herself. We got to learn more about the students and the teaching environment, we established connections, and I really miss my kids! In the afternoons, we went to a township and helped prepare the foundation for a preschool. Despite not speaking the same language, the people of the township and our volunteer group got along well. Smiling faces and genuine concern go a long way.

In our free time, the staff was extremely helpful in providing ideas of things to do. During my stay, I went to Robben Island, saw a play at the Artscape, took a walking tour of Cape Town, went on a wine tour, and more. The staff made us feel safe and comfortable, and helped us arrive at all of our destinations.

I have been waiting to save money and return, but my only reservation is the cost of a plane ticket! Otherwise, I would fly back immediately!

How can this program be improved?
If I had to think critically of complaints, they would only come from American privilege. For what SAVE has, it is amazing as it is and satisfies all needs and desires. If you need absolutely anything, the staff is friendly, welcoming, and ready to help.
Yes, I recommend

About SAVE Volunteering

SAVE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization (NPO) that assists communities in Africa. We are NOT a booking agent, all of our community projects are run and funded by our local NPO/ Foundations on the ground. Our work involves setting up...