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 83 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.2
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Meredith
10/10

Wonderful experience

I have traveled before but never volunteered abroad. This gave me a whole different perspective of the culture. It was so rewarding to work with children and help them learn as well as learn from them. The other volunteers and SAVE staff were all great and I did not want to leave this project once it was over. It was the most well rounded traveling experience I have ever had.

Yes, I recommend
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Jennifer
10/10

My life changing South African experience

Throughout the duration of my five weeks spent in South Africa I had the pleasure of teaching a class of 0-3 year olds at Babes Educare in the township of Du Noon. These were some of the most affectionate children I have ever encountered in my entire life. I woke up every morning excited to arrive at the school knowing that as soon as I cracked open the front door I would be bombarded with an endless amount of hugs and kisses as the kids chanted “teacher! teacher!” I will never forget my first day at the crèche- I had absolutely no idea what I was doing… Taming the classroom was way harder than I ever expected. The principal of the school heard the ruckus from outside the classroom and as soon as she entered, the kids immediately scurried to their seats and threw on their most pleasant and innocent smiles- they had such a genuine admiration for her. She explained to me the dynamics of the classroom; 5 students on the reading carpet, 6 students with the building blocks and 6 students with the toys. Easy enough, right? Well, it took some time, but after about a week and a half of attempting to master my “angry face” I finally gained some respect. Every day was truly an adventure with these hooligans, they never failed to make me laugh until I had tears strolling down my face. After five weeks you can only imagine the connection I formed with each and every one of my students- I never thought it would be so hard to say goodbye. On my last day of project, the principal visited my classroom once again… this time, as opposed to helping me control the kids, she came to inform me of what an incredible job I had done working with them. She recognized how much I loved them and said she’s never seen anything like it. She wished me safe travels and hoped that I would return to Cape Town in the near future. This warmed my heart more than you will ever know. My time spent in Cape Town, was unlike anything I have ever experienced. I will never forget the feeling of utter bliss that filled my entire body when I would return to the hostel after a work day. Knowing that I was making an impact on these children’s lives was enough to satisfy me. I will be returning to Cape Town hopefully this December and I cannot wait to watch my students continue to grow and excel in all of their endeavors.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing about this program I would make sure that each volunteer was required to stay at least a month. It is a tease on the children to fall in love with their teacher who is leaving in a week or two. It would help to form more of a connection with the classroom.
Yes, I recommend
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Bonnie
4/10

Elundini School for Disabled Students

I volunteered at the Elundini School in DuNoon. Very disorganized program and SAVE leader. No follow through with students that need specific programs and materials. Seem to only care about monetary donations.

Response from SAVE Volunteering

Hi Bonnie.

Thanks so much for the very valuable feedback.

We are here to ensure the volunteers and projects benefit in the best way possible.
I apologise for the project leader not assisting and we have put into place further structures to ensure this does not happen in the future.

Elundini is one of the hardest projects we have, it is emotionally as well as physically draining.
The school is currently being licensed as a fully registered care centre by the government. This means that structures and curriculum are now enforced by the education department.
We look forward to a great 2015 with the school and kids and thank you for you support and time on the project.

Thanks Carla

No, I don't recommend
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Mitchell
10/10

Variety

SAVE offers a variety of projects which makes it possible to work at all kinds of places. You can work with children, disabled and healthy, help building a garden in a settlement or build a jungle gym; everything is possible.

During the surfproject I participated in, you start the mornings by working at a creche with children from the age of 2-6 years. If you want you can always ask to go to another project in the mornings. So if you think another project suits you better, or if you just want to work with disabled people for once in your life; SAVE offers it all. This variety of projects gave me the opportunity to learn working with (disabled and healthy) children and do some communitywork once in a while.

During the afternoon I went back to the volunteerhouse, ate a delicious lunch made by Yussef (awesome guy eventhough you cannot hear a word he says), grabbed a wetsuit and surfboard and left to the beach. At the beach you learn to surf yourself after which you can help teach children from a township to surf. If the weather or the waves are dissapointing, volunteers can think of any other sport to do with the children. You learn them some life lessons and the importance of being healthy!

When all the experiences become too much there are enough possibilities to relax. We used to go out to grab some drinks and dance in the evenings or just relax together. When you have the weekends off you have enough time to do whatever you want, a safari, shark cage diving, the movies, mzoli's (awesome!). Whatever you want to do, there is always someone that wants to join you and your programleaders will be happy to call you a cab or just join them yourselves.

To summarize; SAVE is an amazing organization driven by the right enthusiastic people who will join you in great and bad times. You will become part of their family and you will want to go back the second you set foot home.

How can this program be improved?
In my view SAVE can do a better job with (online) marketing by using things like Facebook or twitter more efficient.

Since SAVE is based on donations it is running as good as it possibly can. The only way the program(s) can be improved is to gather more resources. The SAVE team is always listening to the volunteers' ideas for improvement and if possible use these ideas to improve the programs.
Yes, I recommend
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David
10/10

Indescribable

We taught 126 children to count to 20 in english. Together with people that was at first was strangers, which eventually became life long friends, the experience I shared with them is something I always refer to as indescribable. The children was between 1- to 6 years old and we taught them more than just counting. We taught them how to differ colors, what the meaning of the 7 days of the week stands for, the 12 months of the year and how to differ a square from a triangle. But most importantly, we gave them our love. And they gave back a kind of love that I think is very rare and precious. Everyday we woke up, ate breakfast together with the volunteers and was given a ride to different projects. At my project, we had control over 126 children in 2 separate houses. What most people think is that these children needs more attention and that is of course extremely true. The children in poverty needs us. But what most people doesn't understand, is that we need them. More than ever. I have learned so much about values after participating in SAVE Volunteering. The best thing was the first time 67 children at the same time screamed my name when I entered the school in the early morning. They did that every morning until I left after that day. It is definitely the highlight but also a big difficulty because the last day was very sad and emotional. I would love to hear their voices, to see their bright smile and to give them hugs and love every day of my life. As a poor student, I learned how much I can give individually and realized how big of an impact we can all do together.

How can this program be improved?
I would prefer more volunteers to the project I was on. We were 8 volunteers (in general) in charge of 126 children and sometimes it was very hard to maintain control. In the start our water source that we gave to the children was very limited but we all changed that by buying a big water tank so we could provide a bigger amount of water to each child.
Yes, I recommend
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Maurice
9/10

Life changing event

My visit to South Africa and the SAVE project was life changing, it was the perfect balance between volunteering during the week. With working days from 08.00 till ~15.30 and doing socials and having fun after and in the weekends. The impact we made on the childrens life was amazing, and that's the reason I'm going back in November! Great staff and a perfect location for the volunteers to stay.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing, it would be the communication between project leaders and volunteers. Sometimes there was miscommunication or even no communication at all.
Yes, I recommend
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Monica
10/10

2 amazing months

I spend two months in Cape Town at the adventure surf club. I worked 4 days per week, before noon we where at "Babes crèche" to teach children between 2-5 years basic English, and in the afternoons we taught children how to surf. I am really glad I did this , I had so much fun! The other volunteers were very nice and we had a really good time together.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would have changed was the directions what to do at the crèche. Many volunteers, including me, don't have any teaching experience. Especially not how to teach small children.
Yes, I recommend
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Eddie
9/10

SAVE Experience

On a day to day basis, we were informed on what were needed to do on that day. Because of the holiday recess, the organizational skills were quite choppy. But overall the staff and volunteers were awesome. I had a great time connecting with the children and the people there. I would definitely recommend this program because of the people I worked with and the children.

How can this program be improved?
Have a plan during the holiday break!
Yes, I recommend
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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

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...