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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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
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Florian
10/10

Awesome Time

On of the best experience I ever had! The people are great as well as the stuff you are doing during your stay. The Volunteering was a lot of fun and it was something I will never forget.
The People of SAVE were every time there if you had a question. They organized a lot of things to give us as volunteers an awesome stay!
The house and the service was very good!

Yes, I recommend
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Fredderick
8/10

Great Time

I was on the Surf and Swim program at Save,for me the 8 weeks that I have been here was awesome and loved it .In the morning we all go out to the settlement area called De noon ,where we will be teaching Xhosa children how to do the alphabet and count .Also to the staff members of Save in south Africa well done on an great job you guys are doing there.I hope you all the best for the future and I will see you all soon .

Yes, I recommend
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Katja
9/10

Great working experiences

Working in Skandal is amazing. I am having so much fun and learning a lot about how to work with kids. The project is great. The social is great and so much fun. I am having the time of my life. Thanks !

Yes, I recommend
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Amanda
8/10

Group dynamics

I think there's some trouble sometimes within the group of volontueers, it would have been nice to have all volounteers into coming upp with ideas for activities with the kids and also better teamwork

How can this program be improved?
I would like to have more structure, like plans and goals for the activities with the children. For example: teach the kids how to handle different types of colors(watercolour, acrylic paint etc) so it's easier for new volunteers to get the idea of how to handle the days with the kids. I think it would be good also cause then the kids get some more consistency even though the volunteers changes.
Yes, I recommend
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Cal
10/10

Great Expereince

Before arriving at Save I didn't have a clue what to expect. But since being here I can 100% say that it has been such a good experience. The projects are well organised keeping you busy, the social side is great meeting lots of people from all around the world sharing day to day life with them and Save really do look after their volunteers with great Volunteers houses and cool socials.

I would definitely recommend volunteering with SAVE, wish I could stay for longer.

Advice: Don't come for less than 4 weeks!

Yes, I recommend
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Amir
9/10

ELUNDINI VOLUNTEERING

*It has been an amazing experience for me to volunteer with disabled kids.
*I brought my speaker to put music to the kids for dancing.
*Some kids were extremely difficult to handle: they would punch other kids and me, hold me and never leave.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe it would have been helpful to get explanation about the disabilities and how to handle them before the start of the program. And maybe learn some principles of education (to enhance discipline for example).
Yes, I recommend
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Iris
8/10

SAVE highlights

The highlight of SAVE are the great kids and the amazing staff that helps them achieve their goals.
Great to see that even children with disabilities get a chance to go to school. The teachers have a lot of patience and without them those children wouldn't interact the way they do now!

Surfing and swimming with the kids is also awesome because it's so much fun to see them laugh and enjoying themselves.

One thing that makes this experience perfect are the other volunteers and all the things you can do in and around Cape Town. The activities organized by the SAVE staff and all the fun things you can do just by yourself are great.

So don't hesitate, just go!

How can this program be improved?
The food isn't that great, except the Braai ofcourse!
But there are enough options to cook yourself or go out for dinner.
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...