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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


based on 75 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.2
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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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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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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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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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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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*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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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
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most amazing experiance of my life

I had such a amazing time, especially with the kids.
They really mean a lot for me.
We really helped the children to keep them of the street and learns them stuff what helps them during there life.
Also the swimming lessons where great, its really helping the kids and they will have profit for they rest of there life.
Its really a family and every helps each other, it was amazing.

How can this program be improved?
More programme for the volunteers to do with the kids
Yes, I recommend
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I didn't want to leave...

Time: 5 weeks

#teaching #freetime activities

THE PEOPLE and the kids

e.g.: the lessons- when they've been able to solve a difficult math exercises by singing the numbers and when they noticed there's no point to be scared of that pushes them and they exceed through exercised which they didn't expect to solve

the love- South Africa shows you, the kids do and the people do without a reason there's just love and good vibe and all this positivity pushes you over all your limits

Using one and the same transparency again and again
the hygienic condition of their school toilets (sad)

I've made many experiences in my life,
I've met many people in my life,
I've visited many different countries in my life,
but there have been nothing which is special enough comparing to the SAVE project. This experience changed my life and since then it gave me this magic click and there's nothing which I am more thankful for...

Thank you Save Project and Salty Crax
for this beautiful time
Nevina from Kapstadtmagazin

Yes, I recommend
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Last year I spent 4 weeks at Elundini project in Dunoon with my daughter. From the picking up from the airport until we left we felt very welcome and experienced a lot of support from the staff. Working at the project is one of the best things I ever did in my life. The women are so warm and the children are so pure. Even with little things you really make a difference for them.
The reason we've chosen SAVE is that the money that's left over goes to the projects. So you help with your time and with some money. While we were there SAVE introduced a townshiptour. You can see how life is in one of the poorest parts of Dunoon, visit the church, learn some Xhosa, cook at a home. It's very impressive and by doing it you are supporting the people.
The social events with the volunteers were Always great, so were the braais verytime new volunteers arrived. Since I'm 55 I didn't join the others in the nightlife, but I never felt standing outside the group.
We liked it so much we'll be going this year again and I can't wait!!

How can this program be improved?
We didn't have a swimmingpool, but now there is one
Yes, I recommend
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The Best Thing I Ever Did

Early mornings during the week spent meeting up with leaders and heading to programs. A bus ride that always turned into fun with singing and jokes took us to do the most rewarding work I've ever done. The people we encountered were amazing (the kids AND the volunteers)! Nights were spent making friends, enjoying the nightlife, and exploring. Never felt unsafe and there was always someone to spend time with!

Highlights: backpacker's pets, braai nights (like a cookout), and the amazing friends I made that are still my friends to this day.


How can this program be improved?
Leaving... you'll never want too.
Yes, I recommend
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Time of my life

Had an awesome time working with all the kids and teaching them English, swimming and surfing. Teaching the kids another language improves their chances of a better life and teaching them how to swim and surf keeps them from the streets and gives them a good time. Also you get the chance to meet a lot of new people from all over the world and have the time of your life.

How can this program be improved?
It's pretty much perfect.
Yes, I recommend
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Save is a really well organized organization which offers lots of different programs including programs with animals and people. I did the surfing project in July and August and even though the weather was not that good to do surfing with the kids I still had an amazing time.
In the mornings you will spend time on the creches with younger kids or at the computer classes doing maths with older kids and in the afternoon you'll do surfing or swimming with the older kids. Before I came here I had never done surfing and thanks to the surfing lessons I got (for free) I know the basics. So surfing skills are not required!
Volunteering for SAVE is more than just volunteer work. You'll meet lots of people from different countries who wanna go out, do day trips and like spending time together. You'll make friends for life and most of them will come back to SA, and so will I!

How can this program be improved?
I would recommend this program to students from 19-24 years old (and not till 31), cause most of the volunteers are around the age of twenty-oneeeee.
Yes, I recommend
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Me and my girlfriend have volunteered at this program for three weeks last february (2013). We worked at a creche to teach the little kids there some English. We had a great time there and at the end of the week we could really see that they picked up what we taught them (how to introduce themselves).

We like to think we made a little impact in their lives, but they definately made a huge one in ours. SAVE really let us bring our own ideas into the program and gave us the responsibility of educating the kids on a day-to-day basis. There was a creche leader there who unfortunately didn't speak English but was very helpful with handeling the kids and looking after the youngest ones.

We had awesome experiences with the kids like taking them to the beach (they had only been there once before) and taking kids from a settlement to a birthday party.
The other volunteers and the people from SAVE were really great. They helped us when we needed them and they provided fun nights out with the other volunteers like bowling night and barbecues.

Sometimes there were little problems like who was going to drive or which people would help at which creche but we really admired how the SAVE people handled things and made sure everybody was happy. This is a great program and a great experience. We want to go back a.s.a.p., if you are thinking about doing it, you should.

How can this program be improved?
A better learning program for the kids, so that they don't learn the same stuff from new people over and over again. Like a goal for which level of English the kids should have at a certain age. That way the kids benefit and learn faster, and the volunteers have a clear idea of their added value in the program.
Yes, I recommend
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Extraordinary experience!

I had an amazing time working SAVE, specifically on the Dunoon program where I assisted in teaching children English which was a very rewarding experience. The children are great and the program is really well put-together. I would recommend anyone who is interested in doing meaningful volunteer work while making new friends to join a SAVE program!

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...