SAVE Volunteering Humanitarian Projects

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Surf project SAVE
Surf project SAVE
Skate project SAVE
Skate project SAVE
My Honey Bees
My Honey Bees
We are doing fingerpaint
We are doing fingerpaint
All my kids.
Pure love.
That smile and those eyes makes me happy.
One day we made moustaches out of PlayDooh. The kids just love fantasy play a lot... and selfies obviously ;)

About

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

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

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

Highlights
  • Help us better the lives of the children on our Humanitarian projects and the Animals on our Wildlife project.
  • Educate children to better their future on our Humanitarian projects and build structures and homes for our animals on our Wildlife projects.
  • Form a relationship with our children and see the world through their eyes on our Humanitarian projects. Protect Africas Wildlife on our Wildlife projects.
  • Learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals on our Wildlife projects. Learn about patience and hard work on our Humanitarian projects.
  • Have a close animal encounter with some of the human tolerant animals on our Wildlife projects. Spend time with children in need of your affection and attention on our Humanitarian projects.

Popular Programs

African Pride Project

You will work on an environmental sanctuary for any captive-bred big cats. Assist animals that once had no hope and learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals.

Big 5 Wildlife Course

A once in a lifetime experience indeed! Experience Africa’s unique environment and wildlife, be part of the difference that returns the environment to its natural, original state.

Shark Conservation Project

Learn about the behavior of Great White Sharks and other species and spend time at sea obtaining help, support, and encouragement from Marine Biologists.

Sport & Youth Development Project

Children living in impoverished communities have a huge need for youth development projects which serve to teach them valuable life skills such as teamwork, structure, discipline and which uplifts their self-esteem through the realization of talent.

Cape Town Community Development Project

The main objective is empowering the local community and supporting them with their basic needs. We regularly distribute food hampers to the underprivileged and clothes in the winter. We engage these communities in regular education, motivation, and social upliftment programs and exciting events such as fun at the beach, various sporting activities and movie outings that are hosted throughout the year.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 90 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.2
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Florian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Fredderick
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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 .

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Katja
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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 !

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Amanda
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Cal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Amir
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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).
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Iris
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
The food isn't that great, except the Braai ofcourse!
But there are enough options to cook yourself or go out for dinner.
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renee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
More programme for the volunteers to do with the kids
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Nevina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't want to leave...

Time: 5 weeks

#teaching #freetime activities

Highlight:
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

Difficulties:
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

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Marijke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Elundini

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!!

What would you improve about this program?
We didn't have a swimmingpool, but now there is one
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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

I LOVE SAVE!!!

What would you improve about this program?
Leaving... you'll never want too.
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Marc
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
It's pretty much perfect.
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Tom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SAVE

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Nick
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Jacob
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!