LOCATION OF SOUTH AFRICA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Dreams To Reality (DTR) offers volunteers from around the world placement in two communities near the city of Cape Town. These are the Capricorn/ Vrygrond community near Muizenberg and the Imizamo Yethu Community near Hout Bay. Both of these communities are located roughly 30 – 40 minutes outside of Cape Town. The project you choose as well as the demand for volunteers will determine in which community you are placed.
START AND DURATION OF SOUTH AFRICA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Volunteer programs start on the 2nd and on the 4th Monday of each month. Dreams To Reality is a flexible organisation and allows you to choose the duration of your volunteering experience which can be anywhere from 1 week to 6 months.
SOUTH AFRICA VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
In order to become a DTR volunteer, you must meet a couple of requirements. On the commencement date of the volunteer program you signed up for, you have to be at least 18 years old and have a high school education. If you are younger than 18 years old but still wish to become a volunteer, you will have to be accompanied by an adult, caregiver, guardian or parent. Volunteers have to take out travel insurance and will have to provide a criminal background check upon arriving in South Africa. If you wish to sign up as a volunteer for the Surf Outreach project, you have to be a competent swimmer. Similarly, anyone who wishes to participate in the Computer Teaching program has to be computer literate..
HOW MANY OTHER VOLUNTEERS WILL THERE BE?
In the past three years DTR has had approximately +/-1000 volunteers, making us one of the busiest volunteering organizations in South Africa. On average we get about 50 volunteers a month. This means that you will be able to volunteer, share adventures and develop friendships with people from across the world who are also passionate about helping others.
Orientation takes place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month and usually lasts for a whole day. Orientation for the volunteer program will be run by the DTR team that will meet you on your arrival. Orientation is a thorough introduction to all you need to know about your volunteer experience and will provide you with information about the local volunteer communities, placements, projects, Cape Town and everything else the volunteer might need to know in order to have an enjoyable volunteer experience. It will also give you the opportunity to meet and get to know the other volunteers who will be working with you during your stay.
Day 1 (Sunday): Volunteers arrive in Cape Town and are met by the DTR team who transports them to the volunteer accommodation where they will be living for the duration of their stay.
Day 2 (Monday): Volunteers attend the orientation session where they meet the all of the local staff members whom they will be working with. They are also taken around the local community and given a chance to explore the city of cape Town.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Volunteers leave for the project that they signed up for and meet the staff who they will be working with.
As a DTR volunteer, this is what you can expect a normal day to be like:
Each morning, there will be breakfast at the volunteer house.
After breakfast, volunteers will leave to go to their respective programs. They will either take public transport or transport will be provided for them.
Once at their projects, volunteers will meet with the staff of the community project to which they have been assigned.
When your volunteer work for the day ends depends on your chosen project and where you are placed. It can be anywhere from 12: 30 pm to 5 pm.
When volunteers are not working, they are free to spend their time as they choose. For example, they can shop, visit tourist attractions, go to restaurants, or go back to the volunteer house and relax.
Volunteers will have a lunch break which will usually be between 1 pm and 2 pm. If a volunteer chooses to participate in the teaching, sports development or computer training program, it is advisable that you make yourself a sandwich in the morning before leaving for your program as these programs finish between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
Every evening DTR will provide volunteers with dinner at the volunteer house
Weekends: Volunteers do not have to participate in any volunteer work over the weekends. During the weekends, volunteers will have time to indulge in and explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Cape Town. Volunteers can ask to take long weekends if they wish to go on safaris or travel a further away from from the Mother City to places such as the Garden Route.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM CAPE TOWN
Perfectly balanced between Table Mountain and the Atlantic ocean lies the “Mother City”. Cape Town is a cosmopolitan fusion of cultures with a distinctly African heartbeat. Walk through its streets and you will smell spicy Malay cooking, see traditional dancers with painted faces performing, hear people shouting in different languages and be wowed by both the natural and man-made scenery.
While visiting Cape Town, you will never be bored. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront offers a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour. For the adventurous, the sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay offer a range of activities, including shark cage diving. If you prefer to stay dry, hike up or paraglide down Lion’s Head. If you feel like taking it easy, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens in the world, is the perfect spot for some leisure time.
Capetonians pride themselves on their excellent wine routes. Go on a wine tour on the award-winning wine farms set in majestic scenes. The creative freedom and incredible spirit of the city led to it being named the World Design Capital for 2014. Sure enough, live music, art exhibitions, theatre, stand-up comedy, ballet and traditional African dance acts are found around every corner. At night time, head over to Long Street and explore the variety of bars and clubs while a large assortment of restaurants will keep your taste buds buzzing. .
There are plenty of important cultural and historical landmarks in Cape Town. Visit Robben Island and stand in the jail where Nelson Mandela was kept prisoner for 27 years. Or explore the Muslim culture and heritage with the colourful houses and cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap. Table Mountain was named one of the 7 wonders of nature, so be sure to view the city from its flat top.
It’s common for tourists who visit Cape Town to be concerned about the level of crime in the area. But if you follow a few safety recommendations you will still be able to enjoy all that the city has to offer. For example, when driving, keep your car windows shut and your doors locked. Do not drift into unknown areas by yourself. Avoid exhibiting pricey belongings and carrying large sums of cash on you. The Cape Town Safety and Support plane, alongside a devoted Visitor Support Program, strives to simultaneously prevent crimes and assist any tourists affected by criminal activities. So stay vigilant and enjoy your time in the Mother City!
Cape to Addo tours
Cape to Addo tours offer a large variety of tours that will help you make the most out of your time in Cape Town. Their Cape Peninsula Tour explores the unique histories, cultures and people of Cape Town. They also offer weekend tours like their Wine and Whale weekend, Weekend Safari Tour and 3 Day Weekend Safari & Bungee Garden Route Tour. Explore the San culture and the winelands with their West Coast San Culture ‘n Surf Tour. Acquire new skills and go on their sandboarding tour or join them for surfing lessons.
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