Surfing and Volunteer Project in Cape Town
Surfing and Volunteer Project in Cape Town
Duration: from 3 Weeks
Countries: South AfricaSpend your Gap Year with Gap Year South Africa learning to surf or improving your surfing, coaching surfing and assisting under-resourced school children through education, sports coaching, environmental awareness and/or health awareness in local communities in Cape Town, South Africa.
Surfing Volunteer Projects in South Africa
While participating in the Gap Year South Africa Gap Year surfing project you will not only learn how to surf or improve your surfing but gain exposure to the surfing lifestyle and culture of the local community. Our Gap Year South Africa surfing project is a step by step introduction to surfing and/or an improvement programme for your surfing. As part of your experience you will also assist professional surfing coaches in coaching people from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Community volunteering forms an integral part of this project. Each morning will be spent in our partner under-resourced local community school. You will be contributing to the lives of underprivileged children through education, sports coaching, environmental and health awareness.
Gap Year South Africa surfing projects typically involve the following daily activities:
◦Community volunteering (all morning)
◦Learning to surf (afternoons)
◦Assisting in delivering surf coaching sessions (afternoons)
◦Learn about the day to day running of a surf school and surf shop (afternoons)
◦Exposure to the surfing lifestyle (everyday)
The Gap Year South Africa surfing projects are co-ordinated under the expert guidance of professional champion surfer and coach Roxy Towill. Our projects are run in conjunction with our partner Roxy and Quiksilver Boardriders Surf School and Store based on the Muizenberg beach front. You will be provided with full access to the surfing facility including hot showers, change room, lockers and use of all necessary surfing equipment (board and wetsuit). Our surfing project also entitles you discounted prices on all in store products. The Gap Year South Africa surfing project will require you to be outdoors on a daily basis. Surfing provides you with healthy exercise as well as familiarising you with the sport of surfing.
The Gap Year South Africa surfing project includes the following surfing lessons:
◦ABC basics of surfing
◦Wave predictions and weather charts – how to correctly chart the weather conditions and predict optimum conditions for surfing
◦Types of surf breaks – learn the difference between split peaks, multiple random peaks, point breaks, reef breaks and beach breaks
◦Fitness for surfing – you will learn about fitness for surfing and how to get the most out of your surfing
◦Safety in surfing – all safety procedures will be taught, including basic beach and water rescues
◦Surfboard construction – you will learn the art of board construction, how surfboards are made from the beginning, starting with a polyurethane blank and finished with a polished surfboard.
◦The history and development of surfing – you will learn about the sport of kings and how surfing first started and used to settle disputes between the Hawaiian kings
◦Environmental factors – the ocean ,weather, waves, rips, tides, currents
◦Nutrition for surfing – optimum nutrition for optimum performance
◦Sharks – you will learn in detail about ocean life, sharks and the shark spotting programme
◦Career Opportunities- you will learn about the possible career choices that can be made surrounding the sport
◦Surf rules and etiquette – you will learn how to manage yourself in the line up
◦Introduction to stand up paddle boarding – theory and practical
◦Theory on intermediate surfing (the next level)
◦How to run a surf school and surf shop
◦How to teach surfing lessons
It is not a prerequisite for Gap Year South Africa volunteers to have any prior surfing experience or qualifications. However volunteers do require high levels of passion ensuring they make a meaningful contribution to underprivileged communities. From a mental point of view, surfing increases focus and quick response skills needed for other sports and many aspects of life. It is a known stress relief to take away the pressure of a busy school schedule and personal life.
Gap Year South Africa Gap Year surfing projects volunteerism component contributes towards transformation whilst removing potential access barriers such as cost, elitism, race and gender. The intended beneficiaries of our community projects are young people who have inherently been afforded very little exceptional opportunity.
Gap Year South Africa Gap Year surfing projects are based at Muizenberg Beach, also known as Surfers Corner. Muizenberg Beach break is known to be consistent throughout the year making it one of South Africa’s top surfing destinations. Through your daily surfing and coaching assistance from fellow surf coaches you will not only learn to surf but will be coaching alongside professional surf coaches from the Roxy Quiksilver Surf School with an opportunity to learn a great deal from these qualified coaches.
Your Role as a Volunteer
Putting something back into the local community is an integral part of the BGap Year South Africa Gap Year surfing project. During your Gap Year South Africa Gap Year surfing project you will be volunteering within the local community assisting underprivileged children while experiencing an authentic South African culture.
In addition to your Gap Year South Africa Gap Year surfing project you will be required to select at least one of the following community projects:
Teaching and education
Gap Year South Africa seeks individuals that are passionate and energetic with an enthusiasm for an adventure of a lifetime. If you are a post-school or post-university gap year student, a university undergraduate or postgraduate, or a career breaker, our projects are ideally suited for you. Our excellent surfing projects are tailored for both beginner surfers as well as intermediate surfers. Volunteers must be 17 years of age and above.
Donation of Educational Resources
Gap Year South Africa, with the help of our Gap Year volunteers, also contributes towards sporting equipment and coaching aides enhancing the sporting environment for the children. Our under-resourced partner school certainly does welcome any additional contributions or resources.
You will be based in the South African coastal city of Cape Town, also often referred to as the Mother City. Cape Town is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The impressive presence of the world renowned Table Mountain stands proudly above the city of Cape Town. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn. Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. Together with a warm summer and temperate winter climate and a friendly community, Cape Town is an ideal Gap Year destination throughout the year. Situated 10 hours from the majority of gap year world traveller destinations, Gap Year South Africa is an ideal stop on your global adventure travel. Please click here to visit our destination page to learn more about Cape Town, South Africa.
Accommodation, Food and Transport
You are hosted by the Team of Gap Year South Africa in our comfortable fully furnished house along with all our volunteers. The volunteer house is a very safe and friendly environment within Fish Hoek, a coastal village lying in a valley at the mouth of the Silvermine River, on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula.
Our volunteers stay in dormitory style accommodation with communal bathrooms. The house facilities include a DVD player and television, broadband internet access and a swimming pool. The house is located a short distance from the golden beaches of the magnificent Indian Ocean and conveniently situated within walking distance to a wide range of amenities for all your additional needs.
During the week, Mondays to Fridays, volunteers have all their meals prepared for them by our local team. Meals are not included on Saturdays and Sundays, as experience has taught us that most volunteers tend to explore Cape Town during weekends. Volunteers either purchase and prepare their own meals on weekends or often choose to eat out at local restaurants. Our kitchen is superbly equipped and local supermarkets and restaurants are within walking distance from the volunteer house.
Selection of cereals, toast, tea/coffee and fruit
Packed Lunch consisting of sandwiches, juice and fruit
Full sit-down hot meal and juice
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be welcomed by our Gap Year South Africa Team and be transferred from the airport to the volunteer house. All daily transport to and from the projects is provided.
The volunteer group excursions are selected from a wide variety of exciting activities based in Cape Town. Volunteer group excursions are selected in advance by the Gap Year South Africa team and are subject to change. The volunteer group excursions are selected from a host of exciting activities such as:
◦Explore Cape Point where the cold Benguela and warm Agulhus currents merge
◦Hike up Cape Town's magnificent Table Mountain and return via Cable Car
◦Spend a day exploring all the attractions at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
◦Visit the magnificent two oceans aquarium
◦View the exquisite penguins at Boulders
◦Explore the World of Birds wildlife sanctuary and monkey park
◦Enjoy learning to surf or surfing the waves of Cape Town
The table below indicates the number of group excursions selected from a wide variety of exciting activities that are included as part of your project fee:
Number of group excursions included in your project fee
One group excursion included as part of your project fee
Two group excursions included as part of your project fee
Four group excursions included as part of your project fee
Six group excursions included as part of your project fee
Volunteers will have free time on weekends to explore all Cape Town has to offer. Our team will inform you of all the amazing attractions available to you in and around Cape Town. If volunteers choose to experience any additional excursions above those stipulated as group excursions, these excursions will be at the volunteers own cost. Types of additional excursions available to volunteers include:
◦Snorkel or freedive with Cape fur seals in the exquisite oceans of Cape Town
◦Journey on a Township Tour into a vibrant world of colour
◦Shark Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
◦Scuba dive at the Two Oceans Aquarium
◦Abseiling down Table Mountain
◦Specialised guided wine region tours
◦Robben Island Museum Tour
◦Penguin Sea Kayak Trail Simon's Town
◦Visit the Cheetah Sanctuary at Spier
◦Visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
◦View the African Big Five on a one day safari tour
accommodation, food, airport pickup
Gap Year South Africa specialises in organising volunteer projects in local communities in South Africa. We currently offer a wide range of projects including teaching, sports coaching, marine conservation, surfing and HIV/AIDS & health awareness. Our projects assist in social and economic development and address priority areas such as moral regeneration and social cohesion by our volunteers engaging with the local community and providing essential life skills through teaching, sports coaching and health awareness.
Gap Year South Africa’s volunteers also enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, by having the opportunity to experience a wide range of excursions and activities outside their community development. The challenges and experiences each volunteer encounters within South African communities will empower them with essential skills to be successful whether they are facing university, a new job or career.