Volunteer on the Garden Route

Come and experience life on the Garden Route of South Africa while making a difference to someone else’s life!

In this idyllic seaside location we are not immune to the social ills that plague our beautiful country. We identified the need to empower our community, first and for most the children. Since then our surf and adventure project has formed the backbone of all our social responsibility initiatives.

Our community development project aims to uplift the most vulnerable children in our society by providing mentorship and an opportunity to learn through sport.


  • Bring joy and make a difference to the lives of the children.
  • Get to know diverse South African cultures.
  • Take part in amazing day trips that are arranged on a daily basis
  • Experience life on the renowned Garden Route of South Africa. Your residence is across the road from an untouched beach which is part of the Wilderness National Park
  • Weekends are free so volunteers have the freedom to explore the area or to partake in a day trip, tour or safari. 

Project Information 

Sedgefield is located on the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province, 5 hours' drive from Cape Town and 3 hours from Port Elizabeth. The closest airport is George Airport which is approximately 50 minutes' drive from Sedgefield. 

"The Afro Surfers" is a community driven initiative that was started in May 2015. The program takes children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities out of the townships and exposes the children to opportunities and experiences they would not ordinarily have had. Our program aims to teach valuable life lessons through sporting activities, adventure activities, teamwork and educational classes.

In addition to surf and swim lessons volunteers are also work at local pre-schools / kindergardens. These schools are for children aged between 0 - 6 years old. 

Volunteers Role 

Monday - Friday, from 08:30 - 13:00 - Pre-School 

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, from 14:30 - 17:30 - Surf Project

You are expected to be involved with the children - playing with them daily, assisting them with basic educational activities and keeping them occupied during this time. You will be dropped at your project at 08:30 to begin preparation for breakfast or to play with the children while other staff members prepare breakfast. Thereafter, you help with feeding the children and cleaning up afterwards. Then there is time for some creative activities which involves helping the children to manage crayons, cutting, gluing, etc. At 12:30, most children take a nap. A typical day working day at the preschool would end at 13:00 for Volunteers.

Volunteers need to be able to swim to take part in the surfing project. Surfing is NOT a prerequisite to be part of the surf program. You will be expected to assist the surf / swim instructor with various tasks which include; assisting the instructor with surf / swim lessons, packing equipment away, transporting equipment, assisting with meal preparations and so on. 

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.


Volunteers will stay in volunteer apartments which are shared with other volunteers. The accommodation options are either 4 sleeper dormitory style bedrooms or a private single room. Kitchens and bathrooms are communal, Wi-Fi is available, beds, mattresses and linen will be provided, males and females may share accommodation unless otherwise requested. Laundry facilities are available at an extra cost.


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