Terms and Conditions of Service

Please read the Terms and Conditions of Volunteer in South Africa / Abreakaway Volunteers carefully before submitting your booking form. By clicking on the box besides the words 'I have read and agree to the Volunteer in South Africa legal terms and conditions' and agreeing to them in the online booking application form, you agree to the following terms and conditions. 

Travelling

The volunteer is solely responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel, specifically including all airfares or other transport costs to and from the host country as well as any local transport costs to site see etc (if we offer transport to and from Projects then this is included in the price). It is the responsibility of the volunteer to carry all necessary documents when travelling abroad. While Volunteer in South Africa may advise the volunteer on required travel documentation, Volunteer in South Africa is not responsible for any supporting documents necessary for the volunteer's travel needs or other purposes.

Insurance in Place

Volunteer in South Africa does not provide the volunteer with insurance of any kind. Travel insurance is mandatory for each volunteer, and the volunteer will need to purchase this prior to departing on the trip. The volunteer is solely responsible for evaluating and determining the type, extent and levels of any insurance coverage they need or desire for their planned volunteer travel period. However, it must cover their entire travel period. 

Our Refund Policy

Compared to similar companies that provide comparable comprehensive volunteer service opportunities, Volunteer in South Africa’s registration and program fees are significantly less than the fees charged by some companies. Therefore we do not offer refunds.
By agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to our no refunds policy.  
By paying us, you agree to making no charge backs on our Paypal account or Claims for the money paid to us via Paypal. 

Volunteer in South Africa Rewards

If you sign up for more than one project in more than one country then we will waiver $30 off your 2nd Registration fee payable. If you refer a friend to join you on the same dates that you are joining us then you will get 50% off your registration fee). Both parties will need to pay at the same time to be legible for this service.

Registration Fees

Volunteer in South Africa reserves the right to revise the registration fee at any time before you have booked. All registration fee revisions will be made via the Volunteer in South Africa website with seven days advanced notice given before they take affect. Registration fee revisions are not applicable to volunteers who have already submitted their online booking before the revisions are due to take affect. A volunteer’s placement on a program cannot be confirmed until registration fee has been paid in full. All registration fee payments attract a 4.5% transaction fee charge to cover PayPal fees (where applicable), bank fees and currency conversion charges.
 
Registration fees are non- refundable should you cancel your trip to come to South Africa.

Program Fees

Details of the program fees are set out on our website. Because Program fees are paid to our partner organizations (either directly on arrival or through us to them) they are not refundable by Volunteer in South Africa. Program fees paid through Volunteer in South Africa by means of online payment, bank or wire transfer will need to have transaction costs covered by the volunteer. Program fee revisions may take place on our website, however are not applicable to volunteers who have already paid their registration fee before the revisions take effect. Program fees are due 30 days prior to the beginning of the volunteer’s program placement. Failure to make this payment can result in a loss of volunteer placement with no refund of registration fee. All program fee payments attract a 4.5% transaction fee charge to cover PayPal fees (where applicable), bank fees and currency conversion charges.
Registration fees and program fees are not transferrable to other persons.

Change of Dates and Duration

Once registered and before they begin their trip, the volunteer is entitled to change their start date and duration once, at no additional cost.

Personal Risks

The volunteer acknowledges and accepts the responsibilities and risks associated with their agreement to travel to, temporarily live in and provide volunteer services in a developing country. Such travel and volunteer work can be often hazardous and involves a certain degree of risk, and personal perils to the volunteer, both foreseen and unforeseen, all of which are fully accepted by and solely assumed by the volunteer. Therefore, Volunteer in South Africa/ abreakaway volunteers/ including any and all of its employees, managers, all directors, shareholders, host families and host country partner organizations are not liable, to the maximum extent of the law, for any loss or harm the volunteer or associates may suffer, including but not limited to loss caused directly or indirectly by:
  • Personal injury;
  • Emotional injury;
  • Death;
  • Illness or disease;
  • Damage to or loss of property;
  • Hostage situations; or
  • War or terrorism.

Indemnity

The volunteer agrees to indemnify Volunteer in south Africa/ Abreakway Volunteers/ all staff/ all members and parties against any and all liability which May incur arising directly or indirectly out of, or in connection (in any way) with, the volunteer's travel to, living in and providing services in the volunteer's nominated country. 

Drug and Alcohol Use

The volunteer must abide by the rules put in place by the organization (volunteer in sa is partnered with), Volunteer placement institution and host family in regards to alcohol consumption. Drug use (unless prescribed by a doctor) is strictly prohibited and will result in instant dismissal from the program with no refund.

Miscellaneous

The volunteer agrees to comply with the partner organization's code of conduct.
 
Volunteer in South Africa reserves the right to use feedback and images provided by volunteers for website materials such as testimonials.
 
Volunteer in South Africa provides a service connecting volunteers to partner organizations. You agree that Volunteer in Sa/ Abreakaway volunteers / all employees are not liable for any actions or omissions of any partner organization.
 
To the full extent permissible at law, all representations, terms, warranties, guarantees, or conditions whether implied by statute, common law or custom of the trade or otherwise, including, but not limited to, implied warranties and guarantees, are excluded.
 
This website is presented solely for the purpose of promoting Volunteer in South Africas / abreakaway volunteers services and those of Volunteer in South Africas partner organizations. This site is controlled and operated by Volunteer in South Africa from its offices in South Africa. Volunteer in South Africa makes no representation that materials in the site are appropriate or available for use in other locations.
 
Those who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible to the extent local law is applicable.
 
Volunteer in South Africa does not warrant or make any representations regarding the correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise of the materials in this site or the result of their use.
 
Volunteer in South Africa and its partner organizations reserve the right to remove the volunteer from the program should the volunteer not adhere to the rules set out.

Force Majeure

Volunteer in South Africa has no liability for any lack of performance, unavailability or failure of the services or its website, or for any failure of Volunteer in South Africa to comply with these terms and conditions, where the same arises from any cause reasonably beyond the control of Volunteer in south africa.

Governing Law

These terms are governed by the laws of South Africa.
 

Cape town learn to Surf and Teach the less Privileged to Surf

Do you want to Learn to Surf and learn to teach working with pre-school children?

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“Work with children and teach the underprivileged to surf”.

The program runs daily – Monday to Friday.  Our aim is to help the children whilst adding hope into their lives. This Project was founder by Mandy Weschta in 2007 which ran out of a council Building on Muizenberg Beach.   We give the children encouragement by teaching them new skills.  These children are from very poor backgrounds. We encourage the children and continue to introduce a good foundation into their lives to teach them life skills, by running educational Programmes – We are teaching the children new skills such as: Surfing, Soccer, Literacy and Reading, Computer literacy and programming, African Drumming and Creative movement, Arts and Crafts program, Ocean Conservation and Environmental Education.  Your help and assistance in running these Projects will be much appreciated. These projects run throughout the year. Each project runs at a different time of the year, however the Surfing and Educational Programmes run throughout the Year.
 
This Project is mixed: Christian and mixed beliefs, If you wish to join a Christian only project then please see our other Projects on our site or ask our staff to recommend the best project for you.  Most our Projects are Christian Run (Please ask our staff which ones are, so we can find the best project for you). 
 
 

Volunteer programs Begin every Monday of the Month.  Volunteers can choose from 1 week to 24 weeks ( long term discounts are available).  Prices include airport pickup, Airport Drop off, accommodation, FREE surf lessons, use of equipment and a brief Orientation.  They exclude flights, travel insurance and visas.

2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks 7 weeks 8 weeks 9 weeks
$662 $825 $985 $1,145 $1,300 $1,460 $1,620 $1,785

Prices exclude the Registration Fee of $295 / £180 (a once off registration fee). This fee will be discounted to $250 / £150 as long as you pay us within 5 days from when you send us your registration form. A percentage of these fees are donated as charity towards the community.

What do your fees pay for?

  • Registration Fee – Web-design Costs, Program marketing costs, administration costs, Volunteer in Sa fund, and communication costs with volunteers. 
  • Volunteer Program Fee – Airport pick up/ Drop off, program supervision, Accommodation in a Lodge, Transport to and from the Project, Free Surf Lessons, Free use of Surfing Gear,  in-country administration costs and staff fees. 

What additional costs will you have?

The Volunteer must provide for the following:
  • Visa (you will get a 3 month visa on entry to South Africa free of Charge if you hold a : UK, USA, OR EUROPE PASSPORT), flights, Travel insurance 
  • All volunteers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure
  • Mobile phone / internet charges/ there are some restaurants that offer free internet at the beach front. A variety of mobile network carriers provide good coverage for both mobile phones as well as internet facilities. Wattsapp and BBM does work in South Africa – you can message overseas with this service if you hold an android / blackberry phone.  It is normally more cost effective to locally purchase pay-as-you-go air-time and data bundles compared to roaming options. However you could put your roam on for text messages to over-seas if you wish too.
  • Spending money for essentials, souvenirs, etc.

Cape Town Surfing Project - Learn to Surf for free and Learn to Teach Children to Surf.

Do you love the outdoors and would love to learn and teach surfing whilst adding hope into a child’s life?

Learn to surf and teach less privileged children to surf.

The program runs daily – Monday to Friday.  Our aim is to get the children off the streets and to stop them begging.  This project is run by David at one of the best learn to surf beaches in Cape town. Fiona and David, say: "They started the project to give something back to South Africa. They were saddened to see these children suffering and resorting to substance abuse because of the neglect they experienced at home.  We wanted them to experience some Joy and love, so we decided to do something about it!” 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

 

Volunteer programs Begin every Monday of the Month.  Volunteers can choose from 1 week to 24 weeks ( long term discounts are available).  Prices include airport pickup, Airport Drop off, accommodation, FREE surf lessons, use of equipment and a brief Orientation.  They exclude flights, travel insurance and visas.

PRICE PER WEEK:

$420 for the 1st and 2nd week

$350 for every additional week

(These prices include a FREE Dinner on the night of arrival, a FREE drive around the Cape town Peninsula, A FREE visit to see the Penguins in Simonstown, 1 night out in the area each week, FREE Cape Town Bus tour, 4 FREE surfing lessons, Unlimited use of Surfing Gear).

Prices exclude the Registration Fee of $295 / £180 (a once off registration fee). This fee will be discounted to $250 / £150 as long as you pay us within 5 days from when you send us your registration form. A percentage of these fees are donated as charity towards the community.

What do your fees pay for?

  • Registration Fee – Web-design Costs, Program marketing costs, administration costs, Volunteer in Sa fund, and communication costs with volunteers. 
  • Volunteer Program Fee – Airport pick up/ Drop off, program supervision, Accommodation in a Lodge, Transport to and from the Project, Free Surf Lessons, Free use of Surfing Gear,  in-country administration costs and staff fees. 

What additional costs will you have?

The Volunteer must provide for the following:
  • Visa (you will get a 3 month visa on entry to South Africa free of Charge if you hold a : UK, USA, OR EUROPE PASSPORT), flights. Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • All volunteers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure
  • Mobile phone / internet charges. A variety of mobile network carriers provide good coverage for both mobile phones as well as internet facilities. It is normally more cost effective to locally purchase pay-as-you-go air-time and data bundles compared to roaming options. 
  • Spending money for essentials, souvenirs, etc

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Travel in South Africa

- To and from our Projects:

Joining Volunteer in South Africa offers you the best time to explore most parts of South Africa if you wish too. This may be the best time that you may have in your life-time...
 
South Africa is truly a Beautiful country. Most our Volunteers choose to visit each of our Projects for 2 weeks, this way you get to explore South Africa in a safe environment (whilst making new friends along the way).
 
Most our Volunteers visit each of our locations and they travel on the www.bazbus.com  (quote Volunteer in South Africa).
 
This Tour service is a great way to see South Africa and especially the Garden route as you will be able to hop on and off the bus and visit each town you choose to stay at for the night.
 
To get a feel for South Africa and especially our Wild Coast Project, copy and paste this link into your Browser: 
http://vimeo.com/47017330 
 

Projects to visit:

Here’s information on how your trip could look (You can choose which location suits you best, or you can visit all our locations):
  • If you visit our Game Park Project then you will get to work with the BIG 5 animals of South Africa (Cheetah, Lion, Buck, Zebra, Elephant) and enjoy driving on the Game Ranger trucks whilst experiencing the Bush life of Africa. You will also get the chance to go on FREE EXPEDITIONS on the weekends to the Worlds highest BUNGY JUMP, Tsitsikamma canopy tours, storms river kayaking and many more fun activities (please note activities are not free, only the tour service).
  • Then you could join our Amazing Port Elizabeth Projects (Soccer, Feeding and Child care) Projects in Port Elizabeth. Here you will get to live right near the beach and explore the beautiful Scenic beach front of Port Elizabeth. Shops are nearby if you want to Go shopping. Port Elizabeth is a Great city in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
  • Then you could Join our Jeffrey’s Bay Backpackers Project or our Surfing project. Here you will get to meet lots of Travellers and you will get a FREE SURF LESSON and get to see the WORLD CLASS WAVE: SUPER TUBES. The billabong PRO contests are held on this beach. Jeffrey’s bay is a well Known Surfers Village based 1 hour from Port-Elizabeth. At this location you will get to work with the children in the township in the mornings and help teach many less Privileged Orphaned children.
  • Then you can Join our Cape Town Project and explore the beautiful Cape. You can climb Table Mountain on the weekends, visit the waterfront and catch the trains to and from different Amazing Tourist attractions. In Cape Town you can get involved in our Surfing project, Child care project and help out with bringing the word to the children and praying with them if you want too. (We do love it if you want to do this at all our projects). Cape Town is a beautiful City. Our project is based on the outskirts of the city in an awesome surfer’s village called MUIZENBERG BEACH. This is the best Learn to surf beach in South Africa and there are shark watchers, so you don’t need to worry.
  • Then we have many more Projects in Africa that you can Visit. Please see our site for further information on our other amazing Projects.
You can also fly from each location with the following airlines: 
 
You can also rent a cheap budget car (ask for backpackers rates and let them know volunteer in South Africa referred you for the best price) www.aroundaboutcars.com
The 3 main airports you will need to fly into are either: JOHANNESBURG, PORT ELIZABETH OR CAPE TOWN. We will let you know which airport to fly into before you book your flight.

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