Jeffrey's Bay Surfing Project. Learn to surf and teach the less privileged to Surf.

Do you want to work with Children whilst learning to surf, and enjoy the Surfing life in Jeffrey's Bay? if so, Then this is the perfect project for you.

“Share your Love and Care with Underprivileged Children whilst staying in beautiful Jeffrey's Bay at the worlds famous Surfing Spots”.

This project is all inclusive of Meals and Accommodation.

Enjoy your time adding Hope and love into Children's lives whilst living close to the beach in beautiful South Africa. This project offers a free surf lesson, and the opportunity to learn to surf with the children and encourage the children to surf. We also welcome professional surfers or volunteers who already know how to surf.  At the Surf school you will be assisting the children with their home work after school, and there after their reward is to go surfing. We also encourage the volunteers to prepare a short bible study for the children.  The children also love praise and worship and Pray. 

You can choose to join our child care Centre in the Mornings helping with the little children. Or you can choose to join our Surfing project on its own.  If you choose to Join both projects then child care runs from 7:45am - 1pm followed by a 1 hour lunch break, and then surfing starts at 2pm when the children finnish school. Please let us know if you plan to join our child care project in the mornings or if you only want to join the Surfing project only. 

The Leaders at the child care say: "We saw the need at our local township to teach life skills to the children, so we decided to come alongside the children and invest in their lives showing them the love of Christ and teaching them life skills.  The children that we work with come from very poor backgrounds.  There-fore our hearts are to show them the Love of Christ and to walk alongside them bringing them into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Surf school was started out of a desperate need for education, parenting and caring (especially after school hours).  Many of the children were left alone to care for themselves or were being looked after by members of the community whilst their parents worked.  The children need help with their home work daily. Some of them have no parents. We encourage the children and help within the school and child care center's with activities for the Children.  As a Volunteer you will assist the children with home work after school and some bible study and there-after you and the children will have the opportunity to go Surfing at Jeffrey's Bay main beach. In the mornings you can join our child care project before surfing if you would like too teaching children new skills, arts and crafts, Bible Study, Pray and worship, and helping with general activities at the child care center.  The children really need 1 on 1 interaction. If you want to prepare a lesson or Bible study with the children, then you are welcome to liase with the classroom Teacher to do so.

When Joining our Location at Jeffrey's bay, we encourage you to bring your God given talents, and share this with the children in need.  (Please discuss your talents with the leaders) so they can organize for you to help in the areas of your talents.  You will have the Opportunity to get involved in extra projects we run (at no extra cost). 

*Child care and teaching Project - reading, arts and crafts, assisting with home work and bible study with the children.

*Learning to Surf and teaching the less privileged children to surf, bringing them the (bible) word.

*Counciling one on one with the children.

*Church on Sundays and Getting involved in the Church Serving if you would like too. We all attend Victory Church in Jeffrey's Bay.

*House to House visits to pray for people in the Jeffrey's Bay township and community.

*House to house Evangelism in the Townships

*Arts and Drama with the children at the child care center. 

Please do let us know on arrival during Orientation, what you expect from your time here with us? and what your talents are.  Its in our best interest for you to have the best time whilst you are with us and we want you to feel like your time has impacted the Less Privileged people (whilst you are with us).  

The Surfing program runs daily – Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm or you can join our child care center until 1pm and then Surfing from 2pm to 5:30pm.  The child care centre also runs daily Monday to Friday except During the school holidays you are most welcome to get involved in our other activities when the school is closed. We also help out at an orphan center over the school holidays.  

(Please note school holidays are: 28th March - 9th April, 23rd June - 16th July, 29th Sept - 28th October, 11th December - 16th January, the schools are closed on these dates, however our other projects do still run on these dates, so you are most welcome to get involved in our Surfing project, school to school ministry work, joining our child care and orphan care center and helping out at the Church on weekends).

This location runs all year round except from dates 20th december - 5th January.


Volunteer programs begin every Monday of each month (Please arrange for your flight to arrive at PORT-ELIZABETH Airport on a Monday) If this is not possible then please make sure your flight arrives on a Tuesday, however we do prefer it if you can arrive on a Monday.  Volunteers can choose from 1 week to 96 weeks.  You will be given a 90 days visa free of charge on entry into South Africa as long as you Hold a EU, British or American Passport.  Please let customs know that you are here on Holiday visiting South Africa.

Prices include: Free Surf lesson, Meals Monday to Sunday, free wi-fi, Airport pickup and drop off and a welcoming from our Staff.  Safe and Secure and Neat Accommodation at Jeffrey's Bay Ywam base, Pick up and Drop off for Church on Sundays and an Orientation of the Jeffrey's bay area. (You will be shown where the banks and shops are and we will assist you in getting a sim card for your phone and wi-fi on your phone too).  You will have the weekends free to explore the garden route at your own cost to hire a car. Car hire is around $25-$30 a day. The volunteers usually hire cars together. We, as an organisation use a tour agent to book all our volunteers tours (they offer our volunteers discounts on tours and safaris) You can visit the Big 5 game park which is close by and enjoy many other amazing excursions on the Garden route.

Prices exclude flights, travel insurance and visas. (You will get a free 90 day visa on entry).

To Register with us there is a once off Fee of $270 / £207 (a once off registration fee). This registration fee Reserves your place with us and does not have an expiry date. This fee covers the office running costs at Volunteer in South Africa, as well as our feeding program at 


Meals and accommodation included:

Stay for less than 1 month:

Fee per week if you stay for less than 1 month: $319 £246 273 euros 440 AUD R4700
Fee for the 1st week only (includes airport return): $399 £307 342 euros 548 AUD R5820

Stay for more than 1 month:

Fee per week if you stay for more than 1 month: $281 £216 240 euros 386 AUD R4095
Fee for the 1st week only (Includes airport return):  $351 £270 301 euro 482 AUD R5115

What do your fees pay for?

·         Registration Fee – Web-design Costs, Program marketing costs, administration costs, Volunteer in Sa fund and feeding the Less Privileged people, communication costs with volunteers. 

·         Volunteer Program Fee – Airport pick up on a Monday /Airport Drop off on a Monday, Basic Orientation, Free Surf Lesson, Program supervision and welcoming by staff at airport, Safe, Neat and Secure Accommodation at Ywam Jeffrey's bay, Free Meals Monday to Sunday 3 meals a day, Free wi-fi, Project running costs, Transport to and from Church on a Sunday.  Please note all our prices are quoted in USD rate. So please check the updated exchange rate against the USD rate if you are not from USA.

What additional costs will you have?

The Volunteer must provide for the following:

·         Visa (you will get a 90 day visa on entry to South Africa free of Charge if you hold a : UK, USA, OR EUROPE PASSPORT. Please let customs know you are visiting on Holiday, flights, Travel insurance.
·         All volunteers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure
·         Mobile phone. A variety of mobile network carriers provide good coverage for both mobile phones as well as internet facilities.  You may let your service provider know you are coming Abroad, or you may buy a South African Mobile Phone at the cost of around $20 for a cheap phone and Data at around $5 a week. The cheapest option is to buy a South African phone when you get to South Africa. Please ask our staff for a letter stating our Adress so you can buy a phone.
·         Watsapp and BBM do work in South Africa to message abroad (as long as you have a android phone, Smart Phone or Blackberry phone and you may put roaming on your phone before departure). 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.
·         If you wish to do activities on the weekends then you will need to bring extra money for this.
·       flights and Travel insurance need to be booked by you at your own cost.


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