Help at our community tourism project near Coffee Bay, South Africa



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our lodge is regarded as one of the world's most successful community tourism projects. It is situated in one of the most remote and beautiful coastal villages in South Africa and is located within the heart of a traditional Xhosa community. It is a wonderful place to experience authentic, traditional Xhosa culture while living on a paradise beach. The lodge is totally off-grid and run on ecologically sustainable principles. We use tourism as a tool to address poverty and rural development, creating jobs for 30 community members.

    PLEASE NOTE : We only accept applicants that are able to stay for at least two weeks. Longer stays will be considered after the initial month.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in a traditional African village where the people speak a click language ("Xhosa", the language spoken by the Wakanda people in the Black Panther movie) then the lodge is for you. Come and learn about our culture and how we self govern though community engagement.

    We are a very traditional community where electricity has not yet arrived but at the same time, super friendly and welcoming of visitors who come and stay here. You will get a chance to live real village life and at the same time get to meet interesting foreigners who come from all over to experience the project. If you surf, we have great (little-known) waves (with lots of dolphins and whales), and we are one of the world's most beautiful natural environments.

    You will also get to learn the practicalities of living off-grid using eco-friendly technologies that keep the lodge in harmony with our natural environment.

  • Help


    We have the following projects on the go and are only taking people who already have skills in these areas as this is a rural community tourism project and we hope you'll transfer your skills and knowledge onto our staff in return for a cultural exchange.

    We are unable to give people the opportunity to learn new skills, but require people with particular skills to teach our staff who have never been in a position to travel and experience tourism outside of our village. This will help ensure the sustainability of this project, and that tourism continues to be a tool for addressing poverty and rural development in our community.

    1. Content Creators - We need help with creating content for our various social media platforms daily whilst working with our staff and interns to skills them up on how to do this themselves for the business.

    2. Carpenter/builder/DIY - We need assistance restoring and maintaining the wooden doors to our accommodation and other furniture. Please send links to work you've done and references and how you could help our staff to learn new skills

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Xhosa: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Come and learn an African language!

  • Accommodation


    Depending on our occupancy will determine your accommodation. If possible you get to stay in the same accommodation as guests but may need to move if we become full. We have a volunteer room which is basic and also holds suppliers for the business. There are communal toilets and showers shared with our lodge guests.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When not at the lodge, you can explore our beaches, forests and rivers, go horse-riding, canoeing or get a massage. The local traditional herbalist will take you into the forest and teach you about traditional plant medicines or you could just go spend the day with the village women hanging out. No-one ever got bored here!

    The nearest towns are Coffee Bay and Mthatha. We are remote and off-the-grid. MTN and Cell-C networks are the only "working" towers in the area. Please note, we have limited WiFi access-- only available for online volunteering work, not for personal use.

    The lodge has a shuttle 4 times per week, which you can use for free. We are based in a rural area and only collect/drop off on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays - Please ensure you apply on one of these days for your arrival and departure.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Digital nomads are able to join us in a pristine location immersed in natural beauty to inspire creativity and their best work. Being 100% off grid and in a rural location, digital nomads are able to work when they like and then completely disconnect. We have satellite internet connectivity that allows a few users at a time and is sufficient for video calls.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a secure guest parking area a few hundred metres away from the business that campers can be left in, however it has a small daily fee of R15. Campervans are not permitted to park at the main premises.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    A dog could perhaps be comfortable here, let's talk about it.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 384569187145

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