Come ad be a part of NGO and learn about Xhosa culture in Coffee Bay, South Africa


South Africa

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  • Description


    Our community project is a non-profit organisation based in the rural villages of the wild coast , transkei in South Africa. It is mainly ran and managed by the local people,the population in the area is uneducated and lack motivation to uplift their skills and knowledge for a better future.

    As the project we work in community upliftment and early childhood development,through teaching young people permaculture skills and having a pre-school for children 2-5 years.
    We are based 10km away from coffee bay which is a tourism attraction, and the beautiful landscapes of our surroundings is what makes staying with us an experience of a lifetime

    Our project has looked into the fact that 98% of local children in grade 4 cannot read/write with understanding. The pre-school provide a solid foundation for children but after they move to government school, it gets difficult because the is lack of study material and resources. Looking at this disadvantage for our local children the projects decides to act in helping the children. Most young people in the village are uneducated and we hereby seek any help from people out side the region.

    If you would like to help us help the community, please drop us an email. From there we can trade details such as: your arrival/contact info/what we cater for/your minimalist living conditions here/fun activities and sight seeing's here

    Peace & Happiness!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Being part of our project will expose you to the Xhosa culture, the way xhosa people live their lives. You will get to attend community meetings whereby the people meet up and resolve their issues without going to the police.
    The village is ruled by the headman, and he is also a committee member at our project. During free time we take our volunteers to see a famous Hole-in-the-wall, natural Jacuzzi and caves, dolphin and whale watching. We teach Xhosa language and Xhosa dancing, how to make drums and also play them.

    Working together in shaping the future of a village child, knowing that one day they will be grownups that know how to take care of themselves.


  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    1. We need people that are qualified or have knowledge with farming and maintaining a greenhouse
    2. Someone who can work well with children even if they do not speak the same language, be able to play educative games and sport.
    3. Travelers can help with the contraction of new beds for the garden, painting on our buildings and also teach children painting skills.
    4. We need volunteers to help with our after school activities:
    help rural children know how to read and write
    Teach art and crafts
    improve their English language
    Play games and have fun with local children
    Teach recycling techniques
    how to grow vegetables

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Xhosa: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We provide accommodation, and volunteers can bring their own food.
    1. separate dorms for males and females, they have 4 beds each. The accommodation is based in the project premises, kitchen and lounge area shared by staff and volunteers.
    2. Being in deep villages we do not have flushing toilets, we use long drops that are treated every month. We use rocket showers that are operated by paraffin.
    3. We prepare traditional meals for tea time and lunch, dinner you can cook whatever you like.
    4. During weekend or public holidays we do arrange visits to the near by hostels and backpackers (they are 5 in total), you can stay for free and others give discounts.
    5. water is limited so we try refrain from showering, instead using a plastic bath bucket to stand in and little water to wash yourself.
    6. water is limited so showering everyday is not possible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We provide a local guide that takes you around the area to see local sights.transport can be arranged but mainly we do hikes around the village experiencing the landscapes.

    Most of the young people in the village cannot read or write, that is the result why children cannot read or write because there is lack of motivation. That is the reason we ask volunteers to help us build a future for the next generation, motivate children to learn and have interest in education.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (no food)

Host ref number: 633112227864