Come and help with eco-projects in a remote Xhosa village outside Hogsback in the Eastern cape


South Africa

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    We are a mixed (Belgian-Xhosa) family of 4 who started a backpackers in Sept. 2012 in a remote Xhosa village just 20 minutes outside Hogsback in the Eastern cape. We are an eco-conscious backpackers. All our water is collected from the roof and harvested in water tanks. Water is heated by our solar boilers or with our hot water donkey. We don't use flushing toilets but use compost toilets instead. We are 90% of the grid and generate electricity mostly from solar panels.
    We are very involved in our community and have set up a number of social programs to create jobs or to generally improve peoples live

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you are interested in learning more about Xhosa culture....this place is for you. Always wanted to know how it is to live in a remote African village away from civilization, buzzing nightlife, restaurants...stay for a couple of weeks. There are public taxis that can bring you around the area.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks on our premises. Tasks at the backpackers include help with the daily running of the backpackers, entertaining guests, maintenance, help in our social projects, help in veggie garden, making pictures/videos for social media and even take over our Instagram account,

    We are also looking for people with special skills like bee keeping or wood work....both for our community projects. We are also in the process of setting up a community farm with local women. If you are passionate about farming and want to help setting up the are more than welcome.

    We are accepting short term volunteers, but are also looking for long term volunteers. If you have time between 6 and 12 moths we can help you with a volunteer visa.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, basic French.

  • Accommodation


    We offer free accommodation in our dorm, free tea and coffee and free breakfast and dinner. No formal qualifications required. Experience is a bonus. You need to be minimum 20 year of age and have lots of energy and enthusiasm and be open to other cultures as you will be working close together with the local community.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Activities we offer during your free time is learning how to make Xhosa bread, go on a day hike to Hogsback, go mountain biking, learn Xhosa, etc.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

A volunteer helping to paint the house. She and her partner also helped marking a hiking trail.

Host ref number: 685878493488