At a glance
- Learn from a qualified International Surfing Association (ISA) surfing coach
- Work with disadvantaged children and young adults, and teach them how to swim and surf
- Teach life skills such as teamwork and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle
- Live in Cape Town and surf at one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand beach in the country
Fixed dates throughout the yearSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Learn to surf
If you have little to no experience riding waves, we’ll teach you how! We have a qualified (ISA) surfing coach on hand to give you all the guidance you need.
Teach disadvantaged children and adults to surf
Your main role as a surfing coach in South Africa will be to help run surfing classes for children and adults from local communities. You’ll teach them how to swim if needed, and develop their ability to surf. You’ll also share knowledge about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine ecosystems.
Plan and run educational workshops
Surfing in South Africa can be affected by unpredictable weather and surf conditions, especially in the winter months between June and September. If the weather is bad or surfing isn’t possible, we make alternative arrangements for activities away from the beach.
These activities could include arts and crafts, games, and workshops. Our workshops often cover various topics like nutrition and further environmental education. You can also speak about litter, and how it affects marine life, alongside beach clean-up and recycling activities.
Where will I work in South Africa?
You’ll be based in Muizenberg, Cape Town. The city’s coastline has an abundance of surf spots, from coves with small, gentle swells, to expansive beaches with bigger waves.
Muizenberg is tucked in the elbow of False Bay. The gentle sloping sandy beach and consistent waves make it one of the safest and most user-friendly beaches in the world for beginner surfers. The surf is good year-round and the north-westerly winter winds create an ideal swell with gentle lines and long rides.
You’ll live with a local host family, who’ll welcome you into the community and give you and your group a home away from home.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team
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