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Support a social enterprise bring income and opportunity to others, through producing high quality handmade products.


"The tours that we done of the townships were really good. its good to see the conditions people are dealing with before we go to work with them."Bailey te Heuheu-Ross, Australia


"Lots of fun and very eye opening. Seeing poverty so close to a major city is informative."Anon


South Africa
3-12 Weeks
Starting at $1260
Hout Bay Backpackers
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.


Make an impact; contribute to sustainable development and have a genuine cultural experience with a passionate and professional African responsible travel company.

Emerging from its apartheid history South Africa’s townships are experiencing the effects of high unemployment, HIV/AIDS, poverty and substance abuse. Many people live without access to basic amenities such as water, electricity and toilets, and rising unemployment.

Working alongside a socially responsible company, the project aims to improve the daily quality of life of South Africans through creating jobs, opportunities and skills sharing with the local community.  They offer a range of high quality, handmade products which are creatively unique and personalised through this process.  You will be based at the company, providing assistance with general business management or with product design and marketing.


The highlights of this rewarding experience include:

  • Supporting local people to develop new skills and gain economic empowerment to provide for their families
  • Develop the staff and your own creative flair and African style
  • Experience the vibrancy of life in a South African Township
  • Embark on a red bus tour of Cape Town, soak up the sun on the beautiful sandy beaches, hike up table mountain and learn about the history of Cape Town


During your stay you will be accommodated in an award winning lodge, opposite the sandy beach of Hout Bay. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. For more information please see the Cape Town Accommodation factsheet.


This project is suited, but not limited, to volunteers with prior business, marketing, creative, or corporate social responsibility experience. The business is well structured and the volunteer focus is more on skills sharing between volunteers and staff, introducing new ideas, and assisting in the daily running of the shop or production centre, and tasks will depend on the length of stay. Volunteers with particular skills sets can be catered for and roles will vary depending on particular skills of the individual volunteer.

As a volunteer you may get involved in many of the following activities:


Assist in the further development of the marketing mix which may include creating marketing plans, pricing strategy, product line development, website design and support, and the expansion of social networking outlets.

Business Development

Assist in the operational development of the company.  This may include logistics and production support; designing and implementing new systems and business practices; improving human resources through staff development and relationship management; and assisting in the development of sound financial practices.

Creative Product Design and Innovation

This option may include further developing the artistic product line through painting, sewing, and the photography of people and products.  Volunteers with art skills, creative experience and a flair for craft would be well suited for this option and the company is always looking for new creative ideas and products to support the local community.

Day in the life of a volunteer:

7:00 Wake up and have your breakfast on the deck overlooking the beach and Hout Bay Harbour!
7:30 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day
8:00 Participate in your chosen project assisting with marketing activities, shop displays, market research, financial management, supporting business systems or training staff
12:30 Time to eat the packed lunch you made that morning with your new work colleagues!
13:30 Your afternoon begins with continuing the work you began in the morning
16:00 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the sea!
18:30 Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax……



Day 1

Fly into Cape Town International Airport (more details in “Arrivals” section in the South Africa Destination Brief) where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you to Hout Bay Backpackers, your home for the duration of the experience. It is a 45-60 minute journey from the airport to Hout Bay.

Day 2

The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience, and what to expect.

In the afternoon you will embark on a Township Tour with an expert local guide who will introduce you to life in a township. The tour takes place in Imizamo Yethu, one of the townships you may be volunteering in.

Day 3

Today you begin your volunteer project! The Project Coordinator will take you to and assist you in settling in at your project. After lunch you have another tour, this time through the Hangberg community. Your tour guide is a local leader who lives in the community and is involved in many of the youth interventions to encourage positive development.

Day 4-5 and other weekdays

You’re now fully up and running as a volunteer, and will go to your project all day – remember to take a packed lunch!

Day 6-7 and other weekends for the duration of your stay

The first weekend of your experience you will be given a one-day bus ticket to the open top red bus tour, which is a great way to explore Cape Town and familiarise yourself on what you want to do! Stops include Camps Bay, Table Mountain, V & A waterfront and Cape Town City Centre. You have the option to upgrade to a two day pass for a small additional fee which is recommended.

Other weekends are free for you to relax or to see more of the scenery and activities Cape Town has to offer!


For 4 week option:

Day 29 Return home

Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Hout Bay and will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport. Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa if on the designated departure day.

For 4 week plus option

Day 29 onwards

Continue with your volunteer project as described in day 5, giving you more time to contribute to your project and experience beautiful Cape Town.

  • Comprehensive 24 hour, 7 day a week support from All Out Africa
  • Volunteer projects specifically designed to enable you to make an active contribution during your stay
  • Support of volunteer project coordinators who are experts in their fields which ensures the volunteer experience is valuable
  • Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture and your role as a volunteer upon arrival

All food and accommodation throughout your stay


You can also add the following activities to your adventure of a lifetime prior to or upon arrival:

  • See the penguins at Boulders Beach and explore one of Africa’s most southern points, Cape Point National Park
  • Visit the Cape Wineries nestled amongst beautiful mountains
  • Tour along the spectacular garden route and explore the beaches, wildlife and adventure activities such as bungy jumping and tubing
  • See the great white shark up close and personal in a shark cage diving experience

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