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Your Accommodations: The address of the Volunteer house for your first week is: 17 Rhodesia Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. It boasts a central lounge and dining area, a living room with some comfortable couches for socialising and relaxing, prepare for your next day or chat with fellow volunteers, as well as a spacious backyard in the sun to relax or enjoy a South African Braai. The Volunteer House offers 10 bedrooms that can sleep between 6 and 8 volunteers per room. We can cater for a large number of volunteers but you will always have your own space and private storage. We can cater for most dietary needs, but please do let us know beforehand what your requirements are. We also provide a volunteer fridge for your own shopping if you fancy extra snacks or drinks. Just in case, we offer a safe in the office for you to keep anything of value secure while you are here. We offer a laundry service at a minimal fee per week of ZAR80 per pillow case load. Please. Keep in mind that as most houses in Cape Town, the Volunteer House does not have a Central Heating System so IT WILL get COLD during winter! Please don’t forget to bring extra layers and warm clothes during those times.

The Volunteer

house has free Wi-Fi your first week to catch up wit h family and share you r day. On the T our there will be h otspots availab le Your accommodation for the second week while exploring the Garden Route, will be at different backpacker-style accommodation each night. While accommodation will be in dorm-style rooms, upgrades are available which you can confirm with your Volunteer Placement Manager. These hostels have been selected over the years because of their unique setting, vibey atmosphere and safety. Think of nights spent around the fire pit, great views and even greater people! All bedding and towels will be provided with most breakfasts and dinners included. The Tour team does cater for Vegetarian, Lactose Free and Vegan diets but not strict Gluten - free or Halaal diets.


Immediate Surrounding Areas Muizenberg is situated on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town and your Volunteer house is just 3 minutes away from the Beach! This area is one of the major tourist attractions and a surfer’s paradise. You’ll find all kinds of people, from surfers to actors to backpackers and students frequenting the beach and Surfer’s Corner. The area is filled with vibey bars, cafes and amazing restaurants and some of the most popular hiking trails are just down the road. Lots of food markets with live music takes place in the area and there will be a chance for you to explore some of Cape Town’s most unique venues. You’ll be based just opposite a major grocery store for you to do extra shopping should you need. This is an incredibly convenient place to live and most of Cape Town’s tourist attractions such as Cape Point, Kalk Bay, Boulder’s Beach and Chapman’s Peak drive are really close by. Living in this area you’ll get the best of both worlds by living on the beach and surrounded by the mountains while having the city just a short drive away too. The Garden Route is a 300- kilometre (190 mile) stretch of the South Western coast of South Africa which extends from the Western Cape to the border of the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous estuaries and lakes dotted along the coast. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests found along The Garden Route are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of birdlife are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands. In 2017 the Garden Route was added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Country – South Africa is a breathtakingly beautiful country with diverse wildlife and birdlife. It also Proudly hosts the following Eight World Heritage sites: -

Fossil Hominid Sites – Sterkfontein Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape – Limpopo Richtersveld National Park – Northern Cape Robben Island – Table Bay Cape Floral Region – Western & Eastern Cape iSimangaliso Wetland Park – KwaZulu Natal Vredefort Dome – Vredefort Drakensberg Park – KwaZulu Natal/ Lesotho


Steps for planning your trip Make note of the start dates! The Expedition runs for 2 weeks with arrival dates being the following: 2020: 19 January | 2 & 16 February | 1, 15 & 29 March | 12 & 26 April | 10 & 24 May | 7 & 21 June | 5, 12, 19 & 26 July | 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August | 13 & 27 September | 11 & 25 October | 8, & 22 November

ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN You will arrive at Cape Town International Airport any time on the Sunday your Expedition Starts. Please ensure your Volunteer Placement Manager has your flight details AT LEAST 6 WEEKS before your arrival in order for us to book your transfer to our Cape Town Volunteer House to start your first week off. You will receive confirmation of your Transfer once booked. Please do not leave the airport if you cannot find the representative. Please first contact the contact details provided on the booking of your Airport Transfer. If unsuccessful, please call the Project Manager/Team whose numbers are noted below.

Contact Numbers – please carry with you while travelling Volunteer Coordinator on Duty: +27 (0) 83 345 8210 capetown@africanimpact.com Project Manager: Mayka Bouma +27 (0) 76 673 7492 Business Manager: Eleana Velentza +27 (0) 72 749 2707

FOR YOUR DEPARTURE The Garden Route Tour ends on the Saturday. We do however recommend you fly out the Sunday to ensure you don't miss your flight on the Saturday due to traffic delays. Your Volunteer Placement Manager will provide accommodation suggestions for the Saturday night which will have the Tour Team drop you off at the door!


FLIGHTS With the assistance of our flight partner, Flight Centre, you can now contact us for assistance in bookings of your flights and even accommodation should you opt to arrive a few days earlier and/or depart a few days later.

Don’t let this be stressful. Obtaining visas is your responsibility and the extended information provided on our Visa Guidance is to serve as a guideline only. We advise that you confirm this information with the embassy / consulate of the country that you will be visiting in your home country before departure. Please request the Visa Guidance if you are unable to to allocate it on your Online Portal and feel free to email your Placement Manager as well for assistance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Prior to your trip you will need to arrange medical insurance which will give you full coverage for any medical requirements which may arise during your trip, including cover for full air evacuation in the unlikely event that this is necessary. Your medical cover also needs to include repatriation. Please ensure that you arrange adequate cover and send your insurance details to your Volunteer/ Internship Placement Manager before departing for the project. Please be sure to check your policy carefully to ensure that it does cover activities which you are hoping / likely to participate in, as cover does vary from one country of residence to another and from one volunteer project-type to another. Our preferred travel insurance partners are World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/Turnstile/AffiliateLink?partnerCode=afrimp&source=link&utm_source=afrimp& utm_content=link&path=https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) but you are welcome to use whichever provider you find suitable.

Money (where available) The South African currency is The South African Rand (ZAR). You can use all major Credit and Debit Cards in restaurants and shops as well as to pay for doing activities in and around Cape Town and The Garden Route– American Express generally does not work in South Africa. You can budget about US$ 200 for first week – note that if you would like to do the one day Safari this would cost up to US$150. Your second week will be dependant on which extra activities you would like to partake in. The team recommends a start off of US$ 150 without the extra activities. There are plenty of ATMs from which to withdraw cash, although it’s important to note you may be charged for this. Please notify your bank of your stay in South Africa as some banks suspends account when they see an international transaction.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone You are able to buy a local SIM card at the Airport if you wish. Alternatively you can change your cellphone status to roaming. please just check with your service provider to ensure your phone is "unlocked" to allow foreign SIM cards. The Cape Town Volunteer House has Wi-Fi, but there are also Internet cafes available if you fancy a coffee While on the Garden Route, there will be Wi-Fi hotspots available!


What Else?

POLICE CLEARANCE/ BACKGROUND CHECK CERTIFICATE (In respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). You must please get a police clearance/ criminal record check certificate PLEASE NOTE: WITHOUT A POLICE CLEARANCE, (in respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE PROJECT. It is MANDATORY for every Volunteer to complete Police Checks prior to joining any one of our projects. As a Volunteer, regardless of project selection, you will come into contact with minors and/or vulnerable adults during your stay. We therefore feel that it is our responsibility to obtain a check on every Volunteer with us in order to ensure the safety of the people and communities we work with. Depending on your nationality and the regulations in your home country, there may be a small charge, payable to your local authority. Please note that your Police/ Criminal Record Check cannot be more than 6 months old when you start your volunteer program, so if you are booking more than 6 months in advance of your Project start date, please wait to obtain this check closer to the time. Some countries may not allow for an Advanced Check/ Vulnerable Sector check. If this is the case, we will require a Basic check accompanied by two professional character references. If you are from the United States of America, we can assist you with the process for a minimal fee payable to African Impact. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with drugs and/or any inappropriate activities relating to alcohol.

Vaccinations Please consult your private doctor with regards to immunizations/vaccinations. Below are details of what is likely to be recommended.

Tetanus: A recent tetanus injection is highly recommended Polio: Recommended Hepatitis A&B: Recommended Typhoid: Recommended Yellow Fever: if coming from a yellow fever risk country or transited through one (mainly Latin America and Central and Western Africa) it is mandatory to show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate. If unsure please check with your Volunteer Placement Manager You will need an adequate supply of sunscreen cream for the hot African sun - SPF 30 and above. Also, please bring a hat and a water bottle with you, as you will be in the sun for a good portion of the day. Even if the sky is overcast, the sun is strong enough to cause burning. Many volunteers get dehydrated during their time with us, don’t let that be you – we do not want you to have to miss out on any of your experience due to being sick as a result of dehydration, so please, please, drink lots of water!


HERE A PACKING LIST FOR YOU TO TICK OFF AS YOU PLAN! Both Cape Town and The Garden Route has a Mediterranean climate. Our Summers are hot and dry which is generally between September and April and the wet chilly winters you will find in the months of Mid-April to Mid-September. When packing, please consider that for The Garden Route Tour part of the Expedition, space is limited for luggage and anything larger than 67cm in Height and 45 cm in Width will not be allowed. For the first week of the Expedition, while Volunteering it is requested that you dress conservatively while out on Project. Your clothes will get dirty !

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Your Expectations and our Requirements on Project You will need to remain flexible, understandable and good – humored. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so it is something to keep in mind! Once you arrive in Africa, your care is the responsibility of African Impact and our trained Project Managers. We always aim to provide you with all of your daily needs to keep you out of harm’s way and to support you in your Volunteer and Intern work. In exchange, we ask you to attend work punctually and to behave consistently in ways that reflect well upon African Impact and our Project Managers. We ask that you dress according to local norms while in the public eye and to treat people on the work site with kindness and respect. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with Drugs and any culturally inappropriate activities relating to Alcohol. The African Impact projects rely on networks of people, and those networks are held together by good relationships. If a case should arise in which our staff feels that Volunteers or Interns have repeatedly behaved in ways that contradict the basic spirit of this agreement, we reserve the right to remove you from the Program.

Upholding the good name of African Impact and its partner organizations We ask that you do not bring yourself or African Impact into disrepute nor involve any other Employee, Volunteer or Intern in any behaviour that might amount to disrepute. If your behaviour is found to be detrimental to the program that you are involved with, you may be asked to leave immediately without compensation

Child Protection Our Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are there to help Volunteers, Interns and Staff be clear on our role in safeguarding children (anyone under the age of 18). It’s important to be aware of what good practice is and who to talk to if you have any concerns. You will get more information when you start your Volunteering or Internship placement. Any evidence of poor practice towards children will be acted on immediately and the relevant steps taken based on our policy and code of conduct

Drugs If you use or even come into contact with drugs, drug users, drug pushers or anyone remotely connected with drugs, illegal or otherwise, other than for medical reasons, your placement will be terminated immediately. If you are taking drugs for Medical reasons and have not informed us of your medical condition the same rules and conditions apply

Discrimination on Any Grounds If you see, hear or encounter any discrimination of any kind, do not challenge that person or intervene. If you feel that you need to express your views, please tell your Project Manager and they will take the necessary actions. African Impact is strongly against any form of Discrimination and any information given to us is taken very seriously.

Relationships Whilst on your placement we do NOT encourage any sexual relations. In addition, the program neither allows nor encourages Volunteers and Interns to develop intimate personal relationships with general staff and partners. This would not promote a good working environment and could result in the dismissal of the staff member and your termination from the program


HIV and AIDS The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker and the person becomes more susceptible to infections. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It can take 10 – 15 years for an HIV –infected person to develop AIDS. Antiretroviral Drugs can slow down the process even further (WHO). We highly recommend that you do some research before arriving at your project as HIV is widespread across Africa with an estimated 24.7 million people living with the virus on the continent (UNAIDS) . A good source of information is “28 stories of AIDS Africa” by Stephanie Nolan. The book is available on Amazon

Termination of Placement In the event that your placement is terminated due to your failure to abide by the code of conduct laid out below, you will be required to pay for any costs incurred for your return home from the placement.

Safety – what to do in an emergency We take your safety very seriously and on arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around the City and The Garden Route. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Volunteer House with you so we have the best knowledge of the local area and how to have the best experience. Please respect this advice. Some safety guidelines you should be aware of:

· Avoid travelling alone, especially at night. ALWAYS use a taxi and always travel in groups. · Find out where the unsafe areas are and avoid them. · When travelling, keep all important documents and valuables in a safe place like a hidden pocket or money belt. · Carry only as much cash and personal items as you think you will need for that day. · Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches. · Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast. · Keep cameras out of sight and always keep bags and purses in your sight. · Before swimming, ask how safe the area is. We would advise not sharing your personal contact details with anyone under any circumstances. In addition, you will be working outdoors, in an unfamiliar community and environment. Listen to your Project Manager and respect the local rules and customs at all times! Know the emergency numbers of the Project Team. Make sure we have a copy of your emergency contact person at home


Volunteer Code of Conduct 1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

General Bad Conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Poor Punctuality

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Laziness

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Breach of Safety Rule

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Damage or misuse of company property

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to follow instructions from African Impact Staff members

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Conservation Projects: Failure to follow Game Drive Rules

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to attend an Activity without just reason

Written Warning

Termination

Staying out all night without prior notification to staff

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to use taxis as form of transport after dark Being rude, unfriendly or disrespecting local customs (language, clothing, etc)

Written Warning

Termination

Written Warning

Termination

Discrimination in any form

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Offences

Breach of our Child Protection Policy

Written Warning

Termination

Not upholding the Reputable Name of African Impact on and off site

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to keep the PAAZAB code of ethics

Written Warning

Termination

Disrespecting or potentially harming any animals (domestic or wild)

Written Warning

Termination

Wildlife Projects only - ethical standards in the good treatment & management of animals in captivity

Written Warning

Termination

Serious Offences

1st Offence

Theft

Termination

Drinking on Duty (or between activities) where you could endanger yourself or someone else as a result

Termination

Drinking under the age of 18

Termination

Malicious damage to Company Property

Termination

Breach of accommodation establishment rules

Termination

Relationships between African Impact Staff and Volunteer/Interns

Termination

Assault

Termination

Negligent performance of duties with serious consequences to property or life

Termination

Serious breach of the safety rules (especially at night)

Termination

Under the influence of drugs and/or in possession of illegal drugs

Termination

Major breach of our Child Protection Policy

Termination

Family Volunteering - African Impact considers all minors/children

1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

Your child is your sole responsibility at all times, on project or during free time, including weekends

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Your child is no one else's responsibility including African Impact staff. Parents are responsible for disruptive/bad/rude/ culturally insensitive behaviour of their children, and all other aspects of the code of conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

to be anyone under the age of 18

If any family member breaches the code of conduct, the whole family's placement will be terminated

Termination


Exploring Cape Town and The Garden Route While The Garden Route Tour part of the Expedition does cover activities such as 'Meeting' endangered African Penguins, a Guided Adventure Tour of the Cango Caves, hiking through an indigenous forest to a waterfall, exploring the Tsitsikamma National Park and a Safari at the ADDO Elephant National Park, Cape Town is known as one of the most stunning cities on the planet and has been voted as The Best City in the World by the Telegraph for the 5th Year in a row. There is a wealth of activities to keep you busy during on your weekend off in Cape Town like Robben Island, the Heritage site Nelson Mandela’s prison home. Cape Town is also the gateway to the stunning Western Cape Winelands.

Here are some guideline prices for other popular activities in and around Cape Town which our team can help you arrange once you have arrived.

Cape point is the most South Western Point of Africa …. You will be taken to Cape Point and the Good Hope nature Reserve, Hout Bay, Seal Island, Simon’s Town and more!

Go and see the amazing views and explore the tops with numerous walks

Take a trip through The Cape Flats and experience the communities of Langa (oldest Township in Cape Town), Nyanga and the second largest community in the whole of South Africa, Khayelitsha. This is a unique chance to discover what day to day life is like and experience the communities like a local. You will learn about the history of the areas through walks and gain a deeper understanding of the communities in which we work. This gives you a greater insight of South Africa in the Apartheid era and South Africa today. A delicious, traditional Xhosa home cooked lunch is included.

A breathtaking experience that will leave you wanting more!! See the Sharks up close and personal in Kleinbaai and you will have memories to last you a lifetime. PLEASE NOTE: This is on the list of extra activities for the Garden Route Tour. Should you choose to do this on the Tour, you will miss seeing the Penguins. You will also be required to make your own way to a central meeting early the Monday morning the Tour part starts. PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO LET YOUR VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT KNOW OF ANY EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DOING WHILE ON THE GARDEN ROUTE TO SECURE BOOKINGS


Fundraising and Donations Interested in raising funds for your chosen project or collecting donations for your Project Destination of choice? Download The African Impact Foundation pamphlet from your online portal to learn more! If interested in bringing some project donations, you can request a detailed Wish List from your Placement Manager of all current needs for your project.

WHO IS AFRICAN IMPACT? WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US? At African Impact, we create the most Transformative and Impactful Volunteer experiences on the planet for communities, wildlife and volunteers. Volunteering in Africa is what we do, it’s in our DNA and what we are awarded for year after year. We’ve built, grown and developed our very own projects, hand-in-hand with local African communities. We work with the most incredible people to make this happen and surround ourselves with inspiring human beings from every corner of the world. Every year is a chance to grow, learn and better our offering – both for host communities and for volunteers themselves. We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of excellence and know that volunteering can achieve even more. What do we believe in?

ü ·Providing an extraordinary experience to our volunteers ü Making tangible, measurable impacts for our communities and wildlife initiatives ü Transforming the lives and perspectives of everyone who is part of our journey So, welcome to what good volunteering looks like. Join us and go #BeyondVolunteering to a place that connects cultures, mindset and ideas. A place that leaves you awed and inspired, able to do more, discover more and to make a real impact.

Destination Guide: Cape Town Expeditions  

Destination Guide: Cape Town Expeditions  

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