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START DATES

ANY SUNDAY YEAR-ROUND

PRICED FROM

1,425 USD + 249 USD REGISTRATION FEE

DURATION

14 DAYS (FLEXIBLE TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS)

MINIMUM AGE

14 YEARS OLD ON TRIP START DATE

PMGY SOUTH AFRICA SCHOOL TRIP

Organise your 2 week school trip to South Africa today! Teachers travel free and your 14 days in South Africa will be fully structured, inclusive and led by our experienced team. Your first week will have you based in the suburbs of Cape Town in Kayamandi for the volunteering part of the trip as you give back to the local community. You will receive an orientation into life in South Africa and an introduction to Cape Town before your volunteering begins. You will volunteer in the townships of Kayamandi as you support crèche and kindergarten facilities with childcare, teaching English and renovation work. Each afternoon/evening we will run cultural and adventure activities such as a bicycle tour round Stellenbosch and a drumming and dance lesson. After the first week of giving back to the Kayamandi community, it will be time to explore South Africa further as the adventure travel begins.

 

Your adventure travel will begin with two days exploring Cape Town further as you visit Robben Island and take a tour of the Cape Peninsula. A journey on the Garden Route across the Western and Eastern Capes will then follow. This will include spotting penguins at Betty’s Bay, whale-watching opportunities in Hermanus, visiting an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn and canoeing in the Wilderness Lagoon on the way to Sedgefield. After some adventure quad biking, we will make our way to Tsitsikamma National Park stopping at the popular holiday town of Knysna and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary on the way. Finally, we will finish with zip-lining through a deep gorge and heading to Jeffery’s Bay for some surfing and shopping before flying out of Port Elizabeth located in Algoa Bay. Everything is included in your 2 week South Africa expedition from the airport transfers and meals to accommodation, entrance fees and cultural activities.

 

SOUTH AFRICA SCHOOL TRIP HIGHLIGHTS WITH PMGY

  • A FULLY STRUCTURED, SAFE AND ALL INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE
  • A PERFECT BLEND OF VOLUNTEER, TRAVEL, ADVENTURE & CULTURAL IMMERSION
  • TRIP ITINERARY, ACTIVITIES & DURATION EASILY TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS & WANTS
  • THE BEST VALUE & MOST AFFORDABLE TRIP PROVIDER WITH NO SACRIFICIES IN QUALITY
  • PMGY WILL ENSURE A TRUE AUTHENTIC SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR GROUP

HOW IT WORKS FOR SCHOOLS

Plan My Gap Year has the expertise, experience and networks to make your South Africa expedition accessible, safe and stress-free. We pride ourselves on safety management and we have risk assessment documentation for all our overseas trips including to South Africa that outline how we ensure participants are kept safe while overseas.

 

Organising an overseas trip for your school involves lots of preparation. From flights and insurance to pre-trip training and that’s even before you’ve looked at organising the itinerary! So that’s where PMGY come in. We really do specialise in the school’s overseas expedition area providing exclusive group trips whilst accommodating large groups of students, on full board options, with great community project work and travel opportunities. We can organise:

  • FLIGHTS (PMGY ARE ATOL PROTECTED), TRAVEL INSURANCE & FULL VISA GUIDANCE
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE TAILORED VOLUNTEER AND/OR TRAVEL-BASED ITINERARIES
  • FULL PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATION AND 24/7 INTERNATIONAL & IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT

As a social initiative, we are able to guarantee affordable prices without sacrificing the quality of our programs. We frequently have groups joining our programs as they are looking for a more affordable alternative to their existing provider. We can tailor a trip around your requirements and work with you to create your personalised school trip itinerary. So why not follow the PMGY ten-step journey below to making your bespoke school trip to South Africa a reality!

TEN STEP JOURNEY & OUR SUPPORT ROLE

Step 1: Arrange a Call – Should this trip be the one for you, get in touch by email or call and one of our school expedition specialists can discuss and tailor your South Africa school trip. Alternatively, let us know the best way to reach out to you and we will do so at a time convenient to you.

 

Step 2: Meet & Greet – After initial contact has been made and ideas progressed, our school expedition specialist will travel to meet you and any of your colleagues in person. As a result, a face can then be put to the name, the South Africa trip planning can be evolved and any initial questions can be answered.

 

Step 3: Information Session – Once the itinerary, duration and dates are in place for your trip to South Africa, our school trip specialist will come and host an information session with all interested students and parents. We will convey all necessary content and information about the trip and hold a Q&A session after the presentation to ensure all attendees are as informed as possible before signing up.

 

Step 4: Confirm Trip Numbers – Once the internal school deadline for registrations has passed and the trip numbers are known, PMGY will arrange the invoice procedures for the overall group deposit payment to confirm the trip go ahead. For every 10 students, 1 teacher spot will be provided for free! We can also arrange and provide flights and insurance options for all travellers should this be applicable.

 

Step 5: PMGY Pre-departure Support – Throughout the build-up to your South Africa school trip, we will be on hand to support you whatever way possible. Whether it be through creating your bespoke trip handbook, completing risk assessments, communicating safety management procedures or providing project preparation webinars, we will have all bases covered.

 

Step 6: Pre-departure Session – Around 2 months before your school trip begins in South Africa, we will come to your school and do a final pre-departure session with staff, students and parents. This will ensure that everything is in place before your school head overseas and the content covered will align with this accordingly. We will also distribute PMGY T-shirts to all travellers at the session!

 

Step 7: Before You Go – In the days before your arrival into South Africa, we will be in close and regular contact with you to make sure everything is in place for your trip. This will include a range of emails and phone calls ensuring your arrival procedures are all in place, dietary requirements & medical conditions are catered for and that our ground team in South Africa are well prepared for your school’s arrival.

 

Step 8: Enjoy the Trip! – When on the trip, our ground team will become your day to day port of call. We will touch base with them daily to make sure your trip is running smoothly. If required, we will be available 24/7 from afar. We will check in with you across the trip to see how everything is going. We know you will be in safe hands with our trusted, experienced and vetted ground teams!

 

Step 9: Return Home – By the time our team have dropped you safely back at Port Elizabeth Airport, the travel blues may already be starting to kick in! We hope all the students and staff have had an unforgettable trip! Each trip participant will receive a certificate of completion. Furthermore, we will check in one final time with you in the days after your trip for feedback on your South Africa experience.

 

Step 10: Future Planning – After a few weeks away from South Africa and once the travel blues have well and truly settled in, it’s now time to be planning your next school trip with PMGY to create more magical memories! Whether it be back to South Africa or to a new destination, PMGY will be on hand every step of the way again to facilitate your new adventure. Back to Step one we go!

SCHOOL CASE STUDY - SINT PAULUS SCHOOL, BELGIUM

Who – Sint Paulus School from Belgium. 21 students and 2 staff members from Sint Paulus School travelled to South Africa on a group trip expedition with PMGY.

 

What – A 14 day expedition to South Africa in total. The first half of the trip focussed on community volunteering in Cape Town and enjoying an immersive homestay experience. The volunteering was focussed in the childcare centres in the townships of Kayamandi as we taught English, supported local staff with games and activities and painted one of the classrooms. Cultural and adventure activities such as nature reserve hikes and drumming classes kept the students entertained outside of the project. Before beginning the volunteering, we spent three days receiving an orientation to life in South Africa and also excursions to explore Cape Town further with city centre walking tours, a visit to Robbin Island and exploring the Cape Peninsula. The second half of the trip is where the adventure travel really kicked in as we travelled the Garden Route. The adventure travel that followed was a great way to see the highlights of the Western and Eastern Capes in such a short space of time. It was action-packed and included penguins, monkeys, seals, zip-lining, quad biking, canoeing, surfing, beaches, ostrich farms, historical caves, vibrant towns and spectacular views throughout.

 

Where – Sint Paulus experienced so much and a range of locations in their 14 days in South Africa. Arriving into Cape Town, the main segment of the trip was the community volunteer placement in the suburbs of Cape Town in Kayamandi. This was the groups base for the first 8 days. Afterwards, the group moved onto to explore the majority of South Africa’s Western and Eastern Capes. Whether it was the laid-back seaside town of Hermanus, the ostrich capital of the world in Oudtshoorn, the rural Sedgefield or the quaint Stormsriver Village, Sint Paulus experienced a range of locations in their journey through South Africa.

 

When – Sint Paulus joined PMGY on an overseas group expedition for 2 weeks in March 2019. The school always had aspirations of travelling to South Africa and completing volunteer work and PMGY made the experience happen for them.

 

Why – Sint Paulus had strong connections and relationships with schools in South Africa. Therefore, the location of South Africa has a strong affinity and meaning to Sint Paulus. The school had previously travelled to South Africa but were now looking for a more structured experience that also allowed for some adventure travel and this is where PMGY came in. The trip itinerary PMGY provided matched the needs and wants of the Sint Paulus group at very affordable, accessible and inclusive pricing.

 

How – Following email contact initiated by the trip lead of Sint Paulus, positive communications flowed with PMGY in putting together a bespoke overseas trip for Sint Paulus to South Africa. A range of productive Skype calls between the PMGY team and Sint Paulus academic team resulted in a finalised 2 week trip itinerary for Sint Paulus that combined volunteering, travelling, adventure and immersive experience for students. Philip from the PMGY travelled to Belgium to deliver an information and pre-departure session with interested students, parents and teachers. This included more formal meetings and Q&A with the relevant staff from Sint Paulus. The result was 21 students embarking on the trip of a lifetime to South Africa along with 2 teachers. From Sint Paulus reaching out to PMGY with an overseas expedition enquiry in late 2018, PMGY collaborated with the school and managed the process smoothy to ensure Sint Paulus students could enjoy and give back on a South Africa experience just 4 months later.

 

Feedback – “From having experience of travelling to South Africa previously and collaborating with local schools, I had a good idea of what I wanted the students to achieve in a structured overseas expedition to South Africa. Not having the time, resources or contact points to put together the trip myself, I found PMGY online (in addition to many other organisations) and reached out to them speculatively. Moreover, I wanted to see what they could provide in a 2 week itinerary that would allow students to give back to a local community, but also enjoy all the opportunities, travel and adventure that Cape Town and South Africa brings. From having prompt and effective communications with Philip from the PMGY team and viewing the affordable and inclusive itinerary he put together that matched our trip criteria, it became clear that PMGY would be the organisation that we would arrange our school trip through. We were very glad that we did this as a professional pre-departure service continued with Philip even travelling from the UK to our school in Belgium to meet with students and parents and provide detailed and informative information sessions around what the trip would look like. This excellent service continued from the moment we arrived in South Africa with a prompt and friendly airport pickup and being welcomed in our homestay accommodation by the warmest of families. We thoroughly enjoyed our volunteering placement and giving back to the Kayamandi township and seeing the impact our students had made here. Cape Town was a spectacular location to be based in and we certainly enjoyed exploring the area further with a tour of Robben Island being a personal highlight. The tour through the Western and Eastern Cape and onto the Garden Route that PMGY arranged was spectacular, smooth throughout, full of adventure and memories created that will last a lifetime for myself and the students. We can’t thank PMGY for organising such a great school trip for our students in a relatively short space of time.”

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROJECT SUMMARIES

The core of the sample overseas school trip with PMGY to South Africa will be centred around the volunteering schedule and making a positive impact in the local community. The core projects within the sample itinerary that students will be completing volunteer work in is childcare. It is important to note that we also have English Teaching and Big 5 Wildlife Reserve volunteer opportunities in South Africa. As a result, your volunteer schedule can be tailored to include these aspects. Consequently, the sample itinerary and volunteer options included within can be amended to a bespoke South Africa expedition for your school.

 

Childcare & Renovation – It is estimated that 80% of young children in South Africa’s townships do not have access to early childhood development education. As a result, many lack the support required to develop to their full potential. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, poor government funding and flawed policies have hit the most vulnerable South Africans hardest. For instance, many of the problems for South Africa’s poorest have been exacerbated.

 

Today about 57% of South Africa’s population lives in poverty. In low-income township areas, living conditions are challenging, with high crime and unemployment rates, health problems and high population densities. A lack of childcare facilities leaves many children unattended and unprotected.

 

Affordable and accessible childcare services can be very difficult to source across Cape Town and surrounding communities. Above all, it is families from low-income backgrounds and from the township communities that struggle the most. Whilst this has not gone unrecognised, many centres established to accommodate for such families are inadequate. To clarify, such centres are understaffed and operate with a limited stock of resources. This makes the roles of students invaluable to the quality of care that can be offered to these children.

 

Your school group will support crèche and/or kindergarten facilities that cater to the young children (ages 0- 6yrs) of Kayamandi Township. As is the case in many poorer areas of Cape Town, the local population consists of a large number of really young children – due to massive unemployment rates. Parents (even those who are working) can often not afford to send these children to childcare centres and many of them end up playing out in the streets, with little or no supervision.

 

In order to help minimise this issue, a few locals have managed to open and operate small childcare facilities. They are simple and basic facilities with very limited supplies but provide a vital service. The monthly fees are minimal and always include at least one cooked meal per day. Parents can now afford to safely leave their children here, while they go out in search of jobs. The biggest challenge facing these facilities is the lack of staff. As a result, they are heavily dependent on volunteers, both local and international.

 

Consequently, students will play a big role in brightening up the daily lives of these deprived children as well as supporting the local staff with daily duties. Volunteer tasks will involve assisting local staff with lessons, educational games, songs and creative art as well as supervising the children during playtime. Duties will extend to helping with cleaning duties and helping with cooking and feeding the children.

 

Most importantly, you will become a positive role model for the children. Sadly, this is something that many of the children are lacking. Ultimately, as you complete volunteer work in South Africa, you will be providing invaluable assistance to the overstretched local staff.

 

Students will go a step further to leaving a legacy in the Kayamandi Township community as they work together to complete a ‘make-over’ at one of the kindergarten facilities. We will enjoy a full day getting hands-on in painting and renovating the project setting to ensure we have a brighter learning space for the children. Students will be able to get as creative as they wish to renovate the playground and paint up the classroom!

SAMPLE ITINERARY

We have put together a sample 14 day itinerary that incorporates the ultimate school trip in South Africa. For the reason that it provides a perfect blend of volunteering, travelling, adventure and cultural immersion. Moreover, the trip itinerary is fully structured and inclusive throughout. However, we understand each school has different objectives from an overseas trip and different criteria to meet. As a result, we can tailor the sample itinerary below into a bespoke itinerary that matches your goals and objectives for an overseas school expedition in South Africa.

 

In short, we can tailor a trip around your requirements and work with you to create your personalised school trip itinerary so the students and school can get the most from the experience. Whether you wish to extend or shorten the duration of the trip, solely focus on volunteering, or would like to incorporate volunteering into a wider trip with travel opportunities – we can work together to create the perfect itinerary for you. Above all, we will ensure your school trip to South Africa remains fully affordable, structured, safe and inclusive.

 

Days 1-2 - Arrival, Orientation & Walking Tour

Welcome to South Africa! Your group will arrive into Cape Town International Airport. On arrival, you will be greeted by Kevin from the PMGY South Africa team who will be easily visible in his PMGY T-Shirt.

 

We will then transport you by private bus to your homestay accommodation in Kayamandi. Located in a suburb of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, Kayamandi is a very well-known university town in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The journey takes around 45 minutes. Kayamandi will be your base for the first week of your school trip in South Africa with PMGY. You will have the chance to settle into your homestay accommodation and get to know your host families. We will have a traditional ‘Welcome Braai’ (Barbecue Dinner) that evening to introduce you to traditional South African cuisine!

 

Feeling re-energised after an evening sleep, you will have your first South African breakfast before beginning your orientation on day 2.

 

In the orientation, our local team will begin to teach you about life in South Africa, do’s and don’ts, religion and the local culture. This will continue with a preview of your trip itinerary, safety advice and a presentation of all the projects we support in the community.

 

In the afternoon, our local coordinator will take you on a walking tour of Cape Town. As a result, you will get the chance to see some of the city’s major sites. In the same vein, you will also learn about its tragic history. Highlights of the tour will include St George’s Cathedral, Parliament Building, Green Market Square and The Castle of Good Hope. Finally, you will also have the chance to change money, go to the ATM and visit the supermarket.

 

After a full day induction to life in South Africa, it’s time to reflect on your first full day in this amazing country. Tomorrow will be the start of your volunteering and giving back to the Kayamandi community.

Days 3-6 - Community Volunteering in Kayamandi & Cultural Activities

We will start our project work on day 3. After a good breakfast at the accommodation, we will transport you by private transport to the project site. Many townships in Cape Town consist of a large number of deprived young children and Kayamandi Township is no different. You will receive a walking tour and induction of the township with a local guide before you start volunteering at the township project. This is so you can understand the background, history and struggles that the community has and continues to face. As a result, you will have a greater understanding of the purpose of your volunteering and the impact you can make.

 

Students will spend their next few days supporting at crèche and kindergarten facilities in the heart of Kayamandi. You will play a crucial role in interacting with the children, keeping them entertained, building their confidence and teaching them basic English, life and social skills.

 

There will also be the opportunity to improve the infrastructure of one of the kindergartens/primary schools in the township with some light renovation and painting. Students will be given full freedom to get creative and add life and colour to a facility that cannot afford to do so themselves. We create a brighter learning space for the children!

 

Outside of the project, we will provide additional cultural and adventure activities for students to enjoy. This will allow you to immerse yourself into the South African culture and lifestyle further and ensure your days remain action-packed! Examples will include a bicycle tour of Stellenbosch, jewellery making, a nature reserve hike and a drumming lesson. Our host families will ensure you remain well fed by preparing traditional dinners for students each evening in addition to your breakfast and lunch.

Day 7 - Exploring Cape Town, Robben Island & The V&A Waterfront

The opportunities in Cape Town really are endless, we will do our best to fit the best bits in! There really is something for everyone and over the next 7 days, we will do our best to explore not only the breadth of Cape Town but also the Western and Eastern Capes as we travel on the infamous Garden Route.

 

Starting in central Cape Town, students will enjoy a morning tour of the historical Robben Island. Used as a prison right up until 1996, this Unesco World Heritage site is preserved as a memorial to those such as Nelson Mandela who spent many years incarcerated there. Students will walk through the old prison (with the obligatory peek into Mandela’s cell) and enjoy a commentated bus ride around the island. You will also see the lime quarry in which Mandela and many others slaved and the church used during the island’s stint as a leper colony.

 

We will then head back to the mainland for a late lunch before exploring the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Waterfront. Located in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers students an abundance of experiences. It is one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs, set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop. You will find a range of restaurants, shops and hotels surrounding the highly impressive marina. There is usually live music being played throughout the day.

 

Free time will also be available for students to navigate central Cape Town at their leisure before we head back to the homestay accommodation for the evening meal.

Day 8 - Cape Peninsula Tour

Following an early morning breakfast at the homestay, its time for a full-day open-top bus tour of Cape Towns Peninsula. This is your chance to experience the scenic beauty and natural landscapes of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. You will get to travel along scenic coastal roads to picture-perfect Hout Bay where you can spot seals and take time to wander the shops.

 

You can explore the World of Birds Reserve at your leisure. This tropical park is home to 400 bird species in walk-through aviaries, plus small mammals & reptiles.

 

In addition, we will explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom. Finally, take the time to grab a drink and relax at Camps Bay Beach with stunning views to enjoy. Lunch and dinner will be provided on the tour so you will not go hungry!

Day 9 - Cape Town - Hermanus

After 8 days based in Cape Town and its Kayamandi suburb, it’s now time to spend your next few days travelling South Africa’s Garden Route! Before we do, we will have one final chance to say goodbye to the children at the project in the Kayamandi Township and have a farewell lunch with our homestay families.

 

It’s now time to hit the road and to further explore the Western Cape as we head to Hermanus! Our first calling point is Betty’s Bay! At Stony Point in Betty’s Bay, we get close to about 5000 African penguins. Entrance is included and photo opportunities will be in abundance!

 

Our second stop of the day will be Kogelberg Biosphere. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has more plant species than many countries and is one of the best natural showrooms for the diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom. We will then enjoy the renowned Clarence Drive as we make our way to Hermanus. This coastal road winds between the ocean and mountains, passing seaside villages of wild beauty and rugged mountain scenery.

 

Hermanus is a laid-back seaside town with excellent restaurants and impressive coastline. The town offers some of the best shore-based and sea-based whale-watching opportunities in the world and is known as the whale-watching capital of South Africa. Spend the evening wandering along the cliff paths looking for whales in Hermanus. Alternatively, the holiday town has its share of boutique shops, art and craft studios to explore.

Days 10-11 - Hermanus - Oudtshoorn - Sedgefield

It’s an early morning departure from Hermanus as we join the rugged landscapes of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way to sample local delights before we arrive into Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Naturally, we will take time to visit an ostrich farm where students will learn more about the world’s largest bird.

 

Afterwards, we will delve deeper underground to the magical Cango Caves. These caves are an illuminated wonderland of subterranean magic and mystery, with passageways and chambers meandering far below. Students will enjoy a tour that will explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with colourful ancient stalactites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. The easy-going Heritage Tour you will embark on will allow you to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. You’ll spend the evening in the quaint town of Oudtshoorn where you could try local delicacies such as ostrich kebabs.

 

We’ll spend the morning of day 11 taking to the water for a leisurely canoe ride along reed-lined river banks in the Wilderness lagoon. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent. Take the time to enjoy your surroundings and immerse yourself in a pure encounter with nature. Once we are inside the Wilderness National Park, students will undertake a 2km hike along a boardwalk which takes you to a spectacular waterfall.

 

We will then continue on the coastal road on our journey to Sedgefield as we end day 11 with a fun and adventurous quad biking tour. The rest of the day and evening will be yours to explore Sedgefield. It is a quiet town situated in the middle of the Garden Route. Sedgefield is flanked by beaches, a lagoon and mountains.

Day 12 - Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma

 

Day 12 will see us head from Sedgefield to Tsitsikamma National Park. On the way, we will stop at Knysna. The popular holiday town adopts a lively buzz and lies between forested mountains and the sea, curving around a big lagoon. We will make a stop at the Heads, where the sea crashes through two massive sandstone cliffs.

 

The second port of call for the day will be Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary located in The Crags. Students will get to experience the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Enjoy the unique experience of viewing 700+ resident primates in their forest home.

 

Once we reach Tsitsikamma National Park, we will spend time in this paradise exploring the marine reserve with its unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes. Students will walk along forest trails to a suspension bridge and find a quiet spot from where to absorb this beauty. The lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area will provide picturesque photo opportunities. The overnight base will be in the quaint Stormsriver Village.

Day 13 - Tsitsikamma

This morning we will go zip-lining through a deep gorge and over waterfalls. There are 9 zip lines with the longest being 211 meters.

 

Afterwards, we will head to Jeffery’s Bay for some surfing and shopping. Jbay is home to the best right-hand point break in the world, here you have the opportunity to go for a surf lesson before we stop at the Billabong, Rip Curl and Quicksilver factory shops for excellent deals. Outside of surfing and shopping, enjoy the bays famous abundant seashells, great seafood and calamari.

 

We will spend our final night in Port Elizabeth. Located on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, the city centre has started to smarten up thanks to a few urban regeneration projects and numerous heritage buildings.

Day 14 - Farewell South Africa & Hometime

Sadly, all good things must come to an end as our two week South Africa adventure finishes. Spend your last few hours exploring Port Elizabeth at your leisure. You will find many good bathing beaches and great surf spots in Algoa Bay. Marine life in the bay is also sensational, with plenty of dolphins and whales that can be spotted throughout the year.

 

Port Elizabeth provides a convenient transit gateway for our team to transfer you back to Port Elizabeth International Airport in good time for your return flight home. It’s been a great two weeks!

ACCOMMODATION - HOMESTAYS & HOSTELS

 

During your school trip to South Africa, you will spend your first week in homestay accommodation with local host families. Your second week will see you based in hostel format accommodation as you travel the breadth of the Western and Eastern Cape. All accommodation is comfortable, secure and vetted. The homestay accommodation will be based in the suburbs of Cape Town in Kayamandi, where the volunteer segment of your trip will take place. You will be based here for the first week of your stay in a safe and secure part of town.

 

We have worked with the host families in this area for more than 10 years and they have continuously provided a warm and comfortable home environment for our volunteers and students. These homes are modern houses with electricity, running hot water and most “normal” home comforts that you are used to.

 

Each room is provided with all necessary amenities and will fit up to 4 people per room (same-sex). Teachers will have their own separate rooms. Students can relax in the living rooms and spend time getting to know their host families better whilst also preparing activities for the childcare project. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

 

You will have cupboard space to store clothes and accessories; we encourage you to bring some small padlocks/store any valuables with the local team.

  • HOME COMFORTS PROVIDED AT BOTH HOMESTAY AND HOSTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
  • LOCAL LAUNDRY SERVICES AVAILABLE & WESTERN STYLE BATHROOM FACILITIES PROVIDED
  • ROOMS ARE SINGLE-SEX & TEACHERS ARE PROVIDED WITH THEIR OWN ROOMS

 

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. Our project coordinator will be based nearby for added security. Our host mothers are all affectionately known as “Mama”.

 

During the travelling aspect of the trip, you will stay in our partner hostels in the various places we will visit. This will include 1 night in Hermanus, Sedgefield, Oudtshoorn, Stormsriver Village and Port Elizabeth.

 

Each hostel has English-speaking support staff who are there to assist you. They are all secure and carefully selected. You will share a private dorm room with fellow students and this will usually be up to six people per room (same-sex). All rooms will be fanned, have western bathrooms and come with hot showers. The rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable. Teachers will again be provided with their own twin rooms.

MEALS

You will be served three meals per day during your school trip to South Africa. During the first week of volunteering, meals will be provided at your host family accommodation. When travelling across South Africa in the second week, there will be either buffet options or set menu options to choose from at local restaurants. Most meals are traditionally South African dishes.

  • EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE TASTES OF TRADITIONAL SOUTH AFRICAN CUISINE
  • WESTERN DISHES WILL BE OCCASSIONALLY PROVIDED ACROSS THE TRIP ITINERARY
  • VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE TRIP

 

The most common and festive means of food preparation in South Africa is the braai. Usually, several types of meats are prepared on the grill and served with a variety of side dishes. Your first South African dinner will be a braai as our team welcome you and your students to South Africa. All meals will be freshly-prepared each day and the occasional western meal will also be added in. It’s best to avoid tap water in South Africa. Bottled water is available everywhere.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Please note our local team will do their best to cater for all dietary requirements. Any dietary requirements will be requested by the PMGY team in advance of your school trip arrival into South Africa. Such details will be forwarded to the local team, but it is a good idea for the relevant staff/student to re-iterate any dietary requirements to the local team on arrival into the country.

PHOTOS


TRIP COSTS

DURATION

PROGRAM FEE

TRIP DEPOSIT FEE

TOTAL

14 days
1,425 USD
249 USD
1,674 USD

* These fees apply to each individual student.

 

In order to confirm your school trip to South Africa with PMGY, you need to pay a trip deposit fee of 249 USD for each student. The remaining Program Fee of 1,425 USD per each student is then due no less than 60 days prior to your South Africa trip start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, itinerary or trip numbers) then we will aim to facilitate this without any administration fees. Furthermore, we are happy to facilitate an instalment payment option should this be more beneficial for your school.

 

Payments can be made via bank transfer and PMGY will create and send the invoices and payment receipt details once the trip numbers are confirmed. Alternatively, we can establish payment links directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

  • TEACHERS TRAVEL FREE FOR EVERY 10 STUDENTS THAT SIGN UP
  • THE TOTAL FEE FOR EACH STUDENT IS GREAT VALUE, TRANSPARENT AND INCLUSIVE
  • ONLY A SMALL TRIP DEPOSIT FEE PER STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HAPPEN

 

The prices are based on group numbers of 20+ and do not include flights or insurance (these can be arranged separately through PMGY). For every 10 participants, we are able to provide 1 free spot for the staff or academic leaders. Consequently, no trip deposit fee or Program Fee will be required for each staff or academic leader participant on the trip.

 

Included in the Fees – 2 x pre-departure briefing sessions, financial protection, airport transfers, private transportation across South Africa and to/from project, 3 meals a day, all accommodation, volunteer placements, travel activities including all applicable entrance fees, cultural activities, 24/7 International & South African based support, extensive pre-departure support opportunities, PMGY t-shirt and an International Certificate of Completion. (Teachers will receive all of these inclusions complimentary).

   
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ACCOMMODATION (HOMESTAY/HOSTEL)YES
  • MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER) YES
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS (24 HOURS)YES
  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATIONYES
  • PRIVATE TRANSPORT THROUGHOUTYES
  • VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTSYES
  • TRAVEL ACTIVITIES & ENTRANCE FEESYES
  • CULTURAL & ADVENTURE ACTIVITIESYES
  • PMGY T-SHIRTYES
  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORTYES
  • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT YES
  • PMGY SCHOOL SPECIALIST CONTACT YES
  • PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT MEETINGS YES
  • INFORMATION SESSIONS YES
  • VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK YES
  • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES
  • REGULAR PROGRAM INSPECTION YES
  • FREE TEACHER SPOTS YES
  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONYES

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS TO SOUTH AFRICANO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCENO
  • SPENDING MONEYNO
  • VISANO