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VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Volunteer in South Africa with Plan My Gap Year, an award winning, international volunteer abroad organisation. PMGY provides safe, meaningful, affordable projects overseas with a wide range of programmes in South Africa including Childcare, English Teaching, Monkey Rescue, Marine Conservation and Wildlife Conservation opportunities.

 

“It has now been my second trip joining PMGY in Cape Town, South Africa. I knew I had to return after the incredible experience I had there in 2013. I have done two separate teaching projects and spent time working on the childcare project as well – all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. In my opinion PMGY do an amazing job in providing and ensuring that their participants have an amazing experience whilst they are away.” – ELEANOR MOIR | UNITED KINGDOM

KEY FEATURES

FROM £220 + £149 (REGISTRATION FEE)

PROGRAMMES FOR 18+ YEAR OLDS

Epic, diverse & exciting destination


Famous for its 'Big 5' wildlife


Range of community & wildlife projects available


Ridiculous amount to see and do!


Perfect for independent travel

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN CPT, PORT ELIZ. & PRETORIA

STARTING ON SELECTED DATES EVERY MONTH

Historic, cosmopolitan & scenic country


Based in central, beachy Sea Point, Cape Town


Cape Town sights & nightlife on the doorstep


Oodles of weekend travel options


Visit mystical Table Mountain & Robben Island

MINI SOUTH AFRICA EXPERIENCE

An amazing group adventure taking in the best of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, home to the Big 5, spectacular scenery and some of the world’s wildest beaches.

From £690

2 WEEKS

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REAL AFRICA ENCOUNTER

Spend a life changing 12 weeks of volunteering across the world’s second biggest continent in gorgeous Ghana, fascinating Tanzania & epic South Africa!

From £1630

12 WEEKS

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REAL SOUTH AFRICA EXPERIENCE

A big 28 day group adventure around South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Volunteer in Cape Town, see the Big 5 and learn to surf. Could this be the best summer trip ever?!

From £990

4 WEEKS

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SOUTH AFRICA BIG 5 WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

As far as hands on conservation experience goes, this project, set in a world-class game reserve is second to none. The ultimate Big 5 wildlife programme.

From £290

1-12 WEEKS

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SOUTH AFRICA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

In stunning South Africa, help provide essential childcare facilities to struggling families in some of Cape Town's poorest communities.

From £290

2-24 WEEKS

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SOUTH AFRICA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English and a range of other subjects to underprivileged children from government schools in the stunning setting of cosmopolitan Cape Town.

From £290

2-24 WEEKS

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SOUTH AFRICA MARINE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

Play your part in contributing to the conservation and research programme on the South Coast of South Africa. Monitor trends, support researchers, spot whales.

From £350

1-12 WEEKS

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SOUTH AFRICA MONKEY RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

A truly unique hands-on experience where volunteers play a direct role in the socialisation, integration and behaviour rehabilitation of these amazing animals.

From £220

1-12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic 36 week journey across 9 enthralling destinations. If are looking for the ultimate gap year experience, then this Encounter is the one for you!

From £4850

36 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH PMGY?

PMGY provide a sociable structured meaningful experience across need driven community projects in Africa and Asia. Each year, we have thousands of volunteers working across a range of our projects from teaching and childcare to wildlife, medical and more. Our volunteer reviews are testament to the extensive pre-departure support and legacy our team provides to match the unbelievable in-country experience our volunteers engage in.

 

We are transparent and affordable with our fees, committed to long-term sustainable community development, all our local programmes are fully vetted and offer some great travelling and cultural opportunities to ensure that your time with us overseas is the best it can be.

 

A combination of all these reasons and more are why so many of our volunteers choose to come back to us and volunteer year after year with PMGY!

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Book your flights as early as possible after confirming your place on the programme to ensure you get the lowest airfare possible.

 

If joining us on our community programmes; you should book your flights to Cape Town International Airport (airport code CPT). If joining us on our Big 5 programme, you should book your flights book your flights to Port Elizabeth International Airport (airport code PLZ). For our Marine Conservation programme you should book your flights to George Airport (airport code GRJ) and for our Monkey Rescue programme you should book your flights to O.R. Tambo International Airport (airport code JNB).

 

PMGY work with various partners in the aviation industry to offer our volunteers competitively priced flights. If you would like any assistance in booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during the online application or feel free to call us or drop us an email.

 

PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

Travel Insurance really is a travel essential. It is mandatory for all of our participants to have adequate travel insurance in place across all their trip dates incase anything goes wrong when overseas.

 

PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional travel insurance policy specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you for any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada).

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

 

If you’d like to purchase Plan My Gap Year Travel Insurance, you can add this option on during your online application.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Before you begin your programme, we provide extensive pre-departure support on the build up to your volunteer project with us whether it is a month or a year away. This all begins from an online chat or a telephone call that develops into a regular email chain of next step communications to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with us.

 

Further to this we provide a forty page plus Volunteer Handbook that provides all you need to know once you confirm your place on the programme with us; from visa guidance and how to get a background check to what to pack and more information on the culture and preparing for your project.

 

For all our destinations we have Facebook groups made up of our local teams, past, present and future volunteers that provides a great forum for volunteers to network and to also share project updates and community updates across the year.

 

We have also generated a range of informative and action packed videos to bring some tangibility on what volunteers can expect when travel volunteering with us. This can be accessed on our PMGY Vimeo channel.

 

Our pre-departure and programme preparation webinars are not to be missed either. They run on selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip. The first webinar covers all the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.

 

For those looking to go one step further, we introduced a 60 hour online TEFL course to really strengthen volunteers project preparation. This really is the perfect introductory course to teaching English abroad and enable you to acquire some key skills along the way as well as an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION & DURATION

CAPE TOWN

 

Our projects are based in the heart of Cape Town around 30 minutes from Cape Town Airport. Cape Town is a truly multicultural city and one of stark contrasts. Central Cape Town is an exciting and trendy location filled with a range of cultural heritage sites and a buzzing nightlife. Yet as you move towards the suburbs you begin to see what life is like for those less fortunate. The Townships and Cape Flats highlight the disparity between rich and poor.

 

Our local team’s office and Volunteer House are based in central Cape Town, so you are perfectly positioned to enjoy the wonders of this amazing city. Whilst you’re not volunteering you could be soaking up some history at Robben Island (the infamous offshore prison that held Nelson Mandela), trekking up Table Mountain, surfing the waves of Clifton beach, testing your nerves as you dive with sharks and so much more!

 

Our programmes in Cape Town run from 2-24 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month. Our Real Experience programmes that combine volunteering and travelling run for 4 weeks and start on specific start dates across the year.

 

PLETTENBURG BAY

 

Our projects are based in the idyllic location of Plettenburg Bay around 90 minutes away from George Airport and 3 hours from Plettenburg Bay. Referred to commonly as Plett by the locals, the bay is a seaside town located on South Africa’s popular garden route.

 

Traditionally a very seasonal place with lots of holiday homes making up the local area; for much of the year outside of the South African summer months life can appear quite slow and relaxed in Plettenburg Bay. Yet the ecology, diversity and scenery the bay brings will always keep you entertained!

 

The bay makes up part of the Agulhas Bank ecoregion which brings with it a variety of sea life as well as being home to the distinctive flower shaped Pansy shell which is endemic to this part of the South African Coast. Indeed the shape of the shell makes up the symbol that represents the town and when there is a low tide these shells are often easy to spot on the beach.

 

The bay is also home to a variety of indigenous forests, home to one of the largest seagull breeding colonies along the South African coast and home to the endangered African oystercatcher.

 

The marine wildlife is also not to be missed and will vary depending on the seasons and migration patterns.

 

The Robberg Pennisula on the edge of the bay is home to a large Cape fur seal colony which then in turn attracts Great White Sharks. A variety of whales and dolphin species are also home to the bay across different points of the year.

 

Our programmes in Plettenburg Bay run from 1-12 weeks beginning on the first and third Monday of each month.

 

PORT ELIZABETH

 

Our projects are based on the heart of the Reserve around 1.5 hours from Port Elizabeth Airport. This fabulous South African Game Reserve is situated on the Eastern Cape and spans over 6000 hectares with exposure not only to the majestic Big 5 family but also conservation of all types of fauna and flora.

 

Our programmes in Port Elizabeth run from 1-12 weeks beginning on the first and third Monday of each month.

 

PRETORIA

 

Our projects are based in a rural area called Kromdraai around 45 minutes away from O.R Tambo Airport. Kromdraai is a small traditional village based in the Pretoria region and is located around a 40 minute drive from central Pretoria.

 

Pretoria is one of South Africa’s three capital cities and is sometimes more commonly referred to by locals as Jacaranda City because of the many Jacaranda trees planted across Pretoria. Pretoria is also famous for being an academic city with three universities based here and is well developed in many areas with a range of malls, restaurants and shops to choose from.

 

Kromdraai itself is far more isolated and famously recognized with a conservation focus as an area home to many protected caves, old gold mines, fossil sites and a game reserve.

 

Our programmes in Kromdraai run from 1-12 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month.

PMGY SOUTH AFRICA LOCAL TEAMS

PMGY’s programmes in South Africa are ran by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams who have been fully vetted by our UK team.

 

Such a committed local staff network provide the structure for your stay with us when working on our South Africa projects. The support structure in South Africa includes providing accommodation, meals (where appropriate), airport pick up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support.

 

So in general whether you are interning in schools or teaching on the childcare programme with us or joining us to work on the various wildlife projects, our local team will also allocate you to your project as well as providing a great framework for you to enjoy a unique cultural experience with us in South Africa.

ORIENTATION

CAPE TOWN

 

Your orientation will begin on Monday. At 08:45 you will be picked up and taken to our local teams office for your in-country orientation. Your day will kick off with an in-depth introduction into South African culture, safety issues and local transport. Our team will then tell you all about the volunteer projects, the do’s and don’ts and answer any questions you may have about PMGY South Africa. There will also be a chance to learn about and book onto some of the weekend tours our local team run in-country around Cape Town and South Africa.

 

After your initial briefing it’s time to check out what Cape Town has to offer. You will be taken on a walking tour of this great city where you will see some of Cape Town’s major historical sites and learn about its tragic history.

 

On the completion of your city tour, the rest of the day is free to spend time hanging out with fellow volunteers and preparing for your upcoming placement.

 

Please note that lunch is not provided during your orientation. You will have the opportunity to purchase lunch in the city with your fellow volunteers.

 

PLETTENBURG BAY

 

Your orientation will begin on the Tuesday with an informal chat with our house co-ordinator and research team member. They will spend some time going through the work and trends that is currently being focussed on at the moment, get an understanding of your expectations from the programme as well as information on the area generally and the do’s and don’t’s.

 

Our team will also take time to show you around the local area including if you need to get money out, obtain a local SIM Card or pop to the convenience store. Everything in Plettenburg Bay is really accessible and your first day here will give you chance to take in just how stunning the location is.

 

Depending on the nature of the day and the project work going on at the time, you may be getting involved in the schedule from your first full day onwards.

 

PRETORIA

 

Your orientation will begin on the Monday with a tour of the project setup and a walk and talk across the enclosures. Due to the nature of the project; this really is a project where volunteers are inducted on the job often buddying up with a longer term volunteer and learning about the volunteer role on the job. This includes an explanation on the processes, breakdown of the rotas and how things like the trap doors operate.

 

Our local team will also spend time with you across the first day or so explaining the do’s and don’t’s as well as the background and developments of the project over the years.

 

Volunteers are advised to note that due to the immediate isolated nature of the area; any visits to supermarkets, ATMs, obtaining local SIM Card etc is done so at the volunteers expense. Our team and other volunteers will be happy to point you in the right directions for this and in many cases volunteers will tend to do access such amenities in small groups.

 

PORT ELIZABETH

 

On arrival to the reserve on the Monday evening you will get an initial briefing and walking tour from the indoor coordinator of the internal reserve set up in terms of getting familiar with the accommodation, locating where the meals are served and finding out where the entertainment and leisure rooms are.

 

The Tuesday is the orientation day which will incorporate a three hour game drive around the reserve to get a first glimpse and feel for what will become your working environment. You will more than likely spot some Big 5 along the way as well!

 

After lunch in the afternoon our outdoor coordinators who are the main point of contacts for you on the reserve will come and chat with the volunteers and explain all about your role, different types of activities and why they need to be done as well as some background to the reserve and about the wildlife on the reserve.The evening is yours to relax before a full day of volunteer activities the next day!

ITINERARY

CAPE TOWN

 

Please make sure you arrive into Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town (CPT) on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival

 

Welcome to South Africa! Volunteers will be picked up at Cape Town airport by a local backpacker bus. You will then be taken to our Volunteer House in downtown Cape Town. The journey will take around 30 minutes and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of this amazing country. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and getting to know your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation

 

After a good first night rest in South Africa, it’s now time to begin your induction into life in South Africa. The orientation will be a mix of theory, culture and visits to local points of interest.

 

Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

Tuesday will be your first day at the volunteer projects. On the Monday, our local team would have illustrated to you how to travel to and from the project. in most cases you will travel to the project with a fellow volunteer or our local team will travel with you and introduce you to the project themselves. Spend the first couple of days getting into the swing of things and working out your weekly schedule. It may seem all a bit much at first, especially if this is your first overseas volunteering experience, but you will soon get the hang of it all.

 

Volunteers will usually have an hour lunch break during each day of volunteering. You may decide to pack a lunch together before you leave for project in the 24 morning or choose a nearby cafe or restaurant to eat from. Remember that our local team are only ever a phone call away!

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend

 

Weekends in Cape Town are never dull and there a huge number of trips and activities to get involved in. Our local team will run through some of these during the orientation period. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

The following weeks

 

The volunteering week is Monday to Friday. You will find as time passes you will really come into your own at your volunteer project. It is really important that you remain committed to the project throughout your time on the programme. Cape Town is a fun place to be with lots to do in the evenings, however we expect you to be committed and punctual at all times.

 

Last day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

PLETTENBURG BAY

 

Please make sure you arrive into George Airport (GRJ) on the selected Monday.

 

Day 1 (Monday) – Arrival

 

You will be collected from George Airport by a member of our transfer team who will be holding a sign with your name on it.

 

The journey to the Volunteer House in Plettenburg Bay will take around 90 minutes depending on traffic and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of this amazing country across the Eastern Cape. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing, meeting the team and getting to know your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 2 (Tuesday) – Orientation

 

After a good nights rest its time to begin your time on the project with us. The induction day can vary as it is dependent on the project work that is going on at the time, but in general you will get a chance to meet and chat with our team, here about the project work that is being developed, take some time to visit the amenities and in general begin to take in the beauty that Plettenburg has to offer.

 

Day 3-5 (Wednesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

Wednesday is your first full day committed to the project. Your first day is an extension from the induction day on the Tuesday and all about familiarising yourself with the environment, understanding your schedule and what is expected of you at the project. You will find that each day at the project can be very different!

 

Our local team are always on-hand to assist you should you encounter any problems or just need some help. They live right next to the accommodation, so are on-call 24/7.

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend

 

Weekends in South Africa are never dull! Whatever you plan to do, our local team can advise you on the best places to go!

 

The following weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering across the week. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Sunday)

 

Sunday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

PRETORIA

 

Please make sure you arrive into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB) on the selected Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival

 

You will be collected from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by a member of our transfer team who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Volunteers are advised strongly to either exchange money or make use of the many ATMs when at the airport as such services are not readily available within the vicinity of the Volunteer House.

 

The journey to the Volunteer House in Kromdraai will take around 45 to 60 minutes depending on traffic and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of this amazing country. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and getting to know your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation

 

After a good nights rest its time to begin your time on the project with us. The induction day is very much a hands on experience where you will spend time getting to know the primates, learning about the developments of the rescue programme and working alongside the longer term volunteers. After a hard days work the evening is yours again to relax or perhaps head into Pretoria.

 

Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

Tuesday is your first full day committed to the project. Your first day is an extension from the induction day on the Monday and all about familiarising yourself with the environment, understanding your schedule and what is expected of you at the project. Our local team are always on-hand to assist you should you encounter any problems or just need some help. They live right next to the accommodation, so are on-call 24/7.

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend

 

Weekends in South Africa are never dull! Whatever you plan to do, our local team can advise you on the best places to go! Our local team work with a local tour company who help provide the best travel opportunities across South Africa and within the local area to ensure you see as much as you can in your time with us.

 

Volunteers are advised to note that due to the need of the project and volunteer support to operated 7 days a week; whilst volunteers are guaranteed two days off per week it is not guaranteed which days of the week these will be and they may also operate on a rotating basis. This is all communicated in-country and our local team will always do our best to account for any travel plans or tours the volunteers may want to do.

 

The following weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering across the week. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

PORT ELIZABETH

 

Please make sure you arrive into Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) on Monday.

 

Day 1 (Monday) – Arrival

 

Your flight into Port Elizabeth should arrive between 09:00 – 15:30 if possible. Our taxi leaves Port Elizabeth at the latest at 16:00 on a Monday (or when the last volunteer lands if before), which means a 15:30 arrival time at the reserve at the latest (it is about a 90 minute road journey from the airport to the reserve). If you cannot find a flight that lands before 15:30 and miss this cut-off time, you will need to arrange accommodation for yourself in Port Elizabeth for the night on the Sunday the day before and then meet the transfer team at the airport on the Monday.

 

Day 2-5 (Tuesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

Working hours on the reserve are generally speaking Monday to Friday 08:00am to 5.00pm split into a morning and afternoon session with an hour or two for lunch (please note working hours are dependent on weather and nature of activity). The evenings and weekends are at leisure.

 

You will get the chance to get up close and personal with some of South Africa’s most famous residents. There will be the possibility to care for lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards and get involved in our rehabilitation centres and elephant sanctuary work.

 

The activities for the rest of the week are extremely varied so no two days will be the same. It’s not all work and no play as the programme is designed to provide a physical and fun experience every day.

 

Day 6-7 Weekend!

 

It is up to you how you spend your weekends. You are more than welcome to stay at the reserve, but note no volunteering activities are scheduled across the weekend.

 

We operate a transfer to and from Port Elizabeth on the Saturday morning returning on the Sunday night that has no additional cost should volunteers wish to venture into Port Elizabeth for the weekend. Sometimes volunteers will make use of the transfer service and then make their own independent travel to other locations from here.

 

The following weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Sunday)

 

Sunday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Most participants will leave the reserve on the Saturday morning transfer and spend the night in Port Elizabeth at their leisure and this transfer is included in your Programme Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect and many volunteers (and their loved ones) are concerned for their safety and security.

 

Although we can never fully guarantee your safety, we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering programme is as careful, safe and secure as possible. Every programme that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a Director of Plan My Gap Year. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation, worked on the projects and built strong trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support that they can go through (and people who will help them in the case of an accident).

 

1. In-Country Project Coordinators & Support Staff
2. Project Staff
3. PMGY UK Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences and we are continually improving our placements and projects through this feedback. Security and safety of our programmes is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with the local staff at your orientation. During orientation, project staff will also provide guidance in the area of safety and security.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips.

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery you wear in public.
• Do not drink tap water.
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents of theft often occur when there are crowds and confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public.
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night.
• Use reputable taxi firms only. Our local staff will recommend some specific companies during orientation. If you are unsure – ask local staff who to use.
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets. If possible use transport from door to door after dark.
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high risk areas for pickpockets and thieves.
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town.
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road.
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.

WEATHER

The weather in South Africa is extremely seasonal. Please bear in mind that the seasons are the reverse of the seasons in the UK. During the summer months (November – March) the temperature can rise up to 35°C! These months are generally warm and dry; however at times it can get quite windy. February to April is by far the best beach weather!

 

June brings cold weather as South Africa enters the winter period, which lasts up until September. On average, the temperature stays around 15°C through the winter months and only occasionally dropping down to 8°C. Winter does bring some wet weather with the majority of the annual rainfall coming in July and August.

 

If you are joining us in June, July and/or August, please bring a warm jacket and a sleeping bag as it can get quite cold at night. The weather over this period can be unpredictable so we suggest bringing clothes for all seasons – just in case! The most enjoyable times of year in terms of weather are spring (September – November) and autumn (April – May).

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

CAPE TOWN - ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in South Africa you will live in our Volunteer House located in Sea Point, a great, lively spot in Cape Town. The beach is only a short walk away, and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and local amenities in the surrounding area. Long Street, Cape Town’s premier nightlife destination is only 10 minutes away by public transport. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with Wi-Fi (there will be a small charge). Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in mixed-sex rooms. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. During the winter period (June to August) it can get quite cold, so please bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag – although you are provided with a bed sheet and blanket so it’s up to personal preference.

 

The house has a communal area for volunteers to hang out with sofa’s, flat screen TV and DVD player. Each volunteer has their own locker to store valuables so you should bring a padlock with you to store away your items. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

Please note that rooms are mixed gender and we cannot accommodate single-sex or private rooms in the Volunteer House.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

CAPE TOWN - MEALS

You will be provided with breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday. You will need to purchase your own lunch during the working week (Mon-Fri) and all meals at the weekend. Please note that although the Volunteer House has a kitchen, this is quite small and makes cooking meals difficult if the house is very busy, so it may be easier to eat out. You should budget around £40 per week for meals not included.

 

For breakfast we provide yoghurt, fruit, cheese, bread, jams, tea and coffee, peanut butter, eggs etc. Volunteers just help themselves – all cutlery and crockery etc is provided. Dinner is provided at a local restaurant where volunteers all eat together, the restaurant is a short walk from the Volunteer House. Typical meals include spaghetti bolognese, curry, burgers and chips, fish, salads, pasta and vegetables.

 

If you fancy eating out there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and local amenities in the surrounding area. Long Street, Cape Town’s premier nightlife destination is only 10 minutes away by public transport.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

PLETTENBURG BAY - ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY you will live in our volunteer accommodation right by the beach in Plettenburg Bay. A stone’s throw from the idyllic beach, Plett has everything you need with ATMs, restaurants, shops all within walking distance. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable. Each room has either single beds with up to 4 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with bedding and are advised to bring some warm clothes as temperatures can drop through the night.

 

Bathrooms are shared, have hot shower and western style toilet. There is a member of staff who comes through the week to keep the communal areas of the house tidy and laundry services are also available.

 

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks for your suitcase and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled. Wi-Fi is available at the accommodation but may be intermittent.

 

There are communal areas across the accommodation where volunteers can relax including a living room with TV as well as a balcony area at the top of the house to take in some breath-taking views and sunsets of Plettenburg Bay.

 

The volunteer accommodation is located right next to where our local team live and on the same site to where we run the project. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our local team and volunteer co-ordinators who can assist you if need be.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

PLETTENBURG BAY - MEALS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided with the Programme Fees through the week. At weekends there is food stuff in the fridge for volunteer use but should volunteers stay in the house across the weekend they will need to prepare all their food accordingly.

 

For breakfast and lunch this operates on a self-service basis. For dinner from Monday to Friday, a fresh meal is prepared daily with a rotating menu and left for volunteers to heat up when they wish to eat after a long day volunteering.

 

If you fancy eating out Plettenburg Bay offers many options within a 15-minute walk of the accommodation whether it be restaurants by the beach, cafes in town centre or fast food outlets by the retail park.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

PRETORIA - ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY you will live in our volunteer accommodation which is around a 40 minute taxibus from the centre of Pretoria where you will find restaurants, malls, convenience stores and ATMs. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable. Each room has either single or bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in mixed rooms. Volunteers are provided with bedding and are advised to bring some warm clothes as temperatures can drop through the night. Mosquito nets can be provided on request and a washing machine is available. You are also welcome to bring your own mats if you want some extra comfort.

 

Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is hot but this can also be intermittent.

 

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks for your suitcase and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled. Volunteers are advised to note that cupboard space is not readily available within the bedrooms.

 

There are communal areas across the accommodation where volunteers can relax and socialize both indoors and outdoors. A swimming pool is also located within walking distance from the accommodation which volunteers have access too.

 

The volunteer accommodation is located right next to where our local team live and on the same site to where we run the project. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our local team and volunteer co-ordinators who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about the history and developments of the primate rescue programme at all times of the day!

 

Please note that the accommodation volunteers live in also has dogs and cats on site.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

PRETORIA - MEALS

Meals are not included in the volunteer Programme Fees and as such operate in a self-catering format. There is a kitchen with cooking facilities including ovens and hobs for volunteers to prepare meals as well as fridge and cupboard space for storage purposes.

 

Usually volunteers will travel a couple times a week on average to a nearby supermarket to buy food supplies and snacks. If you fancy eating out Pretoria offers a vibrant arena to facilitate this with many malls and western restaurants to choose from around 30 minutes from the accommodation.

PORT ELIZABETH - ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in South Africa you will stay at our Volunteer House which is located right in the middle of the reserve compound. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and offers a friendly and lively atmosphere. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

We will transport you via jeep to and from the accommodation onto the reserve or project setting for the volunteering activity. This service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

You will be housed in either the Kubs Quarters or Mafusa Camp dorms. The dorms are single sex dorms. Volunteers are provided with bed linen, cupboard space and a mini safe to store any valuables.

 

Bathrooms are shared In a dorm like form with a western style toilet and hot showers available.

 

There is communal areas across the accommodation with comfortable sofa, big screen TVs, fridge space, books and tea/coffee station to enjoy for some relaxation and downtime.

 

Wi-Fi is available (although intermittent) in the main lounge area a short walk from the volunteer accommodation outside of working hours.

 

A complimentary laundry service also operates where volunteers can hand over their clothes to be washed, dried and returned to them.

 

Volunteers have access to the swimming pool, tennis courts and entertainment room during downtime as well.

 

The reserve has on site security throughout both around the accommodation compound and on the main entrance into the reserve.

PORT ELIZABETH - MEALS

Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week so that each day is different.

 

The breakfast consists of cereals, bread, butter, jam, peanut butter, tea, coffee and cheese, but sometimes we serve eggs, sausages or baked beans, and sometimes a combination of the above.

 

As for lunch and dinner we have a wide variety ranging from burgers, chicken and chips, macaroni cheese, vegetarian dishes, potato casserole and so on (so you definitely won’t go hungry!). All meals come with a salad option as well.

 

Usually snacks are served and made available with no additional cost in the afternoons for volunteers.

 

Please note that all meals are served at the Mafusa dining area, and no cooking is allowed in any of the kitchen/ kitchenette areas.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

CAPE TOWN

 

Many of the projects are in walking distance from the Volunteer Hostel but some projects are further afield. The maximum journey time from the Volunteer Hostel to the projects is 40 minutes. Our local team will give you a clear run down on the travel options available to you and how to get to/from the projects during your in-country orientation. You should budget around £2 to £3 per day (Mon-Fri) for getting to and from the volunteer placement if not within walking distance.

 

PLETTENBURG BAY

 

You will be transported to and from the volunteer accommodation by private vehicle for each scheduled activity to the relevant location. Any transport required as part of an activity is also included in the Programme Fees.

 

PRETORIA

 

The Primate Rescue project is located right next to the volunteer accommodation and therefore within walking distance.

 

PORT ELIZABETH

 

Volunteers are based on the reserve and within close proximity to where the daily tasks take place. You will be transported to and from the work locations by safari jeep. This project transport is included in your Programme Fee.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the programmes in South Africa is 18 and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does NOT need to be your first language.

 

We require a clean background check from all our participants in advance of volunteering with us abroad.

 

In general no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation.

 

Registration Fees must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place and Programme Fees are due at least 60 days before the programme start date.

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