South Africa


Living Hope Community volunteer project

Location: Cape Town, South Africa



South Africa has only been free of apartheid and segregation for fifteen years. The heroic story of Nelson Mandela and his ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ following 27 years in prison under the minority white government was followed by his election in 1994 and exemplary presidency of what became known as the Rainbow Nation.

Few places in the world can boast a more spectacular setting than Cape Town, which is cradled in a vast blue-grey amphitheatre formed by Table Mountain. Curving south into the Atlantic Ocean like an eroded sickle, the Cape Peninsula has always presented a fearsome challenge to early navigators rounding the tip of Africa. Within the vast beauty of this magnificent country, lie its vibrant people and colourful communities, many of which face day-to-day struggles such as poverty, unemployment and the devastating consequences of HIV/AIDS. On the Living Hope Summer Project you will have the opportunity to get involved several of these areas, as you come alongside and serve the local communities and share the love of Christ.

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Living Hope seeks to reach people for Christ, bring hope and break the despair of poverty and disease.
ACTS and Living Hope have worked as partners over the past 8 years.

The exact ministry schedule will be determined by Living Hope and will be adjusted closer to the time, so as to best meet the exact needs of the communities volunteers will be working in. Generally speaking, ministry opportunities will include:

Living Hope is the umbrella name for the organisation. The organisation has several branches of ministry. This volunteer project will mainly involve Living Right Ministry. Living Right is focused on prevention – Teaching kids life skills and Biblical values; Health education and HIV testing for adults and community support groups for those with chronic diseases.

Other branches include: Living Care, which consists of an inpatient clinic and home based nursing care in all of our relevant communities; Living Way, which focuses on job skills and economic development. Living Way also runs an Agricultural Business Training Programme from Living Hope’s main campus; Finally, Living Grace, which runs an outpatient rehabilitation programme for those recovering from substance abuse. They also help to provide adequate and nutritious food to those who cannot afford it, through their Food Share Programme.

Living Right: Holiday, Children & Teens Club
Most of your time spent with Living Hope will be at the Holiday, Children and Teens Club. This takes place during South Africa’s school holiday as a means to keep children from impoverished backgrounds, busy with positive and constructive activities rather than spending time with the wrong crowds as a result of insufficient adult supervision.
You will work alongside our local staff as they lead. The activities during holiday club include activities such as songs, games, sports, arts & crafts, Bible stories and devotionals. Generally you will be spending quality time with children, sharing Christ’s love with them. Teen Club is an opportunity to reach high-risk youth in these same impoverished communities by building encouraging, healthy, Christ-centered, mentor relationships. Involvement includes partnering with the LSES (Life Skills Educators) to help strengthen these relationships.

Living Right: Ministry
Through Living Right Ministry, Living Hope seeks to prevent the spread of chronic illnesses including HIV and AIDS using short and long term strategies among the communities in which it operates. This is achieved through reaching out to pregnant moms, parents, primary school children, teens and adults; hoping to build an AIDS free generation. The ministry consists of Support Group Facilitators, Health Counselors and Life Skills Educators.

The Life Skills Educational Programme, where you will be involved, reaches thousands of students every year. This is done through after school and holiday clubs for children and teenagers that are held in local crèches, schools and colleges. Here students receive value-based education on sexual abstinence and other lifestyle topics. The programme also includes parenting classes extending Living Hope’s influence into the home.

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Full itinerary


The exact ministry schedule will be determined by Living Hope and will be adjusted closer to the time, so as to best meet the exact needs of the communities volunteers will be working in.

Week 1: Monday – Friday
You will be given a practical orientation and briefed on what the next few weeks will entail. A tour of Living Hope, team building and ministry overview set the focus for this week.

Holiday Clubs* and Children or Teen Clubs Week 2-4:
After your first week of orientation you will spend three weeks with the Holiday Club, Children Club and Teen Club. This program is similar to VBS in the US. Holiday Club forms part of the Living Right Ministry with Living Hope and takes place during school vacations in South Africa.

Week 5: Monday – Friday
You will still be involved with Living Right in your community, in the after school kids or teen clubs. In the mornings you will have the opportunity to serve in other areas of Living Hope, based on your interest and availability. See our website for more information.

Saturdays are free days with various options of excursions on your own account. You are welcome to ask us for more information regarding activity options. We also provide the opportunity to join local church services on Sundays.

Garden Route Safari Option

After close of project, at the end of week five, there will be an optional extra Garden Route Safari. Please ask for more information and pricing.

Our volunteer house is a beautiful modern house, walking distance from the beach. Surrounded by mountains and indigenous Fynbos, the house is situated within the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, only 10 minutes from Living Hope Head Quarters, 40 minutes drive from the airport and 30 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. There is also a convenience store within walking distance from the home and you will have an ACTS guide staying with you at all times.

***Please Note: Do remember to pack your own towels.

You will be provided with three basic, simple but healthy meals a day. Snacks and soft drinks are not included and for your own account. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis consisting of cereals / porridge, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch you will need to prepare yourself, but all the ingredients needed, will be provided. Dinner will be cooked or prepared for you by one of our chefs at your volunteer house. On weekends you will need to cook your own meals (we will provide ingredients ) as our staff will need to be given time off. Weekends are usually a good time for tourist activities and exploring the surrounding area, so this is the time that a lot of volunteers are out and about. Please advise us of any specific dietary requirements before you arrive!

3 Day Garden Route Safari
Optional extra at the end of the volunteer project. The 3 day Garden Route Safari is an excellent opportunity to reflect and look back on their experience over the last few weeks on project. During the Safari the group will experience the thrill of game driving in an authentic BIG 5 National Game Park, located near Albertinia on the Garden Route.

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Cape Town, Living Hope Volunteer Project

How long: 5 Week Volunteer Project
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Minimum age: 18
Dates & Cost:
5 Week Volunteer Project: 22 June – 25 July 2015
Price: USD$1995

*This is a price is based on a minimum of eight persons.

Project costs include
• Daily transport (weekends too)
• 3 meals per day weekdays
• (self-serve breakfast/packed lunch by volunteers themselves/cooked dinners )
• Weekends B and D only
• Living Hope facilitation fee
• ACTS guide
• Table Mt/V&A/Green Mkt Sq/Cape Point/Boulders/Simons Town/Kalk Bay
• Accommodation Eco Wave -DORMS

Project costs exclude
• Items of a personal nature, personal insurances, visas and gratuities
• All meals taken in restaurants and not specified
• Laundry
• Internet
• All Flights
• Optional extra activities
• In country medical Insurance

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