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Surf or learn to surf in the surfers’ paradise of Muizenberg.
Free access to surf rentals.
Use the skills you’ve been taught to teach and assist children.
Help make a positive difference in society.
Meet travellers from around the world.
Experience amazing tours and adventures in and around Cape Town.
Nightlife and social events.
24/7 support from Surfpop coordinator.
Surfpop is an organization that aims to make a positive difference in society by working with children from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town. We use surfing as a tool to nurture and guide the youngsters and make them ambassadors in their communities.
We work closely with Ukhanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele, a township in
Cape Town. We have 12 students ranging between 6 and 15 years old. We are
building long lasting relationships with these boys, developing and pushing their surf skills, assisting them with their homework, teaching them life skills and developing a program to measure and evaluate the positive effects that surfing has on them.
A portion of the fees goes to the Surfpop Foundation which is a non-profit trust that is set up to pay for the childrens’ tertiary education. The boys are all given the opportunity to study and if they have the drive and ambition, to work for Surfpop once they’ve completed their studies.
We are creating a family and delivering a very real, personal and intimate experience for the children and volunteers alike.
You will be collected from the airport and taken to your hostel.
Orientation dinner on the Friday evening.
Program starts the following Monday.
Surfing lessons takes place three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and
Friday. You are instructed by one of the best surf instructors in Muizenberg in one of the best ‘to learn surf’ beaches in the world. On these days you will have some time after your surf to do social media, blog, event planning. The kids arrive in Muizenberg after school at around 3pm and then have a surf session with them.
After the surf we give the boys some food and they head back home.
Tours take place on Tuesday and Thursday. On these days you will be picked up from the hostel early in the morning and head out for the day and return at 1.30pm, in time to have lunch before the boys arrive.
Some of the tours include:
Cape Point Nature Reserve – the most south western tip of Africa
Boulders Beach – see the penguin colony
The Drakenstein Lion Sanctuary
Table Mountain hike and cable car down
Silvermine Nature Reserve – Elephants Eye hike and dam
Lions head sunset hike + full moon hike
Boat cruise from Hout Bay to Seal Island
Chapmans Peak sundowners cruise
Local markets excursions
Muizenberg sunrise hike
Surf tours for the more adventurous/capable surfers
World of birds sanctuary
Visit to Cape Town CBD and Long Street
Excursions to museums
These are just some of the tours we can do – it can be customized and changed to suit the volunteers’ wishes/preferences. We are very flexible in this regard.
Location and Accommodation
Muizenberg has recently been listed as one of the top 20 surf destinations by the National Geographic. It is a beautiful village with a vibrant energy; surrounded by the mountain, sea and vlei.
Volunteers are hosted at African Soul Surfer – a hostel where they eat, breathe and sleep surfing. It has spectacular sea-views and right in the middle of the surf action in Surfers’ Corner. The hostel is a melting pot for travellers from around the world.
There are bars, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, food markets, surf shops and access to local transport all within walking distance from the hostel.
Breakfast provided Monday – Friday
Dinner provided Mondy – Thursday
Weekends are self-catering – there is a supermarket and restaurants on your
What to bring
Surfing equipment is provided by the project but if you prefer to use your own wetsuits and surfboards, you are welcome to bring this along.
Bringing warm clothes, beach clothes, towels, sun cream, hat/cap, shoes for hiking and sport is also recommended.
Camera and laptop are not essential but could help with social media and organising activities.
Anything else you might need can be bought at local supermarkets in South Africa.
While there is no specific uniform, volunteers are asked to wear sensible clothing.