South Africa Community Building Project

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where? Mfuleni, South Africa.
Gap year construction projects in South Africa

There is so much work available for groups to get involved with on our Community Building Project in South Africa. Working in the township of Mfuleni where many families live in inadequate accommodation, volunteers play a key role in the building of better quality homes, making Mfuleni a more comfortable and safer place to live.

Volunteer building projects in South Africa

You will join a building team and work alongside the local villagers by assisting at all levels of building and construction of the cinder block homes. During your placement you will be involved in digging a foundation in the sand, mixing and pouring cement by shovel and wheelbarrow, placing cinderblocks to build walls and rooms, building a roof, or putting the finishing coat of paint on the completed house.

The building work takes place early in the morning and late in the afternoon so you'll have plenty of time to get involved in township life by organising sports or games and doing some informal teaching.

Mfuleni is a relatively new township 40 kilometres from Cape Town. The majority of the community was moved there in the late 1990s following flooding and fires in different townships across the Western Cape. This is a poor township with a number of pressing problems, however, despite this the people of Mfuleni have stayed and worked together to try and uplift their community and make it a better place for all. South Africa is a unique environment in which to spend time volunteering abroad and is a thriving and lively destination for a work experience placement.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday Depending on Time of Arrival Arrive and go to accommodation. If the weather is good will we go to the beach. Chance to talk and ask questions with Projects Abroad staff.
    2 Monday 09:00 – 9:30 The Volunteers will be picked up and shown to the Head office in Wynberg.
    09:30 – 12:00 Arrive at the Head Office. Volunteers will be given a tour around the office and will meet all the staff members. They will be briefed by the Director (Gisela Madden) and other staff about their stay, their project, general behavior and other destination information.
    12:00 – 14:00 Volunteers will be taken to Rondebosch for lunch with Projects Abroad staff. (20 min drive).
    14:00 – 16:00 Visit the office in Rondebosch. This is where volunteers will be based and given more information regarding their project and project related activities.
    16:00 – 16:30 Taken back home. Rest of the day off.
    18:30 Dinner.
    3 Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00 Picked up and taken to the building site.
    9:00 – 12:00 The manager of the building project will give volunteers a thorough induction about the building project and site. The community they work in and general safety around the building site. He will go into detail about the eco building project and the impact it has on the environment. He will teach the volunteers basic Building skills that they will need every day and protocol.
    13:00 – 14:30 Volunteers will be shown their mini project and future contribution to the building project. After showing them how the sandbags process works they can get started on their project.
    15:00 Leave Building Project back home to accommodation.
    16:30 Transport to Claremont for social.
    17:30 Bowling Social – Bowling is a fun and interactive way for Volunteers to team up and get to know one another. The bowling Social is held at a Mall in Claremont Central a Suburb of Cape Town. Volunteers will be in a competitive match between to see who the bowling champion is. This social Event is paid for by Projects Abroad, (excluding drinks and food at the event). Volunteers will be taken home after the social via a private cab.
    4 Wednesday 8:30 – 9:00 Volunteers will be picked up from their accommodation by an arranged transport and taken to the building site.
    9:00 -12:00 Start of work on their project. Help will be provided by Vash to any concerns or techniques that they may need. They will learn how to plaster and mix different types of cement
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteers can continue working or if tired they can return home or play with the children in the crèche. There are many spontaneous activities to do on the building Project. Because volunteers are in the heart of the township community they will get a complete cultural experience. Some of the activities are: Playing soccer with the community children, spending time with the children in the crèche, serving porridge in the morning donated by the Pallsmoore prison.
    15:00 Leave Building Project back home to accommodation.
    5 Thursday 8:30 – 9:00 Volunteers will be picked up from their accommodation by an arranged transport and taken to the building site.
    9:00 – 12:00 Start of work on the volunteer project. Help will be provided to deal with any concerns or techniques that they may need. They will learn how to plaster and mix different types of cement
    12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
    13:00- 15:00 Volunteers can continue working or if tired they can return home or play with the children in the crèche. There are many spontaneous activities to do on the building Project. Because volunteers are in the heart of the township community they will get a complete cultural experience. Some of the activities are: Playing soccer with the community children, spending time with the children in the crèche, serving porridge in the morning donated by the Pallsmoore prison.
    18:00 – 20:30 Baxter Theatre night. The volunteers will watch a play about post-Apartheid South Africa.
    6 Friday 09:00 – 11:00 Picked up and taken to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for Robben Island trip. volunteers will be briefed about the trip as well as some of the history behind Robben Island itself (weather dependent event).
    11:00–15:00 Trip via boat. Packed lunch or option to eat at the restaurant on the island at own cost.
    15:00 – 17:00 Walk around the Waterfront. See the docks, many of the sights and see some local musicians playing on the sidewalks.
    17:00 – 18:00 Return home. Rest and relax.
    19:00 Dinner.
    7 Saturday 7:00 Garden Route Trip-Leaving on early Saturday morning; the volunteers embark on a Voyage exploring the famous garden route of Cape Town.
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday 20:00 Return late evening from the Garden Route Trip.
    9 Monday 8:30 – 9:00 Volunteers will be picked up from their accommodation by an arranged transport and taken to the building site.
    9:00 – 12:00 Work at Building site.
    12:00 – 13:00 Packed lunch
    13:00 – 15:00 Return to office. Start preparing questions and readings for the magistrate court and talk by a prosecutor.
    15:00 Return home
    10 Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00 Picked up from accommodation and taken to the building site.
    9:00 – 15:00 Work at Building site.
    11 Wednesday 8:30 – 9:00 Volunteers will be picked up from their accommodation by an arranged transport and taken to the building site.
    9:00 – 12:00 Work at Building site
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteers can continue working or if tired they can return home or play with the children in the crèche. There are many spontaneous activities to do on the building Project. Because volunteers are in the heart of the township community they will get a complete cultural experience. Some of the activities are: Playing soccer with the community children, spending time with the children in the crèche, serving porridge in the morning donated by the Pallsmoore prison.
    15:00 Leave Building Project back home to accommodation
    12 Thursday 09:00 – 15:00 Taken to Project and to work on their mini Project.
    17:30 – 21:00 Go Karting Social
    21:00 – 22:00 Dinner.
    13 Friday 09:00 – 12:00 Last day at Work
    12:00 – 14:00 Volunteers will be taken to Cape Town Central for last lunch and certificate ceremony.
    14:00 – 17:00 Volunteers will be taken to Flea Market and Green Market Square. Volunteers can browse the market for gifts and souvenirs.
    17:00 Return home
    14 Saturday Departures. If leaving late at night, will be taken out during the day to the beach or social depending on weather.

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