Making Waves – Surf Project

Improve surf skills whilst changing young lives forever

Project Summary

Learn to surf whilst making positive waves in a Cape Town children’s community.

Making waves is a community development surf project with a clear vision and a passion for the future. Our goal is to be a most effective community-based not-for-profit project that provides wholistic support to impoverished youth and youth at risk to make what would otherwise have seemed impossible, (based on family backgrounds and financial circumstances), possible!

There is a major lack of recreational activities, mentorship and guidance in our communities (& especially the impoverished ones) that can support and direct young people in realising their talents and living out their most promising destinies.

To transform our community, see individuals reach their full potential, activate their calling & send them forth as leaders into society.

Through mentoring, coaching & training, individuals will be equipped with skills that will enhance self- worth & create opportunities for complete social integration. By creating visibility & enhancing public – private partnerships, we will ensure a safe community for all.

Purpose Statement:-
We are a community project aimed at equipping the individual with sets of skills enabling him/her to become a success. It imparts to the individual the wisdom required for quality decision making and forward progression. The individual is guided through practical steps to fulfil his/her vision, achieve their goals and fulfil their destiny.
For young people to not just know who they are, but also what they can become, they need acceptance, affirmation, strong positive role models and adventure.
Making Waves is specifically designed for the young people of Strandfontein, Bayview, San Remo and the informal settlement known as 7 de Laan.

Through surfing, mentoring, coaching and imparting life skills, individuals are equipped with skills that will promote their self-esteem, develop their talents and create opportunities for complete social participation and enhancement.

What's Included


  • – Being a role model both in speech and conduct
    – Guidance through mentorship
    – Going the distance with the youth for complete social integration
    – Participating in grass roots dynamics and social engagement
Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
– Ability to swim
Language requirement:
Basic English. A volunteer needs to be able to communicate with both the staff and children.

What’s included:

– Airport Transfers
– CAPE TOWN ORIENTATION: 3 nights accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from
social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to there accommodation
. Full day peninsula tour.
– All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program
– Appointed Supervisor for duration of program
– Accommodation
– Two meals a day – Breakfast and Dinner
– Donation per month to the Volunteer Project, to assist in their funding.
– A South African sim card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
– Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
– Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes

What’s excluded:

– The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days
– Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa
as you will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme
– Weekend excursions
– Local Transport for social activities
– Lunches (not provided by host family)
– Use of Phone: Landline or Mobile costs
– Towels and Toiletries
– Accommodation if you arrive before start date or after project end
– Transport to accommodation if you arrive before start date or leave after project end

Bookings & More info

Volunteer Project is run by You2Africa

Office telephone number:
+27 (0)76 205 5170 or
+27 (0)79 999 8831

Skype:  discogoldfish