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This deeply rewarding project provides essential meals and support for people that find themselves homeless on the streets of Cape Town. The project also offers an informal after-school programme for underprivileged children.

Under the expert guidance of Pastor John, the project carries out valuable community work by supporting homeless people with counselling, temporary accommodation, help with finding work and a place to call home.

As a volunteer you will help with preparing lunches and dinners, taking attendance registers, interviewing and recording profiles, assisting the children with homework and games, and collecting food donations. During your stay you will gain a unique understanding of the social problems that Cape Town's homeless encounter, and learn about their individual stories of hardship and triumph over adversity.

To join this project you will need to be in good physical condition and aged 18 years or older by the time you arrive in Cape Town. Emotional maturity and discretion are important assets, and you must also have personal characteristics like commitment, flexibility, patience and the ability to use your initiative if you find yourself at a loose end. To ensure effective communication between all team members, a good understanding of the English language is also required.

Arrival AirportCape Town (CPT)
Arrival DayFriday or earlier
Join Project OnMonday
DurationYou can volunteer at the Homeless Feeding Programme for 1 week or more
Volunteering HoursVariable hours from Monday to Friday each week
Main ActivitiesAssisting with the preparation of meals for the homeless feeding programme and working with underprivileged children
Fly Home OnFriday or later
Minimum AgeYou must be aged 18 years or older when you arrive
AvailabilityAvailable dates for each duration are shown on the top-right of this page with the option to select from several currencies.
Pre-arrival SupportOur experienced Cape Town team is on hand with expert advice and assistance to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa
Airport TransfersOne of our team will be at the airport to welcome you when you land. We will also get you back to the airport in time for your flight home
Welcome BriefYou will receive a comprehensive welcome brief shortly after you arrive
AccommodationYou will stay at Ashanti Lodge in central Cape Town with a pool, restaurant, bar and wonderful views of Table Mountain
FoodBasic breakfasts are included at Ashanti Lodge. All other meals are self-catering
OrientationOn your first morning with the Homeless Feeding Programme you will have a full orientation
BadgeWe will provide you with a personalised Via Volunteers name badge to wear while you are at the Homeless Feeding Programme
T-ShirtAn attractive Via Volunteers T-Shirt
In-country SupportOur Cape Town based volunteer coordinators are available 24/7 for emergencies, and are on hand to help you make the most of your stay
CertificateOn completion of your placement we will send you a special thank you certificate to accompany your CV or resume.
VisasCitizens from most countries can arrive in South Africa and stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. Please refer to our FAQ section for more details if you are unsure
FlightsPlease refer to our FAQ section for recommendations about keeping your flight costs to a minimum
InsuranceWe have partnered with World Nomads Insurance to give you access to great value insurance for volunteers. Please check out our Insurance page under the FAQ tab for more details
TransportWe will take you to the Homeless Feeding Programme on your first morning. Thereafter, you will need to book and pay for your remaining transfers using the Uber App on your phone.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Homeless Feeding Project Photos  |   Download Homeless Feeding Volunteer Guide

Your first visit to the Homeless Feeding Programme will be on the first Monday after you arrive in Cape Town.

On your first day, one of the Via Volunteer's team will collect you from Ashanti Lodge @ 09:00 and take you to the Feeding Programme Centre in Salt River, which is about a 10-minute drive. Thereafter, you will need to book your remaining transfers between Ashanti Lodge and the feeding programme using the Uber app on your phone.

We will introduce you to the feeding programme coordinator, who will help you to settle in with a warm welcome. He will get you started soon after and provide you with a provisional schedule for the week ahead.

Meals for the homeless are provided at two locations; the Feeding Programme Centre (breakfast or lunch) and the Homeless Shelter (dinner). Your daily routine will vary depending on whether you are helping out at one or both locations in a day.

You may also be involved with taking the attendance register, helping to clean up, and interviewing and recording profiles for some of the homeless people. During school terms, the children normally arrive at about 2pm, so you can assist with homework, games etc. You can also help with sorting and packing any clothing donations have been received.

For the evening meal, you can help to prepare food at the Homeless Shelter and interact with the people. There are permanent homeless people that stay at the shelter, and others that use the emergency accommodation each night. On Tuesday & Friday afternoon, you might also be asked to assist with collecting food donations from the Woolworths store not far from Ashanti Lodge.

If you would like to book any activities or tours for your free time or weekends off, please let Ed or Heather know and they will be happy to arrange these for you.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Homeless Feeding Project Photos  |   Download Homeless Feeding Volunteer Guide

As one of Cape Town’s best backpackers, Ashanti Lodge has excellent facilities and is perfectly positioned in central Cape Town as an ideal base for volunteers. This will be your home while you're here and is a great place to relax when you aren’t out exploring everything Cape Town has to offer.

Ashanti is just a couple of minutes away from the excellent MyCiti bus route which provides cheap, safe and reliable transport to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and much more. Close by you will also find an incredible variety of restaurants and bars, plenty of great hangouts in Long Street, a well-equipped shopping mall, supermarkets, health shops, cafes…the list goes on.

While you’re at Ashanti you can enjoy all of the facilities below. Whether you’re having a dip in the pool or watching Table Mountain while you have breakfast, you will find that Ashanti have thought of everything:

  • Dormitory accommodation with all bedding and linen provided.
  • Free Wi-Fi from anywhere on the premises
  • A fully equipped shared kitchen with fridge/freezers for storing your groceries
  • A basic breakfast is included in the kitchen, with tea, coffee, juice, cereals, yoghurt, toast, peanut butter and jam
  • All bedding including linen, duvet and pillows (linen is changed every four days)
  • Laundry service – R70 per 0-5kg load including powder, wash, dry & fold. Drop it off at reception and it will be ready for you about 12 hours later
  • Lots of showers and toilets
  • A lovely pool area with sun beds and a BBQ
  • A restaurant bar with a pool table, and a balcony overlooking the pool with impressive views of Table Mountain. An all you can eat breakfast buffet is available for only R70, with great value meals available through to 10pm
  • A personal safe for every volunteer and coded access to your room
  • Lockable under bed storage for your suitcase/clothing (bring your own padlock for this)
  • CCTV Security, controlled access and a night guard
  • A night manager
  • The lodge is cleaned daily and rooms are also serviced daily.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Homeless Feeding Project Photos  |   Download Homeless Feeding Volunteer Guide

The Homeless Feeding Programme is located in Cape Town about a 10-minute drive from Ashanti Lodge.

We have arrival dates for this project every Friday throughout the year.

  • You should aim to arrive in Cape Town on or before your chosen Friday arrival date
  • You can arrive at any time of day and one of our team will be there to welcome you with a big ‘Via Volunteers’ sign when you land at Cape Town International Airport
  • We will then escort you to your accommodation at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town
  • You will have the rest of the weekend to begin exploring everything Cape Town has to offer
  • On Monday morning we will introduce you to the Homeless Feeding Programme.

It’s easy to add extra nights to your stay, so if you find a cheaper flight that arrives earlier than your chosen Friday arrival date just let us know. You can also add extra nights after your placement for the same reason.

If you want to add another project, a Scuba Diving Course, or a longer tour, we can help you with that too. Please ask one of our friendly team at any time before you arrive in Cape Town.

Durations & Pricing

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1 week - £ 380
2 weeks - £ 600
3 weeks - £ 820
4 weeks - £ 1040
5 weeks - £ 1260
6 weeks - £ 1480
You do not pay anything when you book. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and quote for you to check. When you are happy with the details, you will be able to confirm your placement with a deposit of £90.

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