Working Together to Deliver Immediate Measurable Change

Ubuntu Building Project

Who should apply

A wide range if groups - special interest, school, community, church, college or university - who are passionate about working to uplift and develop rural African school and community facilities, and willing to work hard physically.

Volunteer Tasks

Possible tasks on this program include:
- Building a jungle gym: laying out of the design, digging and laying foundations, planting poles, sawing wooden planks and attaching to framework, attaching swings and finishing work.
- Maintaining existing school/ community facilities: sanding down of existing walls, re-painting internal/ external walls, fixing leaks and/or problem areas, fixing fencing, building water drainage channels.

*Specific projects are designed taking into consideration current community needs as well as group requirements.


2 weeks

Past Projects Completed

- Chintsa green space building project: the upliftment of a playground, building of market stalls & taxi shelters
- Bulugha Preschool refurbishment
- Chintsa Community Preschool refurbishment
- Chintsa Community sports field & netball court
- Building of additional classrooms at Sitatsha School
- Refurbishment of classrooms at African Angels Independent School
- Building of jungle gyms at several schools in the wider Chintsa area ...and considerably more!

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Extend your volunteer experience with this awesome add-on tour

Cape to Kei - Add-on Tour

- See Cape Town including Table Mountain, Robben Island and the penguins at Boulders Beach
- Go Shark Cage diving in Gansbaai
- Explore the Garden Route
- Visit the ellies at Addo National Elephant Park
- Cross the Great Kei River and explore the Southern Transkei
- Enjoy the stunning beach village of Chintsa

Find out more...

Student groups stay in shared accommodation in a serviced and catered house overlooking Chintsa beach.


- Dorm style accommodation (bedrooms typically sleep 2 – 6 volunteers)
- Communal kitchen & living area
- Electricity
- Hot & cold running water
- Bath & shower room facilities
- All bedding and linen included
- Washing machine available for volunteer use
- Shared kitchen & living area

Click here to see images of the student house on flickr.

2016 Rates

Program Fees

14 days $ 1 591 / £ 1000 / € 1 400 / R 17 500

*Forex rates valid until 31st Dec 2016


- Shared accommodation in volunteer house
- Three meals per day whilst on project (prepared and served in volunteer house)
- Transport to and from project daily
- Support of our experienced on-site project co-ordinator
- Welcome Pack with all orientation and project information, free wifi at the office
- Shuttle from East London airport upon arrival and departure (Mondays only)

Not included:

- Airfares and flights
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal effect

Project Start Dates:

*Custom start dates available for group bookings

June 26th 2016 | Dec 4th 2016

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Terms and Conditions of application:

- Volunteers must be aged 18+ to take part in the project.
- Volunteers must have a competent level of spoken English
- Volunteers must provide a certificate to prove that a Police Check has been undertaken in their country of residence
- Volunteers must supply payment in full before placement can be confirmed
April 25, 2016
The Other Half

The Other Half – Reflections on an Extraordinary Volunteer Experience in South Africa

When Andrew arrived in Chintsa to volunteer with a group of ten other International Student Volunteers (ISV) I'm not sure he was quite prepared for the extraordinary experience that he was about to embark upon.