Surf in South Africa

Volunteer Teach in Durban, South Africa

The love of surfing provides a unique chance to connect with adolescents in local communities and help them improve the quality of their lives by getting them involved with the sport. In addition, get into the habit of collecting garbage along the beach for a few minutes as part of your pre-surf warm up.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Get ready to start a new adventure upon your arrival in Durban. Once you’ve collected your bags, you’ll be transferred to the hotel and given the chance to drop off your belongs. After a long flight, you may want to take some rest and recharge. Otherwise, head out on foot to explore some of the surrounding area on foot and gear up for a week of impacting experiences.

Due to the water’s tropical temperatures and moderate waves, Addington Beach is an excellent spot to get you warmed up for a week full of waves. Grab your board from one of the local shops or schools and head into the water. There are both left and right-hand breaks here, so no matter what you’re preferred stance is, you’ll be able to get in some good rides. After your session take some time to regenerate and soak up some sun on this relaxing beach.
After your time at the beach, head back to the hotel to freshen up and drop off your board. You’ll then have the option to roam around Durban city Center with a local guide and get an insider’s perspective of the city’s must-see spots.

During your adventure in Durban, you will get the chance to connect with a world-renowned organization helping to improve the quality of kids’ lives. By integrating African ex-street children and “children at risk of street connectedness” into the world of surfing, Surfers Not Street Children is changing the status quo of what it means to surf in South Africa through surfing and mentorship. 

Today you will get the chance to meet with the children and founders of this organization. Take this opportunity to learn about their life histories and how surfing has impacted their lives. After the meet-and-greet, you will head out with your group for a surf session at one of the local breaks.

Today you will rise early to head out for a morning boat tour with KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board Boat Tour. On this tour, you will have the chance to learn about the systems put in place to protect surfers and swimmers in the area from sharks, as well as the critical role of sharks in the world’s underwater ecosystem. During this excursion, you may also get the opportunity to see other types of marine life including rays, dolphins and more. 

After the boat excursion, head back into town and then on to the renowned Golden Mile. This 4-mile beachfront stretch is a great place for joggers, walkers, cyclists and beach-goers in general. Take the afternoon to explore this iconic area and soak up all it has to offer.

After spending four days in Durban, you will then take an early morning flight over to Cape Town where you will spend the remainder of your journey. Upon arrival, you will head to your accommodation via shuttle bus. Take some time to settle in and from there get ready to discover another new beach. Although Cape Town has a mix of waves suitable from all levels ranging from beginner to professional, this is more of a beginner’s beach and is a good place to get started in the city. 

After you’ve wrapped up your surf session, take some time to stroll around the beach and help collect any unnatural materials that people may have left behind. To help make an even bigger impact, take a moment to ask other beach-goers if they would like to join in as well.

Head out early to Llandudno, a naturally stunning surf break that is situated just a mere 15-minute drive from Cape Town city center. This break is more suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers as the waves have the potential to get big and hollow. However, even if you choose not to take the plunge, the sheer beauty of the beach will be enough to satisfy for a few hours. 

After your morning beach session, head back to Cape Town and connect with Grant “Twiggy” Baker. Baker is one of the founders of an eco-board project that focuses on creating high-performance surfboards made with natural alternatives compared to the synthetic standard typically produced today. Get to know how this project and those like it came about. You will also get first-hand information on how these nature-friendly materials will impact the ocean and surfing around the world over the years to come.

Take advantage of your last day in Cape Town by waking up early and enjoying a sunrise stroll. Utilize this time to reminisce on the week, allowing all of the experiences and expertise you’ve come across to really resonate. Afterward, grab your bags and get ready to head back to the Cape Town International Airport to catch your flight back home.

With a plethora of world-class waves suitable for all levels, South Africa is a place that boasts a ton of natural beauty. However, the country also has plenty of contrasts which are not so pleasant. Surfing can make an impact by getting people more engaged with their natural surroundings, as well as truly helping to enhance people’s lives by providing them with a sense of greater purpose. 

Take this overseas adventure travel opportunity and join us in South Africa for a week full of life-changing adventures. In just seven days, you will be able to connect with local communities directly impacted by surfing, learn about the importance of marine life in the ocean’s ecosystem, and explore some of country’s most iconic beaches.


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