Volunteers are accommodated in The Beach House, a large communal house in the centre of Langebaan. Each room accommodates approximately 6 volunteers. There is a large dining area and a separate entertainment room.
Volunteers enjoy three meals per day prepared by our in-house cook. Soft drinks, sweets and snacks can be purchased at local stores only a short distance away.
In South Africa the official currency is the South African Rand which can be exchanged at all banks and airports in South Africa. The Rand can also be used in Namibia and some other neighbouring countries. There are many ATMs located in Langebaan and the rest of South Africa from which volunteers can draw cash. We do however advise that you exercise caution when using ATMs, especially at night.
Passport and Visa
We recommend you check with the Consulate General as visa requirements can change at any time. A passport valid for 6 months after date of return is required. Please ensure you have at least two blank pages available in your passport before commencement of travel. View the visa requirements for South Africa here.
What to bring along
Depending on the date of your program intake, it is important to pack according to the season. Summer months are from November to April and are usually quite warm averaging around 23°C. Winter can be cold for South Africa with temperatures around 10°C. June and July are the coldest months.
- Sandals and proper walking shoes
- Sun protection
- Small backpack for day trips
- Bath & beach towels
- Bedding/Sleeping bags
- Personal items
Health and Safety
- While Malaria is uncommon in South Africa, we suggest that you take the necessary precautions and consult your local doctor before travelling to neighbouring counties.
- Tap water is safe to drink in South Africa.
- We suggest volunteers bring their own personal travelling first aid kit along containing items such as antihistamine tablets/cream, plasters, dressings and tape, antibacterial/antifungal cream even though these items are available in pharmacies. Generally, a doctor’s prescription is needed for most medical problems in South Africa.
- Travel insurance is always advisable when travelling abroad and is usually available when purchasing airline tickets by credit card. This is compulsory.
- Cape Town has an International Airport with regular flights to and from all international destinations.
- There are excellent medical and hospital facilities in Langebaan and in South Africa in general.
- WiFi/internet is available at most restaurants as well as at internet cafés in South Africa.
- Local cellular sim cards can be purchased almost anywhere and there is cellular reception throughout most of South Africa.
English is the official language, but South Africa has 13 official languages. Most volunteers will also encounter Afrikaans, which is of Dutch origin, Xhosa and Zulu, which are local languages.