Kariega Community Development Program

By June 27, 2019 August 15th, 2019 Community Volunteering

The Kariega Community Development Volunteer Program offers volunteers a variety of amazing opportunities to become integral in the ongoing development and empowerment of the local people and communities surrounding beautiful Kenton on Sea.

Program Outline         Location          Dates and Rates          Gallery

Program Outline         Location          Dates and Rates          Gallery

Program Outline

Volunteers visiting any well-structured and sustainable project within South Africa, be it community or conservation based, immediately gain the opportunity to play their part in creating a real and long-lasting difference to South African society as a whole providing benefit now and well into the future. The Kariega Community Development Program is a prime example of this and a provider of ongoing proof of the genuine benefits that volunteering can bring!

The Kariega Community Volunteer Program finds its home in the beautiful seaside town of Kenton on Sea and surrounding villages – all home to a diverse and vibrant array of cultures and people. Our volunteer’s accommodation is just a stone’s throw from the ocean and beaches that will take your breath away – the perfect base for your South African community volunteering adventure.

To provide maximum benefit, the Kariega Community Program activiely works with all generations of the surrounding communities – from helping kids with early education at the Masibulele and Kamvilehle Preschools all the way through to housekeeping assistance for the elderly (or ‘gogos’ – the Xhosa word for a granny!) – this is truly a hugely engrossing program that has the proven potential to leave even the most shy and wary of volunteers with a real sense of empathy for the people they meet and a genuine ‘lump in the throat’ as a result.

On a day to day basis, volunteers may be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting with early education at the local Masibulele and Kamvilehle Preschools. Under the guidance of ‘Mrs Adams’, visitors will soon appreciate exactly why these programs are so popular within the local communities! With real affection for the children and a passion for education, volunteers often become swept away by the sheer enthusiasm on show even under testing conditions.
  • Youth empowerment which involves coordination of fun activities for 13-17 year olds in leadership, business and strategy simulations – an integral aspect of the programs empowerment drive to provide the youth with the necessary tools to become self sufficient in later life.
  • IT Literacy. Volunteers play an invaluable part in helping with the mobile computer lab providing education into basic computer literacy and windows navigation – essential skills development in todays modern world.
  • Coastal Conservation. Hosted by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), a few Saturdays a month children from the local primary and secondary schools assist the SST in their work with ongoing research projects.
  • Helping with the education of primary age children with basic literacy. Under the supervision of a permanent teacher at the local Ekuphumleni Public Library, volunteers join the ‘JOT’ program to work with illiterate kids forgotten by the education system giving them the skills to pass Grade 5 exams and beyond. There really is no greater sense of pride than hearing one of the kids spontaneously use English words and phrases you have taught to them!
  • Homework support – assist the local education group providing help and encouragement to kids with homework and pen-pal correspondences whilst providing a safe environment for some of the most at risk and vulnerable children of the communities.
  • Feeding Scheme Assistance – helping the famous (locally!) Cynthia in a whirlwind of bread buttering and soup making for local children at the Noluthando Soup Kitchen.
  • Elderly Housekeeping which sees volunteers assisting Kenton Age-in-Action with looking after the frail.


Kenton On Sea, South Africa

The Kariega Community Development Program, situated in sunny Kenton on Sea and only an hour or so’s drive from the tourist hotspot of Port Elizabeth, enjoys one of the most spectacular locations of any South African volunteer program.

Lying a short distance from its sister conservation project and one of South Africa’s most established Game Reserves, our volunteer accommodation finds itself within walking distance of the sand dunes of this regions stunning coastline meaning visitors to the Kariega Community Program truly get to experience the very best that South Africa has to offer.The surrounding area also provides visitors with a wealth of activities to take in part in their free time away from the project from visits to the famous AddoElephant Park, to the nightlife, shopping and everything else charming Port Elizabeth has to offer.

The perfect project, location, scenery and entertainment to ensure any volunteers visit to South Africa is one to remember for ever!

Rates and Dates
Rates and Dates



FROM R17, 950

The Kariega Community Development Volunteer Project accepts new volunteers every Monday and volunteers should aim to arrive to the project on this day. Should airport transfers be required, volunteers should ensure they arrive to Port Elizabeth Airport on the Monday (or before) and advise their requirements and flight details to Volunteer World International as soon as possible in advance in order for us to arrange transport appropriately.

What's Included:
  • Accommodation at the volunteer house in Kenton on Sea
  • Three meals per day prepared by volunteers themselves
  • All domestic services – cleaning, laundry etc
  • All on project transport
  • Comprehensive pre and post departure support from the VWI team in Cape Town
Not Included:
  • International Flights and Visas
  • Airport Transfers (transfers can be arranged as an optional extra if required at R700 one way) Gifts, entertainment and beverages (unless otherwise detailed)
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Weekend excursions (if required)
  • Monthly stipend

The past few weeks have been full of amazing experiences. I felt honored to be involved here, learned a lot about Africa and met great people. I am so glad I came here – this experience was unforgettable!


The people I’ve met, the memories that were created will no doubt stay with me for a lifetime . You end up running out of adjectives describing this place … incredible, surreal, unbelievable are just a few of the many words that spring to mind.


Where to start. This has been the best experience of my life. I love South Africa – it’s full of life, energy and peace. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to, with breathtaking views and amazing animals. I go back home with memories and moments that I’ll never forget.


What an enriching and life-changing experience for me as an 18-year-old! As promised, everything went without a hitch and I felt really safe and taken care of for the entire length of my stay. Thank you so much to all at VWI !


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