Volunteer as a Surf Coach in South Africa with a Group

Become part of a team and empower disadvantaged youth through surfing

At a glance

  • Learn from a qualified International Surfing Association (ISA) surfing coach
  • Work with disadvantaged children and young adults, and teach them how to swim and surf
  • Teach life skills such as teamwork and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle
  • Live in Cape Town and surf at one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand beach in the country

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates throughout the year

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Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

Is surf coaching in South Africa right for me?

Are you:

  • Passionate about sport, fitness, and the outdoors?
  • Eager to help empower youth?
  • Interesting in making your next holiday a time where you give back to communities in need?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, our Surf Coaching Team Trip to South Africa is the ideal volunteer experience for you!

You’ll work with a team of people from around the world, and join together to achieve the same goal: to help support and empower communities struggling with challenges like, drug abuse, domestic violence, and gang-related activity. You’ll focus on developing fitness and highlighting the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. 

In addition to supporting communities in need, you’ll also benefit from the experience personally. You’ll add practical coaching experience to your resume, and develop your leadership skills by taking on a mentoring role with the youth you work with. 

It’s a week-long trip over set dates, which means it can fit into most busy schedules. You don’t need previous experience to join. If you don’t know how to surf, we’ll teach you! However, you do need to be a strong swimmer. In terms of coaching, you’ll work under supervision, so there’ll always be someone to guide your activities.

Volunteer walks with a boy in a surf project in South Africa

 Your work will focus on the following areas: 

Learn to surf

If you have little to no experience riding waves, we’ll teach you how! We have a qualified (ISA) surfing coach on hand to give you all the guidance you need. 

Teach disadvantaged children and adults to surf

Your main role as a surfing coach in South Africa will be to help run surfing classes for children and adults from local communities. You’ll teach them how to swim if needed, and develop their ability to surf. You’ll also share knowledge about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine ecosystems. 

Plan and run educational workshops

Surfing in South Africa can be affected by unpredictable weather and surf conditions, especially in the winter months between June and September. If the weather is bad or surfing isn’t possible, we make alternative arrangements for activities away from the beach.

These activities could include arts and crafts, games, and workshops. Our workshops often cover various topics like nutrition and further environmental education. You can also speak about litter, and how it affects marine life, alongside beach clean-up and recycling activities.

Where will I work in South Africa?

Cape Town

You’ll be based in Muizenberg, Cape Town. The city’s coastline has an abundance of surf spots, from coves with small, gentle swells, to expansive beaches with bigger waves.

Muizenberg is tucked in the elbow of False Bay. The gentle sloping sandy beach and consistent waves make it one of the safest and most user-friendly beaches in the world for beginner surfers. The surf is good year-round and the north-westerly winter winds create an ideal swell with gentle lines and long rides.

You’ll live with a local host family, who’ll welcome you into the community and give you and your group a home away from home. 

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our South Africa Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims of surf coaching?

Our main goal in South Africa for our Surf Coaching Team Trip is to help support local communities with the power of sports. The people we work with come from difficult backgrounds, and struggle with issues like high crime and unemployment rates, drug abuse, and domestic violence – every day. 

These communities have limited access to education and resources, and don’t have the opportunity to get involved with expensive sports like surfing. We also work with disabled children, providing them with occupational therapy treatment through surfing.

We need the help of volunteers like you to reach as many people as possible. You’ll support the people who attend surfing classes, and help them develop their fitness and ability. You’ll also have a mentoring role with the children and young adults.

So what are you waiting for? Join our Surf Coaching Team Trip in South Africa, improve your surfing skills, meet fellow ocean lovers, and help us introduce more people to the sport of surfing!

Volunteers and children at surfing project in South Africa

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Cape Town. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of South Africa and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 917 810 4744 to see if we can offer a discount.

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