Volunteer Information

Volunteer Information

Accomodation

Volunteers stay in comfortable housing, walking distance to the beachfront and amenitites. The house is secure and can accommodate up to 15 people. Males and females share the house, but have separate bedrooms and bathrooms. The house is fully equipped with linens, cookware, and groceries, but volunteers can always communicate with the Kurios Trend coordinator to replenish stock. All communal facilities are shared.

Transport

Transport is available in the form of a 14 seater minibus. The minibus is driven by Kurios Trend staff and will make sure that volunteers arrive safely at their projects on a daily basis. If volunteers need to go somewhere after their projects, or would like to go on a weekend outing, we will gladly avail ourselves to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Unfortunately, we don’t provide transport in the evenings, but we will gladly provide you the number of a trustworthy cab if volunteers want to go out.

Weekend Outings and Activities

We provide all volunteers with an opportunity to see our beautiful city and what it has to offer. We offer a range of weekend activities at additional costs, from sandboarding to wildlife safaris, making it possible for volunteers to truly experience our country. We can also arrange township walks, where you get an opportunity to meet the locals. They are more than willing to welcome you into their homes, and we ensure that it is not an invasive or imposing experience. Speak to your Kurios Trend coordinator and he will arrange whatever activity your heart so desires!

Meals

Meals are included in your volunteer experience. We offer 3 basic meals a day. Breakfast consists of cereal, fruit, toast, and eggs. We do not have a set menu for lunch, but seeing that volunteers are usually still at their projects, we suggest that packed lunches be prepared in the morning. These may include, but are not limited to, bread with spreads, cold meats etc. Dinner is prepared by the volunteers themselves. This presents an opportunity to showcase your cooking skills! Once a week volunteers will sit with the Kurios Trend coordinator and set a menu for the week in order to create a grocery list. We will make sure that the kitchen is stocked for the week. Please keep in mind that we provide basic meals. We accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions, but we cannot cater to everyone’s specific preferences. It is important to find a common ground so that everybody can enjoy their experience in South Africa. Any luxuries (chocolate spread, ice-cream, etc) can be bought at the volunteers’ own expense and kept in the private fridge. Please just assure that your name is your personal purchases!

Safety

Your safety is our top priority. We know that travelling half way across the world is a huge decision, but rest assured that we will be available to you throughout the duration of your stay. We provide 24/7 in country assistance with a volunteer coordinator. He/she will manage your stay and answer any questions you may have. Keeping that in mind, basic precautions should still be taken:

  • Lock all doors and close all windows when leaving the house and before going to sleep at night
  • Don’t leave money, passports, and valuables laying in plain sight.
  • Don’t invite strangers into the house.
  • Never leave the projects without Kurios Trend staff.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of money with you.
  • Always stay in groups when going for a walk or out in the evenings.
  • Ask your volunteer coordinator to accompany you to withdraw money from an ATM.
  • These are just a few basic guidelines. It is always important to be aware of your surroundings just about anywhere in the world. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about a situation, please call or ask your volunteer coordinator to accompany you.