ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
During your stay the Gansbaai Volunteers will share a beautiful, three-storey brick house overlooking the ocean with approximately 12 volunteers and the Hermanus volunteers share a house of 4 volunteers. Houses have a full kitchen, living area, game room (Gansbaai House), office space, one -three bathrooms and two - four bedrooms.
The Gansbaai house is located in the coastal village of De Kelders, a suburb of Gansbaai, approximately five-minutes away from both the foundation offices and the sports fields. Gansbaai is approximately 50km from the vibrant town of Hermanus. The Hermanus Volunteer House is perfectly situated within walking distance from the beach and a shop and the centre of town is a 5 min drive away where both Gansbaai and Hermanus Volunteers socialise and have fun!
Meals are not provided and are the responsibility of each volunteer or intern. There is a full-service grocery store located in Gansbaai as well as Hermanus where you can purchase food in order to prepare meals at the house. There are also numerous restaurants and other dining options.
Three cars are provided by the foundation for work-related transportation purposes, two for the Gansbaai Programme and one for the Hermanus Programme. Any travel to Cape Town or further afield can be arranged through a private taxi service (expensive) or through the shark dive operators that travel between Cape Town. Most volunteers choose to club in and rent a car in Hermanus for a weekend of fun adventures in Cape Town.
Gansbaai’s and Hermanus natural, rugged and unspoilt beauty is breathtaking. From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders to the miles of white sandy beaches of Pearly Beach, you will find one of the most unique and astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the word. Or onwards to Dyer Island where the Great White Sharks have drawn visitors from across the globe, hence Gansbaai having become known as the Great White Shark capital of the world. In the same vicinity just off Shark Alley, you will find an abundance of seals, being the hot spot restaurant of the great whites, not to mention the Penguin colony of Dyer Island. Throw in a mix of horse riding, nature walks, trips to Hermanus and Cape Town, and you are set for the experience of a lifetime.
We assist our volunteers by facilitating field trips by our activities co-ordinator so that you can enjoy the most common attractions of the region. These include hiking, shark cage dives, whale watching, horse riding, nature walks or other outdoor activities. The splendid beach environments provide plentiful opportunity for relaxation and entertainment. Avid sports fans can join the local Football League, Cricket, Tennis, Netball, Hockey or Rugby club(s).
If you would like to see volunteer accommodation rates, get involved or find out more please download and complete our INTERACTIVE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM or email firstname.lastname@example.org