South Africa Volunteers

Volunteer Handbook

The following outlines some useful information for volunteers. As well as accomadation, food and local information, we outline how a typical day runs and some of the extra activities available on the weekends.

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Information about the progam cost.


Jungle Monkey

Dormitory style accommodation in the local backpackers, less than 5 mins walk from Sisonke school, gives volunteers the opportunity to stay in the heart of the vibrant little town of Port St John’s, a true South African experience.

Jungle Monkey boasts stunning views and tranquil surroundings with a bar, swimming pool and restaurant. You can wake up to watch the sun rising over the ocean, a view like no other and a perfect way to start your day. After a self serve breakfast, you'll be ready to spend the day at Sisonke School or travel by local taxi to our village project at Amasame.

After a hard days work cool off with a dip in the river or pool then spend your evening drumming around the massive fire pit, at the bandstand doing some jamming or in the bar dancing the night away to live local artists, marimba band and traditional African dancers/singers.

Before heading off to bed at night don’t forget to marvel at the magnificence of millions of Southern hemisphere stars. The absence of street lights making them all that much brighter!




Eating Arrangements

Breakfast is included and will be self serve continental style.

Lunch is not included but there are local supermarkets and use of a communal kitchen.

Evening meal is included and will be from the menu at the backpacker restaurant. (N.B. Steaks are available but will incur a surcharge, please speak to the manager)

Drinking Water: It is safe to drink the tap water in Port St. Johns, although some people do find that they get a bit of an upset tummy if they are not used to the difference from their water at home. Bottled water is available at the local supermarket.


Dining room



There is a safe at the backpackers where you can store valuables such as passports / camera's.

Internet / Telephone Access

Wi-fi is available at the backpackers and there are pay phones in town which you can use with an international calling card that can be purchased at the supermarket.


Can be done for you at the backpackers as and when the need arises. Cost R50 (£3/E4) per load for washing, drying and folding.


Everything you need to get by can be found in Port St Johns' town centre on the main streets:

Grocery Stores Pick n Save or Boxers
Chemist Lubanzi Pharmacy, for sun tan location, mosquito spray or medicine
Doctors There are many doctors in town, get the aid of any coordinator to assist you
Banks Absa or Standard Bank, both have cash machines (ATMs)
Internet The Hub, on the main road
Post Office On the main road, beside The Hub

Airtime / phone credit can be bought at the Post Office, Boxers or Pick n Save

Extra Activities

Day out at the Local Waterfall

Saturdays and Sundays are your free days and activities are often coordinated for the weekend. You can look forward to visiting the Mud Caves for a natural Spa, the beautiful Magwa Falls, Second Beach, the Blow Hole, and the pretty village of Poenskop. Weather in Port St Johns can change quickly, however, so activities can be subject to last minute cancellations. All of the day trips are free of charge for our volunteers.