Arriving in South Africa
Our community based and educational projects are mostly based in Cape Town, which is known as the “mother city”. It has a stunning mountain backdrop (table mountain, which has been rated one of the world top 7 natural wonders in the world) and with its stunning white sandy beaches, encapsulates much of the diversity South Africa is famous for. The city has an amazing diversity of cultures and histories and once you arrive, you can understand why it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world
We are based in Cape Town (unless you are going to one of our Wildlife programmes, which are based near Johannesburg) so as a general rule you will need to fly into Cape Town International Airport. When you arrive (before midday if possible) your first stop will be at Immigration where they will ask for your passport and arrival/departure form. Your passport will be stamped by an Immigration Officer and a 90 day tourist visa will be issued unless you have applied for a volunteer visa for a longer stay than 90 days and you will need to show the visa at this stage.
After immigration, you will collect your luggage at the baggage reclaim area and will then proceed to the exit via the nothing to declare route. Once out in the main area of the airport you need to turn to your right and will be met by an Ama Africa Experiences representative holding a sign with either your name on it or alternatively a sign with the Ama Africa logo on it (green, black and white). You will then be transferred to the Volunteer Home for your orientation. If for some reason your flight is delayed please call us on +27 21 7061455.
Once you have arrived at the Home and after you have put your bags down and explored a bit, you will have a light lunch at the Home with Vanessa (the House Mother) and if it is a small orientation (with up to 3 volunteers) she will offer the power point presentation Orientation herself just after lunch. If the group is bigger (more than 4 volunteers) you will then have the orientation with the Director of the Organisation in the orientation room later in the day. After the orientation you will have some free time and then will have dinner with the rest of the volunteers (if any are living at the Home) and have an early night. The next morning after breakfast and ablutions you will be transferred to the City of Cape Town for a full day sight seeing tour on the red city bus which includes a free walking tour of the city. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to the Volunteer Home for dinner and an evening at leisure. On Wednesday morning after breakfast you will either have a local walking tour of the area (if you will be living in the area) or alternatively a visit to a local mall and after lunch you will be transferred to your host family to unpack and settle in or alternatively move into your room at the Volunteer Home. The afternoon will be spent unpacking and getting to know your new host families. On Thursday morning you will be shown where your project is and introduced to your project co-ordinator/staff members before you begin at your community project.