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Safe Haven

This organization supports children and their immediate family in a dignified and compassionate manner and also provides a safe haven for abandoned and abused children. Volunteers join a variety of projects supported by the organisation during their experience.

Safe Haven


Location Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
Duration From 2 weeks
Dates All year round
  • You must have an upper intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You must be passionate about working with children
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance, police clearance certificate
Day of arrival Thursday
Day of departure Saturday


  • Improve the quality of life of children facing life-threatening diseases.
  • Assist their families in difficult and challenging times.
  • Experience amazing tours and adventures in and around Cape Town.
  • Receive personal support from the volunteer coordinator.
  • Share this experience with other volunteers from all over the world.

Project Information

The Save Haven Project was established in 2007. This project is a NPO that strives to improve the quality of life of children facing life-threatening and terminal diseases. They support the children and their immediate family in a dignified and compassionate manner.

The project provides accommodation for the direct families of ill children from out of the Cape Town area during the children’s hospitalisation and recovery. A home away from home is offered to those who cannot afford the high cost of hotels and the daily travel to and from hospitals whilst receiving treatment.

They also provide a safe haven for abandoned and abused children.

The projects’ values are:

  • to strive to be open and honest in all their dealings with every parent, patient, nursing staff member and others;
  • to assist the ill child and their families with their hospital experience by making it more comfortable; therefore, they provide accommodation, meals and friendly staff. For the healing process, it is imperative to keep families together whilst going through a traumatic time;
  • to assist families who can no longer take care of their babies. Together with social workers, the project places babies in foster homes.
  • to care for all their children and treat each and every one of them with love, respect and dignity;
  • to offer a friendly, homely environment for all their families and children.

Your Role

You will gain a fun-filled volunteering experience in which no two days will be the same.

Your daily tasks and activities will change from day to day and can include:

  • visiting hospitals and interact with children,
  • doing art therapy with children,
  • assisting with events (daytime/evening),
  • visiting local schools and being involved with the Schools helping Schools Project,
  • assisting with public relations via telephone,
  • assisting in other project-related activities. 

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.


You will live at the Volunteer House. It is a private house in an upmarket residential area and consists of rooms with 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. There are 4 bathrooms to share, a communal kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with TV and DVD and a beautiful garden with a swimming pool. A commercial laundry service is close by. Bedding is provided. Towels will be not provided. In addition to the self-catering option, you can order homemade lunch and/or dinner which are delivered on a daily basis.


Alexandra from Brazil


"I thank Naomi and Vanessa for welcoming me with great warmth. My days in Cape Town were full of joy and I had such a great experience. Kim from Safe Haven is such an inspiration and I loved my volunteering work."

Renata from Brazil


"Nothing in this world exists that feels better than making a difference. I felt this all the time here. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces was the best experience of my life. Thank you so much Good Hope for these happy moments."