Available from September to April only,
your start date
4 weeks to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications or previous experience required,
just a strong interest in the Hospitality industry,
Preferred minimum age is 18. .
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about the practice of Hospitality and Hotel
and Catering overseas.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... anan unforgettable experience!
where you will work is 4-star rated and part of a chain of guesthouses.
Easy-going, friendly, relaxed and upmarket, this Guesthouse was
established in 2003 in Knysna and
can be described as an up-market boutique hotel.
The hotel has been featured on numerous TV programmes and is a member of
Knysna Tourism and Ambience Inn Africa. With 8
regular staff, the Guesthouse can take just 2 interns at one time,
so book early, if you can, to avoid disappointment!
gain experience in a variety of areas, including Reception, Bar
and the Kitchen.
You'll work as both part of a team and alone.
and Kitchen duties will include serving behind the bar, assisting at dinners and helping prepare and
cook light dinner meals. You’ll assist in serving breakfast
and help with any hosting.
Male interns will assist as porters (female interns will only need
to do this very rarely if there are elderly guests and no men on
If you have a keen interest in Marketing and the Guesthouse
requires assistance in this area, this is an additional area that
you may be able to assist in.This could include helping
with the local tours, if needed.
You will work in the areas in which you are most needed according
to how busy the Guesthouse is.
will be instruction from the permanent staff and will be thorough
and essential for all the areas you'll work in. On your arrival,
or perhaps after you have recovered from your flight, you will be
given an Induction which involves a walking tour of the premises
and training in the areas where you will be working, whether it is
Front House duties or helping prepare meals or working behind the
HOURS OF WORK:
The Guesthouse is open from 7am-11pm every day. You'll work 6 days
on, 1 day off, then 5 days on, 2 days off. If the guesthouse is
busy, your day off may be subject to change with another day.
The rotas are based on a 7-working-day week and not a
5-working-day week, so you will be asked to work some weekends
(with time off during the week instead).
Your typical working hours will follow a roster. Usual hours of
work are a 9-hour day with a lunch break. The hours can be split
up over the day according to the busier times, for example,
between 8am and 10am it is busy as that is when the guests check
You don’t need any specific qualifications but it is very
important that you have an interest in the hospitality industry,
are friendly, presentable and neat and enjoy working with people.
You should have a friendly disposition, responsible, open minded
and (very importantly) are flexible time-wise as your schedules
and duties could change according to how busy the guesthouse is.
You must also be able to take orders and follow instructions. A
CRB check is required for this project because there may be
vulnerable children among the guests.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE GUESTHOUSE:
You'll live on-site at your placement. There is a smaller five star
guesthouse, on the same property; it is a little more upmarket and expensive and
is just four rooms. Your accommodation will be here with the rest of the live-in
staff. The intern’s accommodation comprises of a small modest bedroom with a
single bed and desk and either an adjoining bathroom or one situated across the
hall from the bedroom.
Bedding will be provided and you will have access to the washing machines to
wash them when needed.
You will get 3 meals a day, breakfast is either
cereals or an English breakfast and juice, lunch is different everyday and can
be chicken and rice, pie or chips, toasted sandwich and chips etc. For dinner
you can help yourself to certain items in the kitchen and prepare yourself
something to eat.
AT THE WEEKENDS / DURING YOUR FREE TIME:
You have the option of spending some of your free time or weekends
at our volunteer house in Knysna, if you'd like to do that. (See descripton of
living in the Volunteer House below.) This would enable you to spend time socialising with the other volunteers in Knysna,
as this accommodation is where all the other Travellers volunteers stay and
often lively with BBQ’s, trips, etc., take place.
At the volunteer house you may
either have your own room or you'll more likely share a room in a dorm with one or more other
Travellers volunteers. It will depend on how many people are there at the same
time that you are. This is a comfortable house with good facilities and a
beautiful view of Knysna Lagoon within walking distance to the town.
FOOD AT THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
While at the volunteer
house, your food and social activities spending will be to your own account. You can,
however, buy groceries and cook and
prepare your own meals at the house.
There are several good, inexpensive steak houses
and lots of good Chinese, Italian and other ethnic restaurants all over South
Africa. Seafood, of course, is often fresh and plentiful.
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you
will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff, who will give you a
warm welcome to South Africa and give you an informal induction on the country
and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the
transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
They will take you
to your placement, and introduce you to the management at the Manor who, over
the next few days, will give you training and instruction on the day-to-day
running of the Manor and your duties.
ACCOMMODATION: THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town,
yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and
often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the
volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of
the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to
relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan
in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.
The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained
flat downstairs for couples and families. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels
in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by
our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard
space to store your clothing.
Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining
area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD
player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.
is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have
a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’.
Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’
and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish
is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African
‘snoek’ is a must.
The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might
need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great
seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to
There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food
There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking
distance that offer the most incredible local and international
cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous
for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where
everyone eats and drinks far too much!
The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants
and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees,
cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various
different nationality menus.
Volunteer house in Knysna
Volunteer house in Knysna
View from the house overlooking
View at the Project, overlooking the Lagoon
Got any questions? Please email us:
MORE ABOUT THE GUESTHOUSE:
Manor is very comfortable and offers visitors the ideal setting from which to
discover the many wonders of the famous ‘Garden Route’. The guesthouse has 7
rooms and a spacious honeymoon suite with a deluxe spa bath and private balcony.
All rooms are en-suite with TV, fans, heaters, bar, fridge and a safe.
A full English & continental breakfast is
served, either in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the
lagoon. A light meals menu is available throughout the day and in the
Transfers to the airport, tours and
activities boat cruises, horse riding, abseiling, hiking, forest walks,
animal sanctuaries, private tours and a whole lot more can be organized
from the hotel tour desk. There is also a selection of the best golf
courses in South Africa nearby.
Other guest facilities include e-mail and
fax, laundry service, satellite TV, tourism info desk and an exquisite
pool with sunloungers and surround decking, overlooking the Estuary.
Professionalism and personalised service are the goal of this guesthouse
with the aim of being prompt and efficient. The Manor’s rooms have been
refurbished to a high and modern standard.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: WhWhen you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely
and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it
feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the
Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our
own very big family, I suppose!!"
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch
dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
is approximately 500km from
the beautiful capital city of Cape Town and voted South Africa’s
favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop, impressively
sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural feel
to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing
rapidly, and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks,
hotels, internet café’s, cinemas and shopping malls.
About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find
(better known simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller
than Knysna, but equally stunning. Its' pure white beaches stretch
as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do, from whale and dolphin
watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.
The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin
sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more
relaxed pursuits such as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one
of the many animal sanctuaries in the area. Your local Travellers liaison
will be happy to assist you in finding interesting things to do and places
to see so make the most of it!
Knysna nestles on the banks of a
beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is
surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil
lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing
with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good
music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow
atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The
main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful
vacation atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.
Most cafes have outdoors
seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun
umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on
your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or
staving off the heat with a cold drink.
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