Inspire Volunteer Abroad

Cape Town, South Africa 2022

Dates of Program

October 1 – 10, 2022

Fundraising Target:

CAD $3,500

Application Dates

Applications are open until June 25th, 2022

Registration Fee

CAD $350 (Non-refundable)


We invite you to take a deeper look into South Africa’s rich history and culture while engaging in meaningful community work. Cape Town is often referred to as the “mother city” of the country. It is known for its industrial centers and prominent seaport, as well as its beautiful landmarks. South Africa is also home to the inspirational freedom fighter and former President, Nelson Mandela. It has one of the most developed economies in Africa, however, deep-rooted socio-economic inequalities remain. As much as 55.5% of South Africans live below the national poverty line and have difficulty accessing basic needs items. Islamic Relief Canada has been working in South Africa since 2013 and has implemented projects that address healthcare, food insecurity, education, livelihoods, and supporting orphans. This volunteer abroad program focuses on providing psychosocial support to children through camp programming and educational activities in addition to different community service activities.

In our previous Inspire field study in South Africa, the volunteers worked with children in an IRC funded school, organized active learning activities for unprivileged children, and organized events for the local community. They also participated in rehabilitating homes.

Main Activities

Volunteers will be running an educational camp for orphans and vulnerable children with different enriching activities and programs. The programming will focus on life skills and leadership, team building, and outdoor education, among other psychosocial activities.
They will also have the chance to visit the Islamic Relief project sites, meet the right holders to learn more about the sponsorship programs and gain insight into their life stories.

Volunteers will also gain more insight about the history of the city and have the opportunity to take part in organized sightseeing activities in Robben Island, Iziki Museums, and Table Mountain.

Fundraising Process

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of CAD 3,500 by August 1st, 2022. All the funds raised will be going towards Islamic Relief projects in South Africa. IRC will provide each volunteer with a fundraising session that includes tips on how to fundraise, how to engage your network, etc. Also, IRC will set up an online LaunchGood fundraising page for each volunteer to raise funds for their project. 

Benefits of the Trip

The Inspire program aims to give volunteers a unique and eye-opening experience, where they can immerse themselves in a completely different context than they are normally accustomed to. This program encompasses the “give and take” principle; it is an opportunity to both give back to vulnerable communities overseas whilst learning and growing skills in an enriching environment. After completing the program, letters of reference will be given out to participants upon request. Participants will also be encouraged to continue volunteering with IRC following the trip to continue their humanitarian efforts. 


IRC will cover your stay in South Africa, including your accommodation, transportation, food, and scheduled sightseeing activities. Please note that flights are NOT included in this, thus the volunteer is responsible for purchasing their flights to and from South Africa, as well as mandatory health insurance.

Pre-Departure Training

Once accepted into the program, all the volunteers are required to attend pre-departure classes that are held for 2-3 hours for 6-7 sessions. These classes will focus on the details required for the Field Study including fundraising, country profile, IR history, security in the field, activity planning, etc. These are mandatory!

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