Welcome to South African Students’ Travel Service (SASTS)
Our aim is to offer quality, affordable volunteering experiences and the opportunity to be immersed in a local culture for clients interested to discover Cape Town. As a not for profit organisation, we dedicated to providing young people from all over the world the opportunity to come to South Africa and experience our cultures and people.
There are a vast number of interesting volunteer projects available and most of them are in the local communities surrounding and in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Volunteers can make a valuable contribution in many different facets of childcare, teaching, social, environment and medical placements in and around Cape Town. On our Volunteer Programme, participants will stay with local host families and eat the local meals prepared by the family. They also have the option of staying in the City in a Volunteer House and eat in a local restaurant as well as use local minibus transport to their volunteer project. As a not for profit organisation run by staff of the local communities, we have extensive knowledge of the various communities of Cape Town and South Africa which enables us to offer first hand experience and advice of volunteering in the local communities. SASTS will provide a real insight into Cape Town’s culture, history, landscape through orientation and local community placement and provide the opportunity for genuine interaction with the local people.
Respect for the locals, their cultures, religion and environment are essential to operate a successful volunteer programme. All our Volunteers placed in the local community have to abide by our Code of Conduct by respecting the local culture.
Volunteers also has the opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of South Africa whereby we offer tours of Cape Town and Western Cape. Local guides and agencies are used with the understanding to offer a true cultural experience.
SASTS works very closely with the local communities of Cape Town, to provide sustainable on-going partnerships. As a not for profit organisation, the programme costs goes toward running of the programme. Subject to available funding, SASTS assists community projects with donations to assist with various programmes such as feeding scheme, a laptop was donated to a Daycare centre in the Farming community, end of year school functions, sports equipment for Schools etc.
Volunteers in the local community are placed with Community host families, within walking distance from their volunteer project. Host families are paid a stipend to cover meals and accommodation, thus SASTS giving back to the local communities by placement of volunteers at both project and host family.
As a not for profit organisation, SASTS is not able to profit by operating a Volunteer Programme, and the costs of our programme has to cover the operating costs of the business, staff and a majority thereof is giving back to the local community. As such strict adherence to using local families, transport operators etc are applied. Furthermore, local agents carry some of SASTS logistical tasks in Cape Town.
All of our families we use are local host families and community projects started by the local people of the community that has identified a need within the local communities. Volunteers are placed at much needed community projects, NGO’S, public schools, Women run day care centres, Orphanages etc. All community projects are screened prior to placement of volunteers and factors such as economic responsibility, environmental, social responsibility and safety of the client are considered prior to approving local community projects for placement of our volunteers. In many cases Volunteer assistance to these projects will assist the local people via ongoing placement of volunteers at both host family and projects.
Majority of our Volunteer Placements are in the communities of Cape Town that were previously oppressed due to the Apartheid Regime.
SASTS was set up in 1972 to provide affordable travel opportunities for South African students. It was the travel division of NUSAS, the National Union of South African Students, whose activities took root in the days of Apartheid. SASTS has played an integral role in facilitating student and youth travel for over 40 years and is well equipped to help students realise their travel dreams. Working with reputable and internationally recognised partners and being members of international associations. SASTS programmes are run in accordance with guidelines put in place by these international organisations.
Over the past 11 years SASTS Working Adventures has branched out to include exciting opportunities for foreign travellers to experience South Africa by implementing Work South Africa, Volunteer South Africa, Groups and High School South Africa.
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