INTERN OR VOLUNTEER WITH KHAYELITSHA'S MOSTINSPIRING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AND GRASS-ROOT ORGANISATIONS


Tailored to your goals and schedule. You decide your start date and duration.

linkup application form

WHAT'S UP WITH LINKUP?

LINKUP South Africa facilitates internship and volunteer programs in Khayelitsha, South Africa's fastest growing township, in collaboration with local social entrepreneurs and grassroots organisations involved in community development. For the duration of their stay, volunteers and interns live with one of our local host families in Khayelitsha.

OUR PARTNERS


18 GANGSTAR MUSEUM

18 Gangster Museum showcases the history of South African gangs and their influences on society with the aim to educate, prevent and reduce crime while providing employment opportunities for those within the community.

Skills, qualifications or experience in curating and creating exhibitions or developing marketing strategies are advantageous.

For any further questions, please contact us here.

CAPE VAKASHA TOURS

Cape Vakasha Tours consist of three local entrepreneurs from Khayelitsha, who have been revolutionising the way township tours are run in the Western Cape. Strongly opposed to slum tourism and ‘poverty porn’ hosted by outsiders, Cape Vakasha Tours stands for genuine interaction between local Xhosa people in Khayelitsha and travellers.

Cape Vakasha Tours are looking for interns and volunteers who are passionate about breaking social barriers who can help make their project more efficient and profitable as a business model. Volunteers or interns with skills, qualifications or experience in tourism, business design, general marketing, social media, photography or filmmaking will add great value to this initiative.

For any further questions, please contact us here.

IKHAYA GARDEN

Ikhaya Garden is a registered non-profit oragnisation, a school-based community project focused not only on gardening but also on changing perceptions of the community. By creating relations with the school Ikahaya Garden creates a platform of opportunity for young people. This initiative was started in 2013 by a group of young people from Khayelitsha who wanted to make small-scale farming appealing to young school-goers. They spotted a piece of land at Isikhokelo Primary School, a school in the Site C area. 
This is one of the 10 000 gardens of Africa for Slow Food and one of the venues that hosts Slow Food Events such as Eat-In, Disco Soup, Funky Food Vegetable Festivals, Seed Saving Workshops and the one and only Khayelitsha’s healthy food market, Impilo Yabantu Market.

Ihkaya Garden is looking for volunteers and interns who are passionate about gardening and working with children. Volunteers with skills, qualifications or experience in fundraising, general marketing, recycling or social media are highly sought after here.

For any further questions, please contact us here.

UBUHLE BENDALO

Home and Food Gardening as a mitigation measure for food and nutrition security.
Ubuhle Bendalo means “The Beauty of Nature” in isiXhosa and is a new community food garden and mobile food gardening service located at the Kukhanyile Primary in Khayelitsha Site B. So far, Ubuhle Bendalo’s main objective has been building healthy soil in Khayelitsha, greening the community and connecting with people through growing food. Currently, Ubuhle Bendalo seeks to tackle food and nutrition security by implementing a home gardening programme that helps people to establish their own sustainable food gardens.

Ubuhle Bendalo is looking for volunteers and interns who can help to build long-term relations with hotels, restaurants etc. which they can supply with fresh fruit and vegetables. Skills, qualifications or experience in fundraising, early childhood development, general marketing and sales, web design, agriculture, gardening or permaculture is advantageous. Students who need to do research on food and nutrition security are welcome.

For any further questions, please contact us here.

QAQAMBA LEARNING CENTRE

Our mission is to groom the young ones to be the leaders of tomorrow and have necessary equipment to embrace and develop their future.

This organisation caters for children from Grade 1-7, helping them with their homework, projects and assignment. We also help with school uniform to the needy children in and around Khayelitsha specifically Site C.

For any further questions, please contact us here.

 

BONGA JWAMBI - UPCYCLED FURNITURE DESIGNER

South African entrepreneur, Bonga Jwambi, makes furniture from recycled waste.
As a startup artist, Bonga Jwambi, started off by using recycled material, which he would find by scouring the streets of Khayelitsha always on the lookout for material to reuse. Today, the young artisan/artist sells a furniture line of chairs and benches amongst other products and is one of the most recognizable faces on Cape Town’s art scene. Bonga has no formal training, but what he has is worth so much; creativity and commitment.

Bonga Jwambi is looking for volunteers and interns who are interested in woodwork, carpentry and product design. Skills, qualifications or experience in social media, PR, business design, web design or blogging is advantageous.

For any further questions, please contact us here.

18 GANGSTAR MUSEUM

18 Gangster Museum showcases the history of South African gangs and their influences on society with the aim to educate, prevent and reduce crime while providing employment opportunities for those within the community.

Skills, qualifications or experience in curating and creating exhibitions or developing marketing strategies are advantageous.

Empty tab. Edit page to add content here.
Empty tab. Edit page to add content here.
Empty tab. Edit page to add content here.
Empty tab. Edit page to add content here.
Empty tab. Edit page to add content here.

OUR HOSTING FAMILIES CRITERIA


Our host families are our pillars, which make our interns and volunteers, feel at home far away from home.

Host families must:

  • understand our concept and support our manifesto
  • be culturally open-minded and welcoming
  • have a genuine interested in fruitful relationships with our volunteers and interns
  • be functional and financially stable
  • provide a clean single bedroom and daily meals for a volunteer or intern
  • be strong communicators within their neighborhood and support the idea of connecting our volunteers and interns with their local community

***The main spoken language is isiXhosa; although English is widely spoken it is not always the home language and not a requirement.

WHY LINKUP


WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US

Why Volunteer with us: Linkup South Africa ensures that our volunteers and interns leave a footprint. Opposed to being an outsider who comes in to help, you will be integrated into our community and contribute to the growth of sustainable grass root initiatives and social entrepreneurial projects. Above everything, we value the wisdom of our community who understands best what their needs are.

OUR VALUES


Genuine

Linkup is a fun and genuine way to get to know South Africa and its people by
getting involved in social entrepreneurial projects led by inspiring community leaders and local grass-root organisations.

Sustainable

Sustainable volunteering in a post-colonial environment focuses on community development and social entrepreneurship. Get involved in the redistribution of power to address the causes of inequality and disadvantage by coming together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.

Integrative

Stay at one of our host families in Khayelitsha and become a family member for the duration of your volunteer or internship programme. This requires an open mind as well as interest to share knowledge and to be receptive for new experiences in a new and entirely different environment.

“To truly help others you must first see the world as it is, not blinded by the ignorance of how you wish it to be.” - Chad Howse

HOW TO LINKUP


1

3

Fill out the application form

Application from

Interview

Contract & Payment

CONTACT US


Contact

+27 79 786 5551
linkupsouthafrica@gmail.com

Address

Linkup South Africa
96 Moondust Walk
Ikwezi Park
Khayelitsha 7784
South Africa

MEET THE TEAM


Dennis Molewa

Founder and Programme Coordinator

After completing a technical fashion diploma in Germany, Dennis moved into the realm of advertising and digital marketing. Relocating to South Africa in 2009 allowed him to reconnect with his true passion: food and community. From consulting and cooking, to writing, today he works as a Lifestyle Manager, consulting for upcoming restaurants and food brands. Dennis loves to bring people together through the sharing of food and has actively been involved in community work and promoting food sovereignty for the past 2 years.

Sinalo Plaatjie

Mentor at Linkup

Sinalo Plaatjie is the Co-Founder of Cape Vakasha Tours, which is on a mission to implement a more genuine and intimate approach to township tours. Sinalo is a socially conscious entrepreneur and an intern at The Surplus People Project. He inspires his community with relentless positivity and is strongly convinced that real progress in South Africa requires breaking down barriers between people. His empathy and profound knowledge of the township community and its dynamics makes him perfectly qualified for his role as a mentor at Linkup for our volunteers and interns.

Ozu Mdaquelwa

Community Mediator at Linkup

Ozu’s reputation as a chef in his neighborhood in Khayelitsha precedes him. No matter, which community developmental projects there are in Khayelitsha, chances are high, Ozu aka Chef Sage is involved as a facilitator. He is a born leader and a fixer, who is very active in his community and strongly connected to his heritage and culture, which makes him an ideal Community Mediator for Linkup.

Mpumelelo Tswelopele Sefalane

Co-Founder and Programme Facilitator

Mpumelelo is a visionary in his community who is currently involved as a community organiser across the country. His exceptional strategic planning skills have contributed to several entrepreneurial projects, grass-root initiatives and Non-Profits such as Slow Food South Africa, where he is actively involved. Mpumi is a natural creative with a black belt in brainstorming and conceptualising.