Making Waves FAQS -

Making Waves FAQS



Q IS THERE A PREFERABLE TIME TO SUBMIT MY APPLICATION
A There is no cut off period of when to apply as we run our programs all year round. We do however book up quickly so we suggest booking early to secure your spot.
Q WHAT ARE THE AGE LIMITATION?
A We have a minimum age of 18 and there is no maximum age. If you are under 18 and wish to participate in one of our programs you may come with a guardian.
Q WHATS THE MINIMUM STAY?
A The minimum stay at Making Waves is 2 weeks.
Q HOW DO THE ARRIVALS WORK/WHAT AIRPORT DO I ARRIVE INTO?
A Volunteers must arrive to Cape Town International Airport (code: CPT) and will be met at the airport and brought to the program.
Q ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
A No, flights are not included.
Q DO YOU MONITOR THE FLIGHTS?
A Yes, we monitor flights before your arrival to get the approximate time of your landing and will be at the airport waiting for you.
Q WHAT IF THERE IS A FLIGHT DELAY?
A Please contact us as soon as you receive notice of a flight delay.
Q DO I NEED A VISA?
A Please enquire through the South African embassy in your country or go to the South African Home Affairs link for more information regarding Visa requirments. Please note, we are not responsible for your travelling documentation.
Q WHEN DOES THE PROJECT START?
A Thursdays. We will fetch you from the airport and take you to the project.
Q WHAT IF IT DOESN’T SUIT ME TO ARRIVE ON A MONDAY?
A For an additional cost, we can arrange for a special pick-up for you.
Q ARE AIRPORT TRANSFERS INCLUDED?
A Yes, 2 airport transfers are included (to and from the airport).
Q CAN ANYONE APPLY?
A Yes, anyone can apply to join our program, subject to being 18 and above.
Q DO YOU CATER TO VEGETARIANS OR OTHER DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
A Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements, please ensure you let us know prior to arrival.
Q HOW DO I PAY FOR THE PROJECT?
A We require a $300 (USD) deposit to secure your place at the project, and ask for the remaining balance to be paid 60 days before your arrival. We have two payment option. You can either pay via international bank – transfer/wire (please note that the administration costs are at your expense) or you can pay via a safe and secure online credit card facility.
Q DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT OPTIONS?
A Yes, you are welcome to discuss other payment options with us.
Q IS THERE A BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO GO?
A The climate here is sub-tropical, with an average summer rainfall of 475 millimeters, and dry winters. In the summer, temperatures are anywhere from 18 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius, and temperatures in the winter range between eight degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius.
Q WHICH INSURANCE COMPANY IS OFTEN USED FOR THE TYPE OF TRIP?
A We offer our volunteers comprehensive coverage – please inquire with us. It is important to travel with insurance to ensure your security and safety.
Q WOULD I NEED TO DO ANY VACCINATIONS/ANTI-MALARIA MEDICATION?
A The only vaccination you would require is Tetanus. During the summers, we recommend malaria medication even though the area is low risk. Speak to your doctor or local travel clinic to inquire.
Q ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL FACILITIES ON SITE TO DEAL WITH SERIOUS ISSUES QUICKLY?
A We have a hospital within 15 minutes of the project however staff are first aid certified.
Q DO I NEED MOSQUITO REPELLENT?
A We highly suggest mosquito repellent in the summer months, from September to March.
Q WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICA AND HOME?
A Volunteers will have WIFI at their accommodation and can purchase a SIM card if they wish.
Q DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS TO VOLUNTEERS?
A Volunteers receive a 5% discount if they opt for two or more packages.
Q ANY RETURNING VOLUNTEER DISCOUNT?
A Yes, past volunteers receive 10% off their future volunteer experience.