By becoming a Community Outreach Volunteer you will assist us in providing opportunities for members of Knysna’s underpriviliged communities. 

Help us to provide education, social and health support and eradicate poverty in the beautiful township of Knysna.  Through projects aimed at empowering locals we encourage a sense of pride and create a brighter future for the poorest communities.

This program targets the main areas of concern in the local community: Health, Education and Nutrition, and aims to provide an all round service to the local people.

Projects include conducting social surveys in the local township, building eco-friendly greenhouses, assisting with afterschool programs, helping at an elderly care centre and running a weekly recycling exchange initiative for children- a full and varied experience!

You will be able to make a tangible difference to the lives of individuals who have little or no opportunity to improve their access to a decent education or livelihood.

Comfort level = Comfortable

You will have access to all amenities including running water, electricity. Most bankcards work at local banks (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX) AMEX) and you will have access to the Internet. You will also find that you can purchase almost anything at local shops. Recommended for those who enjoy having access to restaurants and shops as well as daily communication with friends and family at home.


The EDGE of AFRICA lodge is a beautiful Victorian House, perfectly situated on a slope, overlooking the Knysna Lagoon... A place where you can put your feet up and admire the view or take a two minute stroll to town and explore the hot-spots of Knysna..  As well as providing a home for our volunteers, our lodge also accommodates other International travellers, so there will be no shortage of new people to meet!

Facilities Include:

-Hot Water Showers & Electricity

-Communal Kitchen

-Communal Lounge Area with TV/DVD Player

-Comfortable Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements

-Unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access

-Outdoor braai (barbeque) area

-Private & Family Rooms Available on Request

What’s Included?

  • All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources

  • Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Knysna

  • Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George airport or Knysna bus stop)

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Orientation & Training

  • Accommodation

  • 3 Meals a day

  • Project Related Transport

  • Project T­-shirts

  • Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily

  • Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay

  • Assistance with optional activities and tours

  • Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone

  • Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons 

  • Free, unlimited Wi­Fi and computer access in the Knysna volunteer house

  • Post-­project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount

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