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What Does Hillsong Do?

Hillsong Africa Foundation are the outreach sector that stems from the Hillsong International Church. Hillsong have been planted in Cape Town for 7 years and have been running hugely influential community outreach programs since the get go. With a combination of on-going support received both locally and internationally, as well as the Churches emphasis on Leadership, Community and Team work, they are a force to be reckoned with.


Who Volunteers for Hillsong?

You will get the awesome opportunity to become an integral part of the team, when you sign onto our Hillsong Africa Foundtion program. The only requirements that Hillsong have is that you Love Jesus, as Hillsong are a church that believe in the power of Christianity changing the heart of this city. So if you are a new Christian embarking on journey of Christ discovery or if you are an experienced Christian with a calling placed on your heart then this program is just for you to use what is in your hands to explore what is in your heart.


Why does Hillsong Africa Foundation Partner with Gap Year South Africa?

Gap Year South Africa have been trusted partners with HAF since the very beginning, supplying HAF With international volunteers whose hearts are in the right place. Gap Year South Africa simplify the process for international students wanting Volunteer with Hillsong Africa Foundation as we offer a fully accommodated program for the Volunteers. Gap Year South Africa organise the volunteers accommodation, food, transport, and we take care of the application process when signing up with Hillsong Africa Foundation.


What does your Hillsong Volunteering Schedule look like?

  • Monday: Helping at Gap Year South Africa with the soup Kitchen or Communiversity learn to Swim and Surf Program
  • Tuesday: HAF Staff meeting 10am-11.30am. Preparing for the projects for that week in the office. HAF team meeting 4-5pm.
  • Wednesday: In office 9-12.30. 12.30-4 Mitchells plain. (Dance for Development)
  • Thursday: In Office 9-1. 1-4.30 Gugulethu (Visiting Tembaletu workshop, the clinic, Vukuhambe, and Lights On at Tembaletu school.)
  • Friday: In office 9-12 doing follow up calls. 1-4.30 Bump in session at Gugulethu (Setting up for Sunday church)
  • Saturday: Gap Year South Africa Cape Town excursions.
  • Sunday: Full Day Sunday service.
type Type of project: Hillsong Africa Foundation
max-and-min-time Minimum duration: 5 Weeks
max-and-min-time Maximum duration: 18 Weeks
location Location: Century City, Cape Town, South Africa.
airport Airport: Arrive and depart Cape Town International Airport. All transport to and from airport is provided by Gap Year South Africa.
age-requirements Age requirements: 17+
included Included: 3 meals/day will be provided. Accommodation with Wifi. Transport to and from programs. Cape Town exploration excursions.
excluded Excluded: Flights, Travel insurance, spending money, any adventure activities that we do not provide.
laundry Laundry: A washer and tumble-dryer are available in the volunteer house for volunteer usage.
accomadation Accommodation: Volunteers will live in a volunteer house that is a short 10minute car journey from your project in Masiphumelele. This house has 3 bedrooms with 4-6 beds in each room, Each room has private bathroom, a kitchen, a lounge area with TV and satellite, an outdoor area with a pool, front garden and braai area where volunteers can chill and hang out. The vibrant Martha our house mother does the housekeeping to ensure the volunteer house maintains a clean and comfortable environment.
schedule Schedule: You are an active part of the HAF team and spend your days in between the Main Campus and the outreach locations, but you have a full day lasting from 09am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday, with Mondays to participate in Gap Year SA Community Development Outreach Programs. And Sundays you spend the entire day Serving at Church from 08-5pm. Saturdays are free to relax, discover Cape Town and participate in planned excursion with your fellow volunteers.
menu Menu: During the week Martha cooks hearty home cooked meals, and also caters to vegetarians.
outings Outings: We arrange awesome adventure excursions for some of your weekends as we try to pack in as many of the Cape Town attractions as possible and make sure that you don’t miss out on a single moment in SA. There is opportunity for you to go on Adventure Road trips up the East and West coast as well.
required Required: To have an open mind and a heart for humanity as well as a respectful attitude towards the Culture as well as a passionate Love for Jesus Christ.

Becky Etheridge, UK – Hillong Africa Foundation 2015

For the HAF project you join the HAF family with everything they do. You are in the office Tuesday-Friday as well as going out with them to Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain. You help with preparing for the lights on sessions for the kids. I have also been helping with follow ups on My Hillsong. This includes helping in a team who phone people during the week. They are phoning to get them connected into church life. I help out a lot with putting the information from the phone calls on the system and to sign them up to courses. I have absolutely loved these 3 months here in Cape Town, working in HAF is just fantastic. I feel like while being here I have really become part of the family. I have loved getting to know all the kids we work with each week. I love being able to help out in the office, as I feel like I have really made a difference in people’s lives whether its helping to prepare for the lesson or phoning people to invite to them to the discovery course. These small things really do have an impact on people’s lives! I have loved staying with GYSA as they have really looked after me while I have been here! I have loved doing the excursions and seeing a lot Cape Town! The atmosphere in the house is great and so friendly!


Luz Mariela Robles, Mexico – Hillong Africa Foundation 2014

Gap Year South Africa was awesome and one of the best times of my life. I was on the Hillsong Africa Project, this is a good project to choose. This church is very modern, you get to meet so many people our age volunteering. Their projects are really fun and there is always something different.  My favourite are the kids at Masi-EduCare that scream “teachaaa” when I walk through the door. They are full of love and enjoy singing and dancing so much! Gap Year South Africa is an awesome place with people that make incredible things happen, Jess is the coolest house mom ever, she is full of energy and always willing to help. Martha makes the best food, every morning she receives you with a big hug. Clive is the driver he is the coolest and a funny old guy! One of the things I liked the most of this house is that you feel like home. You get to meet people that become your family, and friends for the rest of your life. This Volunteer house is clearly on of the best ones in Cape Town! I LOVE Cape Town & Gap Year South Africa.

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