Volunteer in a South African Vineyard!

Experience life as a South African winemaker!

Experience vineyard farming in South Africa !  

Wine farming volunteering programme - Globalong Located in a rapidly growing family farm, this programme allows you to immerse yourself in the world of wine making.

Since the first pioneering hectare of Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 2008, the vineyard has been diversifying its wine production to other grape cultivar varietals.

This vineyard produces white wine, red wine as well as traditional bottle-fermented champagne known in South Africa as MCC – Method Cap Classique.

Experience volunteering in a vineyard - GlobalongThe various cultivars include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese.

These wines are available to the public during wine tastings organised on the farm as well as in the restaurant which offers farm-style cuisine at lunch time.

The natural setting of the farm, located near a small dam, offers a real break from urban life.


The small team, who have been trained on site, develop all aspects of wine production.

Volunteering in South Africa - GlobalongMoreover, the team is dedicated to empowering the members of the disadvantaged local community by training them in crafts and cash crop cultivation so that they can take an active part in the local economic growth.

Volunteers can in turn support the local community by sharing their skills and by taking part in various training activities with them. You will also have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world!

As a volunteer, you may be requested to take part in the following tasks:

  • Volunteers in South Africa - GlobalongManaging the shop located on the wine estate.
     
  • Taking part in the wine production:
    Preparation of new vineyards, trellis construction, irrigation network installation, planting and taking care of the vines, harvesting, pruning the vines, wine maturation.   
    You may also be requested to take part in the following activities (depending on current needs): water supply, fencing, weeding, building and equipment maintenancelight metal craft workshop, woodwork and electrical maintenance, etc. 

     
  • Volunteers learn about wine making - GlobalongTaking part in the hospitality activities:
    Once volunteers have mastered the technical aspects of how tastings and restaurant/kitchen work:
    Presentation and tasting of wines and meals produced and prepared on the estate (baked goods, cheeses, cured meats, pates, preserves, as well as soups and stews during the winter months).

Your mission through the seasons:

Activities at the vineyard take place throughout the year.

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Tourism-related activities are from October to Easter. Hospitality kitchen and restaurant activities peak from mid-December to mid-January.

Just as vitally important behind-the-scene maintenance activities are from April/May to October, starting directly after harvesting, while the new vintage is maturing in the cellars.

Below is a monthly description of the vine-related activities (which are subject to change according to local weather conditions and to the various cultivars):

  • Volunteer in a vineyard - GlobalongJanuary: Cellar prepared for pressing season
  • February: Harvest time
  • March: Harvest time
  • April: Prepare new vineyards
  • May: General maintenance
  • June: Pruning after leaves have fallen
  • July: Pruning and planting
  • August: Ploughing in of cover crop
  • September: Trellising and spring fertilizer
  • October: Tipping: the removal of the first 2-5 cm of growing shoot to enhance development and allowing the fruit to set better
  • A group of volunteers in South Africa - GlobalongNovember: Topping: the removal of 15-25 cm of a young growing shoot, by hitting it off with a strong switch or thin stick, to allow good air circulation and prevent disease
  • December: Irrigation, hedging and disease control

Wine-making activities take place throughout the week while hospitality activities take place from Friday to Sunday (the restaurant is closed on Mondays).

You may be requested to support the hospitality team during the week-end. In this case, you will have time off during the week.

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Below is a description of the timetable volunteers generally follow on week days (from Monday to Friday):

  • From 7am: Breakfast.
  • 7.45 – 7.50am: Transfer from your accommodation to the project.
  • 8am – 1pm: Farm-related activities (vineyards, grapes, harvest, pruning, wine maturation) or kitchen (catering preparation) and restaurant hospitality.  
  • 1 – 2pm: Lunch break (time may vary).
  • Volunteering programme in South Africa - Globalong2 – 5pm: Afternoon programme varies according to your profile, the season and above all actual current needs.
  • 5pm onwards: Transfer from the project to your accommodation + free time.
  • 7 - 7.30pm:  Dinner with the team and free time.

During their free time, volunteers make the most of the exceptional natural surroundings: Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route!

On Friday evenings, around 8pm, volunteers usually gather around the Braii (the traditional South-African BBQ) and enjoy the outdoor hot tub.

Otherwise, you may want to go to Plettenberg Bay for the evening.

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On Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, you are free to sleep in, to cook your own breakfast and organise trips to Plettenberg Bay (please note that shops close at 1pm on week-ends however supermarkets are open later), to the beach, to the countryside for a hike.

You could also take part in one of the following adventure activities*:

  • Elephant and Snake Sanctuary
  • Swimming with seals
  • Whale watching
  • Shark-cage diving
  • Volunteer and discover South Africa - GlobalongBungee jumping
  • Skydiving
  • Adventure boating
  • Kloofing
  • Kayaking
  • Horseriding
  • Tree-top canopy tour
  • Waterfall Zipline
  • etc.

If you are interested in doing any of these activities, feel free to talk to your local coordinator about it – he/she will be happy to help! 

*Please note that these activities are NOT included in your participation and management fees/donation!

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Local transportation:

Your daily return trip from your accommodation to your project site is included.

Your trips to the city centre in your free time are not included.

Accommodation:

You will stay at the Volunteer House, located in a 5 hectares domain in the heart of nature, in a rural suburb of Plettenberg Bay.

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Shared bedrooms and luxury Safari bow-tents (for 1-3 volunteers) are fully equipped (with carpets, beds, linen, electric blankets, lights, etc.).

You may use one of the many shared bathrooms on site as well as the TV lounge, the two kitchens, the large verandah (where volunteers gather to eat) and the two fire-hearths, for cool nights. On Fridays, volunteers use the outdoor Braai (BBQ) and the outdoor hot tub.
A golf practice putting green and a petanque track are also available on the property.

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Bedding and towels are provided, and your laundry will be taken care of regularly.

Free WiFi is available in the main building only.

Meals:

You will be provided with three daily meals, which you will share with fellow volunteers in the verandah or on an outdoor table, in the garden.

You will make your own (continental) breakfast and lunch (sandwiches).

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For dinner, you will be provided with a hot meal.

A vegetarian option is available.

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements at info@globalong.com

What to bring:

It is recommended that you bring:

  • personal items
  • medicine
  • sun block
  • Volunteer abroad - Globalonganti-mosquitoes spray
  • practical clothes (trousers, long shorts, t-shirts, a warm waterproof jacket, work shoes, hiking boots, etc.)
  • a laptop / books
  • a camera

Anything else you might need can be bought at local supermarkets in South Africa.            

Please wear modest clothing (such as jeans, leggings, long shorts, long skirts) as well as closed-toed shoes, for outdoor activities.

Included:

  • Initial membership fee (200 €) 
  • Airport reception
  • Pre-programme support from the GlobAlong team
  • Transport from the airport to the Volunteer House
  • Daily return trip from your accommodation to your project site
  • Doing an internship abroad - GlobalongAccommodation
  • Full board (3 meals per day)
  • The customisation of your programme
  • 7/7 support from your local team when needed
  • Support from the GlobAlong team throughout the duration of the programme
  • A customised blog
  • Advice on how to get your visa (if necessary)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Certificate of participation to the volunteering programme
  • Volunteer abroad in South Africa - GlobalongA donation to a local project according to current needs
  • Participation and management fees/donation

Not included:

  • Return flight to South Africa
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) and cancellation insurance 
  • Vaccinations (for further information click here)
  • Local transportation during your free time
  • Food when eating out
  • Personal expenses
  • Excursions

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Project location: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Airport of arrival: George Airport

Minimum duration of a mission: 2 weeks

Mission starting: all year round

Arrival day: Sunday (between 8am and 5pm)

Departure day: Sunday (between 8am and 5pm)

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Minimum age required to participe: 18

Participation conditions:

  • An upper intermediate level of English (B2 minimum)
  • Being dynamic and practical, having a willingness to learn the many aspects of viticulture, estate management, wine production, tasting and promotion.     

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