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Discover township life with a local

social gathering

Discover township life with a local

75 reviews
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
social gathering

Discover township life with a local

social gathering

Discover township life with a local

75 reviews
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

I'll be your guide on our interactive walk exploring the authentic diversity of township life. At first glance, life may seem a daily struggle but delve deeper and we’ll find a place of friendship and resilience. Our itinerary begins at MADaboutART, a social enterprise using art and creative expression to support children to make positive life choices. You'll see our gallery of amazing narrative artwork telling stories of the lives of children in the township. In the streets around MADaboutART you’ll experience the culture and ways of the township. You'll learn about Xhosa traditions and the role of the Sangoma (traditional healer). Youth teams often practice soccer and netball on the sports ground. They might ask you to join in! You'll see many sights along the way; the contrast between traditional wooden homes and new Government-built brick homes, cattle and pigs grazing among the dwellings, taverns, women doing daily laundry, every day is a different experience. Finally, we'll return to MADaboutART where in afternoons and school holidays you’ll meet the children as they sing, paint, bead, whatever the activity of the day is (curriculum dependent). On Sunday mornings we have the option to join a local church congregation for part of their service. We hope you'll take a little township magic home with you (and leave a little piece of your heart with us)

Beatrice's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

Your host

Learn more about Beatrice

Beatrice

Hello, I’m Beaty! I was born and grew up in Dam-se-Bos, Knysna. I’ll share my unique, no-frills perspective on life and social challenges in the new South Africa. Sometimes shocking but always honest, my personal story is part of the fabric of this experience. I joined MADaboutART while I was still at school. Now I have two children myself. I run an after-school curriculum for children in the township and a social enterprise based on interactive, socially-aware tourism which trains unemployed youth and raises income to create a brighter future for children in the township

About the organization

MADaboutART

MADaboutART fights HIV using art and education. Its award-winning curriculum for children and youth uses art to ignite imagination, have fun and achieve social change. Many young people in poverty experience anger and low self-esteem; a spiral of vulnerability that destroys hope. MADaboutART offers a safe, fun learning environment where children heal past trauma and build hope for the future

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to MADaboutART.

What's included

Drinks
I'll provide drinking water

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Where you'll be

We’ll be exploring Dam-se-Bos township. The first residents were moved here by force in the 80s under apartheid. People chopped trees to build shelters. There was no electricity so they burned wood for warmth. Many were hungry. Today the area is much improved. Even so some families still have no electricity, running water, proper toilets and no money for food. We aim to grow the local economy and create a brighter future for people who live here

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

I advise closed-in shoes and, on sunny days, sunscreen and a hat

More tips

Unique gift items for sale made by children at MADaboutART (R50-R250) incl bead bracelets, cards & art Transport available at extra cost Ground can be uneven, let me know if you’d find this difficult

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Beatrice
Discover township life with a local
75 reviews
From R200/person
75 reviews
From R200/person