Sunshine, Sand, Surf!

School’s out for the season. The kids are on their holiday. And with more free time to surf, that is exactly what the boys have chosen to do.

After two short stops on the train ride from their home in Steenberg, the boys arrive in the morning to MBC, suit up, and spend their days and hours out at the beach. At times the boys will remember they haven’t yet had their lunch, but just as easily they’ll forget their stomach’s grumbling as the ocean calls them back into the surf.

Catching waves with the boys has been a blast! Here I am the volunteer and it’s them who have been so helpful with teaching me. They genuinely wanted to see me learn during my month here. Many times Frankie and Abel would stay nearby in the ocean and call out for me which waves I should catch. They’d yell out, “Turn your board around now! Paddle! Start paddling! Keep paddling!” Before I knew it, I was picking out my own waves and standing up more times than I could count. It’s so great to see their love for surfing and their willingness to share it with others, just as it’s been imparted to them.

Last week, taking full advantage of Muizenberg’s beautiful beaches, we organized games and fun competition for the boys, both on the sand and in the water. Frankie won both the foot race and soccer agility match. Temba came in a near second. And when it came to the surfing, everyone knew Asi would take the win. Abel, deserving a notable mention, still surfed with an injured foot. Tough boy! I had to tell him to sit it out until he knew exactly what was wrong and he finally conceded. It’s so obvious for many of these boys that being in the ocean is irresistible. Even with swollen foot, Abel admitted, “Surfing’s a part of my life. I want to be out there!”

Now as we head into the holidays, I’m bummed to say that only a few days remain before I head back home and my time at MBC comes to a close. I am so looking forward to spending this Christmas with the kids before I leave, meeting their families, and trying some local homemade South African dishes. I cannot believe how quickly this month flew by. Spending time with the boys has certainly been an honor and privilege. Each day getting to know these boys has been such a treasure, and they truly have become like my little brothers! I cannot say it enough, “Go MBC!”

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Wavescape Surf Film Festival

Saturday afternoon we loaded up in Ant’s bakkie and headed with the boys to Camp’s Bay for a swim and movie night on the beach. It was a first for me and so much fun riding in the back of a truck on a main highway and then at the beach digging to form sunken sand sofas to relax and enjoy the open air cinema that is part of the annual Wavescape Surf Film Festival. On Clifton 4th Beach, after finding our place up front near the big screen and once nestled cozy in our newly dug-out sand chairs, with packed sandwiches and fruit in hand (thanks to Shani!), the boys sat back and relaxed, eyes fixed on the pro surfers in the films who go and travel the world  giving their lives to chasing waves. Film after film,  you could see how the boys found inspiration to dream big and chase their passions. And by the end, despite it being late into the night, Asi and Toufie just wanted to jump in the water and surf.
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But soon after the last short film, the crowd cleared up, and we, too, packed our things to get back home. Then came my personal favorite part of the weekend, just sitting in the back of the bakkie with the boys. As the wind out picked up, we tried to keep warm with only one blanket to go around. The ride home was entertaining to say the least. I learned Temba is great at storytelling and has quite the imagination. Whymph will bust out into song with lyrics he’ll come up with on the spot. Asi and Abel I found out share my love for sardines. Phila remains adamant on his views of pumpkin pie (I still have 2 weeks to convince him). And the rest of the ride just felt like I was hanging out with my little brothers! When we dropped off the boys at their home in Steenburg, they were keen to point out to me the nearby corner shop that serves Gatsby. It’s apparently a local favorite dish and a must try while in South Africa. It’s going to happen!!

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Besides all I learned from the boys riding in the bakkie Saturday, a sweet highlight from my second week here and something that became very apparent to me was the huge heart of the man behind MBC. In these 5 years, Ant Scholte has done much more for these boys than simply introducing them to a love for surfing. He invests his heart and his time for them. He provides an outlet for these boys, where they can come feel safe, unthreatened, and carefree–just as kids should be. I see it so clearly. I see it when he gives of his weekends to rest and instead chooses to spend it with the boys. I see it when he stays back to carry their bags, boogie boards, and wetsuits when they forget. He instills values by example, tells them the hard things, and encourages them to pursue the important things. The sacrifice this man makes for these boys is humbling and inspiring! And as the boys would say, “GO MBC!!”

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Words of wisdom: Paddle DEEP!

It’s been a great first week with the MBC boys! After the first couple days of my asking them multiple times, I’ve got each of their names and faces down.
We had three newcomers yesterday: Sumpiwe, Kanya, and Mpo. The clubs’ more experienced members, Asi and Siya, took on the role of showing them the ropes, and they did so well. I’d stayed back on the beach and it was sweet just chatting with the boys as they took their breaks at random points in the day.
You really get to see the different interactions and personalities. There’s Frankie and Siya who are close buds, yesterday joking and having fun in the sand as we talked about how Frankie would celebrate his 16th birthday. Then there’s Asi–you couldn’t get him out of the water as he kept up with the big boys in the back. Abel is wise beyond his years and so patient. At one point I found myself sitting in the middle of a friendly sandfight when Abel took a hit and all I saw was his huge smile as he laughed it off. ​
My first surf lessons this week came from Phila, previously an MBC member (soon to be college student!!). He’s an excellent instructor and within an hour of the first day I was standing up riding some waves. When sensing my nervousness heading into the rows of white water, he gets a good laugh and reassures that we’ll get past them. So, I press on. Paddling forward through wave after wave, sometimes I won’t see Phila, but from somewhere I’ll hear his voice calling out words of encouragement to keep me going. It works!
Today after what seemed like an impossible feat, before I knew it, I was in the backline! Finally there on the flat waters, Phila and I sat on our boards for a bit, gave our arms a rest after all the paddling, enjoyed the calm new environment and absence of white water, and then after some practice learning to sit on the board, he said, “Ready to ride a wave? Let’s do it!”
Phila picked out a wave, gave me quick last second reminders of everything to keep in mind, and then I was off on the nicest ride back to shore. I felt at that moment I could say I came, I conquered, and accomplished what I wanted coming to South Africa. There is something that makes you feel alive when you’re able to overcome even a piece of that powerful ocean. But in truth, there is so much more than catching a wave that I came here to South Africa for. I came for these amazing kids. . . in the water or not. (But yes, more in the water!)

A volunteer’s first day & Lessons from MBC boys

Greetings from Muizenberg!

After a quick tour around town with the staff at MBC and Learn2Surf, I was able to get my bearings of the area this first week of volunteering. Glad I have a month to make this place my little home away from home. As you walk the streets, you hear the train chugging through town on the tracks, you pass by quaint local shops and cafes, and you see the joy of locals and visitors alike basking in the warm sun of Muizenberg with its endless white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean waters.

At the MBC office, I was welcomed to my first day of work with a sweet set of tunes playing overhead. With Ant’s great taste in music, I and the rest of the friendly crew sat and worked listening to Chant Down Babylon. Just the type of rhythms and beats to get the morning going–that is, if the view out the window of the Cape’s pristine Atlantic Ocean weren’t enough.



Happy to report that today was my first introduction to a Moka Pot. Using this newly discovered contraption, Ant gave the step-by-step lesson on how to prepare the perfect double espresso. It was delicious! I can’t imagine with this fine combination of music, ocean, and coffee, what volunteer would not be ready for all that each day here may hold.

I am truly thankful and excited to be here in South Africa with this opportunity to work with the kids of the Muizenberg Beach Club. I met several of the members for the first time yesterday and very much look forward to getting to know these boys. Within minutes of them arriving at the boardroom, we changed into our wetsuits, grabbed our surfboards, and boogie boards, and headed a short walk to the beach. The boys informed me that the surf was low that afternoon and there wouldn’t be much waves to catch, but they were still eager to come and glad to be in the waters. We had some good laughs as the boys tried to teach me how to paddle, and they all assured me that I’d get it soon enough.

As of late, since the MBC bus is currently awaiting repair, the boys take a 10 min. train ride from their homes in Steenberg. Even from our first meeting, I immediately sense that each of them has a story waiting to be told. I cannot imagine the things they see in their daily lives, but what a blessing it is for them to have MBC to come to each day. Lives are genuinely being turned around through this outreach and the dedication and heart of Ant and his staff. I am so looking forward to being a part of this effort and to investing in the kiddos as much as I can this month!

And, of course, I can’t wait for us to catch some of them waves together!

My First Day in Muizenberg

For the past year, the thought of being essentially on the polar opposite of the world surfing some of the worlds best waves has been a distant dream whilst in the rough, murky waters of Scotland getting pounded by wall after wall of mush. Frequently struggling to breakthrough the impenetrable battleground of white water in thunderstorms and temperatures as low as -2 degrees Celsius, you’d think most places would be better, however, I could not have dreamt of such a fine day for my first in Muizenberg with the Muizenberg Beach Club.

signFrom first stepping through the door into what’s currently a movie set surrounded by hundreds of boards and the soothing bass of Bob Marley, the crew at MBC wereinstantly welcoming and within minutes we were out to the water. As a Scot, we tend not to have the opportunity to surf waves of any commendable quality, so stepping down to the beach to see wonderfully forming glassy waves in clean sets with many breaks sitting empty left me truly itching to get out there myself.

As the session went on the quality of the Muizenberg surf began to reveal itself. With the waves growing in size, steepness, glassiness and beauty, my surfing also followed suit. The resulting effect on this poor Scot having never been subjected to surf of this quality could only be


described as super stoked as one last wave for the morning was ridden the whole distance into the beach.

Completely exhausted and with arms close to dropping off my sides from the countless waves surfed, I type still incomprehensively amazed by the events of today. With a brilliant lunch from the Stoked Backpackers café next to the MBC offices I prepare for another day, aiding in the teaching and support of the kids from the Cape Flats involved with the project.

Being a young Scot and not necessarily the greatest surfer just yet, the irresistible urge to travel and progress with your skills that comes with surfing has now been addressed with my arrival in Muizenberg, however, I doubt myself that there may have been a finer introduction to my surfing travels elsewhere in the world. With such great waves and in such an amazing backdrop, maybe heading back to the frozen seas of Scotland will be a big problem.

Cheers to the MBC guys for a great start, now to progress even further.

Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games

Today is the D-Day ! Today it’s the Earthwave Beach Festival ! MBC kids are ready ! Three of them will brave waves and win in the first Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games.

Despite the bad weather 14 teams made of 5 surfer each were ready to play and to completed for gold medals and surfboards. But during this games, the performance wasn’t the main skill, each team had to shpw the most support and enthusiasm for their tag teammates in hope of wining the “Team Spirit Award”.

The goal was to surf two waves to the best of their abilities and to touch the hand of his tag teammate before the final siren.


Waiting his turn...

Waiting his turn…


At the end of the day, when kids are a little bit frozen, the results were announced !

Even if the MBC kids didn’t win a surfboard, they have a very nice medal. But especially, and the most important, they are more motivated than ever to surf and to progress !

And as we said in France, the most important is not to win but to participate !

So proud of their medals! Well done guys!

So proud of their medals! Well done guys!


Ant coaching kids

Ant coaching kids

Goodbye Cape Town!

My little “Africa adventure” has already came to an end. My last week in South Africa was fully packed with unforgettable activities.. so let me report about it!

I had an awesome last day at MBC project and also at Muizenberg beach. Ant and I organised a little surf competition, therefor we all met at 3:30 pm at Muizenberg beach excited for today’ s surf session. The waves were quite brilliant that day. After warming up, Ant briefed everyone about today’s surf rules. Surf competition started!



While one part of the kids surfed against each other the rest of us cheered happily. Ant made the judge. It was an heavy neck-and-neck race, the kids are all quite good surfers and showed us their best surf moves, Ant judged fairly… but we all know, in the end there only can be one winner! Third place went to Siminkiwe, second to Asi and first place was made by Godfrey!! Back in the office we had a little award ceremony and then it was time to say goodbye to all the lovely MBC kids…:( I will definitely miss them!



Next day I left Muizenberg early in the morning going on the 3 Day Big 5 Safari Tour for my last weekend which was organised by Cape to Addo. I spent 3 exciting days on the tour seeing wild animals, having the chance to do the World’s biggest Bungy Jump, having an elephant encounter and visiting the incredible caves.




On Monday morning I had to say goodbye to Ant and Zeus and also to the beautiful village Muizenberg where I spent the last month. My last 3 days I stayed in Cape Town with a really good friend of mine who I met here in South Africa. We just enjoyed the City for the last time, we did the Cape Point Tour (Boulders Beach, Cape of Good Hope, Bo Kaap… ;)), the Red Bus Tour and visited the Water Front once again where we bought some souvenirs.


On Wednesday we both started our journey back home to Europe. I firstly flew to Ireland, Dublin to visit my boyfriend (he’ s studying there…).

When I finally arrived in Germany, Stuttgart, I left the airplane and realized I was back home where everyone around speaks my mother language, I felt really strange.

Now it has been about 3 weeks when I landed in Stuttgart and I still love to reminisce back about my trip in South Africa and MBC project. Everything here is so much different than it was in Cape Town… I may have left South Africa but South Africa will never leave me… one time I will definitely come back! :)

Anna, Germany

My first week at MBC

Hey… May I shortly introduce myself…?;)

I’ m Anna, 18 years old. I normally live in a small town in Germany far away from South Africa, Cape Town where I just started volunteering at Muizenberg Beach Club.

Full of anticipation on sun, beach, surfing and a good time at MBC project I started my exciting journey to my world’ s other end.

On Monday I finally arrived at Ant’ s house in Muizenberg where I will stay the coming 4 weeks. After he showed me around the house and his lovely facility I immediately felt like I am home and fell asleep tiredly and curiously for the next day.

On Tuesday my first day at MBC project started. I waited excitedly until the kids arrived at 3.30 pm for their one hour surf session which I enjoyed with them. After my first day with the kids they’ ve made me already feel like being part of their team.


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On Thursday we met for playing soccer together at a field near Muizenberg.


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On top of that my personal highlight of the week with the MBC kids was the soccer game on Friday at Athlone Stadium, it was also Phila’ s 19th birthday. After visiting Muizenberg Market we picked the kids up to the stadium. In aid of flags and vuvuzelas we cheered for Ajax Cape Town who finally made the match against Bloemfontain Celtic.



#cheering #AjaxCapeTown

I enjoyed my weekend staying with some friends in Cape Town where we climbed on Lion’ s Head, spotted Cape Town nightlife and just relaxed at Cliffton Beach.


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Now it has been more than a week when Ant welcomed me heartly in Muizenberg and I’ ve already fell in love with the beautiful and breathtaking landscape of South Africa.

I just can say that I am really looking forward to spend my next weeks at MBC project!!

See you, Anna :-)

My first weeks with MBC

I’m Anna, a new volunteer from Norway. I arrived a couple of weeks ago and I really love it here.  The people are so friendly, the kids are awesome, the nature is breathtaking and the surf is good!

I was really nervous before I left, it’s a long way from Norway to South-Africa, but once I arrived here all my worries disappeared.
Muizenberg is really a lovely place to be. It feels safe and I already feel at home here.


I’ve met the kids and they are so cool. They all have such different personalities and a lot of energy! It’s so much fun spending time with them!
We have been surfing and playing soccer on the beach.

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It’s so much fun surfing with the kids, you can see they are all smiling the whole time and having such a good time in the water. And they are really good!


I’m staying here for 3 months and I really look forward to getting to know the children better and have loads of fun with them!

I also look forward to see all the cool places around here.

(Anna, volunteer from Norway)

First day at MBC!!!

Hello! We are Nico from France and Jasper from the Netherlands. Nico studies Marketing and Communication at the ISC in Paris and is here to volunteer for 2 months. Jasper studies International Marketing Management in Utrecht and is here to do his month internship. We are both really looking forward to our time here.

On Tuesday it was our first day at the office. We started the day with a surfing lesson with Alfonso! He is a really good coach, such a nice guy and he made our first surfing experience in South Africa really enjoyable! The waves were perfect for learning to surf and both the weather and the wonderful view looked like paradise! We had a really good time and it’s just the beginning!!!

During our surf lesson we met another volunteer, Ailsa. She is really aware of and involved in MBC projects and it was really cool for us to speak with her. She took time to answer our questions about the kids and the project. The more she spoke, the more excited we were to meet the kids!!

Ailsa and Jasper

Ailsa and Jasper

Nick, who was the kids’ surf coach 2 years ago, happened to be visiting Muizenberg from England. He decided to stop by and come with us to pick up the children. When they saw the bus coming they were really happy to see us! They jumped on the bus and started their show!! They are so funny!! To see the huge smiles on their faces for the first time was really special!! Everybody should live such a moment one time in their life! It took a couple of minutes for the kids to recognize Nick since he had cut off the dreads that he used to have, but eventually they did. They were really happy to see him again! Phila kept saying, ‘This is so awesome, man. This is so awesome.’

For me (Jasper) personally the bus ride was a funny experience. After the question ‘Am I a girl?’, an interrogation started about why I had long hair if I wasn’t a girl! The interrogation ended with 5 kids pulling my blond hair.

There is a rule on the bus which says that the kids must speak English at all times so that everyone can understand each other. When one of the kids screamed something in Afrikaans Ailsa wanted to know what they meant. Because Afrikaans and Dutch are so similar, I (Jasper) was able to tell her. The kids were stunned – how did I know? After enjoying their stunned faces I told them that Afrikaans is derived primarily from Dutch. The kids didn’t believe me so they asked what my name is in Afrikaans – when I could answer them, they were even more surprised!

I (Jasper) had only learned how to surf that morning so I was hesitating whether or not to join the kids in the sea. I had been told by Ailsa that they always like it if volunteers join them in the sea, so in I went! Despite the fact that the weather wasn’t that great, Siya, Phila, Yamkela, Frankie, Asi and I went into the sea. The kids are actually quite good at surfing. And just by looking at their faces you can see that they also really enjoy it!



Surfing was the plan for the afternoon but I (Nico) caught a stupid cold during my journey to South Africa so I decided to stay on the beach with Ailsa,Yanga, Siminkiwe, Godfrey and Mike. When I asked Mike why he didn’t want to surf, he answered me, ‘I am a soccer player, man!’ It was so funny and I was glad to hear that! I planned to take pictures during the afternoon but the kids were really excited by the fact that I liked soccer so we started to play on the beach and it might sound weird but it was maybe one of the most wonderful days of my life! Playing soccer on the beach with the kids smiling was really cool!! I will never forget this day!

Yanga, Siminkiwe, Mike, Godefrey and Ailsa

Yanga, Siminkiwe, Mike, Godefrey and Ailsa


By Jasper, volunteer from Holland, and Nico, volunteer from France