CSALT – Jeffery's Bay


What level of surfing do I need to be?

You don’t need to be an advanced surfer to join us; our program welcomes participants of all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or have some surfing experience, you feel comfortable and progress at your own pace. Our focus is on creating a supportive environment where everyone can enjoy and learn from the experience, regardless of their current surfing level.

Does CSALT provide surfing equipment?

Regarding equipment, CSALT doesn’t offer surfing equipment or lessons. It’s advisable to have your own gear if possible. However, if you don’t own any surf or skate equipment or can’t bring it with you, there’s no need to fret. Jeffreys Bay has a variety of surf shops, shapers, and second-hand options where you can easily acquire all the essentials you require.

When and where will we be volunteering in the community?

CSALT students actively contribute to various organizations throughout the week, assisting wherever their help is needed. Our focus in community service is centered around surf ministry and community upliftment. Typically, community volunteering takes place between 2-5pm from Monday to Friday. This schedule ensures meaningful engagement while allowing for a balanced program experience.

Will I have the opportunity to serve at surf competitions?

Absolutely! CSALT and Christian Surfers South Africa have cultivated a strong relationship with SSA (Surfing South Africa) and the WSL (World Surf League) over the last decade. This connection has enabled us to receive invitations to provide service at various surfing competitions held across South Africa. It’s important to note that serving at these competitions is considered a privilege, not an entitlement. This engagement offers a remarkable avenue for us to connect with the broader surfing community and share the message of Jesus’ love in a unique and impactful way.

What are the trips we will go on?

During the 3-month program, you will embark on 3 enriching trips along the South African coastline. For those participating in the 5-month program, there will be 4 captivating trips along the same coastline. These expeditions are centered on the core aspects of surfing, community service, and fostering connections within the broader CS community.

Will I have free time on the weekends?

Certainly, weekends do offer free time unless we have scheduled trips or are engaged in serving at a surf competition. However, it’s important to note that on Sundays, everyone is required to attend church as part of our community practice. This provides a meaningful opportunity for spiritual reflection and connection.

What does a typical daily schedule entail?

Each day begins with a morning prayer session, followed by engaging devotional time. During devotions, we delve into a section of the Bible, encouraging questions and discussion to foster a deeper understanding of its teachings. Subsequently, you’ll participate in two hours of lectures that cover our comprehensive upward-inward-outward curriculum.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to serve in the community, where you can actively contribute to meaningful initiatives. This holistic schedule integrates spiritual growth, learning, and community service, creating a balanced and fulfilling daily experience.

Do I need a VISA?

VISA requirements vary based on your country of origin. Typically, international students receive a visa upon arrival, which is valid for a duration of 3 months. If you opt for the 5-month program, you’ll have the option to apply for a visa extension while in South Africa. Our dedicated staff will guide you through this process, which usually costs around R2000. Rest assured, we’ll be there to assist you every step of the way.

What are the age range requirements for the program?

The CSALT Gap Year Program welcomes students within the age range of 18 to 29.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to provide you with all the information you need. Your inquiries are always welcome.

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