Buccaneers plays an active role in the wider Chintsa community. We are Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) accredited and are also involved in supporting several community and volunteer projects in the area. The list of organisations and projects below gives an outline of each of our community partners, their latest news and how you can get involved...
A Little Background Knowledge: You may have noticed that there are 2 ways to spell Cintsa (or Chintsa!) - both are acknowledged & in use but Cintsa without the "h" is generally recognised as the old spelling of the name & Chintsa is the new one!
VA32 is a volunteer organization based in Chintsa which places international volunteers into projects & initiatives in the local community. These projects address education, conservation and humanitarian issues and drive positive and sustainable change.
The Friends of Chintsa is an NPO (non-profit organization) affiliated to WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) which works directly with communities in Chintsa and the Greater Wild Coast area, in striving for positive change. Friends of Chintsa manages and facilitates the financial requirements of initiatives which would otherwise struggle to be realised through lack of funding and support. Friends of Chintsa relies on both financial donations and donations in kind to drive these initiatives.
The Acacia Tree Nursery School is situated on Flowerdew Farm in Chintsa West and offers 3 1/2 to 6 year old children an education based on Waldorf Principles. Run by the highly experienced and dedicated Muller family, the school provides local children with the opportunity to learn in a highly regarded and nurturing learning environment.
Buccaneers Backpackers has been involved with the local rural schools in Chintsa since the mid 80’s. What began with assisting in extra-mural activities and upgrading the maths & science programs with teachers, extended to the development of existing facilities & buildings. In the 90’s Bulugha Farm School burnt down to the ground. The Buccaneers family was the driving force behind gaining sponsorship for the re-building of the school.
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is about ensuring that the people whose land, natural resources, labour, knowledge and culture are used for tourism activities, actually benefit from tourism. FTTSA is the world’s first and still only Fair Trade certification programme specifically for tourism.