Volunteer Abroad in South Africa

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384 Volunteer Abroad Programs in South Africa

Extreme Volunteering in South Africa: GoEco

GoEco offers diverse volunteering programs in South Africa. Participants will find just what they are looking for with the diverse array of volunteering options. Activities can be as exciting as teaching kids to surf or doing hands-on work with lion cubs.

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Affordable Volunteering in South Africa: From USD250

International Volunteer HQ offers volunteering programs in South Africa. Based in Cape Town, participants can enjoy year-round surfing and the splendid view of the Table Mountain surrounded with clouds. Volunteers can work in computer training projects, sports development, orphanage/childcare, teaching placements, or surf outreach programs.

International Volunteer HQ
Global Volunteer Network

Explore South African communities and wildlife with Global Volunteer Network's Conservation and Wildlife focused volunteer programs. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the conservation of lions ensuring their survival or in the preservation of African wildlife through research and eco-projects. Those who enjoy working with youth can join volunteer placements in Venda and Soweto providin...

Global Volunteer Network
Lend a hand in South Africa with Love Volunteers

Make a difference in South Africa by participating in Love Volunteers' rewarding service-learning programs. Interested volunteers can join a month-long international volunteer placement in Cape Town, and delve into the local culture. Volunteers can choose from a large number of service areas, including Surf and Adventure, Wildlife Preservation, and Social Welfare.

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Volunteer Work in Africa

Experience volunteer work in South Africa with Cross-Cultural Solutions. A wide range of placements are offered in Cape Town for up to four months. Volunteers can choose a placement from a range of options; available placements include Refugee Relief, Human Rights Advocacy, and Street Kids Assistance.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Volunteer in Cape Town with Connect-123!

Volunteer in Cape Town with Connect-123 and have the opportunity to explore South Africa! Volunteer projects are available in many different areas, including Community Development, Education and Environmental Protection. Program costs cover in-country orientation, 24/7 staff support, and arrangements for local accommodation. Programs are available to participants from all over the world.

Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs
ELI-Experiential Learning International

Spend a few weeks working with non-government organizations in Cape Town. Volunteers can help in literacy campaigns, public health education programs, and orphanages through ELI - Experiential Learning International programs in South Africa. During free time, participants can enjoy a day at the white sand beaches or participate in various outdoor activities, such as surfing and sand boarding.

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Volunteer. Discover South Africa. Travel with Soul.

Make a positive impact while volunteering abroad in South Africa with Voluntour South Africa. Programs are available in the vibrant cities of Cape Town, Durban, and Hoedspruit where participants may choose from three options. Aside from developing a sense of responsibility, they also get the chance to combine community service with some fun-filled adventures on a grassroots level.

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Volunteer in South Africa through A.C.E.

Volunteers should jump at the chance to enjoy the warm South African sun while partaking in community service projects offered by African Conservation Experience. Based in Hoedspruit, Plettenberg Bay, or in the rural areas of the country, this program allows its participants to partake in one of nearly ten options including the Hanchi Conservation Project, the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation...

African Conservation Experience
International Student Volunteers

Help develop the future of South Africa by inspiring and teaching the children of today in a combined volunteer and adventure travel program from International Student Volunteers. A typical volunteer's task include building playgrounds, gardens, and sports venues in impoverished communities in Cape Town. Other volunteer projects in Africa include elephant and rhino conservation and animal rehab...

Volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad

Participate in volunteer programs with Projects Abroad in South Africa. International volunteers have the chance to build a brighter future for Cape Town locals through voluntary service projects, which include placements in Human Rights, Conservation in South Africa, and Community Building Development.

Volunteer Work in South Africa with African Impact

African Impact is a volunteer organization with over eight years of experience providing responsible and interactive conservation and community focused volunteer programs throughout Africa. The organization believes in utilizing volunteer placements to make a real difference in communities and in empowering both volunteers and local communities.

Volunteering Solutions' Meaningful Programs

Four programs are available to participants from across the globe upon joining Volunteering Solutions in South Africa. Situated in Cape Town or in rural areas, volunteers can help with operations of a local orphanage, assist in childcare programs, or teach sports as well as other subjects at an elementary school. Programs are offered year-round.

Volunteering Solutions
Volunteer With Children AND Animals in South Africa

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is a NPO located next-door to the world famous Kruger Park in South Africa. DAKTARI provides volunteers with the unique opportunity of caring for South Africas most iconic species while inspiring a generation of underprivileged schoolchildren to become passionate about wildlife conservation. ** 100% of your payment goes to this charity **

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Volunteer in South Africa with Frontier

Volunteer abroad in South Africa with Frontier. Participants can join community care projects, teach sports to children, or help care for primates alongside expert park rangers. Volunteer placements are offered in Plettenberg Bay and Port Elizabeth.

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How to Volunteer Abroad in South Africa

Nation of Extremes

There is a reason why South Africa is one of the most popular destinations for volunteers around the world. From the wilds of its game reserves, to the amazing traditions of its tribal villages, to the dazzle of its cosmopolitan cities, South Africa is a country of real extremes and diversity.  Since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, bringing equality to the people has had limited success. The long history of under-education for black communities, the impact of HIV, and the extremes of wealth and poverty mean that community development initiatives remain a very important aspect of the nation’s growth.

Things to Do

Volunteering in South Africa shouldn’t be all about work, though — there is so much to do in your down time. Take a hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town, go kite-surfing in Chintsa, go ostrich riding in Oudtshoorn, kayak with crocodiles in St Lucia, or swim with penguins on the Cape Peninsula. Tour Robben Island and see the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for years, catch awesome live jazz in a shebeen, go whale watching at Hermanus, or just enjoy a brai (BBQ) as you look out onto the endless beauty of the African plains. 

Volunteering in South Africa

As a volunteer you can get involved with several different types of projects. Help bring needed health care and education to underserved people through health education programs and medical outreach projects. Care for children in orphanages and work with street kids to give them the attention, support, and encouragement they lack. Share your love of sports and teaching with low-income children who want and need teachers, mentors, and coaches. 

As much as the people of South Africa need volunteer help, the big focus here is definitely the magnificent wildlife. Where else in the world can you chose between volunteering with great white sharks, Cape penguins, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, monkeys, or elephants? South Africa has it all. You can work on research initiatives on wildlife reserves and in the oceans, or volunteer at an animal rescue sanctuary in South Africa. You can get hands-on, helping wildlife you have only seen before on the Discovery Channel! For those who are seeking valuable career experience, working in the field or the lab — or who simply want to support conservation efforts and get up close and personal with some really fascinating wildlife — volunteering in South Africa makes perfect sense.

If you want to gain some valuable skills while you visit, there are some very unique skills development and volunteering options available in South Africa. Take your Field Guide certifications course and learn the skills of tracking, spoor identification, and game management on a real reserve. Or develop your photography skills, learning the techniques for capturing the best wildlife images on a Photography and Conservation initiative. Come back with a great portfolio of awesome images and another skill to put on your resume. 

Opt to work in the townships of Cape Town, or the smaller communities of the unspoiled Wild Coast, such as St Lucia or KwaZulu-Natal. Expect the unexpected here: the people, the animals, and the landscape are incredibly diverse and unique.

Heilwig Jones

Heilwig Jones is the founder and Director of Kaya Responsible Travel. Following her involvement in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, she spent 4 months working in a Thai NGO assisting in the aftermath and realized the potential for people who love to travel to make a real difference, and see the real country by getting involved.