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Volunteering around Cape Town

There are a number of great projects that are situated in the areas outside of Cape Town. Due to their location, the volunteers stay at the project or in a hostel nearby. However, Cape Town is still close enough so that you can enjoy the great advantages of one of the most beautiful cities in the world during your free time.

In addition, our volunteer coordinator will personally visit you from time to time, making sure you can make the most of your stay.


  • We offer a large number of volunteer projects.
  • You can enjoy the great benefits of Cape Town during your free time.
  • Our volunteer coordinator will assist you to get the most out of your experience.
  • 24-hour support is available.

Volunteer Projects around Cape Town

Around Cape Town we offer a number of conservation projects, some social projects and one project in the category of voluntourism.

An interesting project is the "Domestic Animal Shelter", which provides care for domestic animals. You might find it strange to take care of pets in Africa, yet these animals need care like any other creature and the feedback we receive from volunteers is very positive.

An exciting project is the "Scuba Diving with Sharks". If you love diving and sharks, then this project is an absolute must. Instead of volunteering, it is a course that trains you to dive with sharks. You learn about these fascinating animals and the environment they live in.

We also provide a very popular and rewarding social project with "Hout Bay Children’s Programmes".

Volunteer projects around Cape Town

During your free time

The city of Cape Town is the highlight of any trip through South Africa, with so much to do and see.

There are World Heritage Sites, like Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners were kept in prison; natural wonders such as Table Mountain or the Cape of Good Hope; white sandy beaches and many other things to enjoy.

 “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” (Nelson Mandela)


Combine volunteering with an English language course

If you are not a native English speaker, you can combine your volunteering experience with an English language course.

It is important that you can communicate well and understand instructions. This is not only important for your safety and those around you, but also important to make your volunteering experience a great one. 

The minimum English requirements differ slightly from project to project (see project details), but usually a minimum of Upper-Intermediate [B2] is required.

If your level is not sufficient or you want to brush up your skills, attending a course before you start volunteering is a great option. This also allows you to get used to the country - its climate, food and other circumstances - before you start volunteering.