South Africa is a large and fascinating country. Full of natural wonders, culture and history. Besides our focus regions, Cape Town and Garden Route where we offer clusters of projects, we found a number of great volunteer projects in other areas of South Africa.
Some volunteer projects in this section are located in remote areas and allow you to get a feel of Africa. It might take you get longer to get used to this environment, but once you’re hooked, you will want to come back over and over again.
We offer a large number of volunteer projects throughout South Africa. Most are conservation projects where you will care for wild animals. A fascinating project, for instance, is the Centre for Endangered Species. However, we also provide a project that allows you to study the great white shark or, in sharp contrast, a project that works with horses in a breathtaking landscape.
A very special project is Organic Farming, where you can learn more about South African farm live and how to grow organic food.
The project organises your accommodation. If your accommodation is not at the project itself, then you will be transferred to work and back every day. At some projects, particularly in rural areas, the accommodation is fairly basic, and is sometimes dormitory-style. This is a great way to meet other volunteers. There are communal areas to relax in after the day. Visit our project list for detailed project descriptions.
You will work 5 days a week (6 days in some projects) and have 2 days off. In your free time, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or organise trips to local attractions with your fellow volunteers. The projects are all located in well-known tourist areas and there are plenty of things to see and do. Some projects also organise activities and trips for the volunteers for their free time (subject to demand and at an extra cost).
Some projects are registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs). For these projects, it is possible to apply for a Volunteer Visa for up to 3 years. If you are interested in long-term volunteering, then please contact us for more information.
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 English level is not sufficient or you want to brush up your skills, attending an English language course before you start volunteering is a great option. Our sister company, Good Hope Studies, offers a great choice of courses in Cape Town.
Attending a language course before volunteering also allows you to get used to the country - its climate, food and infrastructure.