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Nyanga Upliftment Project

Hout Bay Children's Programmes

Game Reserve Conservation

Welcome to Good Hope Volunteers

COVID-19 Update: 1 July 2020

All volunteer projects are currently closed to comply with Southern African lock-down COVID-19 regulations. At this stage, you can book the majority of our projects and start as soon as international travel to South Africa is possible again. Unfortunately some projects will remain closed for the remainder of 2020. The government as yet to issue a concrete date, however we are cautiously optimistic that international travel will resume in September or October 2020. Until then stay healthy and safe. Please wear a mask, practice good personal hygiene and follow the social distancing rules.

We look forward to welcoming you when it will be possible again.

New Cancellation conditions

Please note our new cancellation and postponement conditions, valid for arrivals until 31 December 2020:

  • We accept bookings for arrivals from September 2020. Should the measures taken as mentioned above be extended, bookings can be moved free of charge.
  • Volunteers who haven’t arrived in South Africa yet have the possibility to postpone their programme by up to 6 months from the original start date without any charges.
  • Alternatively, they have the option to cancel their stay up to 3 days prior to arrival also free of charge.

Welcome to Good Hope Volunteers

Since 2009 we have been aiming to make a difference through supporting a wide range of community and conservation projects in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

If you are willing to lend your time and skills to a volunteer project of your choice, we will use all our expertise and passion to make this an experience of a lifetime for you. During your time at the volunteer project, we will work hard to ensure that you benefit as a person as much as the project will benefit through your efforts.

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Join us to be a Good Hope Volunteer

None of the projects we work with could function without the dedication and hard work of volunteers from all over the world.
You will assist your project not only with your dedication, time and skills, but your financial contributions will also enable them to make their visions come true. A child’s smile or a healthy animal released back into the wild are the rewards for your hard work. You also have the opportunity to experience the country in a way that no tourist ever will, make friends and broaden your horizons.

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Find a volunteer project by category

Conservation Volunteering Medical Volunteering Voluntourism Long-term Volunteering Farm-stays Social Volunteering

Why choose Good Hope Volunteers as your partner

  • Independent, local provider
  • Established since 2009
  • Local support in Cape Town and along the Garden Route
  • We only support volunteer projects that make an important contribution
  • Our projects depend on their volunteers
  • Volunteer House in Cape Town
  • Donations to projects
  • We are a passionate team of professionals
  • Accurate, detailed and up-to-date information about our volunteer projects

Find the volunteer project you want to support

You can choose from almost 40 volunteer projects. It is important that you choose a project you find worth your passion and efforts. Our website offers a lot of information including photographs and videos about each volunteer project to give you an idea of what the organisation does and the day to day experience of volunteering there.

For projects you are interested in, you can also request our detailed project descriptions, which are multi-page documents that give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Good Hope Volunteers in Numbers

Learn about the issues our projects tackle

Our projects provide help where it is needed the most. Governmental institutions are often overwhelmed by the number of issues. HIV and social inequality as a result of apartheid are just two issues our social volunteering projects tackle. Poaching, species extinction and canned hunting are some issues of many that our conservation volunteering projects are dealing with. NGOs cannot solve these problems, but they play an important part in minimising their negative effects .

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"When I was a young girl I wrote a letter to Santa Claus:
'When I get tired just remind me who I am and who I am
supposed to be'. The whole experience was beautifully
exhausting, but thanks for all the memories. I can strongly
recommend it! Thank you for everything!"

Laura from Brazil

Laura from Brazil

Medical Project

"You’ll start to see the world with a new set of eyes.
If you’re prepared to challenge yourself emotionally
and morally, eager to make a difference and ready
to make life long memories;
then this project is for you!"

Emma from the UK

Emma from the UK

Jeffrey's Bay Kindergarten

"Volunteering in Cape Town was a great experience for me.
The project was amazing and I had many co volunteers
working with me. The children made me smile all the time
and some of them will probably never leave my heart again."

Josephine  from Germany

Josephine from Germany

Athlone Children's Home

"It was the most incredible experience of my life. Being
able to help others by doing what we love is amazing.
We were close to all the animals, I met a lot of incredible
persons from all over the world, we were just a big family.
The managers were so nice. It's an experience that I would
do it again without hesitation."

Melanie from France

Melanie from France

African Horizon