Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all volunteering activities in South Africa had to be stopped.
All volunteers have left their projects and new arrivals won't be possible for the coming weeks.
Volunteers with bookings during the period of the closure receive a voucher for the remaining programme weeks that allows them to return and continue with their volunteering within a period of 18 months without any additional charges.
Please take note of our new cancellation and postponement conditions for arrivals until 31 August 2020:
We thank you for your understanding and hope we will be able to welcoming you again soon at one of our amazing projects. Until then, stay healthy and safe!
Your Good Hope Volunteers Team
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.
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.
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.
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 .
"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
"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
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
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