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About us

Launched in 2009, we started bringing people from all over the world to various projects in southern Africa to supply local organisations with desperately needed volunteers.

Our programme has grown quickly to over 30 projects. Through Good Hope Volunteers you can assist in both social and conservation initiatives. Furthermore, you can also book a farm stay or a photography course. We provide experiences to immerse yourself in foreign cultures and communities in need and also to help serve, protect and conserve the environment and the animals that live within them.

We don’t see volunteering as a process in which you merely help others in need; we understand volunteering as a life-changing experience in which you also grow - learning about and developing yourself while making friends from all over the world who share your passion for service to others. We assist in setting up your once-in-a-lifetime adventures by arranging activities and assisting you in booking excursions for your free time and weekends.

Our passion is in intercultural exchange programmes. We strongly believe that South Africa and Namibia are two of the best places in the world to visit and spend time and energy, be it learning English or growing as a person through involvement in social or conservation projects.

We are based in Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Here we also operate a volunteer house from where our volunteers support all our projects in the area. Further, we focus on Hout Bay and the Garden Route, but we also support many more interesting projects throughout South Africa and Namibia.

We look forward to supplying you with all the necessary information that you need to make an informed decision on which project is best suited to your involvement. We will then support you through the entire experience, and guide you from start to finish. We trust that you will leave with only the best memories, a vast amount of experience, and a new outlook on the world around you.

Mission Statement

Good Hope Volunteers provides an all encompassing, high-quality volunteering experience to individuals and groups from all over the world.

Our staff are committed to practicing openness, transparency, inclusivity, equality and tolerance whilst make a meaningful contribution to the development of the voluntourism industry in South Africa. Through well researched project selection and thorough client communication, we work work to ensure that our participants leave Southern Africa having had an unforgettable experience of our country, the environment and its people. We spare no effort to place ourselves at the forefront of further developing Southern Africa as an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence, within the global volunteering industry.

Our Policy

Good Hope Volunteers strives to deliver a high-quality, volunteering and travel experience for each of our candidates.

With this in mind Good Hope Volunteers only associates ourselves with volunteer projects which provide a meaningful and tangible contribution to the environment and the development of the South African nation and her people.

We do not associate ourselves with volunteer projects that are not all-inclusive, tolerant of all beliefs and ideas, nor projects which do not follow strict conservation guidelines with regards to the care of animals, both domestic and wild.

We believe that the future of this country and the conservation and development efforts that South Africa needs, rely heavily on the dedication volunteers provide. We aim to be a part of the growth and success of South Africa, and are very proud of the country we live in.