In 1994, Wolfgang Graser and Alexander Kratochwil moved from their home in Vienna to the beautiful city of Cape Town. They quickly fell in love with this vibrant city and its friendly, smiling people. They first opened an English language school for foreign tourists to learn English, but soon they discovered that behind the shiny places there are enormous problems and challenges that this country faces for historic reasons. They met with organisations that assist government in the struggle for a better life and a better environment.
When you see what these organisations do, it’s not difficult to feel moved and share in their desire to help. They can’t solve all problems overnight, but they do make an impact and do change people’s lives on a daily basis. What they need, though, are volunteers who share their passion to help and who want to make a difference.
In 2009 we started to supply some of these organisations with international volunteers. What we specifically loved was not only to seeing these organisations thrive with the volunteers, but also noticing how the volunteers themselves benefit hugely from the experience.
In 2016, Vanessa Cloete joined us to develop Good Hope Volunteers into a larger and more professional organisation. She holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and a postgraduate degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Cape Town. With her passion for communities, animals and the environment, she developed Good Hope Volunteers to a top service provider in this field.
In 2020, Edward Julius joined us at Good Hope Volunteers to provide the volunteers with the ultimate care and support during their time at the volunteer projects. He is qualified in the fields of Nature Conservation from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Animal Welfare Assistant registered with the South African Veterinary Council, Wildlife Inspector from the National Council of SPCA’s in South Africa and qualified and experienced as an Animal Educator in the United States of America endorsed by the American Council on Education. With his experience and passion for conservation, charity, and animal care he works closely with our volunteers and projects to make a difference.
It is the love for South Africa and the international travellers that pushes us daily to provide the best possible meaningful experience to the volunteers, but also to support our projects with what they need to do their jobs and to grow into a brighter future.
Today we support around 20 projects in southern Africa. If you are looking for a life-changing experience, then allow us to assist you in finding the most suitable project on our website and beyond.
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 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.
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.