You can volunteer in South Africa on a tourist visa for a duration of up to three months. A tourist visa can be extended once while in South Africa. For longer stays, like long-term volunteering, you will need to apply for a volunteer visa at your nearest South African Embassy. Whether you can receive your tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in South Africa or whether you need to apply for a tourist visa at an Embassy depends on your nationality. For the latest details and more information visit www.dha.gov.za or contact the South African Embassy in your home country.
All volunteers can enter Namibia on a Tourist Visa, valid for a maximum of 90 days. You will receive the visa at the airport when entering the country. All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the country and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. You must also have a valid return ticket or onward ticket to prove that you will leave the country after your trip.
Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek, and your volunteer project coordinator can assist if a visa needs to be extended.
If you experience any difficulties, please contact us.
It is recommended that you consult your doctor for recommendations regarding vaccinations when travelling to Southern Africa. Some of the projects do recommend specific vaccinations such as tetanus. However, the WHO (World Health Organisation) does not require any vaccinations to prior to traveling to Southern Africa (apart from Yellow fever).
We strongly recommend that you take out full personal insurance cover. This should include protection against theft and against loss of fees, should the whole or part of a programme or activity or accommodation not be attended.
As a volunteer, you are required to take out a medical insurance for any of our projects and for any length of stay. You can take out any medical insurance policy as long as it meets the following minimum requirements:
You may want to look at these international insurance companies that specialise in international youth travel (in alphabetical order):
Before you go bungee jumping or white-water rafting, please check if this is covered by your insurance. It is possible to buy extra insurance to cover most adventure activities, and it is recommended that you do so.
Detailed information about what you need will be provided in our project descriptions. As a general rule, however, please remember the following: