South Africa is an ideal country to volunteer in. There is great need for volunteers as countless NGO's are working hard each day to improve the lives of formerly disadvantaged communities or to preserve nature. Listed below are a number of volunteer projects in South Africa. Some are located in our focus areas Cape Town, Hout Bay and the Garden Route. The other volunteer projects are located in other parts of South Africa.
An incredible sanctuary that rescues and protects big African cats from canned hunting breeding farms and the bone trade. A wonderful cause to get involved in.
Get up close and personal with Africa’s greatest treasure - our wildlife. Be involved in the rehabilitation of some of South Africa’s most amazing creatures.
Learn about and gain practical experience in conservation. Interact with the local children through education and play whilst spreading the message of conservation.
Spend time learning, sharing stories and bringing love to the grandmothers and grandfathers of South Africa.
Experience the African bush while assisting a well-known conservation project.
Bring light and smiles to young children during a time they need it most by volunteering in the wards at the Children’s Hospital.
Make a meaningful difference by bringing joy to the lives of young children while working with inspirational people from the community.
Get the best of both worlds with this project that offers opportunities to volunteer in conservation efforts as well as with local communities and children.
Bring relief to animals in distress in Cape Town. Spend your day’s beach walking, playing and comforting man’s best friend.
Become thoroughly acquainted with all practical aspects of dairy farming management and local nursery farming.
Get first hand ranger experience in this magical setting with all of the South Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and even Rhino).
A safe home for abused and mistreated horses based along the beautiful Garden Route. Help rebuild their trust and strength.
Work and play with children during school, and after school care sessions. Make a difference one child at a time and one smile at a time.
Volunteer at a Kindergarten in a poor community and go surfing in one of the best spots in the world.
Volunteer in an animal rehabilitation sanctuary near Kruger Park and assist in the battle against poaching, animal abuse and illegal wild animal trade.
Volunteer in the multi-purpose day care centre and experience a social welfare programme which supports the township community of Nyanga.
Work with local communities to guarantee our ocean’s future. Spend your days on the beach and in the ocean learning and inspiring others.
Volunteer with children in the Garden Route, and help them at school, at home, and with their futures.
Make a meaningful difference by bringing joy to the lives of children and improve their well-being. You may combine more than one project within this community.
Every day is different when you volunteer with children in aftercare projects, in orphanages and hospitals from a variety of underprivileged communities in Cape Town.
Combine fun with ocean conservation! Dive into the wonderful sealife of South Africa, improve your diving skills and collect data on endangered species of our oceans.
Get up close and personal with these magnificent marine creatures, and get in involved in educating the community on the importance of marine conservation.
Volunteer with these extra special children, and brighten their days with your kindness. If you have love to give, and want to receive love, this is the project for you.
Use surfing as a tool to encourage children from lower income communities, and inspire them to have a better future.
Help children with reading and learning in a Cape Town school, giving them a chance for brighter future.
Volunteer in a city-based NGO which brings about social change through providing education on where our food comes from before it arrives on our plates.
Use skateboarding as a tool to motivate and offer support to underprivileged South African youths.
Volunteer in an incredible bird and wildlife sanctuary in the beautiful Hout Bay area of Cape Town.
While living by the beach, spend your days applying learned photography skills in real world conservation situations on a free-roaming wildlife reserve.
Live at the beach and work in the bush where you will assist in various capacities of wildlife conservation and sustainabilitiy of the African ecosystems.
Experience hands-on exposure to all aspects of a boutique wine estate, as well as the general management of the farm and nursery.