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Volunteer Opportunities in South Africa

Volunteer Opportunities in South Africa

While South Africa has developed immensely over the last 20 years, it still struggles with a number of education, healthcare and environmental issues that require attention. As a country that is in the midst of great change, finding your volunteering place and cause has an incredible advantage because you can being a part of a movement of ongoing development. This - coupled with breathtaking landscapes and ultra rich culture - is probably why South Africa is very popular when it comes to a volunteering destination.

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Volunteer in Animal Care

Cheetah Outreach

We are a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the African cheetah. We rely on public support for our education, public-awareness, and livestock guarding dog programs.


Panthera Africa

We are an environmentally friend sanctuary for any captive-bred big cats. One of Panthera Africa's main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. We are a blue print of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient, and we aim to change all breeding facilities into sustainable ethical programs.

We believe in the equal importance of both humans and animals, and we will do our absolute best to give you the experience of a lifetime. We know from personal experience that this includes both quality time with animals, as well as with staff and the other volunteers. Hearing a lion roar up close, getting love and recognition from a leopard, hearing the chuffing of a tiger, or seeing them appreciate and love the toys you make to enrich their lives = BLISS.


Volunteer in Childcare

Tshega Christian Mission

There are powerful moments that can and will change the course of your life. More than a decade ago Tshega’s doors were opened, a commitment to start transforming lives, which brought hope to the community. That commitment has now moved over to trust as year after year Tshega kept keeping the promise to educate, empower and transform. Thousands of lives have been impacted by the sacrifice and obedience of people who saw a need and wanted to make a change.

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The Umtshayelo Foundation

We are a charity who create opportunities for those in need by providing support in education, training and work.

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Volunteer in Conservation Work

Vervet Monkey Foundation

We rehabilitate and provide sanctuary to over 500 primates, orphaned, injured, abused, ex-laboratory or unwanted pets.


HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary

We are a charity that looks after wolves in South Africa


Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Diaspora Welfare and Youth Development Organization

We are a Non-profit Organisation, our main aim is to alleviate poverty through sports, connecting youth to opportunities through a sports academy.

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Nourish

Our main objective is to fight poaching through fighting poverty

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How to Volunteer in South Africa

How to find volunteer opportunities in South Africa

More than it’s landmarks (no less than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!) choosing to volunteer in South Africa can boost your professional experience. Capetown is an international crossroad and many nonprofits - also in Johannesburg or more rural areas - collaborate with global players. Participating in one of the many conservation projects offered by nonprofits can help you later on. In urban and rural areas, major causes many organizations work around are in the healthcare volunteering sector, mostly relating to HIV/AIDS struggles - education and poverty - all are critical concerns for a large part of South Africa’s population.

Best time to volunteer in South Africa

The most popular time to volunteer in South Africa is between late November - early February. March is best for volunteers heading to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, or around Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park; End of the high season bring a coolness which makes these areas particularly amazing.

Essential information about South Africa

South Africa has as many as 11 official languages that imply on it's rich cultural diversity. Volunteers in South Africa will probably spend less than the traveler's average daily $100 cost. Volunteers in South Africa will have to obtain a Volunteer Permit in addition to their visa - which requires proof they will be able to support themselves, a valid return air ticket, and an an indication as to the nonprofit they will be volunteering with.