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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.

Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits

Volunteer in Animal Care

Insimbi Legacy Projects

We are a non-profit organization situated in the heart of the Limpopo Province. Our program is small with a maximum of 4 volunteers at any one time. WE promote sustainable and responsible tourism in the conservation sector. Our Rhino are wild and you will not have any physical interaction iwth them due to the fact that we aim to keep them in their natural habitat and wild as nature expects.

2 Reviews

Titons animal rehabilitation centre

Rehabilitation abused pitbulls

1 Review

Volunteer in Childcare

The Umtshayelo Foundation

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

2 Reviews


We encourage and support early education in existing structures of preschools and our youth program is focused on mother earth. Wij stimuleren en ondersteunen vroegschoolse educatie op kleuterscholen en ons jeugdprogramma is gericht op Moeder Aarde

5 Reviews

Volunteer in Conservation Work

The Baywatch Marine Conservation Project / Raggy Charters

We operate marine cruises in order to fund marine conservation in the Eastern Cape.

Vervet Monkey Foundation

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

Volunteer in Teaching related activities

One Heart Christian Foundation

We support rural schools through volunteer assistance, while also providing counselling to youth and women, and running youth programs over weekends to promote positive interaction. Although we are a Christian faith-based foundation, we warmly welcome volunteers from all faiths and walks-of-life!

4 Reviews


Nourish's goal is connecting communities to conservation; and growing resilient communities through education, agriculture & tourism

3 Reviews

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.