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Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s popular South Africa volunteer abroad program. Choose from a huge range of trusted South Africa volunteer projects, including Teaching, Sports Development, Surf, Skate & Swim, Kindergarten and Wildlife Conservation. Volunteer opportunities in South Africa are based in the Cape Town neighborhoods of Muizenberg and Table View, as well as the renowned Kruger National Park. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 116,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in South Africa.

Highlights:
  • 10 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from AU$350 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in local volunteer houses

  • Community projects based in and around Cape Town and unique Wildlife Conservation project based in Kruger National Park

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from AU$350
Volunteer from 1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based around Cape Town & Kruger
Go hiking, surfing or on safari
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization

Volunteer opportunities in South Africa

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Protects animals

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$350

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Based in animal shelters
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help out at a local animal shelter by caring for abandoned cats and dogs and improving their quality of life through nurturing and play.

Increases access to education

3-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$350

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Based in childcare centres in Cape Town
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Assist low-budget childcare centers for disadvantaged children. Bring your enthusiasm and energy to help with all aspects of day-to-day operations, including lessons and activities.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$455

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based out of Table View
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help to organise and run fun activities for students during their school holidays.

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$455

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in kindergartens in low-income communities
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Volunteer in kindergartens in low-income communities, helping to provide fun activities, learning, development and general care for children who range from babies to 6 years old.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$350

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Based in local schools
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Volunteer in schools that don’t have physical education teachers, allowing students to play and practice games in a structured learning environment.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$455

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based at after-school programs
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help to organise, refine and run sports on after school programs for students aged between 6-15. Play local sports or introduce your own, encouraging improvement, teamwork and fun.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$448

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Based at after-school beach programs
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Contribute to after school projects focusing on giving children from disadvantaged communities productive time being active and supported. Teach students how to surf and act as a mentor.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$518

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based at after-school programs
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help to run an after school program with a difference for local students from low-income communities. Teach children aged between 10-16 how to surf, skateboard and swim, encouraging positivity, fun and learning outside the classroom.

Increases access to education

3-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$350

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Based in elementary schools
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Assist teachers in local primary schools and help students aged 6-12 learn English, as well as supporting in other parts of schooling where it’s required.

Protects animals

6-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1155

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Based in Balule Game Reserve
  • Volunteers aged 18+, or 16+ accompanied

Incredible experiences await as a volunteer preserving iconic African wildlife in South Africa's spectacular Kruger National Park. You’ll help local conservationists with a range of protection and research activities.

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How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
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Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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