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Volunteer Abroad in South Africa with IVHQ

Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects including Teaching, Sports Development, Kindergarten, Surf, Skate & Swim, and Wildlife Conservation. Volunteer opportunities in South Africa are based in the Cape Town neighborhoods of Muizenberg and Table View with the Widlife Conservation volunteer project based in the renowned Kruger National Park.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 10 meaningful project options
  • Community projects based in and around Cape Town
  • Unique Wildlife Conservation project based in Kruger National Park
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses
  • Affordable program fees from only $250 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in South Africa each month
  • Opportunities for weekend safaris and travel

The best moments were those working with the children. They are so loveable and made my heart so full. A piece of me will always be left behind in South Africa.

IVHQ Volunteer - Trinity Moses
Trinity Moses
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Destination: South Africa

Volunteer opportunities in South Africa

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Protects animals

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $250

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday in Cape Town or on the first and third Monday of every month in Kruger
  • 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 $250

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday in Cape Town or on the first and third Monday of every month in Kruger
  • Based in childcare centers 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 $325

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

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

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $325

  • 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 $250

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday in Cape Town or on the first and third Monday of every month in Kruger
  • 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 $325

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

Help to organize, 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 $320

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday in Cape Town or on the first and third Monday of every month in Kruger
  • 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 $370

  • 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 $250

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday in Cape Town or on the first and third Monday of every month in Kruger
  • 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 $825

  • 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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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in South Africa to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in South Africa will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore South Africa with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!