Volunteer in South Africa
Volunteers in South Africa have been contributing to constructive and sustainable projects for over 7 years. Projects Abroad’s volunteer work in South Africa supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in South Africa the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.
- Placement location: Cape Town, Kwa Tuli
- Project lengths: From two weeks
- Accommodation: Host families, dorm style shared accommodation at Conservation Project
- Languages spoken: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
- Local greetings Hello: Goeie More
- Prices: From
- Top places to travel: Table Mountain, Gans Bay, Kruger National Park, Drakensberg mountains
Volunteers in South Africa have the chance to get involved in a diverse range of volunteer projects and internships. These include care and teaching projects, ongoing human rights projects, sports and surfing programs, as well as journalism placements.
Where we are Based in South Africa
Most of our projects are based in the townships of Lavender Hill and Vrygrond, and in the smaller outlying suburbs. By living and working in these mixed-race communities, you’ll start to understand the complexities of South Africa’s past and help to give the younger generation the tools they need for the future.
Our Conservation & Environment project is based on the Botswana side of the Limpopo River border with South Africa, though you’ll also spend some time in South African nature reserves. Your time will be split between collecting scientific data and creating species lists, hands on work doing tree wrapping, maintenance of water holes and building bird hides, and learning new skills such as animal tracking and GPS mapping.
General Information on South Africa
Five times the size of Great Britain, South Africa has created a diversity of lifestyles and a diversity of environments, from the lofty Drakensberg Mountain range to the Cape Vineyards.
Thought to be the birthplace of mankind, this land historically attracted Europeans as a gateway to Africa. At the start of the 21st century, South Africa is leading the way in African politics, and is seen as an inspiration to other countries. With eleven national languages, and a variety of religions South Africa truly is the 'Rainbow Nation'.
Travel and tourism in South Africa
Living in Cape Town, the third largest city in South Africa, is the perfect base for the huge variety of surrounding attractions; from the famous Table Mountain with its unique species of plants and animals which forms the dramatic backdrop to the city, to world class vineyards and stunning beaches with multiple surf spots, to the heady mix of trendy establishments at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, finally stretching on to the foreboding beauty of Cape Point.
Inside the city bowl lives a population with a hugely varied demographic, both in terms of race, religion, language, wealth, and interest. Whatever your sport, your hobby, taste in music, preferred choice of dinner… you’ll find it in Cape Town, whose cultural calendar overflows with events to suit every taste.
In terms of travel after your placement, South Africa’s attractions will spoil you. With mountains in the east and centre of South Africa, you could be climbing or skiing one day and on the beaches in Durban the next. South Africa is the home of adventure travel, boasting the highest bungee jump in the world. The Game Reserves where you can view the Big Five are also an essential part of the South African experience. Combine these activities with beautiful beaches and traditional sundowners after a safari and you're in for either a thrilling or a relaxing time; the choice is yours!
Projects available in South Africa
We have building projects in several township areas of Cape Town. You will help construct better-quality homes and classrooms for children and their families.
Situated in the townships of Cape Town, you will be working in school clubs, care centres, crèches and pre-schools. You will work with children aged between three and six years old.
Work alongside NGOs in Cape Town focussing on education and training support schemes, as well as tackling issues such as unemployment, crime, domestic violence and alcohol abuse.
Work alongside local staff in Cape Town and gain first-hand experience of human rights law in practice. An average day will involve carrying out research, client consultations and reviewing cases.