Volunteer in South Africa
Stunning South Africa!
Home to ‘The Big Five’ and a hub of several distinct natural ecosystems, South Africa is a naturally diverse country and one of the most stirring, inspiring places for those who love and appreciate the wonders of nature and enjoy spending their time outdoors. A photographer’s dream, this country is also the motherland of dramatic mountains, breathtakingly beautiful lakes, the epic Limpopo River which is bursting with wildlife, and every type of terrain and every sunset vista you could dream of. And let’s not forget the vibrant city life in South Africa’s capital, Cape Town where they serve the best coffee in the world and the underground music scene is forever growing.
Our volunteer programs are based in Port Elizabeth in the South (1 hour from Cape Town) and Limpopo in the North (close to Kruger Safari Park) and both locations make the perfect base for you to explore this incredible country in your own free time. In Limpopo we are working in Fobeni village where you work with the local village community helping with English Teaching and Women’s Empowerment. In Port Elizabeth volunteers work with experts to help with wild life conservation work in one of the best game reserves of the Eastern Province.
Port Elizabeth: This vibrant port city offers the best of both worlds, city and beach all rolled into one. It has great nightlife and has plenty of places to eat, so it makes a fantastic meeting place for new friends. Just an hour away is Cape Town, where art, coffee and music culture thrive and the local Afrikaans speakers will have the most thought-provoking tales to tell. Port Elizabeth is also the gateway to the famous Garden Route, a scenic coastal drive and walking route taking you from the Eastern Cape all the way to the West. Addo Elephant National Park, Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Kwantu Private Game Reserve are also located at close reach.
Limpopo: Set far in the North away from the coast, this unique region is bordered with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and you’ll be located in Fobeni Village close to Kruger National Park where you can see ‘The Big Five’ the animals that everybody comes to see on safari, which are lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and black / white rhinos. In the Limpopo region, you can also visit the sacred site and waterfalls of Mashovhela, explore the Blyde River Canyon, take on the Makuya Hiking Trail, visit the tropical garden town of Tzaneen, enjoy a Malopeni Trail tour by 4×4, or go to the numerous nature reserves in the surrounding area.
Make a Difference in South Africa
‘Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.’
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Why Volunteer in South Africa?
South Africa has such diverse landscapes and there are many walking, hiking or driving routes you can take to soak in the views. Its coastal location also means that you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches along the Garden Route.
Wildlife & Safari
Imagine being surrounded by beautiful wildlife and having the opportunity to see animals in the wild at South Africa’s many nature reserves and safari parks. You can even spot ‘˜The Big Five’ at Kruger National Park if you’re lucky!
A New Culture
There’s a rich and interesting mix of communities in South Africa, which has been the cause of tension in the past. But today, South Africa is a changing world with a thriving arts and music scene, improved integration and so many friendly people with stories to tell.
South African food is influenced by Dutch, French, Indian and Malaysian cuisine so not only will you find a wide choice of international restaurants in the cities but you’ll also enjoy tasting a vibrant, multi-faceted style of cooking that celebrates worldwide flavours.
South Africa Volunteer Programs
Teaching English in South Africa
Teach English in the Limpopo region where English is critical to helping local communities grow and develop, especially within the tourism industry.
Animal Conservation in South Africa
Help to preserve the beautiful ecosystems of South Africa and join our expert teams in important ongoing conservation projects.
Women’s Empowerment in South Africa
This is a truly unique program where you get to spend time with women in South Africa for income generation and women’s education.
Family Volunteering in South Africa
Help to shape and change communities in South Africa. Volunteer as a family and travel at the same time for a fully immersive travel experience.