Volunteer in South Africa & Namibia
Volunteering is not ONLY about making a difference in others' lives but also about making a remarkable change in yours! We aim to build a better South Africa through a range of community and conservation projects that support those who need it. By working with projects that are fully committed to their cause, we can provide volunteers with an exceptional travel experience that not only matches expectations but exceeds them.
You will leave your foot print in South Africa, not only by dedicating your time and energy to the chosen project but also through the positive contribution you make to South African society by your presence and the activities your participate in while you are there. We can help you discover an incredible part of the world and its people through its programme initiatives, providing you with a diverse and varied experience, giving you insight into the lives, history and culture of South Africans. Volunteering can be hard work at times, but it’s more rewarding than anything else. You will learn so many new skills, make new friends and make an impact in the lives of others.
Volunteering in Cape Town
We offer a large number of volunteer projects in and around Cape Town. Most are community-based, but there are also conservation projects available. We are based in Cape Town. This is where our volunteer house and student residence are located. Here we can also offer host-family accommodation and our office is located here too.
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town will keep you intrigued with all it has to offer such as Table Mountain, top class restaurants, art galleries, crystal beaches, great white sharks, a variety of good music and plenty of adventure.
Volunteering in South Africa & Namibia
We offer a large number of conservation projects, social projects, farm stays and some voluntourism projects. In Namibia we offer a conservation project and medical volunteering. Experience the beauty and diversity this region has to offer. Southern Africa is filled with rolling mountains, beautiful rivers and oceans, and stunning vistas which all contribute to a variety of lovely landscapes.
Experience it to the fullest
Don’t hold back on experiencing everything you can: EAT, PLAY and ENJOY. Whether it’s sticking your hand in an elephant’s mouth or dancing with a big group of Xhosa kids – embrace every moment and give it your everything. Volunteering in South Africa will give you memories for life. South Africa has an abundance of cultures, adventure sports and beautiful wildlife. Jump off the highest bungee jump in the world, take a sunset safari drive, eat boerewors and pap at a braai or climb Table Mountain - submerge yourself in everything this rainbow nation has to offer. Remember that life starts when you step out of your comfort zone. Yes, you will be nervous at first and everything will be different and not what you are used to, but rock it! Make new friends -, savor the moment where you and people of all these different cultures come together.
Work hard & learn
Volunteering is about much more than making a financial contribution - its helping that little one put on their shoes, listening to the old lady tell you about her grandchildren and cleaning up the after the rescued monkeys. MAKE A DIFFERENCE and work hard. Give it 100% and the experience will give you 100% satisfaction. Listen to the project team - they have years of experience, stories and knowledge to share with everyone who is willing to listen and learn. Be the positive change you want to see in the world.
If you are not a native English speaker, you can combine your volunteer experience with an English language course either while you volunteer or before at Good Hope Studies (visit our website to find out more).
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Volunteer Projects in Cape Town
Our Cape Town based social projects take care of children and elderly people.
As a volunteer, you will be completely involved in the everyday running of the project. Although you can choose to work in administration, most volunteers prefer to be in direct contact with the children. The projects are day-care centres, orphanages or hospitals. At some projects, it is possible to volunteer for as little as two weeks if you don’t have much time available.
Whether you are helping children to read, playing games in their hospital bed or spending time outside, you can rely on heart-warming smiles and hugs as thanks. If you would find this inspiring and uplifting, then volunteering at a social project is for you. It is so rewarding. Consider whether you prefer to work with children or with elderly people.
For those who do have more time, it’s well worth staying longer. The projects involving children tend to prefer longer stays so that the children and volunteers can get to know each other, and to avoid the disruption of frequent changes.
There are a variety of conservation projects to choose from, two of which are bird projects. The other projects are a shark diving centre, a rescue shelter for domestic animals who need your love and attention and a reserve that aims to promote the conservation of the indigenous fauna and flora of the Zandvlei wetland.
Volunteer Projects in other parts of southern Africa
Meet and work with some of the most fascinating and wild creatures in the world, including the Big 5! Conservation projects are the right choice for people with a love of the outdoors and an interest in the environment. Some projects allow volunteers to have close contact with the wild animals. Others don’t allow this because they plan to release the animals back into the wild. You may be asked to help with lion tracking and monitoring or with releasing animals back into the wild, or you may get a chance to work with the local vets on site. Whichever project you choose, and whatever work you are asked to do, you will come away with more knowledge, respect and, most importantly, love for the animals you work with.
Social projects are about giving back to the community in someway; whether you are helping children to read, playing games in their hospital bed or spending time with them outside, you can rely on heart-warming smiles and hugs as thanks. If you would find this inspiring and uplifting, then volunteering at a social project is for you. It is so rewarding. Our various social projects differ in many ways, but there is one thing that they all have in common: gratitude. At all the social projects, you will be warmly appreciated by people, often children, who need the love and care you can give them.
This project is the right choice if you have green fingers and are interested in growing plants. Volunteers on this programme will be involved in learning traditional growing methods as well as permaculture, the concept of food forests, companion planting and many other environmentally friendly methods of growing plants. The programme is designed to teach volunteers enough to be able to create their own productive gardens, whether in the city or the country. If you don’t mind a little hard work, warm sun and getting your hands a little dirty, then this is the project for you. You couldn’t get closer than this to mother Earth. Our Farm Stay project is set in one of South Africa’s most rural and rugged areas, known as the Transkei.
Volunteer Projects in Namibia
Namibia has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa, where rolling red sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean coast. Namibia is also home to diverse wildlife and the San people. Namibia is a leader in conservation and was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution. Our projects in Namibia provide a haven and second chance for countless injured and orphaned animals. You will have the opportunity to work with the smallest of animals, like meerkats, mongooses and rock dassies, to the largest of apex predators, such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs, with a wide range of feathered, furry and scaled animals in between.
The San are considered to be the oldest culture in the world and are traditionally hunter-gatherers. They have been forced from their ancestral lands, which are increasingly being used for grazing cattle, leaving the traditional San lifestyle unable to survive.
Our medical project works hand in hand with the conservation projects and the clinic is completely funded by volunteers. It is about so much more than being a medic - you get to experience the San culture and their day-to-day struggles. You will help provide healthcare to the local community and surrounding areas by assisting our doctors and nurse and make a difference in the lives of locals who need it.
You do not need medical training - being there to give a smile and helping hand makes the biggest difference in the world.