Orphan Day Care and Community Support, Zululand

Living by the beach and surrounded by Africa’s most magnificent wildlife, a life-changing experience in rural Zululand awaits you as you educate and support orphaned and needy children and families in an underprivileged remote village in South Africa. Working directly with the Chiefs of the village and the families living in poverty, African Impact and volunteers help support the young children and contribute to bigger and brighter futures for them!


  • Get hands-on in the local pre-schools, providing care, education and fun for the village children that will contribute to a positive start in their schooling
  • Use your energy and enthusiasm to help an After School Club for orphaned children
  • Support and provide assistance to local Zulu families struggling with limited resources
  • Spend your weekends on safari, spotting elephants, lions or rhinos under the stars of the African bush or join in some of the many optional sightseeing tours this area has to offer
  • Live in the home of South Africa’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles! St Lucia is a bustling tropical tourist town, only a short walk away from the beautiful and warm Indian Ocean, long stretches of beaches and surrounded by nature!

Volunteer Reviews

“In my 3 weeks here, I have listened and gained wisdom from some of the strongest women I have ever met, I learned to garden, and learned how to build a crèche”   Chelsea Ruocco, UK

“I will definitely be leaving South Africa with a new set of eyes. I will be taking home with me so many memories of my time here. Until you are out here you don’t realise just how lucky you really are.”   Charlotte Stewart, UK

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day (Mon-Fri only)
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

St Lucia, Zululand, is a coastal paradise in South Africa, warm all year round, home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in the country and wildlife around every corner. Imagine waking up with monkeys rummaging through your breakfast cereals, spotting hippos dipping in the river before lunch and spending your evening under the stars, on a night safari drive through some of the most infamous Game Reserves in Africa and spotting everything from leopards to hyenas! In between all that, you still have time to meet some of the more interesting characters you’ll come across; the traditional Zulu villagers you’ll be volunteering with on a daily basis.

Zululand is an area still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family and surrounding the tropical tourist town of St Lucia are a number of villages, impoverished, underdeveloped and in desperate need of resources and this is where volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical programmes.

Also surrounding the tourist town of St Lucia (In fact, one of the only towns in the world to be) is a stunning World Heritage Site made up of long stretches of untouched beaches, huge plains filled with Africa’s most magnificent wildlife and endless rivers and lakes, so whether you want to get out on the ocean to spot whales or turtle hatchlings or hit the safari

vehicles to spot the elusive black rhinos, you have it all at your doorstep.

For the most adventurous volunteers, how’s about a trip to Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins, or diving into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to snorkel and scuba dive? Failing that, why not spend the night in the beautifully fully-furnished volunteer house having a traditional South African Braai (BBQ!), lying under the unpolluted and crystal clear skies and relaxing with your fellow volunteers and staff?

Oh, but keep an eye out for the hippos who come walking through town each night!

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