Volunteer Projects in South Africa

Why Volunteer in South Africa?

There is a reason why South Africa is consistently rated one of the top travel destinations in the world. Make that several reasons! Where else can you watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain, catch a wave in the ocean and spot an elephant roaming at dusk all in the same day? President Nelson Mandela proclaimed this country as the ‘Rainbow Nation’ – a country as diverse and colorful as it is exciting and adventurous.

Yet, more than 50% of South Africa’s population live in poverty, suffering from very poor education and healthcare system. From the shacks of Cape Town and rural villages of Zululand, to the communities living in conflict alongside some of the country’s most famous national parks, South Africa is a country that welcomes, and is in need of, volunteer support.

Our Top 4 Volunteer Projects in South Africa

Big 5 Wildlife Research

Big 5

Greater Kruger Area

Join our research team on safari through some of the country’s most beautiful game reserves. Monitor and study the African Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) and help to protect and conserve these species for future generations.

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Community and Child Development

St Lucia


Explore the iconic Zulu culture and stunning, wild coastline of KwaZulu-Natal while working in the rural villages of St Lucia to support children in pre-schools and creches, as well as entire families affected by the HIV epidemic.

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Early Childhood Development


Cape Town

Share your passion for education and love of working with children as you volunteer in underprivileged township communities in Cape Town, teaching and caring for children in pre-schools, foster care centers and after-school clubs.

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Photography and Conservation


Greater Kruger Area

Guided and tutored by a professional photographer, volunteers gain experience in wildlife photography while supporting NGOs and raising awareness of environmental and conservation issues in South Africa.

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