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Volunteer in South Africa Rehabilitating the Penguins of SANCCOB by Jane Stanfield
Volunteer at a South African Game Preserve with GVI: Getting Up Close to an African Safari by Giving of Yourself by Lisa M. Chavis
Volunteer at the Lion Park in South Africa by Sergio and Pat Pastore

Wildlife Conservation Expedition in South Africa
Joining an international team of volunteers you will collaborate with GVI on critical conservation research and witness some of South Africa's most amazing wildlife such as the leopard, hyena, lion, cheetah and elephant.

Your role as a hands-on member of this expedition will be to collect behavioral patterns of the reintroduced predators and larger herbivores located on a private game reserve. To properly train you on this work you will be taught to use modern research equipment to aid in locating predators.

Each day you will reflect on your work while watching vibrantly colorful sunsets, and sleep on the reserve blanketed with the stars of the African sky.

Volunteer in Wildlife Conservation in South Africa Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $2390 for 2 weeks
Email Contact:
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information on this volunteer conservation in South Africa

Volunteer in an Orphanage in South Africa
The incredible city of Cape Town is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. However there are still many people living in poverty and GVI is working in townships throughout the city to offer orphans and disadvantaged children educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Situated just 45 minutes from Cape Town, this volunteer program involves providing a safe, fun and creative environment for children, giving them the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

Volunteers will be involved in planning and implementing a program which uses, educational games, song and dance, arts and crafts to allow these children to have fun while learning and developing at the same time.

Orphanage Volunteer Program in Cape Town, South Africa Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $2090 for 2 weeks
Email Contact:
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information on volunteer with children in South Africa

Teach Sports in South Africa
As a volunteer on this project will you be able to help teach children a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, tennis and more in some of the impoverished townships that surround the beautiful city of Cape Town.

You will work with teachers, local communities and GVI staff to run sports programs at the schools and provide more personal attention to the students. Without this program or the assistance of volunteers like you, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skill and supervision.

Volunteer Teaching Sports in South Africa Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $2090 for 2 weeks
Email Contact:
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information on volunteer teaching sports in South Africa

Projects Abroad in South Africa
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, conservation, law and human rights, building, business, international development, journalism, veterinary medicine, performing arts, and sports. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.

Conservation Placements in Southern Africa
Whether you want to get hands-on in a wildlife rehabilitation centre, experience life as a wildlife vet, learn how to track wildlife or join a research project in a national park – volunteering with African Conservation Experience allows you to make a real difference to wildlife in southern Africa. With over twelve years experience, we are the original and most experienced organisation at placing people on worthwhile conservation projects in southern Africa.
African Conservation Experience Dates: 2-12 weeks, variety of projects available all year
Cost: From US$ 2840 for 2 weeks excluding international flights
Contact: African Conservation Experience, Unit 1, Manor Farm, Churchend Lane, Charfield, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester, GL12 8LJ, UK
Tel: +44 1454 269 182 (UK) or (+1) 925 944 1999 (US)

Connect-123 Volunteer Programs in Cape Town, South Africa
Connect-123 links you to volunteer projects in Cape Town, South Africa, according to your interests and skills, in health care, human rights, community service, education, and many other fields. Health care projects include working directly with doctors on medical research projects, providing non-medical care to patients, attending ward rounds and helping the nursing staff care for patients. Human rights, social work, and education projects include working at a legal advice center, assessing the impact of community-based interventions, helping with public health awareness campaigns, mentoring street children, teaching English, caring for infants and toddlers at orphanages, working with youth regarding issues related to HIV/AIDS, sexuality and adolescence, and helping to build schools and houses for disadvantaged communities.
What's included:
Finding a volunteer project that specifically meets your needs; arranging secure, high-quality, centrally-located accommodation based on your budget; assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes; airport meet and greet service; a complete preparation and orientation information pack; advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay; group-rate discounts; and 24/7 emergency support and assistance.
Internships in South AfricaVolunteer in South Africa with Connect-123 Dates: Both start dates and durations are flexible. Typical durations range from 1 to 6 months.
Cost: Please see website for details.
Contact: Connect-123 International Internship and Volunteer Programs
USA Tel: (800) 731 6406 (toll free)

Volunteer Abroad in South Africa – United Planet – 5 Weeks – A Year
United Planet's Quests offer volunteers the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Ages 17 and older of all skill levels are invited to enroll. Join us for 5 weeks or up to 1 year in South Africa– you can volunteer implementing and assisting in the programming at an orphanage, working in a homeless shelter, a non-profit agency, and more!  Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer in South Africa Dates: Ongoing start dates. See our website for details.
Varies with duration of your stay. Please visit our website for details.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.

Volunteer Abroad in South Africa from US$250
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) offers affordable volunteer abroad opportunities available in South Africa from only US$250. Volunteers can participate in Teaching, Childcare, Sport Development, Surf Outreach and Computer Training. IVHQ sends thousands of volunteer travelers worldwide annually — you will not find a more affordable, high quality and trustworthy volunteer travel company.
Volunteer in South Africa South Africa with Volunteer HQ Cost: Program Fees start from US$250.
Dates: Programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ
, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
Tel.: US/Canada Toll Free: 1-877-342-6588; UK Toll Free: 0-800-234-1621; Australia Toll Free: 1-800-557-380; International: +64 6 758 7949.

Volunteer with Local Communities in South Africa
South Africa is one of the most popular countries among travelers in the world. South Africa has one of the most diverse landscapes, culture, wildlife and marine life. Volunteer in South Africa and you will have the most amazing time of your life. Volunteering Solutions offers volunteering opportunies in Cape Town, considered to be one of the safest cities in South Africa. Volunteers can join sports teaching program, surfing program, orphanage program, teaching program and medical program.
Volunteering in South Africa Dates: Program starting every month
Cost: Starting at $300
Contact: Volunteering Solutions
Tel.: US Toll Free: 1-888-790-3096. UK Toll Free: 0-800-014-8160.

Experiential Learning International
Experience South Africa through volunteer opportunities that benefit the locals while giving participants a unique cultural immersion. Volunteers can work with at-risk youth, community development projects, environmental projects, assist with public nutrition programs, etc. while experiencing a cosmopolitan and diverse city within reach of some of amazing beaches!
  Dates: See website
Costs: See website
Contact: ELI
, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278

Volunteer Teaching in South Africa with WorldTeach
WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries all around the world. Summer placements are available in South African. Volunteers teach a broad range of subjects, including English, math, science, computers skills, and HIV/AIDS education.
Volunteer teaching in South Africa Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638

African Impact
African Wildlife Photography And Conservation
Our exclusive Big 5 Wildlife Photography and Conservation Education project offers exciting exposure to the African bush with both wildlife photography and conservation components educating the local community.
Over 30's Pre School And Community Development Project, South Africa
This project is specifically and exclusively for anyone over 30 years of age. The activities have been chosen to deliver sustainable change whilst providing you with the opportunity to share your knowledge, skills and experiences with young people in the Zulu heartland. Volunteers will be living in the heart of a Big 5 Game Reserve! Surrounding the stunning Thanda Game Reserve are rural communities spread over a wide area, with many children and young adults in need of education and support.
Cape Town Pre-School Teaching And Education
Township schools on the outskirts of Cape Town have meagre and ill-equipped classrooms and facilities. Your mission on this project is to educate and support disadvantaged and vulnerable children, while helping to uplift the community not only through education, but also through health-care, building projects and sports.


Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
Join Askari for the experience of a lifetime. Make a real contribution to the conservation of wilderness and get involved with wildlife research in South Africa. Live life on an active game reserve and become part of the full time management, research and conservation team.


Volunteer in South Africa
A variety of volunteer social work and conservation projects throughout South Africa. See their website for details.


Volunteer Projects in South Africa
Coach sports and join community development projects in Africa and Latin America . Become a ski / snowboard instructor with work experience in Canada or learn to scuba dive and obtain PADI qualifications in South Africa.


Volunteer in South Africa — Tiger and Lion Park
Volunteer with rare species of tigers and lions in this beautiful region of South Africa. Learn about conservation of Africa's large cats, and have a great time with an international team of up to 20 volunteers.


Health Volunteers Overseas
Program in South Africa
HVO is a teaching and training organization. HVO volunteers train local health care providers. Only accepts volunteers who are doctors, nurses, and other health professionals; preference for those who have experience as educators. Most programs have a minimum of one month. Fees are minimal but volunteers cover their own airfare.


Kameleon Adventures
Wildlife Volunteer Projects in South Africa
We offer Volunteer Work Placements on hugely valuable conservation projects in South Africa where your support is vital for the survival of many habitats and animals in Africa. Each project has been handpicked by us for the quality of the educational program, the passion of the teams and their dedication to conservation and wildlife.


Modgaji Conservation and Rehabilitation Projects
Student, volunteer, and gap year program on a big five game reserve in South Africa. Assist in reserve management and running of an African wildlife rehabilitation center.


people and places: responsible volunteering
Volunteering in rural South Africa — school support
Although close to the popular tourist site of Addo Elephant Park, the town of Nomathamsanqa is one of the country's most deprived communities. The local school is at its heart, providing essential education despite minimal resources.
Many of the teachers are qualified and professional, and are keen to improve their teaching skills. As well as the need for educators and learners to develop their English literacy, the school’s principal has highlighted the following needs:

  • quality educational materials are seldom available
  • lesson planning and teaching methodologies — these are fundamental areas of modern education in which many teachers have received no training
  • Information Technology — while AV Bukani has computers, computer literacy among teachers cannot be taken as read
  • sports, arts and crafts practitioners are needed to work with the children to build confidence and enhance life-skills

Teachers do their best in what are challenging circumstances — often just need a bit of support and encouragement, and this is where volunteers can make a truly meaningful and mutually rewarding contribution


people and places: responsible volunteering
Volunteering in urban South Africa — health and social care
Working with a grassroots community project in the townships of Nelson Mandela Bay, volunteers can share their skills with local staff and volunteers in the Emmanuel Care and Advice Centre (EACC). The team includes many unpaid volunteers, and continues to build an effective, caring, learning organization which now directly supports over 1300 adults and children.
EACC has more than 30 care givers, each of whom currently visits approximately 80 homes where the families are affected by HIV/AIDS. Drawn from the community, the carers are the backbone of support for the families they visit – providing education on positive living and prevention, helping with referrals to relevant support agencies – and perhaps most importantly, listening, offering love and care, encouraging and helping the people they meet who are in need.
The EACC is constantly trying to support more people, and  has a wide range of programmes which include a home based care programme, counselling and education initiatives, support groups, a feeding programme, a crèche for pre-school children, and support for OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children).
The project’s needs are broad, and a corresponding breadth of volunteer skills and interests is always welcome — health care, life skills, administration, child care and development ... and more!


people and places: responsible volunteering
Volunteering in urban South Africa — schools support
This project in the township schools of Nelson Mandela Bay involves far more than teaching! The programme currently involves working with the staff and children of 7 primary schools, formally providing education for children from the ages of 4 to13 — from Reception to Grade 7. However, many children have their education interrupted for various socio-economic reasons, resulting in classes where the children's ages differ considerably from that of the official Grade. This is particularly true of two of the schools, where children up to the age of 17 are still attempting to achieve the required level for their primary school certificate, without which they cannot attend high school.
The schools involved in this project have been identified for their innovation and dynamism. Previous volunteers observe repeatedly that — despite the deprivation — they are joyful places to work, where the vast majority of teachers are professional and committed, and the children are eager to learn.


SCORESports Coaches’ OutReach
Volunteer in Southern Africa
Program for self-funding volunteers to coach sports and live with a family in deprived communities throughout southern Africa.


Volunteers for Peace
Volunteer Workcamps in South Africa

VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries every year, including Africa! Project cost starts at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of project include construction, environmental, agricultural, social, work with kids, renovation, art & culture and more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 31,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at!


Willing Workers in South Africa
Volunteer Farm Work
WWISA arranges working volunteer holidays to South Africa and abroad.

Conservation Volunteering in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve comprises 53, 392 hectares of private land adjoining the Kruger National Park (KNP) on its western boundary in the area known as the Greater Kruger National Park. There are no fences between the KNP and Timbavati with the wildlife roaming free between these areas. There are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati including the Big Five of Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant as well as 360 species of bird life.


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