Location
  • South Africa
    • Cape Town
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Housing
Hostel

Pricing

Starting Price
250
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $250 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jul 28, 2022
Sep 21, 2022
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About Program

Trusted by 120,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's most popular volunteer programs in South Africa and 50+ other destinations around the world.

Choose from 10 meaningful and life-enriching projects, ranging from Teaching and Sports Development in Cape Town to Wildlife Conservation in the renowned Kruger National Park.

Your fully-hosted experience includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ offers a multi-layered support network, so even before you depart, you’ll receive outstanding service from your IVHQ Program Manager and gain exclusive access to volunteer training and preparation tools.

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a new culture while making a difference? Join our community of travelers who have spent over 7 million hours supporting local communities.

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Program Highlights

  • IVHQ’s South Africa program is available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month (some projects start every Monday!)
  • Fully hosted volunteer experiences starting from only $250 for 1 week - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You'll be joining a global network of 120,000+ volunteers backed by the world’s leading team of volunteer travel experts - IVHQ’s outstanding safety systems and track record set them apart as the world’s safest organization
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

Popular Programs

Childcare Project

As a Childcare Volunteer based in Cape Town, you'll help enrich the lives of children by supporting day-to-day activities at a local childcare center. Tasks include teaching, tutoring and caring for children, organizing games and activities, and helping with general duties to ensure the center runs smoothly and efficiently. This is a unique opportunity to explore the stunning city of Cape Town while giving back to the local community.

Teaching Project

Many primary schools in Cape Town run off low budgets, with few teachers, high workloads and little chance for students to get close attention. As a Teaching Volunteer, you'll be placed in a low-income primary school helping to create better learning environments and education standards for children aged 7-14. You'll support teachers by teaching subjects such as basic Mathematics, English and more.

Sport Development Project

Are you passionate about sports and youth development? As a volunteer on this project, you can share this passion with children who don't typically have access to physical education at school. Based in either Cape Town or Table View, you'll have a chance to explore South Africa's beauty while helping local children develop their physical and social skills.

Surf Outreach Project

Regardless if you're a pro surfer or just a beginner, you can join IVHQ's Surf Outreach Project and help provide structure, learning and new skills to children from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Divided into two parts, you'll first work independently with a surf instructor to develop your own surfing skills, and then work with children from the community to help improve both their surfing abilities and general life skills.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in South Africa - Kruger

Love animals, the outdoors and want to be a Wildlife Conservation volunteer ? This is an exciting opportunity for volunteers to assist at Kruger - a reserve home diverse wildlife and scores of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo. Volunteers will gain conservation experience and knowledge while being immersed in life on the reserve, enjoying the spectacular natural environment and making a meaningful contribution to its long-term sustainability and success.

Program Reviews

9.68 Rating
based on 69 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 95.65%
  • 7-8 rating 2.9%
  • 5-6 rating 1.45%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 8.7
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Axel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Live, learn, help in Kruger

Living in the reserve and being there 24/7 is something else. You never stop learning about nature even if you´re just relaxing in the camp. Having the opportunity to learn from locals and just be surrounded by nature teaches you things you would never be able to learn anywhere else.

Not only do you get to help nature develop safely, but you also get to know people from all over the world that shares the same values as you. Even though 2 weeks or 1 month of being with the same people might not seem that much time, living, working, eating, sharing spaces with them, enable to build strong relations with each other.

Im sure not only I got to grow as a person, but I also got to make some amazing friendships.

Pros
  • Learn about interactions between nature you would not be able to learn anywhere else.
  • Help the nature and biodiversity by gathering data.
  • Meet people from all over the world that share your values.
Cons
  • Share spaces with people. Not many chances to be alone.
  • If there are many volunteers, activities might not feel challenging enough.
  • Not many chances to get out of camp on your own.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Dr. Jarmese
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Selfless Experience Ever

Thank you IVHQ for an awesome week of serving, teaching, and empowering. We look forward to 19 more years!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well look at our last day of impact at Christian David School. https://www.facebook.com/112967628071286/posts/pfbid02deDikrc3ewmGHc2nnrkYFwJZsYfXDCREoioahnDJXxL8AEjxJdCDZzVaMgwprByYl/

We look forward to serving youth in Puerto Rico in June 2023 and sharing the same thank you message that our Leading & Serving in South Africa Experience did as well: https://youtu.be/BJnwqS_K6uw

Pros
  • Scenery
  • Impact
  • Empowerment
Cons
  • Dress warm in South Africa in July
8 people found this review helpful.
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Natalia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sports Development in South Africa

IVHQ made the planning process of my trip very simple and straightforward. They connected me with the local team in South Africa (Outreach2Enrich) very early on. The local team was truly the highlight of my stay. They were very open and supportive both before and during my time with them. They helped facilitate plans for activities in and around Cape Town that I probably would not have managed to do on my own. The programs they run are truly commendable and they help make the volunteer house a community of its own. I will never forget the time I spent in the Sports Development program or the amazing people I met along the way. I cannot recommend this experience enough.

Pros
  • Great balance of volunteering and free time
  • Get to meet people from all over the world
  • Working with the local school and staff
Cons
  • Should have planned a longer trip
11 people found this review helpful.
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Regina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in South Africa

This has definitely been the best experience I’ve had in my life and in this review I will tell you why.
On my first day I was really nervous, because it was my first time traveling all on my own and obviously this scared me a lot, but as the days passed that fear turned into joy, happiness and love. Everything in my time as a volunteer was jut perfect, starting with the accommodation, a perfectly located and really clean house with enough space for everyone. Then, our adviser Renae, who was always kind and willing to help us in every aspect that she could. Moving on to the food, I can say that I enjoyed every single meal from my month in South Africa, I got to try new things and I absolutely loved it. Finally, the kids from the childcare program, I can’t explain with words everything that those kids taught me. From the very first day I walked into the classroom they drowned me with love and kindness and the best part is that every day was the exact same thing, no matter what was the situation at their homes, they always walked into the school with a big smile and willing to transmit all their love to everyone.
I can say that going into this volunteering program was the best decision I have ever made, I learned and lived incredible things and I think that this is an experience that everyone should have, I will definitely recommend this and my time in South Africa will stay in my heart forever.

Pros
  • Self growth
  • Meeting amazing people
  • Learning about other cultures
Cons
  • Saying goodbye is really hard
  • Getting to attached
  • End up missing the place and the people
7 people found this review helpful.
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Noah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Time With IVHQ

My time with IVHQ was unforgettable. I got to experience a new culture, meet lots of interesting people that became lifelong friends, and most importantly help communities that were in need. It is an experience that will stay with me for a very long time. It was incredible to see the immediate impact the volunteers had on those in the community. If you are on the fence about going, I would tell you to just do it. It's really a once in a lifetime experience that you will remember for years to come.

26 people found this review helpful.
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Noritaka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My FIrst Volunteer Placement in Cape Town

This was my first volunteer experience.   Renae, Ben and Izzy of Outreach 2 Enrich were terrific hosts.  The camaraderie with the other volunteers was excellent.  We did many activities together like watching the sunset on Signal Hill, renting a car and driving to the Cape of Hope, seeing the penguins on Border beach, walking and having lunch in Bo Kaap to name just a few of the activities.  

The best part of volunteering was the opportunity to work with and teach the children from the Capricorn and surrounding townships.  It had its challenging moments but overall very rewarding.  The pre-school kids are so pure and innocent.  They give their trust and instant love and affection.  It can sometimes be very overwhelming when >10 of them want to hug you at the same time.  The 5 graders I taught had its challenges.  At times I felt I was more the enforcer than the teacher, but at the end we were able to establish a mutual respect and had a great time together.   I miss the teachers and students and hope to come back to Cape Town to see them again.

There is nothing more rewarding than making the people around you smile.

If you are interested in seeing the beautiful Mother City, Cape Town, IVHQ is a great organization to work with to experience giving back surrounded by absolute beauty.  

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
While in Cape Town I had the opportunity to eat raw ostrich and springbok. Cooked crocodile tail. And the most interesting item was the Palm weevil larvae.
34 people found this review helpful.
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JULIEN
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

International Volunteer HQ South Africa

On my first IVHQ trip to Ghana 2 years ago, I realized that it would not be my last.
Now, 2 years later after Kenya and Tanzania, South Africa was my 4th.
Living in the same volunteer house with 20 or more outstanding adults from around the world was truly awe-inspiring. The camaraderie of all the volunteers quickly established a bond between us. Our local hosts, Renae, Ben and Issy treated us like family.
The care free and cheerful children at the schools, on the soccer field and on the beaches made it an unforgettable experience.
Add the weekend excursions to Capetown, Table Mountain and Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope and IVHQ becomes an awesome adventure, not to be missed
I'm looking forward to my next IVHQ adventure next spring to Madagascar (Ocean Outreach) and Jordan (Food Outreach)
Julien Comeau, Canada, age 77

47 people found this review helpful.
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Alejandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best weeks of my life

Volunteering with IVHQ was incredible! I'm 24 and I'm from Guatemala, I had always wanted to volunteer in Africa and with IVHQ it was possible. The process to apply was super easy and reliable, I didn't know anyone from Guatemala who had done this before, but from the beginning they earned my trust. I spent 3 weeks in Tanzania and 3 weeks in South Africa, and it was the best experience of my life. In Tanzania I was in the HIV / AIDS program, in which I learned a lot and felt the impact that I had on people, but especially the impact that people had on me. In Cape Town, I was in childcare, taking care of children from 4 to 5 years old, and I can easily say that those children stayed with my heart. In both places I met incredible people, lived unforgettable experiences and met impressive places. The only thing I regret is not having been longer. I can't wait to continue traveling the world with IVHQ.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Extend my time, not enough time! I would do at least 6 weeks
73 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Alejandra, thanks for your review of our Tanzania & South Africa programs. It's great to hear that you had such a rewarding experience on these projects. Your contribution to these communities is greatly appreciated. We look forward to having you volunteer with IVHQ again soon! ^ Stacey & Kaila - IVHQ South Africa & Tanzania Program Managers

Questions & Answers

Hi Georgiy, IVHQ has a fantastic range of options for teen volunteers - whether you are traveling independently or with a parent/guardian. You can check out this page to start exploring your options: www.volunteerhq.org/high-school-volunteer-abroad/ or reach out to our team directly for personalized recommendations: info@volunteerhq.org :)

Volunteers 18 years or older can participate on an IVHQ program alone. However, children under18 must be participating in a group with with a parent, guardian or family member who is 18 years or over.