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Have you always dreamed of traveling to South Africa? Would you also like to contribute to humanity while you are there? Volunteering in South Africa is a perfect way to blend both desires. Brimming with breathtaking panoramas and full of fascinating diversity, South Africa’s culture and people will abide in your soul forever.

Apartheid has scarred this beautiful country, and many South Africans need help badly. IFRE’s volunteer projects in South Africa focus on smaller towns, rather than the big cities, because it is in these rural areas that the extreme division between rich and poor is most evident. Volunteers have an enormous impact on these vulnerable South Africans undergoing crushing poverty and desperate health problems. As a volunteer, you can work with the orphanage project, join the healthcare project, teach English, or participate in the physical education project.
Your help can be a catalyst for change and a more positive future for South Africans.

  • The world’s most affordable volunteer programs – starting at $500.
  • Low Fees are paid directly to host families and projects with absolutely no middlemen!
  • Experience the personal satisfaction of improving the lives of those in need who desperately need assistance.
  • Your one-time low fee cover accommodations, food, project costs, and support by expert and trustworthy local staffs.
  • Your safety is our utmost priority. We fully understand it can feel intimidating to be far from home in an unfamiliar country. But you’ll never feel alone with our 24/7 expert support staff and services.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Volunteering in South Africa

I am applying to Physician Assistant school and wanted to have a better perspective of global healthcare. I fell in love with medicine while volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa. There, I was fortunate enough to volunteer at Green Point Clinic, where I was able to gain more than just the skills to diagnose and treat patients; I left feeling reassured that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Tasting the rawness of medicine from rotating between the different fast-paced environments, seeing a patient’s face light up, and having them even wish me luck on my future career, has made this journey worthwhile. I found joy in serving others, interacting with patients, and in helping them with their conditions. The PAs and nurses welcomed me apart of their team and communication to direct patients to diagnosis and treatment options. Being exposed to this environment has given me a better perspective on healthcare. Experiencing this rich cultural immersion has allowed me to be a witness of the plight and struggles of these developing countries. I became apart of their community, and they have enabled me to have personal growth from being a volunteer. In this journey abroad, I was able to reflect on wanting to show my gratitude towards the healthcare community since I was given a second chance at life from my open-heart surgery. One of the moments which have been the greatest things I have been able to cross off my bucket list has been hiking Lion's head because before my heart surgery, this would have been impossible. I had the privilege to visit the Sacred Heart Museum where the first human heart transplant took place. I fell in love with this country from its beauty in the mountains to the views of the sea, and the food. I have traveled as a mission trip volunteer before to many countries, but South Africa is the place where I have wanted to stay forever. I cried leaving because I felt that I have experienced a peace of heaven in this beautiful land. I have to return soon.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come to South Africa with an open mind and ready for a fantastic time.
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Response from IFRE Volunteers Abroad

Dear Francis,

Thank you so much for volunteering with us and giving us your time. We admire your passion for medicine and healthcare, enthusiasm for life and your adventurous spirit. It feels wonderful to know that you enjoyed your volunteering as well as learned from the experience. We, IFRE Family wish you all the best for your future career in medicine.

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Fine Experience

During this summer break I decided to give something back to the community by volunteering to Teach English in South Africa. I was very much optimistic about my decision from the start.

Pre-Departure process was handled very professionally by IFRE. I was greeted at the airport and taken to a Hostel by the country coordinator. She was very Professional. She frankly mentioned all the difficulties I might face before the start of my project. She also provided me solutions to avoid such difficulties. The school was outside the boundaries of Cape Town. I used the Uber Cab Service to get to the project. I liked this because I also got a chance to analyze and witness the area from the hostel to the school. I taught grade seven students. They all were very nice and comforting to me. My responsibility also included assisting with the local teachers. I found this very challenging in the beginning. As the days went by and as I started socializing everything felt great.

The country coordinator was always a phone call away. She would take care of any hurdles on my way.

What would you improve about this program?
Understanding the school system can be frustrating at first. Getting to know the local teachers and communicating with them is very important. This can be bit difficult especially during first few days. An orientation with the local teacher before the start of the project would solve this.
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