• South Africa
    • Cape Town
    • Johannesburg
    • Port Elizabeth
2 to 52 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
The Basic package includes 4 Weeks of Volunteering. Every project can be extended and has different rates for extension weeks. You will find them at our homepage. Please note: prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations!
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 07, 2022
Jun 02, 2022
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About Program

South Africa has long been one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. If you've been there once, you will not wonder why. 2000 km of coastline, numerous lagoons, green scrubland and tropical rainforests, endless deserts and savannahs, and majestic mountain formations surrounding fertile valleys with almost all African wildlife. Especially famous is the Garden Route, a panoramic road of about 365 km from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth, along the coast of the Indian Ocean.

Cape Town, named after the Cape of Good Hope, is the second largest city in the country. Table Mountain, landmark of the city, invites you to eventful excursions and is only one of countless sights you should not miss.

Our RGV projects deal with the protection and care of South Africa's inhabitants. Whether teaching in different schools, caring for seniors, a surf project for children or animal conservation projects with the Big Five, street dogs, whales, dolphins and many more. Decide for yourself!

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Program Highlights

  • Visit south africa one of the most popular destinations in the world and get involved in the areas: medicine, social work with people of different ages and needs, nature conservation, wildlife and marine conservation
  • Get individual advice and help with the organization of your entire stay
  • Accommodation and part of the meals are included
  • Receive a T-shirt from the project and an internship certificate for your resume
  • Combine 2 or more projects if you want to try different things and book an optional language course or additional excursions

Popular Programs

Medical Volunteer

Support Health Centers and Hospitals in Cape Town! For medical volunteering in South Africa, you need to have the appropriate training. Without previous experience you can do a medical or nursing internship. You will work at an outpatient clinic, observe the staff and exchange professional information.

Surf Project in South Africa

Surf course for kids near Cape Town! A very special volunteer project! Surfing in South Africa and helping disadvantaged children. Your tasks will vary - depending on your own talents and skills the participant will be assigned.

South African Landscape

Big 5 Observations and Wildlife Conservation! While volunteering at a wildlife reserve in South Africa, you will be actively involved in research, conservation management and education. You will learn all about wildlife conservation and with your help you will ensure the important work of the volunteer site. Observe wildlife, collect data, etc. - in the 10,000 hectare private nature reserve!

Teaching at an Elemantary School

School Volunteer at an elementary school in Cape Town
As a volunteer at an elementary school in Cape Town you will support trained teachers on site and teach children in different subjects. Often there are more than 40 children sitting opposite a single teacher, which is why your help is needed. Because you enable the individual support of the children!

Protecting Marine Animals

Animal protection on the Garden Route! In this project you will support the valuable work of a foundation that works for the protection of endangered marine animals (e.g. whales, dolphins, turtles, seabirds). You can get involved in animal and nature conservation, in educational work or in the research work of the dedicated team!

Animal Shelter and Welfare Cape Town

Get involved in an animal shelter in Cape Town! The animal rescue center in Cape Town, comparable to an animal shelter, depends on the help of volunteers. You will help to rehome abused, injured and abandoned animals (pets like dogs and cats). You will support the dedicated team on site in animal welfare, grooming, feeding, cleaning the facility and animal rescue!

Children with Special Needs in South Africa

With your volunteer work for children with disabilities in South Africa, you support the individual care of about 90 children and young people with severe disabilities in the Special Care Center. You will help with the support and education of the affected children and their families. The cooperation in the medical/therapeutic area in this facility requires previous professional knowledge, but you can also get involved in the general care without specialist knowledge.

Volunteering at a Senior Care Home

Care and nursing for the elderly in Cape Town! With your volunteer work in a senior care home in South Africa, you support the local professional staff of a social institution. You will actively help in the care of the elderly. Through your support, time and care, you enable the residents to live a more dignified life!

Volunteering in Refuge Aid in South Africa

Working with refugees in Cape Town! As a volunteer in our refugee aid project you will work in a non-profit organization. Through your help you support volunteers on site in the integration work of refugees and immigrants. You will be involved in English lessons, at the reception and in fundraising.

Big Five Volunteer South Africa

Support an animal sanctuary as a volunteer! The project for your volunteer work in the national park in South Africa is located in the middle of a breathtaking national park - with hyenas, lions, rhinos, elephants and giraffes! As a volunteer you will be actively involved in the protection of animals and nature. On game drives you observe the different species and collect data, which you evaluate in the camp!

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Volunteer experiences from an elementary school in South Africa

Three months teaching children in Cape Town

It was always clear to me that I would go abroad for a while after graduating from high school to gain experience and to get to know new cultures. In the end, I spent a total of four months in South Africa (Cape Town) doing voluntary work at an elementary school. During three of those months I was staying in the country with RGV, and the last month I traveled a lot, including a two-week road trip through South Africa with other volunteers that I will probably never forget.

Preparation and arrival
RGV was very supportive and helped me a lot before my stay and answered all my questions without any problems. I felt well prepared and so my flight to South Africa took off at the beginning of October. The transfer at the airport went off without any problems, even though I had to wait a bit (African Time, you have to get used to that). I also had a very warm welcome at the Student House and was immediately embraced by the volunteers there.

My work in the project
It was an incredibly nice time. I liked the work in the project very much. Now and then I would have liked to be given more responsibility. I worked as an "assisting teacher" in a fifth grade class. As soon as the children had questions or couldn't cope with one of their math problems, it was my turn and it was my job to help the children as much as possible and introduce them to the subject matter. A couple of times I even got to take over a lesson or two doing math and geography with the kids. The kids in my class were very lovely, open and interested. In fact, I already miss my class again now.

Extension for two more months
My original plan was to be back home in Germany a few days before Christmas. However, since I enjoyed my time in Cape Town so much and unfortunately it went by way too fast, I decided to extend my stay for another two months. I spoke with the RGV team on site and also sought email contact with the German-speaking staff. I was answered immediately and various suggestions were made. My wishes were taken into account very precisely and so it worked out very well with my extension. I also received my visa within less than three weeks.

My conclusion: A breathtaking and versatile country!
Overall, I enjoyed my stay very much. Cape Town is a beautiful city and South Africa is a breathtaking and diverse country. RGV was a very big help for me with the arrangement and especially with the extension. I made a lot of new and good friends and also got to know very different and interesting people. I will stay in contact with many of them. Various meetings in Germany have already been planned. For everyone who is still thinking about it. Stop thinking about it, just sign up! ;)

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