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

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
17
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Host Family Hostel Lodge
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)

Pricing

Starting Price
375
Price Details
The costs include:
- 24 hrs Assistance and local support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup from Cape Town International Airport
- Orientation
- Meals & Accommodation
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals SIM cards
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 17, 2024
Mar 29, 2023
37 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

If you're looking for an adventure where you can make a difference at the same time, join Volunteering Solutions in South Africa.

We work in association with the local organizations and place volunteers in several different types of projects in Cape Town. If you would love to volunteer with children, you can join the Child Care Program, Teaching Program, Sports Development Program etc. Volunteers who want to contribute towards the conservation of nature & wildlife can volunteer at a wildlife reserve outside Port Elizabeth.

In case you have time crunch yet wish to travel & volunteer in South Africa, you can join our 2 Weeks Special Program. Experience the goodness of volunteering in the 'Rainbow Nation', hike up the Table Mountain, go for wildlife safaris at the Kruger, or drive down the Garden Route - South Africa will just not fail to amaze you!

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how Volunteering Solutions is promoting ethical volunteering.

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Program Highlights

  • Meaningful and affordable programs available across 2 locations - Cape Town & Port Elizabeth. Gain meaningful international work experience!
  • Work with volunteers from different parts of the work and polish your skills.
  • Get a Certificate of Completion, once you wrap up the project work.
  • Make a difference and inspire others to be a part of change.

Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 25 reviews
  • 5 rating 96%
  • 4 rating 4%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.55
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.55
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.55
Showing 1 - 8 of 25 reviews
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Lígia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

WildLife Reserve Volunteer Program

It was an unforgettable two weeks. With each activity, different learning and experiences that stayed forever in my memory. The Kwantu Reserve staff are very welcoming and helpful. It really was a dream come true. I booked for two weeks but I believe that the minimum time to get to know and carry out all the activities is three weeks. The accommodation for volunteers is very spacious, clean, in other words, a very pleasant environment. And, the most amazing thing, is sleeping listening to the roar of lions. Unique experience.Thanks @volunteeringsolutions for all the support.

Pros
  • be close to animals
  • different activities
  • get to know another culture
Cons
  • for me, only travel time - so far from Brazil
66 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Ligia,
Thanks for sharing your experience on the Wildlife Reserve Program in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We are glad to know that you had a good time on the program and have come back with fond memories of the trip. Keep in touch and we hope to have you back again soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Mohd Arif Lokman
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Healthcare Program in Cape Town

My volunteer work took place in a local community clinic in downtown Cape Town called Green Point Clinic. The clinic staff there were very welcoming and kind, and they guided me and very fun to work with. It was a fun experience and 2 weeks flew past so fast and I wished I could have spent more time and do more to help them. I live with a local host family in Cape Town with 4 other volunteers. Faaidah and her family welcomed me and treated me as if I was their family members. I'm sure all other volunteers in the house also felt the same. I will definitely miss all her delicious foods she cooked for us and the laughter we had every time we sat down together. I went to Cape Town trying to experience something new, and surely I got that and then some. I have met new family and friends that I will treasure forever. If I ever have the chance to do it again, I will!

75 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hello Mohd,
Thanks for leaving a review on your experience in Cape Town Medical Program with Volunteering Solutions. Glad to know that you had a fun experience and enjoyed staying with the host family as well. Hope to have you back in the program again soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Olga
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Cape Town SA Volunteeriing

My two sons - 15 years old and 17 years old went volunteering in Cape Town from Volunteering Solutions. I can't say enough how wonderful and life changing experience they have obtained! It was a great opportunity for boys at Ellerton Primary School to see the world from different prospective and feel the vibes of different continent! I strongly believe that these kind of life experiences build their their root memories and will definitely shape them as compassionate and caring people in their future lives.

77 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Olga,
It was indeed wonderful to host your sons in the Cape Town program. We wish them all the best for future and hope to have them back again in the programs soon.
All the best !!
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Jazzmyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

South Africa

It was a great experience and very fun. We got to do many different things that I normally wouldn't, like cut trees with machetes, planting trees, feeding animals, fixing roads. The people that work at the reserve were very nice and welcoming as well, they were happy to help with anything. The weekends were fun because we were able to go out and do different excursions in other cities, there were things like bungee jumping, skydiving, shark cage diving, and some national parks. Didn't get bored on this trip.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
We got to feed the lions and tigers which I thought was cool.
118 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Jazzmyn,
Thanks for the lovely review. Glad that you had an amazing time in South Africa. We hope to see you again soon !!
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Camila
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience in the Mother City!!

I had one of the most enjoyable months of my life in Cape Town, South Africa.

I volunteered with Volunteering Solutions in Cape Town after a recommendation from a friend who did it two years ago. I was placed at Gingerbread house kindergarten and had a wonderful time with the kids. Volunteering with the kids was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. During the program I stayed at the volunteer hostel in Observatory. It was a wonderful experience to meet so many like minded volunteers from all around the world. I made some great friends and Noel, the house manager was a great help always. During free time I hung out with other volunteers and we did trips to Robben Island and the Garden Route. The local team including Kevin were of great help, meeting us regularly and helping whenever required.

I would definitely recommend this experience to other participants. Cape Town is a great city and you shall surely have a great time. Thank you so much to the staff in South Africa and Volsol for making this trip possible.

129 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Camila,
Thanks for sharing your wonderful review for the South Africa Program. We are glad to know that you had a wonderful time in Cape Town and the local team was very helpful during your program. We look forward to hosting you in our other programs soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Zohar
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in cape town

My experiance was amazing !! I got to experiance cape town in a very uniqe way and a bit of a local prespective . I met amazing people and learnd so much about so many different things. Volunteering solution were very helpful and caring they gave me a good and secure feelig while i was away from home . They also took alot of intrest during my trip ! Would defently recommand everyone who is considering to go on this life changing expiriance . And of cours you get to see the most adorable and full of life kids they will defantly get deep in your heart !!

What would you improve about this program?
Honstly they have toped my excpectations wouldnt change anything !
128 people found this review helpful.
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Vanessa
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience!

My volunteer work in South Africa was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I lived in a house with about 30 other volunteers, so I never really had any privacy, but that way I got to know a lot of new people from many different countries with whom I explored Cape Town and its surroundings. I still have contact to some of them. So this program definitely helps to build international friendships. Cape Town and its surroundings is so beautiful and it offers many different things to do. I also enjoyed my child care project in a crèche very much. The kids were adorable and it was great to get an insight into the local child care work. However, you should be aware of the fact, that you can offer the kids a bit of a change while you're there, but you won't be able to change anything fundamentally. For me it was enough to just spend time with the children and be there for them, especially because the local staff didn't do much with them and they have very little stuff to play with. But if your goal is to make a big change, this program is not right for you. And of course you also need to know that you have to pay a lot of money for the sleeping place, for the food and for the whole organization. But in my opinion it's worth the money, because it's an experience that will impact you for the rest of your life, especially in the way you will think about foreign, but also your own culture.

130 people found this review helpful.
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Lara
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you for a great time!

Overall I really enjoyed my month in Cape Town with volunteering solutions. I took part in the teaching programm in Chapel Street Primary School and I loved it. The kids were amazing, they made me feel so welcome and precious and the teachers were very friendly and supportive. I had a great time in my project and would really recommend everyone to take part in a project like this as well.
I stayed in a hostel in Observatory which I didn't like that much because there were just too many people (30 boys and girls) and you didn't have any privacy. We got dinner on 5 days of the week which I really appreciated. The staff in the hostel was friendly most of the time though the owner was grumpy from from time to time.
I would recommend volunteering solutions especially to young people who are looking for something to do after their graduation.
To the team of volunteering solutions: Thank you very much for a really good time!!

125 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

The only thing I would do differently is switch to a longer program! Although my two weeks there were absolutely amazing and I was able to do activities daily after volunteer service hours, I would've loved to stay longer! Cape Town is such a beautiful area and there is so much to do and see. I highly recommend this experience and opportunity to anyone!