Volunteer in South Africa | Most Affordable Projects From $350

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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!

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.

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!

Reviews

9.71 Rating
based on 17 reviews
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  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 8.6
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 8.5
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Camila
10/10
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.

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
10/10
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 !
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Vanessa
9/10
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.

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Lara
8/10
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!!

Kelanee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing

I have never rode a plane or left the country before. I decided to do this on my own and travel to Cape Town. The whole experience was very pricey and I was only there for two weeks. I stayed in a hostel with the other volunteers we all became very close and we are still in contact today. The hostel mom and dad were super awesome and loving. Volunteering at the schools were not as wonderful as I expected it to be but touring around the city was definitely the highlight of my trip. I definitely would recommend traveling to Cape Town and I hope one day I can go back.

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Bethany
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Endless opportunity

This volunteer program well exceeded my expectations. The staff were very reliant and enthusiastic. Not only did I enjoy working at my volunteer site, but I also was able to immerse myself with the culture and beauty of South Africa, all in just 2 weeks! My biggest regret is that I could not stay longer.

The sisters at the Goodwood clinic taught me a lot about how health care is run in that part of the world. They trusted me work with patients alone, so I really felt like my help went a long way. I stayed with a host family that lived near the clinic and in turn was able to get a better insight on the lifestyles of South Africans, yet I was a little distant from town. I still had time after project and on the weekends to explore...there is so much to do.

The rewards of this experience are difficult to put into words for others, but easy to reflect upon once you've experienced it for yourself. Nothing compares to waking up every day in a different country and being able to explore all it has to offer, while giving back at the same time. Not only do you learn from the places you visit, but each person you meet seems to have their own story that sticks with you. This was a huge learning experience and eye opener for me and I cannot wait to come back one day.

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Ines
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching and Social Welfare Project in Cape Town

Going to Cape Town was the first big trip I did by myself and definitly the best thing I could do. It was just amazing to see how it is to be a teacher a primary school in Cape Town but also to work in a creche in the Township to see the difference. I really enjoyed every day of working there, helping the teacher by preparing stuff for the lessions, teaching songs and finger games, reading storys, painting and trying to give the children as much love back as they gave me. I've never expected that my time there will be so special and that I will learn so much from the children. I could never teach them as much as they taught me! After almost 2 incredible months it was very hard to say goodbye to all the friends I made there but also the lovely and crazy kids I worked with but one thing I know for shure that I'll come back some time!

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Linde
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazingly crazy Cape Town.

I don't even know where to begin. I'm home for two weeks now and my heart literally has been aching for Cape Town and everything that came with it. First of all there is the city itself. It was incredibly beautiful, every day there was something new to discover. Every time again another breathtaking view. Second, there are the people I met. The other volunteers and travellers were all great, they gave me the time of my life. So many memories and adventures I will never forget. But most important. My kids. In the beginning I tried to keep my distance because I know I get attached easily to kids. So yes, you read it right, I tried. Of course after a couple hours I already blew it. Big time. Those sweet little babies with there endless smiles, crazy talk, big hugs, wet kisses, sparkling eyes, cutest laughs,... They stole my heart since day one. Since that day one they got into my heart every day a little more. I knew some of them had been through a lot and didn't have much at home. But seeing them smile and looking into those beautiful eyes and see some happiness... It got to me a few times. While we keep thinking about the bad things, they let go and live in the moment. They choose happiness. Every day over and over again. Because they have to. They have to fight every day for what they want, and sometimes even to survive. They're the bravest of all mankind. And that's what I will never forget. That's what changed my life and my point of view. They choose happiness, so I will choose happiness too. With my kids in my heart, I will try to choose happiness every day over and over again.