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Volunteering in South Africa with Animals: Most affordable Wildlife Volunteering and more with IKPVA!!

Go for an African adventure and volunteer in South Africa! Choose from our variety of volunteer opportunities in South Africa! You can learn the pure joy of surfing and helping children reach their dreams or caring gorgeous little kids in a township in beautiful Cape Town. If you are passionate about animals, you can work as a wildlife volunteer in South Africa with endangered wildlife in an animal sanctuary near Port Elizabeth. You can also work with monkeys near Tzaneen, or live the Lion and Rhino experience near Johannesburg. There are hundreds of reasons to volunteer in South Africa. The country is rich in culture, fauna & flora and history. It is a beautiful country with an incredible range of climates, widely varying landscapes, rich culture, wildlife and wilderness.

Programs to Volunteer in South Africa at a glance:

Choose from a wide range of volunteer programs which best matches your skills & interests

 

Volunteer in South Africa – Overview

Sara Ferreira from Brazil took a trip to volunteer in South Africa. She likes to remember her adventure, the wonderful experiences with the children of “Doreen’s Crèche” in Cape Town:

Sara Ferreira at Doreen's Crèche
Sara Ferreira at Doreen’s Crèche

About one of the greatest adventures. Ended up getting more then I was giving. All the smiles, all the sincere “Thank you teacher”, all those hugs were worth every second. Because in the end, I finally got the triple of what I gave. – Sara Ferreira

In addition to the teaching project at Doreen’s Crèche, you can work as an  animal conservation volunteer in South Africa: you can choose to participate in saving the babies of the Vervet Monkeys, volunteer in South Africa with the Big Five. As a wildlife volunteer in South Africa, you also can care for injured or abandoned animals or help preserving the Great White Sharks. But before describing the projects to volunteer in South Africa in full detail we would like to introduce you to the charming country with beautiful landscapes, tropical beaches and jungle animals such as lions, elephants, rhinos, monkeys.

Volunteer in South Africa: A Dream comes true

Childcare Volunteer in South Africa
Isabella: volunteer in South Africa

My trip to South Africa was an old dream that was everything I expected and more, this beautiful country had my heart since day 1 and my memories with the kids in Masi make me miss them everyday, just to be there helping and bringing love to them was enough to make my whole day happy, they gave me so much more that I could ever give them and thanks Iko Poran for the support, the amazing volunteer’s house and the incredible friends I was so lucky to meet, thanks for showing me that life is better when you are helping others 🙂 – Isabella Neves

Volunteer in South Africa: a rich gem of culture, flora, fauna and breathtaking scenery

Go for an adventure trip in Africa and work as a volunteer in South Africa with IKPVA. We offer some of the best and most affordable options to volunteer in South Africa, exciting projects like Big Five conservation, great white shark volunteering or the program to save the Vervet monkeys. Our volunteers enjoy a lot teaching at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town, because bringing love to the children is such a fulfilling experience.

We believe, South Africa is a unique and attractive destination for international volunteers, because they can explore it’s breathtaking landscapes while working as a wildlife volunteer.

Marine Conservation Volunteer in South Africa at the Beautiful Beaches near Cape Town

The beautiful beaches at the Southern tip of Africa, close to Cape Town, are the perfect setting for your volunteer experience with the surf program, or marine conservation. As a volunteer in South Africa you can choose whether you want to work there with marine conservation, helping to protect the Great White Shark, or join the special surf program at Muizenberg.

Work as an Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa with the Big Five in the African Bush

Save the Vervet Monkeys
Save the Vervet Monkeys

The African Bush stands out for it’s fantastic wildlife, especially The Big Five. When you choose to work as an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa with the Vervet monkeys, you’ll help saving orphaned monkey babies. While South Africa features contrasting landscapes of spectacular beauty, you will find local people hospitable and engaging. They speak 11 official languages, however you will find your way around easily with English.

White Beaches, Picturesque Coastlines, Tropical Vegetation – a Beautiful Setting to Volunteer in South Africa

While working as a volunteer in South Africa, you will find some time to discover it’s beautiful landscapes: from the white beaches and dazzling oceans of Cape Town, the picturesque coastline of the Garden Route, to tropical Durban – where the sun never sets and the surf is always up! At the rugged Drakensberg mountain range, you can enjoy stunning views over jagged sweeps of peaks. However, in the North you will find a different scenery again, where it’s famous ‘veld’ or bush expands to the horizon. At dusk, you can expect to behold spectacular sunsets like no other, made up of the most vivid reds, orange, pinks and purples.

Volunteer in South Africa amidst the Natural Beauty and Wildlife in the Bush

As if the natural beauty and scenery were not enough, South Africa offers one of the most diverse populations of wildlife in the world. In the raw African bush only an hour from urban cities such as Pretoria and Johannesburg, you can hope to see Africa’s Big Five: lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards, among many hundreds of other species. Try one or our projects to volunteer in South Africa on Wildlife Protection!

Programs to Volunteer in South Africa ranging from Animal Conservation, Teaching Children, Helping Disadvantaged Children to Surfing

Our programs to volunteer in South Africa range from animal conservation and adventure projects, teaching children, surfing to sports programs. You can choose, whether you want to work hands-on with animals as a wildlife volunteer in South Africa, or rather help providing much needed community assistance in schools and sports placements.

Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

Get up close and personal with Africa’s amazing wildlife as an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa, whether it’s nurturing injured animals to recover their health or doing vital work to protect endangered species. Work with cheetahs and hear them purr, care for the wellbeing of vervet monkeys, or relax with the wolves. As an marine conservation volunteerin South Africa, you could even face your fears and cage dive with Great White sharks! We offer the opportunity to see the world’s most fascinating predators in their natural habitat, As a Big Five volunteer in South Africa, you will track and monitor lions every day, or follow black rhino on quadbikes – probably the most exclusive safari in the world!

Volunteer in South Africa and Learn to Surf!

As a volunteer in South Africa with the Surfing program, you will learn to surf and hone their skills in beautiful Cape Town, home to some of the most surf-friendly waves in the world, all the while helping children who otherwise would never receive that opportunity.

Why volunteer in South Africa with IKPVA?

Iko Poran is not a travel agency, it is a non-profit organization based in a developing country. We are committed to making your adventure trip to volunteer in South Africa the most affordable and effective, so that more people can help where it is really needed. Since there are no hidden costs, the entire placement fee goes directly to the host country.

Join us for the experience of your lifetime as a volunteer in South Africa!

 

South Africa Volunteer programs & Animal Conservation

Township Teaching Children at Doreen’s Crèche – Cape Town

Working as a volunteer in South Africa teaching the children at Doreen’s Crèche is one of the favorite programs of our volunteers. Whilst volunteering with children in South Africa, you also will learn about township life, culture, and history.

As a child care volunteer in South Africa you will be teaching and caring for beautiful children at Doreen’s Crèche, a well-established day care centre near Cape Town.

Volunteer in South Africa happy playing with kidsThe crèche receives over 60 children aged 3-6 during the day while their parents work to earn a living. As a childcare volunteer in South Africa, you will help taking care of these dynamic and energetic children requires a lot of work, which is why you’re your help will be greatly appreciated.

If you are energetic and ready for a challenge, and you like to care for children then this is the placement for you to volunteer in South Africa. It is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. You will have a lot of fun working with a team of highly motivated women.

Teaching Children as a Volunteer in South Africa – Rewarding Experience

Teaching in Doreen was the best experience I´ve had as an English teacher. You learn a lot from the kids. Everyone at creche is so nice to you.
If I could give anyone´s advice I would say: Be a volunteer in South Africa. It´s worth. – Cristina Queiroga, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Your work as a volunteer in South Africa will be to entertain and teach these wonderful kids every day, through coloring, drawing, reading and games to help give them the best start to life.

Finally, you will be living in Cape Town and enjoy the city.

Qualifications and Requirements to Volunteer in South Africa at Doreen’s Crèche:

  • Minimum age 18+ years
  • You must love playing and spending time with children and be willing to work hard.

 

 

Sports Volunteer in South Africa: Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Cape Town

Enjoy teaching sports to the children as a sports volunteer in South Africa.

In this project you will be teaching and helping with sports activities in a primary school situated on the South Peninsula of Cape Town, part of a disadvantaged community.

Volunteer in South Africa - Volunteers and children in our Sports project in South Africa
Sports Volunteer in South Africa

Your presence as a volunteer in South Africa is desperately needed as there are only 33 teachers for almost 750 children. Your help with give the children access to more one-on-one attention and offer them the possibility of improving and gaining new skills that previously they would never have had the opportunity to learn.

These children are energetic and enthusiastic and so keen to learn, if you put in the effort there is no limit to what you can teach them.

As a sports volunteer in South Africa, you can help develop their capabilities with more popular sports like football and basketball, or if you’re a guru at bowls or have a secret passion for ballet, bring it on!

Just remember that the school won’t have access to expensive equipment, so as a sports volunteer in South Africa, you will need to have an imagination and patience to think of creative ways to make sure everybody has fun. Also any old sports gear that you, your family or friends could provide as a donation would make a huge difference, and would be another way of improving these children’s lives.

Qualifications and requirements to Volunteer in South Africa on Sports Development:

  • Minimum age is 17 (with parental consent).
  • DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service check required.
  • You must love spending time with children and have a positive attitude.

Wildlife Volunteer in South Africa at the Big Cat Sanctuary

If you choose to join us as an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa with the Big Five, you will be working for a non-profit organization fueled by passion and love for these exploited animals. The high presence of bone trade and canned hunting threatens the population of the big cats in South Africa, as well as poachers who hunt them for sport. Since the big cats have also traditionally fallen victim to exploitation in captivity and face a constant and rapid loss of habitat as the land gets developed, you will greatly contribute with your work as an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa to save them.

Providing a Home and Shelter to Big Cats in the African Bush

The best hopes for these magnificent animals are sanctuaries such as this one, providing a home to lions, tigers, panthers, caracals and jackals, which can offer them a protected home environment and which work hard to spread awareness within society of the problems that these creatures are facing, educating people on the hunting trade. We are of the opinion that all animals should be roaming the wild but, in reality, much of it has been destroyed and hunting disrupts delicate balance of the bush. It is also the work of this project to look after what is left of it.

Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa Caring and Protecting Big Cats

Your role as an animal volunteer in South Africa  will be to take part in the activities of a passionate team dedicated to caring and protecting big cats. You will be tasked with helping to prepare their meals, making enrichment objects (toys for the animals), observing the animals, cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures, general farm work and assisting with our educational visits. As an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa, you should be open and excited to learn about conservation, and be willing to assist in all areas of the project.

This is an incredible opportunity for any wildlife lovers out there to help with their work towards the long term survival of some of the world’s most incredible animals. And also, as a volunteer in South Africa, you are getting to witness some of the world’s most astonishing sunsets.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Minimum age is 18 +  years old.
  • You must love wildlife and be willing to work hard.

**Note: It’s important to note that this project does not breed any of their cats. There will be no cubs or any hands on work with the cats. Also be aware that the cats are carnivorous and you may have to work with raw meat.

 

Volunteer in South Africa with the Veterinary Science Internship

Join the veterinary science internship project as a volunteer in South Africa, and care for the African Wildlife! The internship is located in an amazing five star game reserve  on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The veterinary internship will allow you to really understand the intricacies of a vet specializing in African wildlife. During your stay as a veterinary volunteer in South Africa, you’ll be working on everything from the Big Five to the smallest animals at the bottom of the food chain. Since all of the animals are living freely in their natural environment, they are encountering the hazards that come with it!

Working hand in hand with the professional vets on the reserve, you’ll gain hands-on experience caring for these with these animals and also learn about animal management and prevention of disease and injuries.

Learn about African Wildlife in the Eastern Cape Game Reserve

Veterinary Science Internship in South Africa
Veterinary Volunteer in South Africa

Based on this beautiful Eastern Cape game reserve, you’ll spend two fascinating weeks working with the local wildlife including big cats, elephant, antelope, giraffe and countless bird and small mammal species, and enjoying lectures and hands-on conservation management tasks.

As a veterinary volunteer in South Africa, you are likely to find yourself taking part in exciting African wildlife captures, observing how the team dart, sedate, inoculate and examine animals. You’ll spend most days assisting the vets with animal care and rehabilitation in the clinic as well as heading out on emergency calls when necessary.

Work hours are usually from 07.30 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes in neutral colours such as beige, khaki, brown and olive green, and comfortable shoes such as hiking boots.

Some of the Experiences on the Veterinary Internship

  • Learning about the treatment and management of African wildlife
  • Rearing orphaned wild animals.
  • Working alongside trained professionals in this fascinating speciality.
  • Experiencing life in the African bush.

Qualifications and requirements to volunteer in South Africa with Veterinary Science:

  • Grade 12 certificate
  • CV, including certification of any completed courses
  • You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes in neutral colours such as beige, khaki, brown and olive green, and comfortable shoes such as hiking boots.

Great White Shark and Ocean Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

Go for a trip to volunteer in South Africa with the Great White Shark, in our marine conservation project. The project is located in Kleinbaai, 180 km south east of Cape Town.

Since the population of sharks worldwide is under threat, you as a marine volunteer in South Africa, can play a vital role in helping to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the oceans, the Great White Shark.

As a marine conservation volunteer in South Africa, you will be working alongside marine biologists researching and White shark jumps of the waterobserving these magnificent predators and their environment. You will have the task of sharing this research and knowledge with visitors going shark diving, and may get the chance to assist in tagging and tracking sharks.

Most exciting of all, you have the unforgettable experience of going cage diving to meet the sharks face to face – just try not to drop your camera! In your spare time you will be free to enjoy and get to know the beautiful Western Cape and even travel further afield to explore the rest of South Africa.

Qualifications and requirements to volunteer in South Africa on Marine Conservation:

  • Minimum age:18+ years old.
  • As a volunteer, you need to a copy of your passport and travel documents.
  • You need to provide your CV.
  • Since the Boat excursions are weather-dependant, you need to be flexible and have a good attitude
  • Be prepared to get up early in the morining – although these can be the most beautiful time of day in Africa.
  • Bring your own snorkel, mask & flippers (these will also be available to rent in country).
  • You must have a passion for the ocean and love marine wildlife.

Big Five, Hyena Monitoring and Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa monitoring a researching South Africa’s Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, white & black rhino, and hyenas. You will be heavily involved in important conservation work to make sure the animals are healthy and the land is well balanced.

Big Five Conservation

As an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa, you will spend your days  tracking, spotting, recording and observing the movements and behavior of the Big Five. The data you collect will be used to create files on the animals and monthly reports which will be analyzed and monitored by the park coordinators.

While the project is responsible for all the conservation work and record keeping for the National Park Section, the volunteers it receives provide its only source of income. Therefore, your participation is so important for the long term success of this project. Like your memories, your contribution will last for a long time.

If you have always dreamt of experiencing the wilderness of the African plains and you love animals, this project is for you.

Qualifications and Requirements to volunteer in South Africa on Big Five Conservation:

  • Minimum age: 18+ years.
  • You must love animals and be dedicated to working to take care of them.
  • Be prepared to be up and out early in the morning and sometimes, depending on lion activity, you will be working late into the night.
  • You must be prepared to learn new skills such as radio telemetry, navigation techniques, animal and plant identification, ground tracking and tracking collared animals.
  • You must realize the enormous responsibility that comes with working with animals in the wild.

Save the Vervet Monkeys as a Volunteer in South Africa

Save the Vervet Monkeys
Mother monkey and baby looking at the camera in one of our Volunteer in South Africa conservation projects


Volunteer in South Africa with Iko Poran and work with the Vervet monkeys.

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation as a volunteer in South Africa will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests. This is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on, under the guidance of experienced professionals, with the monkeys. At other times you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.

At the same time you will get to experience the amazing life in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

Highlights  for an Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa with the Vervet Monkeys

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Working and living with Vervet Monkeys.
  • Enjoying the bush life of SA.
  • Meeting amazing people from all over the world.
Gijs van Suijlichem - Volunteer in South Africa
Gijs van Suijlichem

“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.”
Gijs van Suijlichem about his experience as a volunteer in South Africa with the Vervet Monkeys

Qualifications and requirements to volunteer in South Africa:

  • You must have a Tuberculosis (TB) test, or a free letter from a medical professional to state that you don’t have it – This is really important as it if for the safety of the animals.
  • Be prepared to get your hands dirty and really give your all. You will be required to help with a broad variety of tasks from observation & research, to the construction of new enclosures, maintenance, or eradicating invader plant species.
  • You must be passionate about primates and love animals, as you need to be committed to taking care of them.

Volunteer in South Africa on Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Volunteer in South Africa
Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer in South Africa

Caring for and living with the African wildlife as a Volunteer in South Africa is beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

Take part in essential conservation efforts in South Africa nursing animals in need back to health. As you will be working in a unique sanctuary, where some of the most amazing species of birds and animals of Africa live, you will always remember this unique experience.

Since you are dedicating your time and love to the rehabilitation of creatures big and small, you will feel, how meaningful your work as a volunteer in South Africa actually is. Every morning, you will wake up  to the chorus of the African dawn, living in a nearby lodge, and spend your days working hands on with the animals.

Staying only a few miles from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this placement in South Africa has it all.

This experience will develop your insight into the wildlife of South Africa and really touch your heart.

Qualifications and requirements for animal conservation volunteers:

  • You must be 16+ years old.
  • As you will have a key role helping to prepare food and feed the birds and animals twice a day,  you must be willing to get stuck in, because this is really important work.
  • You need to love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing.
  • Expect to work hard and get your hands dirty – your responsibilities may include cleaning enclosures and aviaries, constructing new enclosures and checking for damage to fences in order to prevent anything getting in or out.

 

Learn to surf in South Africa & help underprivileged kids

Volunteers and children on the beach in the South African surf school
Learn to Surf as a Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa with Iko Poran in this amazing surf project.

During your stay at Muizenberg, close to Cape Town, a place renowned for its gentle rolling waves just calling out to be ridden, you will be learning to surf in one of the best places in the world. Since the surf is free from rips and currents, it will give you the safest & best opportunity to hone your skills – it’s not as easy as it looks!

Surf at the Beaches of Muizenberg and Teach Children

When you arrive as a volunteer in South Africa, you will first learn the art of surfing, along with the addictive and electrifying feeling that comes with riding a wave all the way into the shore. After that, you will be working as a volunteer in South Africa with kids from the disadvantaged areas surrounding Muizenburg, teaching them how to surf.

However, these bright, enthusiastic children have been unfortunate to grow up in underprivileged communities. Their upbringing will often have been marred by violence and tragedy, as well as limited access to money. This is why this work as a volunteer in South Africa is so important, as it gives them the chance to get away from all of that; to spend a few carefree, laughter-filled hours in the water, where they can have fun and make friends.  It provides them with a freedom that really is priceless and makes a huge impact on their lives.

Surf and Teach Children School
Teaching the children

This is only made possible through the help of people like you, who chosse to volunteer in South Africa. You will get to spend sun-soaked days on the beautiful beaches of South Africa, while giving new experiences and skills to these wonderful kids, letting them escape the difficulties of their lives and helping to broaden their horizons.

In your free time you will also be able to explore all the amazing places in Cape Town with the city right at your feet.

Qualifications and requirements to volunteer in South Africa on the Surf Project:

  • Minimum age: 18+ years old.
  • You should provide a CV & Motivational letter.
  • Be ready to care for the children
  • If you love spending time with children, this project is for you.
  • Case you’ve got your own wetsuit, bring it along. The weather can become quite cold, especially during the winter months of May to September. If not, you will be provided with one.
  • Please bring your laptop and camera, if possible, so as to be able to help with administration tasks; working in the office, blogging, social networking, coming up with new ideas to improve the project and other helpful tasks.

Volunteer in South Africa with the Big Five & Game Reserve Project

Join our Big Five game reserve project as an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa.

During your stay, you will make part of a team of volunteers working together in order to carry out a spectrum of important tasks across the reserve. Since the nature of the work will vary according to the weather and season, your tasks as a volunteer in South Africa may include, but are not limited to:

  • lion tracking,
  • game counts & capture
  • environmental work
  • planting trees
  • managing vegetation
  • patrolling fences

There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses. As an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa, you will also get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre.

Unforgettable Experience as a Volunteer in South Africa at the Big Five Wildlife Sanctuary

TUnforgettable Experience in South Africa - Camille with a leopardhis summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again!

  • Camille Clauss Marietti

As the volunteers of this project rotate to visit and work in different parts of the reserve, you’ll have the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • For the project, you need to be in a state of good physical and mental health.

Volunteer in South Africa – Highly Affordable Program Fees

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.

 

What is included in the fee to volunteer in South Africa?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Meals are included in most programs (please check the description of your chosen project)
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

There are no hidden costs. Most of these projects are the most affordable to volunteer in South Africa.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making the projects to volunteer in South Africa more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our programs to volunteer in South Africa normally find US$100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.

 

Volunteer in South Africa – Project Details

Location

Find all the programs to volunteer in South Africa here. You will find in detail, where the volunteer programs for a specific cause are located in South Africa.

Accommodation & Meals

As the details of these services vary according to the project, please check the specifics of your chosen program to volunteer in South Africa.

Start & Duration

Our programs to volunteer in South Africa start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Therefore, you should plan to arrive before 4:15pm. If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup and extra night of accommodation.

Program length also varies according to the project

Township Teaching with Doreen

  • Location: Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town
  • Arrival airport: Cape Town (code CPT).
  • Shared dormitory room in volunteer house, same sex rooms
  • Food is not included. You will need to purchase your own food (budget approximately US$50 per week)
  • Available from 2 to 12 weeks.

Sports Volunteer in South Africa: Teaching disadvantaged Children

  • Location of project: Southern Peninsula, Cape Town
  • Arrival airport: Johannesburg – Cape Town (code CPT)
  • Shared dormitory room in volunteer house, same sex rooms
  • Food is not included. You will need to purchase your own food (budget approximately US$50 per week)
  • Available from 2 to 12 weeks.

Great White Shark and Ocean Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

  • Location of project: Kleinbaai, 180 km south east of Cape Town
  • Arrival airport: Cape Town (code CPT)
  • Shared room in a chalet sleeping shared by four and six people. Each chalet has a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and 2 bedrooms.
  • Food: Breakfast included (cereal, tea, coffee and sugar) and lunch if on the boat. All other meals are self-catering (budget approximately US$50 per week).
  • Available from 2 to 4 weeks.

Big 5 and Hyena monitoring: Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

  • Location of project: Limpopo province
  • Arrival airport: Johannesburg (JNB)
  • Shared dormitory room in volunteer house on the park section; a couples room with ensuite bathroom is also available on request if available.
  • Food: Self-catering – food is provided. Volunteers will cook following a menu and do the washing up on a rotary basis with the other volunteers.
  • Available from 2 to 12 weeks.

Save the Vervet Monkeys as a Volunteer in South Africa

  • Location of project: Near Tzaneen, 6 hours drive from Johannesburg.
  • Arrival Airport: Johannesburg (airport code JNB)
  • Shared wooden cabins at the park.
  • Food: All meals included (vegan food only – prepared by an African maid trained by a professional chef).
  • The food has had excellent reviews from non-vegans and vegans alike.
  • Available from 2 to 8 weeks

Volunteer in South Africa with Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

  • Location of project:  Animal sanctuary on South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route next to Port Elizabeth
  • Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (code PLZ)
  • Shared dormitory style room in wooden lodge at project (2-8 persons per room)
  • Food: All meals are included
  • Available from 2 to 8 weeks

Learn to surf as a volunteer in South Africa & help children reach for their dreams

  • Location of project: Muizenberg, Cape Town
  • Arrival airport: Cape Town (code CPT)
  • Shared dormitory room in volunteer house, same sex rooms
  • Food: Self-catering (budget approximately US$50 per week)
  • Around 30 min to the project – a short multi-person taxi ride and a train journey (budget approx. US$20 per week).
  • Available from 2 to 8 weeks

Big Five Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

  • Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
  • Same sex shared dorms with an awesome entertainment area. Very comfortable accommodation.
  • Food: All meals are prepared for you.
  • Available from 2 to 4 weeks.

Orientation for Volunteers in South Africa

Orientation takes place at 5pm of the arrival day. Therefore, you should plan to arrive before 4:15pm. If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup and extra night of accommodation

Requirements to Volunteer in South Africa

Iko Poran Founder and Director smiles to the camera with 8 children also smilingYou must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement.

All participants in our programs to volunteer in South Africa must have adequate travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in South Africa or during orientation,

As a volunteer in South Africa, treat animals and humans with respect.

Most importantly, pack in energy, a positive attitude, love in your heart and a spring in your step!

Some projects also have specific requirements, therefore please check the description of your chosen program.

Language Skills required to volunteer in South Africa

Fluency in English is required in all the projects.

Safety

During your stay as a volunteer in South Africa, you will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience as a volunteer in South Africa.

 

 

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Rodrigo Lima Custowichi from Brazil came to South Africa bringing a smile to the children at Doreen's Crêche, a daycare in ...
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Enzo from France and Marsha from New York City enjoyed teaching children at Doreen's Crèche in Cape Town South Africa ...
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Enzo Klein, from France, making children smile in South Africa

Enzo Klein, from France, smiling and making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa. Thank you ...
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My trip to South Africa was an old dream that was everything I expected and more, this beautiful country had ...
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On November of 2017 I had one of the best experiences of my life doing volunteer work with children in ...
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Volunteer in South Africa with Big Five Conservation. Have a look at these two videos of animal conservation volunteers - ...
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“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like." - Gijs van Suijlichem in our ...
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