Volunteer in South Africa – Most Affordable Volunteer Programs in South Africa!
At a Glance:
Location: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg & more
Available all year round
Start dates; Every Monday
13 Fantastic and cheap volunteer programs in South Africa to choose from:
New: Assistant Teacher at a Primary School on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town
Social Worker Internship at a shelter for homeless people
Accommodation in shared houses, wood cabins, & dorms on animal reserves;
Program fee includes: airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, food*, placement & program coordination, local administrative costs, and 24×7 emergency support;
Program fees starting from only U$ 400 for 2 weeks;
- *Included in most projects. Please see the program specifics below.
Choose from a wide variety of volunteer programs to match all skills & interests
Affordable Volunteer Programs in South Africa – Overview
Choose from several fascinating and affordable programs to volunteer in South Africa! We offer both exciting wildlife volunteering opportunities in the African Bush, and educational projects in Cape Town. There are hundreds of reasons to volunteer in South Africa, may it be the fascinating volunteer projects, or hundreds of stunning leisure activities.
Cape Town with its Mediterranean Climate and Gently Rolling Waves to Surf
During your volunteer trip to South Africa, you’ll get to know charming Cape Town, a gem rich in culture. You will see the Table Mountain already on the ride to the volunteer house from the airport.
The large volunteer house in Fish Hoek will be your happy home for this trip. It features a garden and a pool. Rooms are shared dormitory style. There are three bathrooms with hot, running water, showers and regular flush loos.
During your free time, you can relax in the lounge area, balcony, lush garden and barbeque.
You’ll be only a short distance from the shops and beach.
Fascinating Volunteer Projects and Leisure Activities in and around Cape Town
If you enjoy surfing, join the Surfing program in Muizenberg. On one of the most beautiful beaches of the planet, you can learn to surf on gently rolling waves! As a volunteer, you can share this fascinating experience with adolescents from the neighborhood, and teach them English as well.
On the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, there are more exciting volunteer projects: the new Teaching Internship at a primary school, Occupational Therapy for children with special needs and Sports Development. One of the favorite experiences is caring and Teaching Children at Doreen’s Crèche, in Masiphumelele.
All these projects are close to the volunteer house and to the beaches.
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:
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
Cape Town offers plenty of fascinating leisure activities, even paragliding. However, if you love marine life and want to dig even deeper, try ou new Marine Biology internship at the Aquarium in Cape Town! You will fall in love with the underwater life full of color, beauty, tranquility, and magic.
You may even face your fears and cage dive with Great White Sharks! This program offers the opportunity to see the world’s most fascinating predators in their natural habitat.
Wildlife Volunteering in the African Bush, with the Big Five, Vervet Monkeys and more
On the picturesque coastline of the Garden Route, close to Port Elizabeth, you’ll find an Animal Sanctuary, where you can nurse orphaned and Injured Wildlife.
And since you will be living in a nearby lodge, the African Choir will wake you up every morning.
From there, it is not really far to tropical Durban – where the sun never sets and the surf is always up!
Also close to Port Elizabeth, we offer a fascinating Wildlife Veterinary Internship. You will start to understand in full depth the intricacies of a vet specializing in African wildlife
Near Tzaanen, a six hours drive from Johannesburg, there is an important volunteer project to save orphaned Vervet Monkeys. For this one, you don’t need to be a vet, love for the animals and dedication is all you need!
Discover South Africa in Depth
The country is both rich in culture, fauna & flora, and history.
Moreover, the beautiful country features an incredible range of climates, widely varying landscapes, wildlife, and wilderness.
While you volunteer in South Africa you will also have some free time to discover its beautiful landscapes.
You can choose whether you discover from the white beaches and dazzling oceans of Cape Town or go for a trip to 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
Besides the stunning natural beauty and scenery, South Africa features 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.
Why volunteer in South Africa with IKPVA?
Iko Poran is not a travel agency, but rather a non-profit volunteer 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.
There are no hidden costs, the entire placement fee goes directly to the local organization in the host country.
Volunteer Programs in South Africa: Wide Variety of Opportunities
Volunteers have the opportunity to choose from our 13 cheap volunteer programs in South Africa, such as Teaching and Child Care at Doreen’s Crèche, Teaching Internship at a Primary School, Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs, Teach Sports to disadvantaged children, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Veterinary Science Internship at a Five Star Game Reserve, Marine Biology Internship in Cape Town, Great White Shark Conservation, Wildlife Volunteering at the Big Five Game Reserve, Save the Vervet Monkeys, Big Cats at the Sanctuary, Surf Project at Muizenberg
Join our cheap volunteer programs in South Africa for the experience of your lifetime!
Most Affordable Fees to Volunteer in South Africa
- 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 program fee?
- Airport Pickup
- 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
- Local 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 cheapest possible prices. One of our goals is to offer cheap volunteer programs in South Africa so that more people can help to do really important work.
Participants in our cheap volunteer programs in South Africa normally find U$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
Find all the programs to volunteer in South Africa on our detail pages for each project. 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
Programs start every Mondays of each month. Volunteers should plan to arrive before 4:15 pm to attend orientation.
If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup & extra night of accommodation.
Program length varies according to the project.
Orientation for Volunteers in South Africa
Orientation takes place at 5 pm on Mondays.
Requirements to Volunteer in South Africa
You 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,
In the Animal preservation programs, all volunteers must 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 requirements to volunteer in South Africa
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
During your stay, you will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.
Someone will always be available in the case of an 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.
Still in doubt? Read some testimonials of our volunteers in South Africa!