Volunteer in South Africa
Eager to start your South African volunteer adventure with us? Here’s what you need to know.
Where can I volunteer in South Africa?
The country, which African Impact proudly calls home, South Africa is truly a destination unlike any other. There are endless adventures to be had across our beautiful country, a nation filled with unique communities, landscapes, and cultures. Here are a few of the places you can volunteer in South Africa with us!
Cape Town, South Africa
Highlighted by the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain, Cape Town is regularly considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It’s not difficult to understand why – with breathtaking landmarks like Lion’s Head Peak and the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is painted with gorgeous displays of nature around every corner.
A beautifully multicultural city, Cape Town celebrates an array of traditional and modern African cultures, as well as international influences, creating a uniquely South African community. From the colourful streets of Bo-Kaap to Clifton and Muizenberg’s trendy beaches, Cape Town has a variety of lively neighbourhoods that give the city its iconic charm.
Most notably, however, is Cape Town’s powerful and influential history. Home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison – Cape Town is a historic location in South Africa’s long walk to freedom from apartheid. With renowned museums and historical sites throughout the city, learning about South Africa’s history of racial discrimination and the equality work that remains to be done is essential for any visitor exploring Cape Town.
Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
When it comes to incredible wildlife encounters in South Africa, the Greater Kruger Area is simply unparalleled. Sharing a fenceless border with the iconic Kruger National Park – often considered one of the best game parks for wildlife viewing in Africa – the Greater Kruger Area is a sprawling expanse of over 20 private game reserves.
This exclusive region allows travellers to embark on exhilarating game drives throughout the African bush to experience up-close encounters with some of the area’s most iconic wildlife. Roaming freely from the Kruger National Park, travellers in the Greater Kruger Area can expect to see Africa’s big five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephants – among other stunning wildlife, without the crowds that often fill the neighbouring national park.
The Greater Kruger Area is a hub for some incredible conservation efforts that aim to protect South African wildlife. Travelling to this stunning region means embarking on endless wildlife conservation adventures that are as impactful as they are exciting. If you are looking to experience Africa’s wildlife in an authentic, impact-driven setting, the Greater Kruger Area is the ultimate destination for you!
Do you get paid to volunteer in South Africa?
At African Impact, our mission is to provide the best international volunteer programs in Africa that create real, sustainable impacts on the local communities. While our volunteer projects may be unpaid, we absolutely believe they are a life-changing experience for volunteers and locals alike!
As an African-based company, we know first hand the incredible adventures available on our stunning continent. We live and breathe all things African travel and are passionate about immersing volunteers in the heart of some of Africa’s most incredible natural environments and communities. Developing meaningful relationships with locals, learning about unique African cultures, and exploring breath-taking natural wonders, you’ll experience the true spirit of Africa and the people, places, and wildlife that make it so extraordinary.
To us, epic adventures and sustainable impacts go hand-in-hand. We firmly believe in the power of responsible volunteering to positively transform the lives of volunteers and local communities alike. Developing our projects with local community stakeholders, means that everything we do is measured, designed, and implemented with the local community’s goals in mind. As a volunteer joining one of our volunteer projects, your work will not only be a life-changing experience for you but make actual, sustainable impacts on the lives of the locals. long after you have returned home.
This combination of incredible adventures, responsible impacts, and cultural immersion allows us to go beyond the conventional understanding of “volunteering abroad” and offer innovative African volunteer travel experiences that – while unpaid – can truly transform lives!
How will you be helping by volunteering in South Africa?
Community Development Programs
Beginning in 1948, the law of apartheid came into effect in South Africa. Apartheid – which means “apartness” in Afrikaans – was a discriminatory social and political system that ensured legal segregation and discrimination against non-white South Africans. While apartheid laws legally came to an end in the 1990s, there still exists substantial socioeconomic inequality among South Africans today.
According to a United Nations report conducted in December 2020, almost one in five South Africans live in extreme poverty. Beyond this, South Africa is considered one of the world’s most unequal countries, according to the UN Human Development Index. Highlighting the devastatingly significant inequalities among South Africans in domains such as income, life expectancy, education, and gender inequality, much work remains unfinished in creating a free and equal South Africa.
When you volunteer in South Africa with us, you’ll work to support sustainable development in local communities and combat the immense inequalities that still exist today. Working closely with locals together, you’ll support community projects that tackle some of the developmental issues that impair many South African’s abilities to achieve economic, social, and academic equality. By volunteering in disadvantaged communities, your work will be integral to supporting the positive development of residents of all ages, from young children to grown adults.
Across Africa, wildlife is under intense threat. Negative interactions with humans and environmental dangers like climate change have put South Africa’s impressive species in a precarious situation, with many at risk of extinction within the century. From the Black Rhino to the African Elephant, Africa’s iconic wild residents could face devastating consequences if we do not act now.
When you join us as a wildlife conservation volunteer in South Africa, you’ll work to support sustainable conservation efforts that put the lives of African wildlife and communities first. Embarking on game drives into the heart of the African bush, your volunteer work will focus on conducting valuable field research on the local wildlife’s health, behaviour, and populations. This research will be integral to informing conservation decisions in the area, ensuring long-term wildlife preservation aims across the Greater Kruger Area are met in the best way possible. With opportunities to make a difference in various conservation settings, from Wildlife Photography programs to research-focused Conservation Internships, we have a wildlife conservation project that suits your needs, interests, and the adventures you’d like to check off your bucket list!
How much does it cost to volunteer in South Africa?
Our South African volunteer programs start at $1145 and increase depending on which project you join and how long you volunteer with us. These costs cover your volunteer accommodation, meals, 24/7 in-country support, project and airport transportation, project orientation, and any project equipment volunteers may need.
African Impact Sustainability Fund
As a commitment to sustainable development in the communities we work in, all volunteers pay an additional $25 to the African Impact Sustainability Fund. This money goes directly to the African Impact Foundation, which independently ensures the sustainability of our projects in local communities and guarantees impacts continue long after volunteers leave. If you have additional questions about this donation, you can visit our page on the Sustainability Fund here.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in South Africa?
Established in 2004, providing high-quality volunteer experiences in Africa has been in our DNA for 16 years. Our volunteers, staff, and local communities’ safety is our top priority and something that is never compromised. From the moment you arrive in Africa to the end of your adventure, we take the utmost care in ensuring your comfort and safety.
To learn more about our health and safety protocols, please visit the following links. If you have additional questions, we would love to answer them. You can click here to contact us, and one of our team members will be in touch with you shortly!