Cape Town Hospice Volunteer Project

Strengthen & Support South Africa's Public Healthcare System

South Africa’s healthcare system presents a unique tapestry, woven with both strengths and challenges. The public sector, serving the majority of the population, faces the immense task of catering to extensive needs with limited resources. While the private sector offers advanced care, its accessibility remains restricted for many. This intricate system navigates various obstacles, including a shortage of medical professionals and the ever-present strain on public facilities. As a hospice volunteer, you’ll directly support healthcare professionals, alleviating their workload and enabling them to focus on critical patient assessments and treatment plans. Whether it’s assisting with basic healthcare tasks or providing administrative support, your efforts will contribute significantly to the smooth functioning of these vital organizations.

Project Highlights

  • Work alongside nurses and senior healthcare professionals gaining valuable work experience.
  • Assist in providing restorative care for adults managing chronic illnesses, referred by healthcare professionals for a period of recuperation and rejuvenation.
  • Being part of a dedicated team of healthcare professionals extends a helping hand to those in need, offering medical support and attention directly within their homes in outlying communities.
  • Enhance well-being by supporting every patient to ensure they get physical, mental and emotional respite during their stay.
  • After a day filled with inspiring hospice volunteering work, unwind and explore the beauty and vibrancy of Cape Town.

Quick Facts

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town International Airport

Specific Start Dates

3 weeks - 12 weeks

Impact: Healthcare

$2,450 – $5,150

Project Destination

Nestled between the majestic Table Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, volunteering in Cape Town offers an unparalleled blend of experiences, from thrilling outdoor activities to enriching cultural immersion. Delve into the rich history and culture of South Africa, visiting the iconic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent years as a political prisoner, or embarking on a free walking tour through the city to learn about the complexities of Apartheid. Let the echoes of the past intertwine with the vibrant present, creating an unforgettable tapestry of experiences.


You will live in a spacious guest house in the center of town, with views towards Lion’s Head and just a few minutes from trendy Kloof street. There are several bedrooms that can sleep between 4-8 people, in single beds or bunk beds, and there are shared bathroom facilities with hot water showers. Bed linen is provided to all Cape Town volunteers, and a cleaning service will attend to your room daily. ​

Volunteers enjoy delicious meals in our communal dining room. Start your day with continental-style breakfasts, returning for a cooked lunch and dinner with your fellow volunteers. Some project days, you’ll be provided with a packed lunch. We can cater for dietary requirements provided enough notice is given to our team.

South Africa has a few different cellular network providers, for which SIM cards can be purchased from most shops or at the airport. Various package options allow for phone calls and/or data usage. At the guesthouse, there is free WiFi to enable you to make contact with home.

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17°C (62°F). During the months of March, April, May, October, November, and December you are most likely to experience good weather with average temperatures that fall between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F).


The months of June, July, and August have a high chance of rain. Cape Town has dry periods in January, February, November, and December. The warmest month is January with temperatures as high as 35°C (95°F). The coldest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 17°C (62°F).

Participant Requirements


The minimum age for our hospice volunteering project in Cape Town is 21.

To travel to Africa, many people are required to obtain a visa either upon entry to the relevant country or beforehand. Please note different countries require different passport validity periods. But don’t panic, our Journey Team will help direct you and answer your questions during our Pre-departure process.

Project Impact Areas


South Africa, a nation brimming with resilience and cultural vibrancy, faces a unique challenge in its healthcare landscape. The overburdened public healthcare system often struggles to meet the needs of individuals with chronic illnesses, leaving many without access to proper care and support. This stark reality underscores the urgent need for medical volunteers to support respite care in Cape Town, a vital service that provides temporary relief and alleviates the burden on families and caregivers.


Share your passion and expertise in health education, empowering individuals and communities through our medical volunteer projects in Cape Town. Partner with local schools, training centers, and support groups. Deliver impactful talks on crucial topics like HIV prevention, healthy eating, cervical cancer awareness, and women’s well-being. Together, let’s build a healthier future, one informed community at a time.



Each day, you’ll walk and work alongside a dedicated healthcare team – a senior nurse and 3 carers – in the heart of underserved communities. You’ll embark on a meaningful journey volunteering for hospice, providing essential medical support and compassionate care directly to those who are housebound. Each day, you’ll ensure patients have the resources they need to manage their health conditions effectively.

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On-the-ground Project Support



A friendly face from our Base Team will be ready to meet you at the airport and drive you to our Volunteer Accommodation. Just look out for the African Impact sign!



On arrival you’ll have a comprehensive induction to prepare you for project work, the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe!



24/7 support: Our base teams are on hand every day to make sure you have the most amazing and memorable time in Africa.

Program Experience

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Challenge yourself to conquer the iconic Table Mountain, either by ascending its majestic slopes on foot or taking the exhilarating cable car ride to the summit. From there, take the plunge and abseil your way down, feeling the adrenaline rush as you descend the mountain face.



If you fancy a little time out of the city, then you don’t have to go far to discover what the surrounding landscape has to offer. You can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. 



Cape Town’s captivating landscapes and vibrant culture offer an endless array of photo opportunities that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Embark on a boat trip to the iconic Seal Island, where you’ll be surrounded by playful seals and capture stunning photographs amidst the mesmerizing natural beauty of the ocean.

Project Dates & Rates

When would you like to volunteer?

Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ We’ll take it from there.

How long would you like to volunteer?

This is the place to select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

3 weeks $2450
4 weeks $2750
5 weeks $3050
6 weeks $3350
7 weeks $3650
8 weeks $3950
9 weeks $4250
10 weeks $4550
11 weeks $4850
12 weeks $5150

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Project Fee Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All project related transport during your stay
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary

Project Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

Program Name - FAQs

Is this a good fit for me, especially if I'm interested in healthcare?

Absolutely! Volunteering at a hospice is an ideal opportunity for individuals, particularly those considering careers in medicine or nursing, to gain valuable experience in a unique healthcare setting. You’ll witness firsthand the importance of compassionate care and gain insights into hospice support, while also contributing meaningfully to the well-being of patients and their families.

Be open to new experiences, embrace the local culture, and actively participate in program activities. Take initiative, ask questions, and connect with fellow volunteers and community members. Remember, volunteering is a two-way street – you have the opportunity to learn and grow just as much as you contribute to the community.

While English is widely spoken in Cape Town, especially in tourist areas, you may encounter individuals who speak primarily Afrikaans or local indigenous languages. Basic language skills can be helpful, but most importantly, a willingness to communicate and connect with people from different backgrounds is essential.

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