Volunteer South Africa

The South Africa of today bears the scars of yesteryear when it was ruled under a white apartheid regime and blacks were considered second or even third class citizens. Although it has made a successful transition to a stable democracy, the years of oppression have left a legacy of cultural violence, lack of education for a generation and widespread poverty, particularly outside the major conurbations.

Today South Africa is ranked in 121st place out of 186 countries and territories in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards making it, on paper, a better place to live than in most of Africa, yet it still falls below median global standards.

There are many volunteer organisations to help face the challenges South Africa faces of rampant HIV (nearly 20% of the adult population suffer from the virus), poor education, preventable health care (50,000 children in South Africa die each year from curable diseases or malnutrition) decent housing (one in three children live in inadequate housing), secure food and water sources (half of all South Africa's children do not have access to safe water supplies) to name but a few of these challenges.

The key though to undertaking volunteer work in South Africa is to go local. Its a country widely promoted by the big volunteer organisations who make a small fortune out of sending volunteers there, but your experience will be so much more worthwhile if you work in a volunteer project on the ground run by South Africans rather than geared towards the volunteer tourist industry. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in South Africa let us know by contacting here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Work South Africa

Volunteer South Africa

Volunteer South Africa

Volunteer South Africa

Volunteer South Africa


Volunteer Africa

Volunteer Work South Africa: Volunteer Africa

Local managed volunteer projects in Chintsa, South Africa for the local community or environment.
Visit >



Volunteer Work South Africa: Vervet

Volunteer work with monkeys or on projects such as building or painting to benefit the monkeys.
Visit >


South Africa Volunteers

Volunteer Work South Africa: South Africa Volunteers

Community based volunteer work in Port St Johns, a small town along the Wild Coast of South Africa.
Visit >


Bush Direct

Volunteer South Africa: Bush Direct

Volunteer work in South Africa and Botswana caring for animals and studying their behaviour.
Visit >



Volunteer South Africa: Rehoboth

Volunteer at the Rehoboth children's village and work with orphans in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Visit >


Your Project Here

Your Project Here

List your volunteer work in South Africa opportunities here for free using the submission form below!
Get Listed!


Volunteer South Africa: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Volunteer South Africa

If you are considering undertaking a period of volunteer work in South Africa check out our profiles pages to explore the country before you visit and learn how to make the most of your volunteer work there.

South Africa Profile  

Volunteer Work

African Volunteer Work Opportunities

Get Your
Free Listing!

African Volunteer Directory

Latest TEFL
Jobs in Africa

TEFL Jobs in Africa

Sponsor a Child
South Africa

Sponsor a Child in South Africa