Volunteer Work South Africa

 

Volunteer Work 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 114th place out of 189 countries and territories in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards in 2019 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.


Please note that many volunteer opportunities in South Africa have been put on hold because of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefuly they will be back up and running soon. In the meantime, 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!




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South African Education and Environment Project

Volunteer Work South Africa: Volunteer Work South Africa: South African Education and Environment Project


This project empowers young people who are neglected by South Africa's education system.

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Free Me Wildlife

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Free Me is a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife based in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

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The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife

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The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife care for injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife in South Africa.

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Volunteer work in South Africa with monkeys or on projects such as building or painting to benefit the monkeys.

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Edu Surfing

Volunteer Work South Africa: Edu Surfing


Volunteer work in South Africa teaching surfing and educational programs to less privileged children from Capricorn Township who come to the Project from Muizenberg.

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Rustic Volunteers

Volunteer Work South Africa: Rustic Volunteers


Volunteer work with orphans and street children in South Africa abandoned due to poverty and HIV/AIDS.

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AV South Africa

Volunteer Work South Africa: AV South Africa


Gap year projects and volunteering opportunities with a small, rural community in the Karoo, South Africa where there are five schools in need of your help.

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South Africa Profile

South Africa Profile


Find out more about South Africa, its people and what daily life is like there in our South Africa profile pages.

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