Volunteer in South Africa for an Affordable Volunteer Trip of a Lifetime

volunteers in southafricaHave you always wanted to explore Africa and in particular South Africa?

Are you drawn to exotic wildlife, dramatic landscapes, colorful cultures, and the idea of helping those who are less fortunate than you?

Are you worried that a volunteer trip to South Africa is going to cost an exorbitant amount of money?

Global Crossroad has several budget-friendly volunteer abroad in South Africa opportunities just waiting for you to join.

South Africa is a remarkable country with towering mountains, lush forests, dramatic coastlines, vast deserts, and incredibly diverse and abundant wildlife. There is so much to do and see while visiting this fascinating country.

While South Africa has so much to offer travelers, it needs help in providing basic needs and care to some of its impoverished citizens. This is where you can come in.

Volunteering in South Africa is a chance to change lives for the better; including your own.

There are grand opportunities to volunteer in healthcare, education, and childcare, among many other exciting volunteer programs in South Africa. All you have to do it choose your passion, sign up for the corresponding program, and off you go to change to the world.

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What volunteer in South Africa programs are available to me?

Global Crossroad offers an impressive selection of affordable volunteer opportunities in South Africa for all different interests, budgets, time constraints, and volunteer and travel goals.

Volunteer in an Orphanage in South Africa Summary

volunteers in southafrica orphanageSouth Africa, and specifically Cape Town, is a place where opulence and poverty are in plain sight of each other.

It is also a place where wide spread poverty, disease, and other unfortunate circumstances have resulted in thousands upon thousands of poor children ending up on the streets and without a family to care for them.

The orphanages in South Africa are overwhelmed with orphans and don’t have the funding or sufficient staff support to properly care for the constant flood of abandoned children.

As a dedicated orphanage volunteer in South Africa you can truly make a difference in the present and future lives of the children whom you care for and share your love with.

Skills and Qualifications Needed There are no specific skills required in order to join the volunteer in an orphanage in South Africa program.

You should however love children and be a compassionate, kind, loving, flexible, and enthusiastic individual.

It is required that you are at least 21 years of age though and have a clean police record. You must also be willing to commit to two or more months to this noble and necessary volunteer project in South Africa.

Volunteer Responsibilities When you volunteer abroad in an orphanage in South Africa, you will play the role of caregiver, friend, and teacher.

You will spend your days helping the children with their daily routines and personal hygiene, prepping and serving meals, assisting with school work, and engaging the children in meaningful and fun activities. 

Volunteer Teaching in South Africa Summary

volunteers in southafrica medicalThe community schools in South Africa are overflowing with students. Some classrooms have as many as forty students.

There are not enough teachers, materials, and financial aid to support such numbers.

The consequence of this is that most students will not receive an adequate education and therefore will continue to reside in poverty throughout their adult lives.

A proper education is the key to rising above poverty and having the opportunity to pursue work that pays a decent salary. As a volunteer teacher in South Africa, you have the chance to help your students succeed and go on to live a brighter future.

There is also a great need for assistance with recreational sports and extracurricular activities. There are so many amazing ways in which you can contribute to the volunteer teaching program in South Africa.

Skills and Qualifications Needed There are no specific skills or qualifications needed. You should however be flexible, patient, capable of teamwork, energetic, enthusiastic, and possess a true love for helping others, especially children and teenagers.

Volunteering as a teacher in South Africa is an opportunity to make a positive impact on young and impressionable minds.

Volunteer ResponsibilitiesThere are opportunities to work with pre-K and kindergarten students or in a primary or secondary school.

You will work full school days Monday through Friday and be involved in a number of different activities.

You will assist the local teachers, teach your own classes, organize art and music classes, engage students in sports and extracurricular activities, and lend a helping hand where ever else one is needed. It takes a village to raise a child!

Volunteer in Healthcare in South Africa Summary

volunteers in southafrica medicalThe public healthcare clinics and hospitals in South Africa are often under-funded and under staffed.

Everyone deserves at least basic healthcare, yet everyone in South Africa does not have this basic need met or doesn’t have the financial means to access the care that they need.

This is why the volunteer healthcare program in South Africa is so vital.

Skills and Qualifications Needed There are no skills and qualifications required in order to join this medical volunteer opportunity in South Africa. The program is designed so that anyone who has an interest in helping others can participate.

There are helping hands needed in all departments and aspects of this important program. You should be willing to work as team, be flexible, and possess an innate kindness and compassion.

Volunteer Responsibilities As a medical volunteer in South Africa, you will have the chance to help in a number of meaningful and impactful ways.

Your background and experience will determine your specific roles and responsibilities, but regardless of what you do, you will truly be making a difference in the lives of those who are suffering and struggling.

There are opportunities to get involved with HIV/AIDS awareness and health education programs, as well.

Volunteer in South Africa Program Fees and Dates

Since 2003, Global Crossroad has been offering international volunteers the opportunity to volunteer abroad in South Africa for a very budget-friendly price.

The idea is to make volunteering in South Africa affordable so that nearly anyone who has a drive and passion to do so can.

All volunteers must pay a one-time registration fee of $299 and then a weekly program fee. Your weekly program fee will cover the cost of your accommodations, meals, chosen volunteer project in South Africa, and your in-country support team.

Your weekly program fee will be directly allocated to where it is most deserved; and this information will be completely transparent to you.

Your registration and weekly program fees don’t cover the cost of your flights, visa, visa extensions, vaccines, travel insurance, airport transportation, wildlife tours, adventure activities, or other personal expenses.

Duration Cape Town Surf Project
  1 Week   N/A   N/A
  2 Weeks   $500   $800
  3 Weeks   $650   $1,100
  4 Weeks   $775   $1,400
  5 Weeks   $850   $1,700
  6 Weeks   $925   $2,000
  7 Weeks   $1,065   $2,300
  8 Weeks   $1,250   $2,650
  9 Weeks   $1,375   $2,875
  10 Weeks   $1,550   $3,100
  11 Weeks   $1,650   $3,375
  12 Weeks   $1,750   $3,650
  13 Weeks   $1,865  
  14 Weeks   $2,025  
  15 Weeks   $2,135  
  16 Weeks   $2,250  

Arrangement of Room, Food, and Supervision

When you volunteer abroad in South Africa, you will reside at either a hostel, volunteer house, or with a host family.

Regardless of which accommodation type you end up at, you can rest assure that it will be in a safe area and that your living space will be clean and complete with the basic necessities.

Your program fee includes your daily meals. Your meals will be nutritious and locally inspired. This is a great opportunity to really get a taste of traditional South African cuisine.

If you decide to dine out somewhere else, you will be responsible for the cost, as this counts as a personal expense.

During your volunteering project in South Africa, you will always have the support of a designated in-country coordinator. You will be able to get in touch via telephone any time of the day or night.

Your in-country coordinator will also personally check in with you every two weeks or so to ensure that you are happy, well, and truly enjoying your volunteer experience in South Africa.