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Volunteer South Africa Underprivileged Children Program!

Do you have a passion for helping underprivileged children in Africa to make a difference in their lives? Do you ever dream of touring South Africa and learn the diverse culture and expansive history?

If yes, then this Global Crossroad’s volunteering opportunity in South Africa in Underprivileged Children Program is the right fit for you.

South Africa is a stunning country best known for its expansive national parks and African Wildlife.

It is also home to the great African leader Nelson Mandela. Cape Town one of the cities in South Africa is known as the meeting point of Indian and Atlantic Ocean.

Sadly, Socio-economic problems like poverty, disease, and neglect have turned many South African children into helpless orphans. Underprivileged Children Care centers throughout South Africa are trying their best to feed, clothe, and educate the children, but many of them face a shortage of funds and are in desperate need of volunteers like you to assist them.

As a volunteer in South Africa in Underprivileged Children Program , you will help these disadvantaged children achieve their dreams. You will also fulfill your goal of helping and supporting underprivileged children making a positive impact in the world.

Become a volunteer working with Underprivileged Children Program in South Africa and change children’s lives forever. If you would like to make positive impact in the lives of orphans while touring and exploring the country, contact us today for this lifetime opportunity.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

When you join underprivileged children volunteer program in South Africa, you will work with abused children and orphans, safe houses for women and children, and care for physically and mentally challenged children and adults.You will feed, clothe, and play with the children. You will assist the children with their homework, prepare meals, tidy up the facilities, and assist with planned activities.

Volunteering in an Underprivileged Children Program is very meaningful. Your work will greatly help these poor children receive the love, care, education, and companionship that they need and deserve. Your role is vital to the improvement of the present and future lives of these disadvantaged children.

Skills and Qualifications

No specific qualifications are required to join South Africa Underprivileged Children Program volunteer program. However, we do require a love and passion for helping people in need. You will need to exhibit patience and a willingness to help out when your help is needed. You should be flexible, open minded, and compassionate.

Additionally, you will need to obtain a police clearance certificate. You must be at least 21 years of age and be able to commit to at least two months.

Minimum volunteer age is 18 years.

Working as a volunteer, your days will be fun, exciting and full of new experiences. You’ll have a great chance everyday to share your love, skills and passion for children to impact real changes in the community.

Each orphanage has its own needs, tasks and program, there is no fixed schedule for each day, but be prepared to help at all time with different exciting and fun tasks.
Here is a sample daily schedule:

First Day: On your first day of Underprivileged Children volunteering experience in South Africa, you will be taken to the orphanage by a local coordinator and introduced to the orphanage staff that you will be working with. You will spend the rest of day learning about the country, safety, project rules, and regulations of the project.

  • Weekdays: A typical volunteer day will be as follows:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: You will get ready to start your day with a local traditional breakfast that you will share with your host family or other volunteers..
  • 7.45 AM: After breakfast it is time to head out and make positive change in the community by performing tasks like teaching and administrative duties.
  • 12.00 PM: At lunchtime you may choose to share a local South African meal with the children or colleagues at the orphanage.
  • 3.00 PM:Work usually ends at this time, you are free to travel home or go to explore around Cape Town...
  • 6.45 PM: Dinner will be served at this time. This is your opportunity to learn more about Uganda and its rich traditions and culture.

Volunteer South Africa Underprivileged Children Program: Dates and Fees

Dates: Volunteer in South Africa

All volunteer programs in South Africa start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

South Africa Volunteer Program is not available form 15th December to 15th January .

Fees: Volunteer in South Africa

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering work in South Africa . We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in South Africa application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee . You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

    Duration Underprivileged Children
  1 Week   $300
  2 Weeks   $450
  3 Weeks   $600
  4 Weeks   $750
  5 Weeks   $900
  6 Weeks   $1.050
  7 Weeks   $1,200
  8 Weeks   $1,400
  9 Weeks   $1,550
  10 Weeks   $1,750
  11 Weeks   $1,900
  12 Weeks   $2,050

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 2 times a day)
  • Airport pick up
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering trips in South Africa program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering in Underprivileged Children Program in South Africa, you will stay in our well maintained volunteer house. You will also be provided with two delicious meals (breakfast and dinner) a day. Be ready for comfort, as the home offers modern facilities including fans and running water and western-style toilets. 

Learn more about your accommodation and meal in South Africa.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

There will be enough time to explore beautiful South Africa while working in our volunteering projects. Everyday you will work an average of 4-5 hours leaving you plenty of time during the week to check local places around you. Additionally, over the weekend you will be able to go on longer trips across other cities like including Durban and Johannesburg.

Read more about your free time and weekend travel options during your South Africa underprivileged children volunteering program.

Safety and In Country Support

Your safety is our priority, and here at GCR we ensure that you always feel safe and comfortable during your volunteer project. We will support you to take necessary vaccinations before travelling to South Africa and when in the project you will have an in-country coordinator assigned to assist you any time should any problem come up. We also offer a comprehensive insurance and evacuation plan to ensure your safety at all time.

Learn more about our commitment to your safety in South Africa

Volunteer South Africa Underprivileged Children Program: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You will be required to fly into Cape Town International Airport. We suggest you to arrive one day before the project actually starts in South Africa. Global Crossroads arranges airport pick up service for all our international volunteers. Ensure you send to us your final flight details after your ticket is confirmed. Our local staff representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your host family or to the volunteer home.

However, we do not provide any kind of airport drop off services but your in-country coordinator or your host family will be more than happy to assist you get transportation.


You require a tourist visa to come to South Africa to participate in South Africa underprivileged children volunteer program. You can get on arrival visa depending on your nationality. Visa can be extended by visiting the South African immigration office. Please visit the following site  for more information in details.


You will be required to take certain kinds of vaccination before travelling to volunteer in South Africa in underprivileged children volunteer program For vaccinations details we recommend that you visit the Center for Disease Control's website for traveler's health recommendations. These are some of the vaccines that you need to have while volunteering in South Africa underprivileged children volunteer program: - Hepatitis A &B, Malaria, Rabies, Typhoid vaccines and other boosters too.

Why Volunteer South Africa underprivileged children volunteer program?

You will help change the lives of orphaned children

While participating in this project, you will get the opportunity to give orphaned children healthy, secure and constructive childhoods. By providing much-needed care and support to these orphaned children, you will help positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.

You will assist orphanages in their struggle to look after orphaned children

As a volunteer in underprivileged children volunteer program in South Africa, you will also get to help and assist the local orphanages in taking care of the children. You can conduct creative programs including games, music, art, and painting and make sure that these children eat well, sleep well and live well while you are there.

You will develop real and lasting relationships with orphans

While taking part in the project, the love and the care that you provide the children will make them feel loved and help them enjoy their childhood without any emotional disturbance or pressure.

Other Volunteer Opportunities In South Africa

No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in South Africa such as
volunteer English teaching,
sport coaching,
health care, and much more.
For more information on our exciting programs in South Africa, contact us today.

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