Volunteer in an Orphanage in South Africa
Do you have a big heart and a thirst for adventure? Join Global Crossroad’s volunteer in South Africa in an orphanage program!
- Have the experience of a lifetime starting at only $500
- Day and night in country support
- All fees go directly to host family/house and project
- Truly make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children
Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa. There are all walks of life here. There are those who live luxuriously and those who struggle to survive and lack even the most basic of necessities. Socio-economic problems like poverty, disease, and neglect have turned many South African children into helpless orphans. Volunteer work in an orphanage in South Africa is highly impactful and rewarding.
Orphanages 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 to assist them. Global Crossroad has been working in collaboration with local orphanages in South Africa to give the orphans the quality of life they deserve. As a volunteer in South Africa in an orphanage, you will help these orphanages achieve this and work with the kids on a daily basis to improve their lives!
Role of Volunteer
When you join a volunteer program in South Africa in an orphanage, you will work with abused children and orphans, safe houses for women and children, and care for physically and mentally challenged children and adults. Though volunteering in an orphanage in South Africa placements can happen at any time throughout the year, placements over the month of December are limited, as orphans are placed with foster parents during this time.
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. Your work times will vary, but will always start in the afternoon. Typical hours will be 1:00-6:00 P.M., but sometimes you will need to help out until 9:00.
Skills and Qualifications Needed
No prior experience is needed for this volunteer in South Africa in an orphanage project. 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.
Dates and Prices
Dates: Volunteer in South Africa
All volunteer work in South Africa programs start each Monday. Global Crossroad is very flexible though and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.
All volunteering opportunities in South Africa are available year around, except at times programs like a volunteer teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Also, some programs are seasonal due to extreme weather conditions. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.
Prices: 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 your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
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- Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
Fees do cover:
- Airport pick up
- In-country induction with a staff member upon arrival
- Personalized project
- Support of in-country coordinator
- Pre-departure information
- Emergency support
- Other program related support
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Fees do not cover:
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.
Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in an Orphanage in South Africa
- What are the typical hours expected to work when volunteering in an orphanage in South Africa?
- If I am volunteering for the social welfare program, where do I stay?
- What is the distance between most accommodations and the project location?
- Is it possible to have the contacts of the host family and the project location?
- What is the age range of the orphans? How many orphans are in an orphanage?
- Is this volunteer program in an orphanage in South Africa available all year long?
- What are the two types of placements available through this volunteer program in an orphanage in South Africa?
- Homes for Children/Child and Youth Care Center
- Caring for Physically/Mentally Challenged Children and Adults
When doing volunteer work in an orphanage in South Africa, you will typically work between 1:00-2:30 and 6:00-9:00. Schedules may vary though.
When committing to a volunteer trip to volunteer in an orphanage in South Africa with the social welfare program, you will reside in a home in Cape Town. The local communities are usually situation between 30-40 minutes away.
You will be located a short walking distance or a short and cheap taxi ride away from the orphanage in which you are assigned to.
There are a large number of host families and orphanages involved in this program. Full information regarding the project location and your host family will be transferred to you a few weeks before you begin volunteering.
Global Crossroad works with a number of different orphanages in South Africa. Some are only same gender, while others are co-ed. The age of the orphans range between 0 and 18 years of age.
The program is only closed from the first week in December until the middle of January. It is customary that orphans will be sent to foster homes during the holidays. We advise our volunteers to know that placements are only available while staying with a host family.