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

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 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 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  

How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Airport pick up
  • 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.

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