Welcome to Volunteer in South Africa

Would you like to travel abroad and experience a fascinating country? Does exploring Africa while lending a hand where it's needed interest you? Consider volunteering abroad in South Africa and do both.

In South Africa you can see vastly diverse wildlife on safari in Kruger National Park, or any of the other growing number of game parks and private reserves. The country features top-quality urban beaches: Visit Boulders Beach to see endangered penguins up close, or trendy Camps Bay, both a short distance form Cape Town. There's always something to do: Go hiking, ride horses, or whale watch. South Africa is also home to excellent wine and some of the best food and restaurants in the world.

South Africa's long history of apartheid created vast economic and wealth inequality that continues today. Half of the majority black population lives in poverty, and suffered through centuries of oppression and stagnation. The poor in South Africa are desperately poor, with high unemployment caused by lack of access to decent education. The HIV/AIDS crisis has left millions of orphans who struggle to survive each day.

Today, South Africa needs volunteers more than ever.

This is where you come in. Your work will help improve the lives of vulnerable South Africans when you volunteer in South Africa. You can help underprivileged children, work in health care, teach English, or participate in a physical education project.

See South Africa through the eyes of its people and become part of the solution, while you help create positive change in the lives of those who need you the most when you join one of our volunteer-abroad programs.

Create new memories and change your life forever. Request information about volunteering in South Africa and choose a program that speaks to you!

Volunteer in South Africa Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information

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   $450   $900
  3 Weeks   $600   $1,200
  4 Weeks   $750   $1,550
  5 Weeks   $900   $1,850
  6 Weeks   $1.050   $2,200
  7 Weeks   $1,200   $2,500
  8 Weeks   $1,400   $2,850
  9 Weeks   $1,550   $3,150
  10 Weeks   $1,750   $3,450
  11 Weeks   $1,900   $3,800
  12 Weeks   $2,050   $4,090

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.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in South Africa

During your volunteering trip to South Africa program, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices.

Our volunteer program in South Africa meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

Most of the time during your South Africa volunteer opportunity timeframe, you may stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers.

Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system to those having a volunteering experience in South Africa will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.

When you join a volunteer program in South Africa, it is highly advised that you do not eat food from street vendors and do not drink the tap water. You are responsible for paying for bottled water and or asking your host family to boil you water to drink for the day.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in South Africa

The South Africa volunteer trips are located in Cape Town, the capital city of South Africa. Not only is Cape Town South Africa's second largest city, it is also the most popular tourist destination in all of Africa. Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot of South Africa; a city alive with creativity, color, sounds, and tastes.

When strolling through the city streets of Cape Town during your free time from your volunteering work in South Africa, you will fall in love with the natural beauties that surround you, the creative freedom of the locals, and the lively ambiance. There is a lot to do and see in your free time in and around Cape Town. You can visit many popular sites, such as Table Mountain National Park, City Bowl, various popular beaches, Chapman's Peak Drive, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and Two Oceans Aquarium.

You will also have the opportunity to explore historical and natural landmarks during your volunteering experience in South Africa, such as the Castle of Good Hope, the Kistenbosch botanical gardens, and Robben Island. You will never get tired of visiting and exploring the beautiful city! Over the weekend, you can also take a trip to wine country! You will have plenty of free time to embrace all the South Africa has to offer when you volunteer abroad in South Africa.

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in South Africa

Global Crossroad has all the answers to all of your questions about volunteer programs in Ghana.


  • When should I apply for a volunteer/internship assignment in South Africa?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in South Africa?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application for volunteering in South Africa?


  • When should I apply for a volunteer/internship assignment in South Africa?


  • Who manages the volunteer projects in South Africa?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in South Africa?
  • When are the South Africa based assignments available?
  • How long can I do volunteering work in South Africa for?


  • Arrival Information: Volunteer in South Africa
  • Who will arrange my flight to South Africa?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in South Africa?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from South Africa after my volunteer program in Ghana is complete?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?


  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Is it possible to do laundry?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?


  • How safe is South Africa?
  • What are the principle health risks in South Africa?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in South Africa?

    • Are ATMs easily available while I am on my South Africa volunteer opportunity? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
    • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
    • Where should I exchange my money?
    • How much money should I bring with me when I volunteer abroad in South Africa?
    • Is it safe to carry cash with me?


    • How do I contact the Global Crossroad's local coordinator while volunteering in South Africa?
    • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in South Africa?
    • How can my family members contact me while I am on my volunteering trip to South Africa?
    • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?


    • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in South Africa?
    • What should I know about religious conduct in South Africa?
    • How do I respect the people of South Africa?
    • What about tipping in South Africa?


    • What is weather like in South Africa?
    • Official South African Holidays
    • Materials to Bring

    NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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