Volunteering 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 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.
Eat delicious seafood and sail along the Kenyan coast. Kenya's intense colors and breathtaking landscapes will stay with you long after you leave.
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. Majority of the black population live in poverty, and suffer 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 programs. 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 programs.
Create new memories and change your life forever. Request information about volunteering in South Africa and choose a program that speaks to you!
Volunteering In South Africa: Programs
Does the idea of volunteering in South Africa make you excited? Wondering if there is a program that will fit with your interests? Global Crossroad has a variety of volunteer opportunities you can explore. Read on, and find a program that is the best match for you, and the positive impact you want to have on the world.
As beautiful and progressive as it is, some places in South Africa lack quality education for students in kindergarten, primary, and secondary schools. This is true even in major cities such as Capetown, where local schools are often underfunded, and understaffed.
As part of Global Crossroad’s Volunteer teaching English program in South Africa, you will help support local schools by providing Basic English education to the students who otherwise may not have this opportunity. Your dedication to these children will leave a lasting mark on them, and give them a valuable skill.
Are you passionate about sports, education, and children? Sports are an integral part of child development. Organized sports teach children about teamwork and sportsmanship, motivate healthy lifestyle choices, and keep them off of the street and away from vulnerable and dangerous situations.
Unfortunately, there are not enough youth sport clubs and centers with facilities to meet the needs of young sport athletes in South Africa. Most children won’t even get the attention of a coach, or the opportunity to participate in organized sports activities. But you can change that by participating in this volunteering program.
Global Crossroad’s physical education volunteer work in South Africa gives you the unique chance to brighten the present and future lives of needy children. You will be giving many young athletes the chance to pursue their passion for sports, personal development, and even career opportunities in order to create a better future for themselves and their families.
Medical volunteer program in South Africa is an excellent opportunity for you to explore the field of medicine, while gaining valuable experience. You will work alongside medical professionals and build meaningful relationships with likeminded volunteers. You can share your medical expertise and make a difference to those in need.
During the program, you will be placed in a local hospital or clinics where you work in several departments. Your major responsibilities will be shadowing local doctors and nurses.
Unfortunately, a lot of vulnerable and young children are left abandoned in South Africa due to their family’s inability or desire to care for them. Most of these orphaned children are malnourished, and often exploited, forced into illegal activities.
Upon joining Global Crossroad’s Underprivileged Children Program in South Africa, you will help to look after these orphaned children, by becoming their caregiver, friend, mentor, and in some cases, teacher. This is your chance to brighten and enrich the lives of some very deserving children.
In addition to the above projects, we also offer family Volunteering, alternative spring break, high school volunteering, college/university volunteering and many other programs. Contact Global Crossroad for further information.
Volunteering In South Africa: 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.
Please check the program page for the available dates.
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.
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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:
- 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
Are you wondering what you might eat and where you might stay on a volunteer experience in South Africa? Global Crossroad is committed to its volunteers, and we make sure you have safe, comfortable accommodations and food options for your time abroad.
Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout the projects. You will stay in our well managed volunteer house and offered two quality home cooked meals a day. Our volunteer house in South Africa is safe, comfortable and a great place to rest after a busy day. There are multiple comfortable bedrooms equipped with necessary facilities. You can expect to find communal bathroom with running water and western style toilets.
Free Time Options
South Africa is beautiful country to visit, and as a volunteer with Global Crossroad you will have plenty of free time to experience it. Most of our programs require work for 4-6 hours a day, which means you have time each day and every weekend to take in the best sites of the region.
South Africa volunteer programs 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, you will likely fall in love with the natural beauty that surrounds you, the creative freedom of the locals, and the lively ambiance.
There is a lot to do and see 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 Kirstenborsch botanical gardens, and Robin 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.
Volunteering In South Africa - FAQs
Have you got more questions for us? We hope so. Please browse through our FAQ to find answers to your questions.
Which airport do I need to fly in?
You need to fly into Cape Town International Airport to participate in our volunteering programs in South Africa.
Do you organize airport pick up for international volunteers?
Yes, we do arrange airport pick up upon your arrival. Our airport representative will meet you at the arrival gate and transport you safely to your South Africa volunteer program placement.
What happens if I missed flight or arrived late?
If in case you miss the scheduled flight, and your arrival is delayed, we will adjust our schedule accordingly. You will be provided with the contact information for your coordinator in your placement packet itself. Please contact this person as soon as possible so that we may arrange for a new pick-up time.
Where are the projects located?
Our South Africa projects are all located in Cape Town which is one of the most popular travel and volunteer destination across the African continent. Cape Town is a vibrant city and full of colors. It's a place filled with wonders, stunning landscapes and astonishing flora and fauna. Cape Town presents international volunteers with glorious weather year around.
Is there any minimum and maximum stay for my volunteer project?
Global Crossroad’s volunteering programs are designed for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. You must be aware that the duration of your visa should be long enough to complete your volunteer work.
Can I extend my stay if I choose to?
Yes, if you want to stay for a longer period of time and continue your volunteer program in South Africa, you can extend your stay. We shall assist you in any way possible with help and information. We can assist you in extending the duration of your visa (if needed).
Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend while volunteering?
All of our South Africa volunteering opportunities give our international volunteers enough free time to go out and explore after their volunteer day ends, and on weekends. Our volunteering work programs leave plenty of room for volunteers travel around South Africa’s beautiful landscapes.
Who will guide or support me in my volunteer project?
Our in-country coordinator will support and supervise you throughout your South Africa volunteer program. Likewise, our local staff will also stay in contact with volunteers either with timely field visits or via email/telephone. You can expect our field staff to visit you every 2-4 weeks to make sure that all things are going smoothly as planned.
Can I change project if I do not like?
Yes, our volunteers can change their project if they have some issues with their first choice. There are no restrictions set in place for volunteers in South Africa for changing one’s project. However, most of our volunteers report being quite satisfied, so this is often not an issue. Having said that, our volunteers do have the right to change and choose other volunteer programs. Please contact the in-country coordinator to help you facilitate a change once you are here.
Can I work in more than one volunteer program?
Yes, you can work in more than one volunteer program in South Africa if that is what you wish to do during your volunteer trip. If you are interested in more than one program then you should get in touch with our country coordinator to begin the application process for two volunteer programs. You should know that each of our volunteer programs requires you to work for at least 4 hours every day. It may be advisable to finish one project before seeking to begin another one, or the days will be very long!
How old should I be to take part in these projects?
Volunteers who wish to take part in our volunteer programs must be at least 18 years old. For those who are under the recommended age of 18 years should submit a parental consent from their legal guardian.
Will I receive training before the start of my volunteer project?
Global Crossroad does provide training to its volunteers before the start of their South Africa volunteering programs. The nature of the training given to our volunteers will depend upon the difficulty of the project itself. Our in-country coordinator and local staffs will make sure to help you get through all the hurdles during your volunteer work.
Why pay to volunteer abroad?
Global Crossroad is a non-profit volunteer organization which depends on the program fees paid by its volunteers in order to run its volunteer programs. Unlike other non-profit organizations, Global Crossroad does not receive any kind of funding from the government to pay for its volunteer projects.
Hence, Global Crossroad is completely dependent upon its volunteer program fees for the operation and management of its programs. Money paid by volunteers help Global Crossroad cover its expenses of rent, advertisement, utility bills, staff salary and tax of the company. These fees also cover the food and accommodations for our volunteers.
Why are GLOBAL CROSSROAD’s fees so much more affordable than other volunteer organizations?
Global Crossroad does not run its South Africa volunteer programs to earn profits. Global Crossroad does not charge any additional fees for its volunteer trips as its program fees are just enough to sustain the operational cost of the company.
Can I get a tax deduction for my volunteer program?
Yes, volunteers can get a tax deduction for our volunteer projects. Being a 501(c)3 organization, Global Crossroad can provide tax deductions to its participants who wish to take part in any one of its volunteer projects.
Can I get help to raise fund?
Yes. We provide support through various volunteering campaigns that aids your desire to raise funds. Speak to our support staff for more information once you have been accepted.
Is it safe to travel and volunteer in South Africa?
Yes, by all means South Africa is a safe country to travel. We do strongly advise that all the participating volunteers obtain relevant safety information before travelling from local authorities and other reputable websites.
What are safety measures you take for international volunteers?
We pick up volunteers from the airport and safely transfer them to their hostel. When you first start, we provide an orientation to give you all the relevant information you require. During orientation we inform you about the safety measures, project sites, local etiquettes and culture, and various do's and don’ts to make your volunteering stay comfortable, safe, and productive.
What happens if I get sick?
You need not worry at all. On this volunteer trip your health will be closely assessed and monitored. If in case you get sick, our in house coordinator along with support staff will happily do whatever is necessary to ensure your well-being.
Why must I get travel insurance before beginning my volunteer trip?
Getting insured prior to do volunteer work in South Africa gives you a safety cushion should something happen to you. If in case your trip is cancelled, for any kind of medical treatment, or if you need to return home or seriously ill, if belongings are stolen or if you meet with any kind of sudden accidents.
What Vaccination Do I need to take prior to my volunteer program?
We advise you to use the Center for Disease Control traveler's health recommendations for any and all vaccinations. The main recommended vaccinations for South Africa are Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Rabies and Hepatitis B. For your personal health precautions and extra safety, you should consider consulting your doctor for further vaccine recommendations.
How can I apply to volunteer program?
To enroll in our South Africa volunteer opportunities, there are two options. You can apply online or you can simply download an application form, fill it out and mail it into Global Crossroad's offices. You have to submit your application with a $299 fee plus the program fee.
What happens once I submit my documents and application?
Once we receive your supporting documents and application it is immediately forward to the country coordinator for processing. The in-country coordinator carefully scrutinizes the application to ascertain the best possible volunteer work in South Africa project that suits your needs and interest. Along with the volunteering project, your accommodation and other facilities are also determined, in line with your project site.
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer programs?
In general there are no specific requirements to participate in our volunteering programs, other than being18 years of age. However in some cases there are additional requirements, depending on the program you choose to volunteer for. If you opt for medical volunteer program than you should possess medical certification or a medical student ID.
What documents do I need to submit with my application?
To participate in volunteer programs in South Africa, you need to submit your personal, financial, and medical details along with the application. Along with that you need to attach copies of your passport, tickets, and visa.
Do I need visa to volunteer and travel in South Africa? How can I get South African visa?
Yes, you need a tourist visa. You can get South African visa by visiting nearby South African embassy. Depending on your nationality, on arrival visa is also available. Please visit this link for detail information.
How do I contact Global Crossroad’s local coordinator during my volunteer work?
All of our international volunteers are provided with the personal information and contact details of our local staff and country coordinator. You can call them, or send them a text or email.
What I need to bring for my volunteering program in South Africa?
Volunteering in South Africa can seem intimidating to some volunteers and it can be hard to know what to pack for your volunteer program. In addition to the standard items, make sure that you bring a pollution mask, power adapter, toiletries, medicines, first aid kit, passport, visa, flight tickets, travel insurance, rolling suitcase, insect repellent, filtered water bottle, power bank, ear plugs, hand sanitizer, sleep mask and sunscreen.
Page updated: 30th August, 2019