Wondering how to volunteer in South Africa for cheap? Go for an African adventure with us, we dedicate ourselves in offering you some of the best and most affordable wildlife volunteer opportunities. Besides the fascinating wildlife projects with the Big Five conservation, caring for the Vervet Monkeys in the African Bush, there are as well rewarding social volunteer projects.
Choose from several fascinating projects to volunteer in South Africa! We offer both exciting wildlife volunteering opportunities in the African Bush, and educational projects in Cape Town. There are hundreds of reasons to volunteer in South Africa, may it be the fascinating volunteer projects, or hundreds of stunning leisure activities.
During your volunteer trip to South Africa, you’ll get to know charming Cape Town, a gem rich in culture. You will see the Table Mountain already on the ride to the volunteer house from the airport.
The large volunteer house in Fish Hoek will be your happy home for this trip. It features a garden and a pool. Rooms are shared dormitory style. There are three bathrooms with hot, running water, showers and regular flush loos.
During your free time, you can relax in the lounge area, balcony, lush garden and barbeque.
You’ll be only a short distance from the shops and beach.
When you feel like sharing you love with children, try out caring gorgeous little kids in a township in beautiful Cape Town. The Crêche is located at Masiphumelele Township, only around 45 minutes from central Cape Town. While teaching the children, you will also have the opportunity to dive in the culture of the fascinating city.
Since the volunteer project is located in Muizenberg, Cape Town, a place renowned for its gentle rolling waves just calling out to be ridden, you will enjoy learning to surf in one of the best places in the world. You will first learn the art of surfing, along with the addictive and electrifying feeling that comes with riding a wave all the way into the shore. Then you will be working as a volunteer in South Africa with the kids from the disadvantaged areas surrounding Muizenburg, teaching them how to surf.
Travel to a magic place where you can watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain, catch a morning wave in the ocean and spot an elephant roaming at dusk all in the same day. There’s a reason former President Nelson Mandela proclaimed South Africa the 'Rainbow Nation' – the country is diverse and colorful in every way. It also happens to be the perfect volunteer destination!
The volunteer programs in South Africa are located all over the country, please check the specific program details below:
The details of these services vary according to the volunteer project, please check the specifics of your chosen program to volunteer in South Africa.
All the projects to volunteer in South Africa start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. In order to be in time for the orientation, please make sure you arrive before 4:15pm at the airport. If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup and extra night of accommodation.
Program length also varies according to the project.
The wildlife volunteer projects in South Africa are available from 2 to 12 weeks.
Orientation takes place at 5pm of the arrival day. You should plan to arrive before 4:15pm. If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup and extra night of accommodation
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement.
All participnats in our volunteer in South Africa programs must have adequate travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in South Africa or during orientation,
Treat animals and humans with respect.
Most importantly, pack in energy, a positive attitude, love in your heart and a spring in your step!
Some projects also have specific requirements. Please check the description of your chosen program.
Fluency in English is required in all the volunteer projects.
During your stay as a volunteer in South Africa, you will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience as a volunteer in South Africa.
There are no hidden costs. Most of these projects are the most affordable to volunteer in South Africa.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our programs to volunteer in South Africa normally find US$100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
If you feel ready to go, hit the button and fill out the application form on our homepage Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad. We will take you through the volunteer enrollment step by step.