South Africa Volunteering Program

Why a Volunteer Program?

Volunteering is a beautiful way to travel with numerous benefits that are being enjoyed by tens of thousands of people from all over the world each year.

If you are looking to have fun, make a difference and do it safely then you can look forward to making a volunteering trip for the following reasons:

Why South Africa ?

Reasons South Africa Should Be Your Next Trip

South Africa is the only nation-state named after its geographic location. South Africa is an incredibly popular backpacker destination, welcoming hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over the world every year, visiting to experience the lively cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, go on safari, and for some as a jumping off point for a longer African of the world's most diverse destinations, South Africa has it all! From exciting big five safaris to the impressive coastal landscape along the Garden Route, the cosmopolitan cool of Cape Town to the rich history of KwaZulu Natal's battlefields, the gastronomic heartland of the Winelands to the dry sands of the Kalahari; South Africa's description as the Rainbow Nation couldn't be more apt. South Africa will feel most familiar to anyone from a western culture, so as long as you use common sense and behave as you would while visiting any country, you needn't worry too much about breaking social norms. However, South Africa's turbulent history and ongoing issues mean there are a few things to be aware of. South Africa is a beautiful country, with friendly people and stunning views (and penguins! and ostriches!) and vibrant cities. If many are hesitant to travel afar, South Africa is a great choice. Everyone is welcoming and helpful (and speaks English).

Location - Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the southernmost city of the African continent and the second largest city in South Africa and has one of the most amazing displays of nature and culture that you'll find on the continent. It's home to the famous Cape of Good Hope where you'll get a thrilling glimpse of where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean; The colourful streets of Bo-Kaap are famous amongst visitors to Cape Town, offering a quick glimpse into the culture of the Muslim descendants who created the raucous and enchanting streets. These descendants of South East Asian slaves have brought their cultural heritage to life, offering delectable Muslim cuisine and entertainments. The Wine Lands of Cape Town was the original source of the city's fame. Endlessly stretching along hills and valleys, the vineyards produce some of the most delicious and prized wines in the world. For those who do not favour wine drinking, the landscape alone is enough to make some visitors want to stay for a lifetime. As one ventures through the Wine Lands, there's a chance to glimpse small towns like Franschhoek, Paarl, and Stellenbosch. One of the three capital cities in South Africa, this seaside city is beautiful and picturesque with a magnificent backdrop of the famous Table Mountain National Park. South Africa's top tourist destination has lots of beautiful coastlines and beaches nearby, many whale-watching tours, fantastic scenery, and it has a walkable waterfront area with tons of great restaurants and shopping and more.

South Africa is the ideal destination for those seeking to combine a Big Five safari with the opportunity to experience cosmopolitan cities, richly diverse cultures, excellent wine and food and stunning scenery. Numerous Game Reserves provide the safari experience for which Africa is renowned. Aside from Kruger National Park, South Africa’s most famous wildlife area, one can visit Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg and Entabeni all closer to Johannesburg, or one of the many reserves in the Eastern Cape or Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The landscapes of South Africa offer the full spectrum of habitat types (from dense green forests to arid deserts, and everything in-between), making them ideal for thousands of species. The Big 5 is one of the main attractions to South Africa in terms of its wildlife. This group includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Black Rhino, and Leopard. This combination of predator and mighty terrestrial mammals makes for a once-in-a-lifetime sighting of some of the world's most important species.

The famous Blue Train offers a comfortable journey between Cape Town and Pretoria and can accommodate 84 passengers. From the train, one can marvel atsome extraordinary and wild African hillsides and vistas from the comfort of a plush train seat. The Blue Train is famous for being majestic, comfortable, and quite expensive. However, if money is no object, then the Blue Train is the way to travel in style.

South Africa has a great history of wine-making. Over centuries the country has developed its viticulture to compare with the best in the world. This has put South Africa in the top of world-renowned producers of top-class wine. It also offers a unique and extraordinary range of local and international cuisines readily available in hotels and restaurants. It would be a mistake to avoid restaurants altogether because the meat in South Africa is top-notch. There are opportunities to try game animals such as Kudu, Springbok, Zebra, Ostrich, and even Alligator. I sampled all, and all are fabulous. An excellent dining experience in South Africa is still cheaper than in most Western countries, so do yourself a favour and splurge at least once!

English is standard here so, a visitor won't find any trouble here for communication. However, From English speaking South Africans to Afrikaans, Tswana, Zulu and Xhosa, the people are as diverse as the languages, and yet they all live in the same country, sometimes only a suburb apart...

South Africa with its exceptional climate offers an enormous variety of activities such as hiking, mountaineering, scuba diving, white-water rafting, sailing, canoeing, parachuting, ballooning, windsurfing, 4x4 safari adventure trips and many more. From hair-raising abseiling adventures off Table Mountain and nerve-shattering Great White shark diving experiences to sipping cocktails with wild lions roaring, you name it, we have got it.

- a comparatively easy on the pocket and open tourist hot spot.

Because of its colonial past, South Africa has a large number of Afrikaans- (descended from Dutch settlers) and English speakers (the British began colonising the region in the 1800s). South Africans are friendly, polite, and accommodating to tourists.

Diverse and beautiful coastline hug both the west and east perimeters of the country. The windswept rugged west coast, past the cold, crisp Atlantic through to the warmer seas of the Indian Ocean – all offer beauty and seaside attractions.

From top hotels, through guest houses, BnBs, game lodges, farm stays, backpackers and township overnighters you can stay anywhere and in any kind of environment you choose.

Features of the Volunteering Trip

After knowing why you should see yourself making a volunteer trip, as compared to any other type of travel, here are some features that make it a safe, immensely enjoyable and memorable experience.

Safety features

Your safety and well-being is the top priority when you are travelling to another country. For this, we use our experience since the year 2000 to make it one of the safest forms of travel you can undertake:

Convenience features

A volunteer program needs to be well designed and organised to make sure that even if you are volunteering or visiting the country for the first time, you can focus on enjoying your time there and make the maximum positive impact possible.

Volunteering experience features

It is very possible that you are volunteering for the first time or at least volunteering in a new country on your trip. This means that you will do better if we supported you fully during your volunteering activities.

Care and support features

We will speak with you daily, assist in case you need medical care or help you change plans if something unexpected comes up.

Travel and cultural Experience features

We believe that a good volunteering program should be fun and leave you with memorable experiences. This means that your volunteer program can include trips, adventures, workshops and cultural experiences that are delightful or hard to find.

South Africa Volunteer Program

Duration : 30 Days

Country : Cape Town, South Africa

  • WEEK 1, Monday

    Arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transfer to accommodation. (No Meal)

  • WEEK 1, Tuesday

    Welcome meeting and orientation starts. Orientation includes talks & presentations on: South Africa & its culture Social development and the role of volunteers How to do volunteer work Project activities Cultural responsibility Personal safety & Code of Conducts General Local area Afrikaans lessons. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

  • WEEK 1, Wednesday - Friday

    Project work starts with a daily schedule of volunteering, cultural activity and free time. You will have one local language workshop and one dance workshop to learn some moves in this week.(Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

  • WEEK 1, Saturday

    Free Day.(Meals- Breakfast & Dinner).

  • WEEK 1, Sunday

    Free Day.(Meals- Breakfast & Dinner).

    • WEEK 2, Monday - Friday

      Volunteer Work with a daily schedule of volunteering and free time. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

    • WEEK 2, Saturday

      Free weekend (Meals- Breakfast & Dinner)

    • WEEK 2, Sunday

      Free weekend (Meals- Breakfast & Dinner)

    • WEEK 3, Monday - Friday

      Volunteer Work with a daily schedule of volunteering and free time. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

    • WEEK 3, Saturday

      Free weekend (Meals- Breakfast & Dinner)

    • WEEK 3, Sunday

      Free weekend (Meals- Breakfast & Dinner)

    • WEEK 4, Monday - Friday

      Volunteer Work with a daily schedule of volunteering and free time. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

    • WEEK 4, Saturday

      Free weekend (Meals- Breakfast only)

    • WEEK 4, Sunday

      Transfer to Cape Town International Airport after 20:00 hrs. (Please refer to arrival and departure procedure for details) (Meals- Breakfast only)

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday – Saturday
This is a basic outline for volunteers – the weekend excursions are only included in the Volunteer & Travel package.
A more detailed itinerary is available on request.

  • Activities Time
  • Breakfast at accommodation 7:00 - 8:00
  • Project volunteering work 8:00 - 13:00
  • Lunch 13:30 - 14:30
  • Cultural workshops- as per program schedule 15:00 - 16:00
  • Preparation meeting/lesson planning for the next day 16:00 - 17:00
  • Tea/coffee at the accommodation 17:00 - 17:30
  • Dinner at accommodation 19:00 - 20:00

Lunch may be offered a packed lunch or lunch at the project depending on different factors such as distance from accommodation and others. *The scheduled time table mentioned above may change due to the need of the project or any other circumstances.

Available Volunteering projects in Cape Town

Teaching and education project

School for children with special needs

Childcare and kindergarten work


Specific conditions for this type of project activitie


Volunteers engaged in teaching activities make a direct and long term contribution to the development of students for building their confidence, academic performance and future prospects. Volunteers work mostly in pairs as teachers or teaching assistants for one or more of the following kind of activities based on the curriculum and academic plans for the educational facility or project:
The project activities of the volunteers are designed in such a way that there is no need for previous teaching experience to participate in a teaching project. Teaching material, everyday lesson/activity planning and day to day support are provided for making the most impact in your time at the project.


Children with particular need are staring at a challenging future ahead of them. Life is already not a bed of roses for most average adults, things become even harder when we become aware of the biases and prejudices that these kids will face when they grow up. Future of kids is a constant source of worry for their parents as the parents think about the time when they will become old and will not be able to support their kids as much as they do now. And therefore the activities of the projects and volunteers are crucial in providing as much preparation to these kids for what lies ahead in life for them. Volunteers not only serve as hands-on helping teachers and caregivers but also as role models for these kids to remember and draw inspiration from, for the rest of their lives.
Activities of volunteers include:-

Specific conditions for this type of project activitie

Specific conditions for this type of project activitie


Daily caring for and help with Basic English of children from underprivileged communities is one of the most satisfying and accessible of volunteering activities. The overall purpose of these projects is to provide a higher standard of care to infant's children in different public and privately-run facilities by providing hands-on support on a day to day basis.
Volunteering activities on these projects include one or more of activities similar to the following:-

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Services Included

  • Learn Afrikaans for fun, use during trips and volunteer work.

  • A local dance workshop to loosen up and have some fun.

  • Project introduction to get you settled at the project.

  • Handover session so you may continue the work from where it was left by previous volunteers.

  • Daily work planning to plan the next day

  • Daily accompanying staff to help with translation, organising and general support.

  • The material used for volunteering such as pens, papers, workbooks, paint, colours or others.

# Refer to arrival and departure procedure to know pickup window times and departure schedules. + Meal plan during any trips during weekends may be different. Please refer to detailed information about excursions for all details.

Services not Included

Arrival and Departure Procedure

Arriving into and departing from an unfamiliar country can cause stress. Especially if you are visiting the country for the first time. Read these instructions carefully and have them be known to your travel agent because at any scheduled start date we are picking up people arriving from all parts of the world to join the program.
Once we have you on the program, you can just relax because we will pick you up, no matter what time of the day it is. You will also have multiple phone numbers to reach out to, in case your flight is delayed, or you miss the connection altogether. Once you provide us with your flight details, we have you covered.

Arrival Procedure

Please arrive by flights that have their scheduled arrival time from 10 AM on the start date of the pro- gram until 6 AM on the following day ( Day 2) of the program. If the flight is delayed inside a reasonable time, then we will wait for you – else call us, and we will come to pick you up.
Arrival pickups or flights with their scheduled arrival time outside of these hours will be charged extra.
Check in at accommodation is available from 12 noon on Day 1 of the program, even though, we attempt to have you checked in at the accommodation, as early as possible.
Please exit from departure gate and wait outside of exit gate at Cape Town International airport.
Please be advised that you will see a board with the Idex logo instead of your personal name when searching for our airport pickup representative.
Departure transfers outside these times or schedules are available on extra charges.
During departure, check out time from the accommodation is 12 noon on the last day of the program (for ex, Day 15 on a 2-week program).

Departure procedure

Airport transfer on departure is available from 8 PM on the 2nd last day of the program (for ex, Day 14, Day 21, Day 28 in case of 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 week programs respectively) until 10 AM on the last day of the program (for ex, Day 15, Day 22, Day 29 in case of 2 week, 3 week or 4 week programs respec- tively).
Departure transfer will be available at gaps of 2 hours, and you will be asked to take the most conven- ient transfer based on your flight's departure time.
Departure transfers outside these times or schedules are available on extra charges.
During departure, check out time from the accommodation is 12 noon on the last day of the program (for ex, Day 15 on a 2-week program).

Important: all the program and services are available as per schedule only. If any deviation or reschedule occurs, and such would cost extra to organise, then it will be charged extra. We are not able to do any settlement or reimbursement against any unused services.

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