South Africa

From working with children to helping conserve the country’s majestic wildlife, a volunteer in South Africa can make a real difference on a range of projects.

 

It’s spectacular landscapes, cities and diving can tempt any adventure-lover to visit South Africa. With 11 languages and 48 million people, South Africa is a country of rich history and diverse culture. Discover Cape Town; the Design Capital of the world, get up close and personal with the Big Five on safari and conquer the iconic Table Mountain.

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Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Internship in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Gain invaluable experience and kick-start your conservation career on a wildlife conservation internship in South Africa’s iconic bushveld

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£5,280.00

"What an amazing experience this has been! Each day here at GVI base is a gift, although the base is rustic and has no electricity or hot water. I found that didn’t matter. The game drives are the primary focus of each day, some days are more fruitful than others but in time the rewards are huge with animal sightings. So far I have over 1600 photos to sort through when I get home!"

- Tess Hill - USA
Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital conservation work

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,195.00

"My favourite moments were on the drives collecting data and observing the animals, improving my knowledge and understanding of the environment and working with young people who were committing time to help understand and improve the world in which they live. It was most reassuring to see young adults working together. The project gives one a more intimate knowledge of the environment and the animals, than it would seeing them as a tourist."

- Glyn Donaghy - Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer in an Orphanage in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Experience South Africa's city of Cape Town when you volunteer at a township orphanage providing much needed educational enhancement and creating a more conducive learning environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Initially it was a bit intimidating and the children seemed so crazy. While the children are definitely still crazy (in a good way) each day has become easier. The children are so adorable and so much fun to play with. The days can be quite tiring but are ultimately extremely rewarding. I feel the children definitely have an advantage with their English ability when they start school. I’ve learnt something new every day. In fact, I think I’ve learnt more than the children! This is surely an experience I will never forget."

- Christopher Chung - USA
Wildlife Conservation

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Bushwise Limpopo
Become an accredited Field Guide when you spend 23 weeks training in the iconic South African lowveld. An optional additional 6 months’ work placement to give you the best possible start to your career

Program Type

Internship

Duration

23 - 50 weeks

Price from

£8,950.00

"I’m happy I decided to come and do this course, I’ve learnt so much about nature and had some experiences I will never forget. I’ve met a lot of good people and made some life long friends. I would recommend this course for anyone interested in wanting to know more about the natural world and themselves a little better too!"

- Diana Farina - USA
Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer with Lions in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Discover wild South Africa and assist with research supporting the conservation of Africa's most charismatic big cat, the lion

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,195.00

"My highlights? Taking part in wildlife conservation and the feeling that your work had a part to play in the aim of the expedition. The close experiences with the amazing wildlife was incredible.

The program was everything I imagined it to be and more, meeting new people from all over the world is another incredibly influential factor in choosing another GVI expedition, just an amazing, life changing, all round experience."

- Craig Daly - Ireland
Wildlife Conservation

Hospitality Internship in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Bushwise Limpopo
Gain international culinary experience and live alongside Africa’s iconic wildlife when you join a hospitality internship in one of South Africa’s luxury game lodges

Program Type

Internship

Duration

10 - 20 weeks

Price from

£1,995.00

"Completing Bushwise definitely gave me the “edge” over other applicants for my dream job. The skills and knowledge learnt during the training and placement period were very valuable and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget and always treasure."

- Viv Eckersley - Australia
Sports

Sports and Surfing in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Visit Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching underprivileged children from local townships to surf and care for their coastal environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"I chose this program as I have a background in sports and water sports and this was a really good combination as I would get to make a difference in both fields. It has definitely met my expectations, the surfing especially, the set up is really good, the instructors are awesome and the kids really love it! I really feel I have made a difference as you see the kids’ progress and how much they enjoy it and would definitely recommend the project to others."

- Jack Hawkins - United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children
Multifocus

Volunteer Explorer in Kenya and South Africa

Africa - Kenya - South Africa - Cape Town - Mombasa
Discover South Africa and Kenya when you volunteer with underprivileged children and experience everything the regions have to offer on amazing side trip adventures.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

8 weeks

Price from

£2,990.00

"The kids were awesome to interact with. I found that GVI was very organized and that their heart is in the right place! I loved the culture shock but also having the support of other volunteers living in the same house as me. Can’t say enough good things about the people that I met through the GVI program. Volunteering with GVI was an unbelievable experience and one that I could not get otherwise as a traveller, can’t wait to go again next year. I could tell the help was really needed."

- Mason Walker - Canada
Wildlife Conservation
Multifocus

Conservation Volunteer Explorer in Kenya and South Africa

Africa - Kenya - South Africa - Limpopo - Shimoni
Volunteer on a range of focuses including primate research, community development and terrestrial conservation across both Kenya and South Africa.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

8 weeks

Price from

£4,360.00

"I was impressed with the website – it provided a lot of information and looked professional, which made me more confident in the program. I also was interested in doing an expedition with a variety of activities, which GVI provided. Overall, I appreciated the diversity of the projects and the people. The location went beyond my expectations, and I enjoyed moving back and forth from Mkwiro to Shimoni to Kidong. I really appreciated GVI’s dedication to sustainable development and conservation. Personally, I enjoyed learning new skills that I would otherwise not have had an opportunity to use."

- Jennifer Vitello - USA
Teaching

Volunteer Teaching in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Visit the iconic city of Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching primary school children from an under-resourced local township school

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Volunteering and living in South Africa far exceeded any of my expectations. I fell in love with the school, the people, and the country so quickly. It has been an experience that compares to nothing I could have ever gotten in a westernized country. I saw and experienced a simplistic way of life that has affected me and helped me grow as a person. The experience of being with the children has been unforgettable. This project left me with so many little moments and memories that I’ll forever hold dear in my heart."

- Alana Lacey - USA
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