VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Boasting 11 official languages, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 70% of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s plant species found nowhere else in the world, volunteering in South Africa offers an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the “Rainbow Nation” and make a lasting impact.
The major cities in South Africa have developed rapidly over the last 20 years, however, there are still many conservation, social and community development issues that plague the country.
Volunteering with GVI during your gap year, career break or volunteer holiday, will allow you to make a sustainable difference in a variety of different focuses, such as Wildlife Conservation, Childcare, Teaching or Public Health. Our projects in South Africa are just a few of many fantastic volunteer in Africa options.
Where Does GVI Work in South Africa?
Travel abroad to volunteer in Africa - we offer great trips to both Seychelles and South Africa to contribute to important conservation and community development projects.
In South Africa GVI operates two bases - we run our community operations in a picturesque coastal village called Gordon's Bay, located 45 minutes from Cape Town where our volunteers in Cape Town volunteer in a township at an educare centre and the volunteer work ranges from teaching to public health or construction.
GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.
You can get involved in our wildlife conservation projects is situated in Limpopo, an area that is home to some of the most remarkable wildlife (including the Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), landscapes and conservation opportunities South Africa has to offer.
Meet the team - Senior Field Management
This is Sian, the Program Manager in Gordon’s Bay. Before joining us in Gordon’s Bay Sian previously worked as a Social Worker back in the UK and now has since traveled to 33 countries!
Director of Bushwsie
General Manager at Bushwise
Meet the team - In-Country Staff
Deputy Program Manager
Meet Charlotte, who is the Assistant Program Manager at GVI’s base in Gordons Bay, Cape Town. In 2012 she took part in a GVI Community Development and Conservation Project in Kenya. After this, she went on to study Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology at the University of Kent in the UK. Charlotte has lived most of her life in Africa and is also lucky enough to have visited an array of other countries.
Trainer at Bushwise
His role includes managing game drives and keeping the base in order.
He comes from a background of environmental science and wildlife management which has led him to come and work with GVI, lucky us!
Introducing Kayla, who is the is Science Officer at our base in Limpopo. Kayla studied Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She continued her studies completing a Masters in conservation where she got the chance to to work with African Parks in Malawi, which was a dream come true.
Sales Manager at Bushwise
Trainer at Bushwise
Pleased to introduce you to Zoe, who is the Volunteer Coordinator at our base in Limpopo. Her journey started out with a six month internship with GVI back in 2016. Prior to this Zoe studied zoology in Australia for three years before coming over to Limpopo, South Africa.
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