Volunteer in South Africa

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Volunteer and Intern in South Africa

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Five times the size of Great Britain, South Africa's position at the southern tip of Africa has created a diversity of lifestyles and a diversity of environments, from the lofty Drakensberg Mountain range to the Cape Vineyards.

Thought to be the birthplace of mankind, this land historically attracted Europeans as a gateway to Africa. At the start of the 21st century, South Africa is leading the way in African politics, and is seen as an inspiration to other countries. With eleven national languages and a variety of religions South Africa truly is the 'Rainbow Nation'.

Our projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a college summer break, gap year, career break or volunteer vacation.

Volunteer Work and Internships in Cape Town

Projects Abroad is based in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, located in the heart of the Western Cape. From it's beginnings as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town has grown into the second largest city in South Africa.

Volunteers work within Cape Town and smaller outlying towns of the Western Cape, teaching English and many other subjects in schools. Volunteers can also choose to join care projects in orphanages, children’s hospitals and crèches, or work on a unique sports project that will allow you to combine helping underprivileged youngsters with making the most of the glorious beaches surrounding the city. Those who are looking to gain experience in the field of law can also spend time interning on our law & human rights program, based in downtown Cape Town. Conservation volunteers are based in the north of the country on the border with Botswana.

Volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa

By living and working in these mixed-race communities you'll start to understand the complexities of South Africa's past and present, and help to give the younger generation the tools they need for the future.

Volunteer Vacations and Voluntourism in South Africa

Living in Cape Town is the perfect base for the huge variety of surrounding attractions. From the infamous Table Mountain with its unique species of plants and animals which forms the dramatic backdrop to the city, world class vineyards and stunning beaches with multiple surf spots, to the mix of trendy establishments at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town is a great base from which to explore a wide variety of places.

Volunteer vacation in South Africa

Inside the city bowl lives a population with a hugely varied demographic, both in terms of race, religion, language, wealth and interest. Whatever your favourite sport, hobby, taste in music or preferred choice of dinner you’ll find it in Cape Town, whose cultural calendar overflows with events to suit every taste.

In terms of travel after your placement, South Africa’s attractions will spoil you. With mountains in the east and centre of South Africa, you could be climbing or skiing one day and on the beaches in Durban the next. South Africa is the home of adventure travel, boasting the highest bungee jump in the world. The Game Reserves where you can view the Big Five are also an essential part of the South African experience. Combine these activities with beautiful beaches and traditional sunsets after a safari and you're in for either a thrilling or a relaxing time; the choice is yours!