Projects Abroad volunteers exploring the seaside in Cape Town, South Africa.

Volunteer in South Africa

Live and work in the southern-most point of Africa and support disadvantaged communities

Volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad in the beautiful city of Cape Town. You’ll support local communities through our ongoing development programs.


There are several different volunteer opportunities in and around Cape Town. You can support early childhood development at disadvantaged care centers in the townships, or kick-start your journalism career at a local online magazine. You can also work in social justice and provide free legal advice through our Law and Human Rights Project.


No matter which project you contribute to, our local staff will be available to support you 24/7.


Cape Town is a traveler’s dream! During your free time, you can visit the iconic Table Mountain or go see the Big Five on a weekend away safari! We also recommend trying as much of the delicious local food as possible.

Projects available in South Africa

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Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.
Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa

From $4205

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Help children with special needs enjoy the benefits of horse riding on this unique therapy placement

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Journalism interns in South Africa
Intern on a Journalism placement in South Africa

From $3740

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Live and work in Cape Town and get valuable practical work experience as a journalist

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
International Development interns work with businesswomen to support a local community during an internship project in South Africa.
International Development Internship in South Africa

From $4405

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Gain practical work experience with an NGO in Cape Town and support local community initiatives

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
A legal aid clinic at our Law and Human Rights Placement in South Africa
Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa

From $3740

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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A lawyer consults with a client on the Law and Human Rights internship for teenagers in South Africa
Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers

From $3945

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Live in beautiful Cape Town and work alongside professionals to gain practical legal and human rights experience

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Male Music Production Intern is at a local Recording Studio mixing at a sound desk during his work experience in South Africa.
Music Production Internship in South Africa

From $3070

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Work in a modern music studio in Cape Town and learn about all aspects of music production

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Female intern measuring a child and gaining valuable work experience with Projects Abroad giving nutriton advice whilst on a nutritional internship in South Africa.
Nutrition Internships in South Africa

From $3740

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Gain practical experience and raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition in township communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers teach surfing in South Africa through warm up exercises.
Volunteer Surf Coaching In South Africa

From $3070

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Teach surfing to underprivileged children and adults and help develop the community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteer helping a students with his assignment during IT teaching experience in South Africa
Volunteer Teaching IT in South Africa

From $4205

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Teach computer skills to disadvantaged children and adults while experiencing life in vibrant Cape Town

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
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Can't find what you're looking for?

We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.


Speak to one of our South Africa experts on:

1 877 921 9666

or email:

to start planning your project

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

Where we are based in South Africa

Cape Town

Our South Africa volunteer projects are based in Cape Town, known affectionately as the “Mother City”. It has a thriving arts and culture scene, historical attractions, and an easy-going lifestyle, which all contribute to its charm.


However, parts of South Africa and Cape Town continue to suffer from inequality and poverty. You'll join our ongoing efforts to support and empower people in these communities.


There is plenty to see and do in Cape Town, and you’ll have more than enough free time to explore. You can go on walks and hikes to experience the breathtaking natural beauty. You could also visit fascinating museums and theatres to get a feel for the local culture and art-scene. And of course, enjoy the outdoors with a braai (BBQ) with some traditional boerewors (sausage).

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our South Africa Arrival Procedures page.

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