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 and support local communities through our ongoing development efforts in Cape Town.

We have several different opportunities for people looking to volunteer in Cape Town. You can support early childhood development at disadvantaged care centres in the townships, or kickstart your journalism career at a local online magazine. You can join social justice programmes and help us provide free legal advice through our Law and Human Rights Project.

No matter which project you contribute to, our local staff will be on-hand 24/7 to guide and support you throughout your trip.

Cape Town has a lot to offer in your free time. Visit the iconic Table Mountain, or go on a weekend trip to do a safari and see the Big Five! We also recommend trying as much of the delicious local food as possible.

Projects available in South Africa

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During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.
Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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  • Price: €2,385 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: €340
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.
Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa
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  • Price: €3,065 for 4 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: €340
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
International Development interns work with businesswomen to support a local community during an internship project in South Africa.
International Development Internship in South Africa
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  • Price: €2,070 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: €365
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
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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:

+353 1 571 5080

or email:

to start planning your project

Where we are based in South Africa

Cape Town

Our South Africa volunteering projects are based in Cape Town. The city is also known affectionately as the “Mother City” by South Africans. Cape Town has a strong 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 the effects of inequality and poverty. You'll become part of our ongoing efforts to support and empower local people from these communities.

When you’re not working, there’s plenty to see and do. Go on walks and hikes to experience Cape Town’s natural beauty. Visit museums and theatres to get a feel for the local culture and art-scene. And of course, enjoy a good braai (BBQ) outdoors 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.

Is South Africa on your bucket list?

Read our blog about what you should expect when travelling to South Africa and learn more about you'll experience when you arrive there for the first time.

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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.

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