Be a part of 2 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in South Africa and experience the best that the country has in store for you! This program has been essentially designed for those who want to have an authentic experience in South Africa, but don’t have much time to spend there. This will be an opportunity to meet other volunteers from different parts of the world and explore each other’s culture and customs. Working as a volunteer, you can make a significant difference in the lives of the underprivileged people and also know more deeply about their way of life.
In short, this ‘2 Weeks Special Program’ will enable you to be a part of a volunteer project and contribute towards the development of a township, and also take you for a tour of Cape Town as well as a thrilling jungle safari. Soak in the beauty of the place, get some Instagram-worthy shots and enjoy to the fullest.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have an ability to take initiative All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program.
Day 1: Sunday
Volunteers arrive on this day. We shall receive you from the Airport and take you to the volunteer house.
Day 2: Monday
After breakfast, we shall take you to the office for orientation about your volunteer work at Cape Town. Orientation will be followed by a City Walking Tour of Cape Town.
Day 3 - 6: Tuesday to Friday
You’ll commence work at the project location.
Day 7 & 8: Saturday and Sunday
We shall take you for a weekend wildlife tour on Saturday. You will get to experience the amazing beauty of African wildlife - keep your camera handy, as you’ll spot too many species here!
On Sunday, you’ll return back to your accommodation in Cape Town.
Day 9 – 13: Monday – Friday
Continue with project work.
Day 14: Saturday - Programme Ends
You have a day to relax or to do shopping. Try getting some souvenirs for your friends and family back at home.
You can contact our program coordinator if you would like to arrange for airport drop at an additional cost.
2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour Details
Day 1: Cape Town to Sedgefield – Safari & Elephant Encounter
We depart the Mother City in the morning and drive towards the gorgeous Garden Route. We start the day with a morning Safari in search of lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and many more wild animals.
You then have an action packed elephant interaction - one of the must-do-activities when in Africa. We end the day at our accommodation in Sedgefield where you have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the African sunset.
Accommodation: Backpacker dorm
Sedgefield Facilities: Shared ablutions, honesty bar, free shuttle service to PiliPili beach Bar
Route: Cape Town to Sedgefield, around 450 km
Travel time: Approximately 5 hours
Included Highlight: Game Drive Safari
Optional Activities: Elephant Encounter
Day 2: Sedgefield to Cape Town –via Route 62 and Oudtshoorn – wildlife encounters, Cango caves. This morning we head towards the Outeniqua Mountains to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn where you’ll have 2 options to choose from.
You can either choose to explore the wonders of the Cango Caves, one of the largest cave systems in the world, or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, full of exciting animal encounters from Crocodile cage diving to stroking a baby tiger!
After lunch we begin our journey back to Cape Town along the spectacular Route 62
Route: Sedgefield to Cape Town, around 600 km
Travel time: Approximately 7 hrs
Included Highlight: Cango Caves (Adventure or Standard Tour), or Cango Wildlife Ranch
Included in the price : All accommodation + Bedding
All transport in comfortable bus with AC & CD player
1 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner
Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife ranch
Big 5 Safari in private game reserve
Qualified and registered tour guide
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice as per the service providers.
Cheetah encounter - R210.
Crocodile cage diving - R340 (not in winter time).
Elephant Interactions - R700.
Volunteer Work Schedule
Volunteers working for childcare and social welfare program in Cape Town will be expected to fulfill the following tasks on a daily basis;
- Feeding, clothing and playing with the children
- Assisting children with homework.
- Meal preparation and assistance in general activities at the project.
- Involve the children in art, craft, dance and drama activities.
Volunteering Solutions makes great efforts to provide best of living standards to its volunteers. In Cape Town, our international volunteers are picked up from the airport and put in volunteer houses or with host families, equipped with all modern amenities. We also make sure that we help our volunteers with their local requirements, sightseeing or weekend tours.
Volunteers are picked up from the Cape Town International Airport by a representative and transferred to the volunteers hostel accommodation by a shuttle transfer. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in South Africa will have to arrive at the accommodation on own and will not be provided with a pickup.
A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff on the program start date. The orientation would cover topics such as introduction to the program,General information about South Africa,Safety Tips / Guidelines,customs,health guidelines, communities, projects, host families, support services, travel and tours.Participants also receive a Walking City Tour which is a 2 hour walk around the City Centre area.
Volunteering Solutions arranges accommodation for volunteers in a Volunteer hostel or in home stays in local communities. The Volunteer hostel is a dormitory-style accommodations situated in Observatory area of Cape Town.The rooms in the hostel typically have 4-8 people per room.The Observatory accommodation is located in a beautiful suburb of Cape Town, about 20 minutes from the city center. The hostel is perfectly situated close to shops, restaurants, public transport, and some of the best beaches in the world! The areas are also very safe.
Living in the hostel is a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” because you will meet and live with more than 20 other volunteers from all over the globe. It’s a great opportunity to make lifelong friends and learn about different cultures. Each day you will travel to your project, usually by mini-bus taxi which is a very cheap and efficient way to travel in Cape Town, and is also a lot of fun! After you finish your project for the day you usually spend your evenings doing different activities with the other volunteers in the house like, movie nights in the lounge or having a braai, which is a South African barbeque.
When staying with a host family while volunteering in South Africa you will live in one of the local communities of Cape Town. There you will experience life of a typical South African family which will be a great cultural experience. You will travel a short distance to your project in the morning and in the evenings you will spend time bonding with your host family. On the weekends you can either spend your leisure time with your host family or book yourself into a backpacker in town to explore the city centre during the day and experience Cape Town night life.
Volunteers staying at the hostel accommodation are provided with 2 meals a day (Breakfast & Dinner) from Monday to Friday. Breakfast usually consists of eggs, cereals, fruit, toast, tea/coffee, etc. and dinner at a contracted restaurant located within 5 minute walk from the house, where a set, wholesome meal is provided to each volunteer on a daily basis.If you have any special dietary needs, please inform us in advance. Please note that no meals are provided on the day of arrival and during the day of orientation.
For those staying in a host family, you will be provided 3 meals a day, prepared by your host. Breakfast before your project, a packed lunch to take with you and a delicious home cooked meal for dinner.
During your Free Time
Cape Town has so much to offer for travellers and there is a lot to do on the weekends and during the free time. Volunteers usually take the Garden Route tours on the weekend or explore the beautiful beaches of Cape Town. You can also do a full day Cape Point Tour and head south to Cape of Good Hope. On a free day you can do a trek upto Table Mountain or just chill out at the Waterfront area. There is a lot to do and you will never have a dull day in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Comprehensive pre-departure guide
- Assistance from In country support staff
- Airport pickup from Cape Town international airport
- Program orientation and walking tour of Cape Town
- Accommodation in volunteer hostel
- 2 Meals from Mon – Fri
- Volunteering in Cape Town region
- 2 Day Wildlife Safari Tour
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Visa Fee
- Return Airport Drop(Can be arranged at extra cost)
- Local Transportation
- Any other personal expenses
FAQ's Application and Program Details
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project.
Volunteers joining the medical volunteer project must be either Pre-Medical, Medical or Nursing student or possess other qualifications related to medical and nursing field such as CNA or EMT. Medical professionals such as doctors and nurses are also welcome to join the program.
The participants need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Clean Criminal Background Check Report for participants joining Childcare and Teaching Projects.
The participant must be in good health.
The assigned driver from a backpacker airport pickup service would be waiting for you with a signboard in the arrivals area and you would then be transferred to a hostel accommodation in the city. A brief orientation session takes place on Monday morning.
Volunteers in Cape Town work in the city as well as in many different community suburbs such as Grassy Park, Athlone, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, and Belville. Projects are located close to city center as well as in suburban areas and townships.
Flights and Visa
All participants joining the South Africa volunteer projects for more than 90 days, need to apply for volunteer visa at the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate. Along with the visa application, you need to attach the required supporting documents. Volunteers are provided with the necessary supporting document for their South African visa application. More detailed information shall be provided after you become a Volunteering Solutions’ enrolled participant.
South African Airways, KLM Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Kenya Airways, Condor Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air France and Singapore Airlines are? some of the major airlines that have direct connections to Cape Town.
Health and Safety
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
Accommodation and Living
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit ?the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.