Volunteer in South Africa
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful destinations in Africa and volunteers traveling there can get to enjoy a perfect blend of the rich historical past with the modern dynamics. There’s a wide variety of projects available, ranging from Teaching Project to Health Care Project, Sports Development Project, Township Development project and much more. Medical and pre-med students can also join the Health Care Project in Cape Town. For those who have a time crunch, VolSol Team has crafted an exclusive 2 Week Special Volunteer Program, which includes a package of work and travel itinerary.
Cape Town has a lot of things to do and volunteers can make the most of their weekends, exploring the city.
Participants who are interested in working with animals can join the Wildlife Reservation Program in Port Elizabeth, and get an incredible opportunity to spend time with the Big5 of Africa.
The programs in South Africa are available throughout the year, and volunteers can choose the duration of their work as per convenience.
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- Port Elizabeth
Loading...Volunteering Solutions arranges and facilitates ease of access, living and volunteering for all its international volunteers. All they have to do is pack their bags and arrive in Port Elizabeth.
Airport Receive/ TransferVolunteers are picked up from the Port Elizabeth Airport. Scheduled transfers are arranged to and from the airport to the reserve. The reserve is approximately 45 minutes from the airport. All volunteers need to arrive at Port Elizabeth Airport on Monday before 4pm, as transfer is provided till that time only.
OrientationThe volunteers would be a given a basic orientation with guidelines and instructions by the project coordinators. A weekly itinerary is also prepared assigning roles and responsibilities to the volunteers.
AccommodationVolunteers are housed in dorm style accommodation. The dorms are alotted on same gender basis. In cases where volunteers want to stay as a couple, this can be arranged at an extra cost and also depends on the availability of rooms unless arrangements were made prior to arrival. Volunteers are more than welcome to socialize in the common area such as the entertainment area, lounge, TV area etc.
Laundry facility is available for two days in a week at an extra cost. Internet service is also available during certain designated hours.
MealsVolunteers are provided with meals on all seven days of the week. Your basic breakfast will consist of cereals, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and cheese, but sometimes volunteers are also served eggs, sausages or baked beans, and sometimes a combination of the both.
- FAQ's - Port Elizabeth
Application and Program DetailsWhen should I apply for the volunteer programs in Port Elizabeth , South Africa?
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available . The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Port Elizabeth, South Africa volunteer programs?
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Port Elizabeth, South Africa volunteer projects :-
- Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project.
- 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.
- Must be in good health.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in South Africa Volunteer Program as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the India program. Volunteering Solutions SA program has hosted student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the program.
I would like to have a little more information about the location of Wildlife Reserve Project.
The Wildlife Project is situated only 85 kms from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown.The reserve is on 6000 hectares of land which is filled with a variety of game, bird life and wild animals including the BIG 5. In addition to the mixture of grasslands, sub tropical vegetation, it also has naturally formed pockets of water, amazing rock formations and splendid fauna.
The wildlife volunteering program in South Africa is an exciting opportunity for all wildlife enthusiasts looking to volunteer abroad with animals.
I haven’t traveled or volunteered abroad before. Can i still be a part of VolSol program?
Yes , most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Does Vol Sol provides with a reference or a certificate after program completion?
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
When do I need to arrive in Port Elizabeth for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Port Elizabeth?
Volunteers working in the Wildlife Reserve Project are picked up by our local representative from Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ). The volunteering project in Port Elizabeth begins on every Monday , all volunteers need to arrive in Port Elizabeth on the program start date, which is Monday, before 4 p.m. To view the arrival dates for the projects, please click here.
Please make sure you book your flight to arrive before 4pm at Port Elizabeth as the pick up won’t be provided after that as scheduled transfers to the reserve from the airport run only at that time.
Flights and VisaDoes Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?
All travelers to South Africa need to have a valid visa.The citizens from most of the European (including UK & Ireland), African and South American countries as well as USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do NOT need to obtain a visa beforehand and can stay in the country for a period upto 90 days. However, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months period.
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.
What are the recommended airlines to fly to Port Elizabeth, South Africa ?
There are not many direct International flights to Port Elizabeth , you will probably need to fly into Cape Town or Johannesburg and then take a connecting flight to Port Elizabeth.
South African Airways, Mango Air and Com Air have flight options to Port Elizabeth.
Health & SafetyHow safe is South Africa in general?
Like in any new country ,you need to take general precautions for safety. You will be given safety precautions and instructions by the local coordinator team during the orientation as well as in your Pre departure handbook after you become an enrolled participant.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need ?
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to South Africa. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to South Africa, click here.
Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. To view the coverage details, please click here.
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.
What happens in case of a medical emergency or if I am ill ?
A complete first aid box is available at the Reserve and can be accessed by the Lodge Team Leader or the Reserve Team Leader. They do have trained staff on site to see to minor injuries and bruises.
In case of a more serious problem, you will be taken to the closest doctor or medical centre. The cost of all doctors’ visit and medication will be from your own account.
Accommodation and LivingHow do I get to the program location?
Your accommodation will be close to the project location . Your program coordinator or a member from the local coordinating team will introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation.You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport which you can use.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
You will be housed in the dorms at the reserve. The dorms are gender based, which means, men and women have separate dorms. In cases where volunteers want to stay as a couple, this can be arranged at an extra cost and also depends on the availability of rooms unless arrangements were made prior to arrival. You are more than welcome to socialize in the common area such as the entertainment area, lounge, TV area etc. Laundry services are provided two days in a week. Internet service is also available at the accommodations.
Your basic breakfast consists of cereals, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and cheese, but at times you will be served eggs, sausages or baked beans, and sometimes a combination of the above.
As for lunch and dinner you have a wide variety ranging from burgers, chicken and chips, vegetarian dishes, potato casserole and so on (you definitely won’t go hungry!).
Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, however you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Do we have the options of excursions and weekend sightseeing?
On weekends you will be sent out for excursions between Saturday and Sunday. The excursions will either be to Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey’s Bay, or any other nearby destination. On these excursions please note that the reserve will only provide you with accommodation and transport to and from your destination. Accommodation will be in dorms and if you would like an upgrade, you are welcome to do so but you will have to bear the expenses .
You are also free to organize your own excursion, but this again the expenses will have to be covered on your own.
You are also free to stay behind during the weekends to relax and unwind at the reserve.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
Volunteers usually work for from 07:30am and finish at 16:30 hrs. The activities of the day is divided into three different parts which are as follows :-
07h30- 09h30 Activities
However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
How can I connect with past Volunteering Solutions South Africa alumni as well as other former and current volunteers?
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions South Africa program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit, the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.