Volunteer in South Africa with Kaya, a country which draws in more visitors than anywhere else in the continent. It could be described as ‘a world in one country’ due to its contrasting terrain, rolling mountains, lively cities, vast array of wildlife, spectacular vistas and gleaming rivers and oceans.

    Volunteering in South Africa

    We have projects in South Africa in many different areas which are suitable for people with a wide range of interests and skills. The community projects range from Sports coaching to Teaching English in rural schools, perfect if you have an interest in working with people. For those with an artistic eye, we have two photography placements. If you are keen to help out South Africa’s ‘Big 5’, then our Wildlife conservation programme could be just right for you. Other great opportunities exist in South Africa for those wanting to volunteer in more specialist areas as we have various business internship programmes.

    Despite the great strides forward the country has made recently, the rural areas are under-resourced in terms of educational and health facilities and similar issues remain in the shanty towns. The gap between rich and poor is extremely evident in South Africa. Hence why your volunteer work is vital so that you can work on initiatives which are tackling these problems.

    In your free time, visit Kruger National Park to see South Africa’s ‘Big 5’ on a once in a lifetime safari experience, where the sheer number of animals and natural beauty will captivate you. Take a trip to the Drakensberg Mountains, in the north, where the scenery is considered to be the most breathtaking. If you fancy a surf, go to one of the most famous surfing hotspots, Jeffreys Bay. Try the local dish of chakalaka, a spicy relish with a secret ingredient.

    If you fancy stepping back into history, explore the UNESCO world heritage fossil Hominid sites that have traces to early human occupation and evolution. Why not add on an extra week or two to your stay and go on the renowned South African Garden Route. Travelling along the south-eastern coast, you can wander along the fine beaches of Mossel Bay, and discover fantastic gems at every turn, such as the Robberg nature and marine reserve or Knysna lagoon.

    Join us at Kaya and volunteer on a project in South Africa. Whichever project you choose, your hard work will make a difference to the lives and futures of South Africa’s wonderful communities and wildlife.


    Here are some important facts about South Africa:

    • Population 53,675,563 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – IsiZulu (official) 22.7%, IsiXhosa (official) 16%, Afrikaans (official) 13.5%, English (official) 9.6%, Sepedi (official) 9.1%, Setswana (official) 8%, Sesotho (official) 7.6%, Xitsonga (official) 4.5%, siSwati (official) 2.5%, Tshivenda (official) 2.4%, isiNdebele (official) 2.1%, sign language 0.5%, other 1.6% (2011 est.)
    • Religion – Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)
    • Currency – South African Rand (ZAR)
    • Climate – mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights, wet season November to March, Dry season May to August


    Volunteer with the Big 5 in Port Elizabeth
    Volunteer and have an amazing time working on this game reserve in Port Elizabeth. Work with South Africa's big 5: lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, rhino and leopard.
    Veterinarian Internship in South Africa
    Join our veterinarian internship at one of South Africa’s premier game reserves developing your knowledge of diagnosing, treating and preserving wildlife in their natural habitats.
    Small Business Development Internship in Africa
    Share this small business development internship in South Africa to extend your CV/Resume while developing the capacity of a social enterprise.
    Community Health and Home Based Care Volunteering in South Africa
    Join us in St Lucia and bring your enthusiasm and willingness to help on this community health and home based care project.
    PR and Social Media Internship at an NGO in South Africa
    Develop your CV/Resume and help raise awareness about greening and reforestation projects by taking a PR and Social Media Internship at an NGO in Cape Town.
    HIV/AIDS Education and Day Care Volunteering in South Africa
    Volunteer on our community education and day care project and support the people of St. Lucia, South Africa where HIV/AIDS rates are high.
    Early Childhood Development Internship In Africa
    If you are studying early years education or development intern with us in South Africa or Swaziland and earn from and compare your experiences with local teachers and students.
    Community Sports Coaching Volunteering in Cape Town
    As a community sports coaching volunteer you will volunteer in South Africa in a Cape Town township where sports coaching is much needed.
    Wildlife and Community Internship in South Africa
    Intern in South Africa and develop essential skills linked to wildlife conservation and community development.
    Computer Literacy and Arts Volunteering in South Africa
    Volunteer in South Africa for this computer literacy and arts project and work with rural communities on the outskirts of Chintsa, on the East cape’s beautiful Wild Coast.
    Tourism Internship in South Africa
    Use your writing skills and passion for travel and participate in this tourism internship in South Africa and help a local tourism organisation drive forward ecotourism in Cape Town.
    Support the Recovery of Children in a South African Hospital
    Volunteer in South Africa and assist local nurses and carers by offering support to this busy children’s hospital.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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