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.