Volunteering in South Africa

Travel to South Africa for a life-changing experience!

Join a humanitarian programme in South Africa and discover one of the most unique cultural and ethnical diversities in the world.


During your stay, you will experience it first hand, when meeting the trendy population in the modern district or the Zoulous and Xhosas with their traditional clothing in other parts of the city.


South Africa is waiting for you and invites you to discover a whole world in just one country.


During your volunteer programme, you will also have the opportunity to see the Big 5 if you join a safari.

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The volunteer programme in South Africa!

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The program starts with an « introduction » week. During these few days, you will go on some outings and you will receive useful information about the country, its culture and society in order to prepare for your volunteer program. This introduction week is very important, it will help you get used to the new surroundings and understand the country.

Non exhaustive exemple of an introduction week in South Africa:
  • Day 1: Meeting with the coordinator and information about the programme. She/He will give information about what to do/see, what no to do etc. In the afternoon, a city tour is organized with a visit of the information centre, where you can get information about trips, outings, cultural events, etc.

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    Day 2+3: Non accompagnied city tour in tourist bus (ticket included).

  • Day 4: Meeting with the coordinator to visit the volunteer projects and meet the staff.

  • Day 5: “Township Tour bus”. In the afternoon, the coordinator will give maps of how to get to the volunteer placements. She/He will also check that all volunteers are settled and know what to do. The volunteering starts on Monday morning.

Volunteering demands flexibility, independence, and you must be able to organize your time and improvise when needed.
Volunteer programme in South Africa GlobalongThe local coordinator will assist you during the introduction period and during your volunteer programme. As a volunteer, you must respect the population and the local traditions.


The program descriptions on this site are non-exhaustive and the daily tasks may change according to the needs of the moment.

If you wish to volunteer in a teaching programme, please be aware that the schools are closed during the South African school holidays. During these periods, you can join other projects. 

Accommodation and bank holidays in South Africa !

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Accommodation with a host family in South Africa:

All our host families are English-speaking and have been carefully selected and are all used to host foreign participants.

You will become a part of these families during your stay, and it is very likely that they invite you to join them on outings.

If you are allergic to animals, or if you follow a particular diet (vegetarian etc.), please let us know when you enrol.

You will have breakfast and dinner with your host family.

Volunteering in South Africa GlobalongLunch is not included in our fees. Usually, volunteers and language school students prefer to have lunch together in town.

Bank holidays in South Africa:

Some projects are closed on shcool holidays and other bank holidays. If this is the case for your project, you might be assigned to another project during this period. 

Useful information to your volunteer programme!

Included in your programme in South Africa:

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Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).

Accommodation :

  • A locked cupboard
  • Sheets, blanket, pillow and towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning of your room (but you are in charge of your personnal belongings, please keep your room tidy)
  • Laundry (once per week)

Program, follow-up and customization :

  • Pick-up at the airport
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to the accommodation
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • Half board for the duration of your stay
  • Introduction and briefing
  • 5 trips: Cape Town City Tour, Kirstenbosch Gardens outing,
    Township tour, Table Mountain Walk, Hout Bay outing and
    a visit to your volunteer workplace
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  • 7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advise on how to get a visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Certificate of attendance to a volunteer programme
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees
  • Free Internet access in school

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Non-included in the programme:

  • Extra outings
  • Personnal items
  • Lunches
  • Flights to and from South Africa
  • Daily transport to and from your volunteer placement or your school
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)Mission de bénévolat en Afrique du Sud - Globalong
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Potential visa fees

Bank holidays 2018 in South Africa :

  • 1th January 2018: New Year’s Day
  • 21th March 2018: Human Rights Day
  • 30th March 2018: Good Friday
  • 2nd April 2018: Family Day
  • 27th April 2018: Freedom Day
  • 1st May 2018: Labour Day
  • 16th June 2018: Youth Day
  • 09th August 2018: National Women’s DaySunset in South Africa - GlobAlong
  • 24th September 2018: Heritage Day
  • 16th December 2018: Day of Reconciliation
  • 17th December 2018: Public Holiday
  • 25th December 2018: Christmas Day
  • 26th December 2018: Boxing Day

Climate in South Africa :

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For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@globalong.com

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