Volunteer in South Africa - United Planet - 6-12 months

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Program Description

South Africa is a country famous for its cosmopolitan cities, lush vineyards, stunning wildlife and extensive coastline. Although South Africa had a difficult past, this created a great victory with the end of apartheid. Gold and wine are its largest exports, and as a former Dutch colony, it offers an intriguing mix of traditional South African as well as European culture and cuisine. While South Africa has a strong economy and well-developed infrastructure that make it unique among African countries, the country is still working to recover after its troubled history of apartheid.

While volunteering in South Africa, you will play an important role in supporting educational initiatives. Volunteering as a coach and mentor for at-risk youth and working at an orphanage are just a couple of ways you can make a difference.

United Planet partners with International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) for long-term programs. As a volunteer, you will be hosted by Volunteer Centre, which is ICYE’s South Africa partner organization.


Possible volunteer projects include:
Orphanage: Assist in all aspects of running an orphanage which houses children up to age 18.
Homeless Shelter Administration: Assist with a variety of administrative tasks at a homeless shelter, such as outreach, marketing, and organizing donation drives.
Working with the Elderly: Work with elderly people in a local retirement facility. Assist with basic care, organizing social activities, and helping with exercises.
Non-Profit Administration: Volunteer as an administrative assistant in a non-profit that focuses on the development, care, and rehabilitation of underprivileged people.


Between 18 - 35 years old (please note that this requirement is flexible)
Citizen or resident of the United States or Canada

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What`s Included

Included in Your Quest:
Extensive pre-departure preparation, including a training weekend in New Hampshire with United Planet staff
Food and lodging in your host country
Airport transfers
Emergency medical insurance
In-country orientation upon arrival and ongoing support and supervision throughout your Quest
Language training
Mid-year camp (for 1 year volunteers) and final camp
Monthly stipend for incidental expenses

Program Locations

Cape Town, South Africa

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Program Details

United Planet
  • South Africa: Cape Town
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
6-12 months
American, Canadian
Starting at USD 8,995

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