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VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Boasting 11 official languages, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 70% of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s plant species found nowhere else in the world, volunteering in South Africa offers an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the “Rainbow Nation” and make a lasting impact.

The major cities in South Africa have developed rapidly over the last 20 years, however, there are still many conservation, social and community development issues that plague the country.

Volunteering with GVI during your gap year, career break or volunteer holiday, will allow you to make a sustainable difference in a variety of different focuses, such as Wildlife ConservationChildcareTeaching or Public Health. Our projects in South Africa are just a few of many fantastic volunteer in Africa options.

Where Does GVI Work in South Africa?

Travel abroad to volunteer in Africa - we offer great trips to both Seychelles and South Africa to contribute to important conservation and community development projects.

In South Africa GVI operates two bases - we run our community operations in a picturesque coastal village called Gordon's Bay, located 45 minutes from Cape Town where our volunteers in Cape Town volunteer in a township at an educare centre and the volunteer work ranges from teaching to public health or construction.

GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.

You can get involved in our wildlife conservation projects is situated in Limpopo, an area that is home to some of the most remarkable wildlife (including the Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), landscapes and conservation opportunities South Africa has to offer.

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