Volunteer programs in South Africa

About South Africa

About South Africa

The official name of the country is the Republic of South Africa. In terms of territorial area, it covers 1,219,090 square kilometers divided into nine provinces. It borders Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe to the north; Mozambique and Eswatini to the east; the Indian Ocean to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. South Africa does not have a single culture but rather a diversity of cultures that have enriched South African music, art, and cuisine. Regarding racial diversity, the country is very varied. In the early 20th century, 60% of the population was Black, 30% White, and the rest mostly of mixed race or South Asian descent. The predominant religion is Christianity, with 55% of the population being Protestant and 9% Catholic. The rest of the inhabitants follow Hinduism, Islam, or other faiths.

South Africa’s climate

In the highlands and the south, the climate is temperate. In the northwest, the climate is subtropical, and in the western part of the country, it is semi-arid. In the southwest of South Africa, the climate is similar to the Mediterranean, with rainy and humid winters and hot and dry summers, always in the opposite season compared to Europe.


Time zone

South Africa is one hour ahead of Spain.


The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).


Our projects are located in Cape Town.


Please keep in mind that you should check out of the accommodation on the Saturday of your final week.


Three local meals from Monday to Friday.

Pick up times

Airport pickup times are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.

VOLUNTEER programs

Where are the volunteer programs located?

Our projects are located in Cape Town.


  • Childcare volunteer program
  • Teaching in nurseries volunteer program
  • Teaching volunteer program
  • Sports volunteer program
  • Leopard Conservation volunteer program

Requirements and Costs

Volunteers must be over 18 years old at the beginning of the volunteer program. Minors must provide express permission from their parents or legal guardians.


The volunteer costs start at 270€ per week. You can see all the costs in the Program Costs section.

What is included?


Volunteers must arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT Airport).
Airport pickup times are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.
If you arrive on a Saturday, you will need to cover the cost of an additional night for that Saturday, as our weeks are counted from Sunday to Saturday.
Please keep in mind that you should check out of the accommodation on the Saturday of your final week.


Three meals are provided every day, seven days a week.

South Africa is a country known mainly for its rich gastronomy, influenced by various ethnic groups (such as the Khoisan, Xhosa, or Sotho), European influences (mostly British due to the colonial era), and the contributions of slaves and servants from Asia in the early centuries. South African cuisine is colorful and utterly irresistible.

Transport in South Africa


One of the most economical options is traveling by train, although it’s slow for the entire country. However, there is a high-speed train between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Public Transportation

There is a good network of low-cost public buses throughout the country. Small minibuses offer local trips, while larger coaches cover longer routes.


Taxis in South Africa are mainly found in major cities, although some may be available in rural areas if you ask. The fares are generally quite low by international standards.


Volunteers must arrive in South Africa on Sundays between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM to be transferred to their accommodation, rest, and start their volunteer program on Monday.

Tourist attractions in South Africa

One of the major attractions is Kruger National Park, the largest in the country. The canyons in this park have been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The main draw is the presence of the famous “big five,” which are the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros.

Famous capes can also be found, such as the Cape of Good Hope, popularly known as the “Cape of Storms,” which is literally situated at the end of the world.

Cape Town stands out for its incredible beauty, nestled between Table Mountain and paradisiacal white sandy beaches.

Program goals

The objective of the project is to train young people to be social leaders. The volunteers live in a multicultural environment, work as a team to develop tasks or institutional projects, accompany the beneficiaries in their daily lives or through workshops, and collaborate with the needs of the centers and homes.

To achieve this, we work on three approaches

Social inclusion

Social Inclusion of children, young people and grandparents in situations of social risk.

Attention to Centers and Homes

Attention to Centers and Homes for the protection and restitution of rights of socially vulnerable children, adolescents and older adults.

Social action

Social Action The volunteers committed to the project will work alongside the community, involving different actors in society and allowing the full fulfillment of the rights of all people.

Our programs

Childcare volunteer program – South Africa

Located in the heart of Cape Town, the project provides care and education to young women and their children who come from abusive environments.

As a participant, you will work daily with the children in the nursery and also assist staff members in their administrative and maintenance work in the reception and warehouse areas.

The aim of this program is to create a training program for women and children who have had difficult lives. We seek to develop social, creative, and vocational skills within the framework of values, discipline, and a culture of mutual learning, responsibility, and respect.

We strive to provide shelter and support to pregnant and abused women with children. Some of the children who come from abusive environments require a lot of attention, care, and love. Your tasks will involve spending time with them and creating a friendly and supportive environment to improve their lives.

Teaching volunteer program – South Africa

You will play an important role assisting teachers in the classrooms and enhancing learning experiences in a primary school. Your care and attention will be significant in the classroom as you teach and interact with the children.

You should have a passion for teaching, and the ability to operate independently in the classroom will also be important. The main areas you will participate in during your program are education and sports. Occasionally, you will be asked to create activities, lesson plans, as well as organize various events with the children.

Your tasks and responsibilities:

1. Assisting with classroom supervision.

2. Supervising children during playtime and reporting any incidents to the teachers.

3. Assisting teachers in coaching sports teams after school.

4. Providing individual assistance in the classroom.

5. Supervising during school outings.

Leopard conservation volunteer program – South Africa

You will work with a local organization dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of leopards in South Africa. During your program, you will contribute to this immense effort and also learn about the species and contribute to conservation practices.

During your program, you will participate in various on-site project activities, including food preparation and feeding (please note that you will work with raw meat), cleaning of the camps, refilling water bowls, creating enrichment for the animals, assisting staff during specific visitor interactions to educate the public, conducting guided tours (if your English level is sufficient), participating in group activities, and camp maintenance and inspections.

If you stay a minimum of 4 weeks in the project, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in the release program conducted in collaboration with a local reserve.

Teaching in nurseries volunteer program – South Africa

You will play an important role assisting teachers in the classrooms and aiding in the early childhood development of the children in a primary school. You will have the opportunity to contribute to teaching at the school and interact with both teachers and students while helping to enhance classroom activities.

The school caters to over 120 children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Most of the children come from disadvantaged families whose parents cannot afford to pay for their early education.

Our goal is to support the early education of these children and prepare them for starting their primary school education. Each child receives a daily lunch, and they also have the opportunity to develop their motor skills and participate in various sports activities.

You will work with children aged 0 to 5 years old, five days a week, assisting teachers in the classroom in different aspects. The project is located 20 km from Cape Town, making it an ideal place for those who wish to be close to the city.

Sports volunteer program – South Africa

In the sports volunteer program in South Africa, volunteers assist local teachers in physical education classes for different grades and levels in each school.

The main activities involve organizing fun activities with the children, coordinating exercises, matches, and any sport-related activities.

In the sports program, volunteers may also participate in teaching other basic subjects to primary school children during free periods between physical education classes.

This program requires more physical effort from the volunteer.

accommodation and meals

Accommodation in South Africa

When volunteers arrive at the airport, the local coordinator will pick them up and accompany them to the house where they will be accommodated and share the following days with the rest of the volunteers.

The accommodation where volunteers live includes three daily meals prepared by the local cook.

Volunteer houses are divided into several shared rooms, with 4-8 people in each, separated by gender. The bathroom is shared with the other volunteers, as are the common areas of the accommodation.

Upon arrival, a welcome meeting is held with the local staff and coordinators to provide information about the area, rules, schedules, as well as to explain the programs that will be carried out.

Volunteers eat typical South African food, mainly consisting of vegetables, meat, potatoes, eggs, bread, pasta, and fruits.

program costs

The total cost of volunteering is divided into 2 parts: The registration fee which is paid to book your spot (€210), and the program fee, which is paid afterward.

Childcare, Teaching in nurseries, Teaching and Sports programs

315 € per week

Leopard Conservation program

595 € per week

If your currency is not specified in the list, you can convert the costs here.

What is included in the fee that I am paying?

What additional costs will be incurred by the volunteers?

Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, return transfer from the program to the airport, other personal expenses.


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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact cristina@cooperatingvolunteers.com so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.