You are about to discover a new culture, accomplish something unforgettable, and explore the best South Africa has to offer!

We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:

  • Have the 24/7 support of a non profit with 11 years experience in placing 19277 volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.
  • Volunteer with a world-class organization which is recommended by Bill Gates and CNN.
  • Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over $1.8 million to help women and children in need.
  • Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement.
  • Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.

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The Programs

South Africa

South Africa Community

Are you great with kids and young people? Do you want to help them get a good start in life? We have projects in South Africa working with different age ranges. Volunteers are needed in childcare and teaching roles.

Vulnerable Children

As a volunteer, you can help by working with children, and general caretaking which includes handing out porridge and brushing teeth, teaching English, reading, writing and pronunciation. Simple mathematics and counting, body hygiene, crafts and educational games for younger children may be available as well.

Teaching and Cultural Learning

By joining this program, you will have the unique opportunity to assist local staff by teaching and mentoring students coming from impoverished communities. This volunteer program offers individuals the opportunity to work with primary school-aged children (5 years to 12 years) and secondary school-aged children (13 years to 17 years).

Healthcare and Wellness

This program places you in an institution which addresses health and wellness issues. You will take part in projects around HIV/AIDS awareness, gender based violence, chronic disease management, home-based care and vulnerable children.

Child Daycare

You can work at a village pre-school or daycare center with children from the tender age of 6 months to 5 years old. You will work as an assistant and teacher with the support of a school staff member. There is a lot of interaction, care, singing, laughing, etc. This is a perfect placement for a person who enjoys working with little children and thrives in a positive, high-energy environment.

Heroes of Service

In honour of International Mandela Day, you have the opportunity to be a global "changemaker" and undertake some volunteer work in the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread justice and freedom and opportunity for all. Work alongside other South Africans, and engage in more than one service project across different age groups, communities and issues facing South Africans.

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South Africa

South Africa Wildlife

South Africa's bush species are under threat from poaching and loss of their natural habitat. Volunteer in a lion or wildlife conservation project to work up close with Africa’s most iconic animals, tracking and performing research to preserve these species for years to come.

Lion Conservation

Volunteer in this program and you will be located in the South African bush, to work on the conservation of lions in their natural habitat. Not only will you come face-to-face with these incredible predators, but you will also have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of this magnificent creature and of Africa's big cat population, making a real contribution to ensuring their long term survival.

Wildlife Expedition

This project gives you a real and unfiltered look into Africa's incredible iconic wildlife. But unlike a tourist safari, you play an active and meaningful role in the research and long term conservation of South Africa's natural resources in this stunning region of the world. Animals you could be working with include: lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. As they are part of a larger eco-system, the programs do monitor other wildlife as well, including elephants.

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