Projects Abroad volunteers exploring the seaside in Cape Town, South Africa.

Volunteer in South Africa

Live and work in the southern-most point of Africa and support disadvantaged communities

Volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad and support local communities through our ongoing development efforts in Cape Town.


We have several different opportunities for people looking to volunteer in Cape Town. You can support early childhood development at disadvantaged care centres in the townships, or kickstart your journalism career at a local online magazine. You can join social justice programmes and help us provide free legal advice through our Law and Human Rights Project.


No matter which project you contribute to, our local staff will be on-hand 24/7 to guide and support you throughout your trip.


Cape Town has a lot to offer in your free time. Visit the iconic Table Mountain, or go on a weekend trip to do a safari and see the Big Five! We also recommend trying as much of the delicious local food as possible.

Projects available in South Africa

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A staff member keeps an eye on legal clinic volunteers

From £1,865

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Last Minute Trip
A lawyer consults with a client on the Law and Human Rights internship for teenagers in South Africa

From £1,970

Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers
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Live in beautiful Cape Town and work alongside professionals to gain practical legal and human rights experience

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Last Minute Trip
Teenagers volunteering with children on one of Projects Abroad's programmes in South Africa

From £1,820

Volunteering with Children in South Africa for Teenagers
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Work with a group of teenagers your age in Cape Town and help local children learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.

From £1,520

Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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Do volunteer work with children in South Africa and focus on supporting early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Journalism interns in South Africa

From £1,645

Intern on a Journalism placement in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and get valuable practical work experience as a journalist

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Female intern measuring a child and gaining valuable work experience with Projects Abroad giving nutriton advice whilst on a nutritional internship in South Africa.

From £1,645

Nutrition Internships in South Africa
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Gain practical experience and raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition in township communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers teach surfing in South Africa through warm up exercises.

From £1,545

Volunteer Surf Coaching In South Africa
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Teach surfing to underprivileged children and adults and help develop the community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps care for the penguins while working with animals in South Africa

From £1,765

Volunteer with Animals in South Africa
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Gain practical experience with animals and support staff at a shelter or help rehabilitate seabirds at a rescue centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.

From £2,105

Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa
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Help children with special needs enjoy the benefits of horse riding on this unique therapy placement

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
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Can't find what you're looking for?

We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.


Speak to one of our South Africa experts on:

01273 007 230

or email:

to start planning your project

Where we are based in South Africa

Cape Town

Our South Africa volunteering projects are based in Cape Town. The city is also known affectionately as the “Mother City” by South Africans. Cape Town has a strong arts and culture scene, historical attractions, and an easy-going lifestyle, which all contribute to its charm.


However, parts of South Africa and Cape Town continue to suffer the effects of inequality and poverty. You'll become part of our ongoing efforts to support and empower local people from these communities.


When you’re not working, there’s plenty to see and do. Go on walks and hikes to experience Cape Town’s natural beauty. Visit museums and theatres to get a feel for the local culture and art-scene. And of course, enjoy a good braai (BBQ) outdoors with some traditional boerewors (sausage).

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our South Africa Arrival Procedures page.

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SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.