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 in the beautiful city of Cape Town. You’ll support local communities through our ongoing development programs.


There are several different volunteer opportunities in and around Cape Town. You can support early childhood development at disadvantaged care centers in the townships, or kick-start your journalism career at a local online magazine. You can also work in social justice and provide free legal advice through our Law and Human Rights Project.


No matter which project you contribute to, our local staff will be available to support you 24/7.


Cape Town is a traveler’s dream! During your free time, you can visit the iconic Table Mountain or go see the Big Five on a weekend away safari! We also recommend trying as much of the delicious local food as possible.

Projects available in South Africa

1-3 of 14 Projects

Legal clinic in session in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town
Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From $3,400 USD
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.
Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $2,720 USD
Projects Abroad volunteers teach surfing in South Africa through warm up exercises.
Volunteer Surf Coaching In South Africa
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $2,770 USD
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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:

(+1) 212 244 7234

or email:

to start planning your project

Where we are based in South Africa

Cape Town

Our South Africa volunteer projects are based in Cape Town, known affectionately as the “Mother City”. It has a thriving 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 from inequality and poverty. You'll join our ongoing efforts to support and empower people in these communities.


There is plenty to see and do in Cape Town, and you’ll have more than enough free time to explore. You can go on walks and hikes to experience the breathtaking natural beauty. You could also visit fascinating museums and theatres to get a feel for the local culture and art-scene. And of course, enjoy the outdoors with a braai (BBQ) 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.

Next Steps

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.


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