Volunteer in South Africa

When you think of traveling to Africa, the first things that come to mind are safaris and maybe some beach time. While those are both great ideas, there is much more to see and do in South Africa than just that. If you’re looking for a great mix of culture, breathtaking natural wonders, and adventure – then you should consider visiting South Africa. But even better to travel with a purpose! Volunteering is a great way to see the country through a different scope while giving back to the community.

There are many reasons to travel and volunteer in South Africa. The country is full of natural beauty, from its stunning coastline to its vast game reserves. It’s also a land with a rich history and culture, which you can explore in its many museums and heritage sites. And, of course, it’s a great place to volunteer! Whether you’re looking to help out in a conservation project or you want to work in education with children there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference in South Africa. So why not consider spending your next holiday volunteering in this amazing country?

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Program information at glance

Why volunteer in South Africa?

INLEX partners with trusted sustainable projects in South Africa. Volunteers can expect support from the minute they sign up for the program to the moment they leave South Africa. 

Projects are inspected by local staff to ensure safety, sustainability, and relevant tasks.

  • Welcome and transportation from Cape Town airport(CPT) or Johannesburg (JNB)(Depending on the project)
  • Support throughout the program 
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Shared volunteer accommodation with a host family with three meals per day or volunteer dormitories. 
  • /Wildlife project´s accommodation is tented.
  • Placement at project.
  • Supervision 
  • Certificate of program participation

Start dates and where to fly

There are two set dates per month for volunteers to join other participants in orientation. These start dates are preferred so all participants start at the same time and get to know each other during orientation.

Participants fly into Cape Town airport (CPT) where they are greeted by the South African team. 

If you are arriving via bus or are already in the country we can arrange for your pickup elsewhere in Cape town.

Please note that some wildlife projects required you to fly into Johannesburg instead.

Project options at glance in South Africa

+ Volunteer teaching

Volunteer in South Africa in education serving as a teacher or teacher aid in schools that are understaffed and greatly benefit from having extra help. Please note that this program follows the South African school cycle.

+ Wildlife

Work in a reserve helping staff with day-to-day tasks such as tracking and monitoring of wild animals, daily maintenance of fences and pipes, and awareness in local communities and farms. The project takes place in Johannesburg

+ Environmental conservation

Volunteers joining the environmental program work in nature reserves which aim at the conservation of natural habitats and environmental education awareness.

+ Social work and NGOs

Volunteers joining this program work with various small organizations helping communities in Cape Town with complex social issues such as poverty alleviation, lack of education, HIV/AIDS, and youth development.


programs by week
$ 855 3 weeks
  • 4 weeks $1188
  • 5 weeks $1324
  • Additional week $170

Wildlife reserve program:

$ 2065
$ 2575
$ 3123
$ 4055
$ 4610

  • Welcome and transportation from Cape Town airport or Johannesburg.(Depending on the project)
  • Orientation .
  • Accommodation in Cape town volunteer dorms  or host family. Host family in share accommodation.
  • Dinner is prepared, Breakfast and lunch is self serve.
  • Participating project placement
  • Assistance when required at the project
  • Assistance in booking weekend trips and activities.
  • Emergency support if needed
  • Airfare
  • Travel health insurance
  • Weekend leisure travel.
  • Personal expenses
  • Day to day commuting costs(Taxis, buses, etc)