South Africa

Volunteering in Cape Town

From AU$945
1 - 12 weeks
18 yrs and above

You can choose-your-own-adventure with this program which gives you the chance to make a real difference in communities.

Come to spectacular Cape Town and make a difference through a range of valuable community projects, from art & sustainability to animal rescue, from surfing with kids to teaching in the township.

Despite its jaw-dropping beauty, Cape Town is a city where a large proportion of the population live a tough life in underprivileged areas and townships. Through a series of inspiring community projects, the people of Cape Town along with international volunteers aim to help those less fortunate.

What programs can I choose from?

Create your own meaningful adventure through a combination of programs, staying from a week to many months and you can choose from the following programs:

  • Township Animal Rescue (1-12 weeks)
  • Kids' Surfing Project (1-12 weeks)
  • Township Sports Project (1-12 weeks)
  • Township Art and Sustainability (1-12 weeks)
  • Township Kindergarten (1-12 weeks)
  • Teaching Internship (4-8 weeks)
  • Marine Biology Internship (4-12 weeks)

Where will I stay?

Our large volunteer house in Cape Town will be your home, only a short distance from the shops and beach. The house accommodates up to 18 people in single-sex bunk-rooms with up to 6 sharing. There are lockers for your valuables, a kitchen, lounge area, balcony, a nice garden and barbeque. Wifi is available.

What will I do?

Create your own, personal volunteering adventure.  Options are available to mix and match in blocks of 1 week.

  • Township Animal Rescue
    A great option for budding veterinarians, vet nurses, animal welfare officers or any lover of cats and dogs, this organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected, abused, and unwanted domestic animals in low-income areas. You’ll assist vets in the clinic and animal hospital, attend mobile clinics in the townships, be part of rescues, treatments, rehabilitations and adoptions and much more.
  • Kids' Surfing Project 
    This project was founded by a local surfer and provides an opportunity for kids from the townships to get off the streets and into the water to experience a positive aspect of their home town, having fun and exercise whilst learning how to surf. You don’t need to be a surfer, but competency in the water is essential to be able to keep the kids safe.
  • School Sports
    Assist with sports and activities at this underprivileged school 45 minutes from Cape Town. You’ll share your passion and knowledge for netball, soccer, rugby, cricket, basketball, tennis with these enthusiastic kids and by being part of their daily physical education sessions, you’ll make a great difference.
  • Township Art and Sustainability
    Bring out your creative side as you join this dynamic team of artists who think out of the box and create beautiful art pieces using recycled materials collected from beach clean ups and recycling co-ops. Get involved with lessons for children from the local township, encouraging the kids to be creative, give them ideas, join and work alongside them and the creative member leading the session.
  • Township Kindergarten
    Working alongside this team of inspiring local women, come and help out at this well-established township childcare centre. The daycare centre takes care of over 60 township children aged from 3 to 6, allowing their parents to go out to work. It’s an amazing opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the lives of these kids.
  • Equine Therapy
    If you have a love for horses and a passion for working with children with disabilities, this program is perfect for you.  Help disabled children feel the joy and freedom of movement as they experience the incredible social, mental and physical benefits of horse riding. This Therapy in Motion centre is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides these special experiences for kids with disabilities, and has achieved amazing results. Minimum 4 weeks commitment.
  • Teaching Internship
    his internship program is designed for students, gap-year travellers, and first-time teachers. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain classroom experience, learning practical skills and gaining confidence working alongside a local teacher. Minimum 4 weeks commitment.
  • Marine Biology Internship
    Get up close and personal with sharks, turtles, penguins, fish and other marine creatures at this incredible aquarium in the heart of spectacular Cape Town. You’ll assist with a variety of tasks such as cleaning displays, prepping food and keeping the residents and visitors happy. You may even get involved in open water rescue missions or animal releases! Minimum 4 weeks commitment.

What did previous participants think?

“Our two weeks volunteering in South Africa was a life-changing experience that I will never forget. I would highly recommend anyone that is considering to volunteer overseas to do so with Totally Travel - you won't regret it!”  ​Shanyn from VIC

How do I apply?

If you're interested and want some more info or to apply to this program, chuck in your details below or download the info pack and someone will be in touch to help you out!


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