Picture yourself as a GAP YEAR volunteer in South Africa, a land famous for cosmopolitan cities, lush vineyards, magnificent wildlife and miles of coastline.
South Africa comprises the southern tip of Africa. Wine and gold are its largest exports, and as a former Dutch colony, it offers an interesting mix of traditional South African and European culture and cuisine. South Africa’s difficult past gave birth to a great victory over apartheid, or the mistreatment of those of non-European origin. While South Africa’s strong economy, well-developed infrastructure and modern amenities make it unique among African countries, the nation is still working to recover.
As a volunteer in South Africa, you play an important role supporting educational initiatives. Volunteering as a coach with at-risk youth or working in an orphanage are just two of the ways you can make a difference here.
On this GAP YEAR experience with United Planet, you will be hosted by Volunteer Centre, ICYE’s South African partner organization.
Child Care Centers
Assist in all aspects of running an orphanage, from administration, to childcare, sports programming, education, collecting food donations, and more. Volunteers may be required to do night shifts. The center hosts children up to 18 years old. The project will assign tasks based on the volunteer preference, interest, skill, and personality.
Homeless Shelter Administration
Assist with a range of administrative duties at a local homeless shelter, such as marketing and organizing donation drives. Volunteers may also do trainings for shelter users or help monitor existing commercial shelter projects such as organic gardening, candle-making, or earthworm farming.
Working with the Elderly
Volunteers work with the elderly in a local retirement community. Volunteer tasks include assisting with basic care, cooking, organizing social activities, and helping with physical exercises.
Work as an administrative assistant in an established non-profit that focuses on the care, development and rehabilitation of underprivileged individuals in South Africa. This non-profit is an umbrella organization that runs around 150 retirement communities, hospices, orphanages, drug rehabilitation centers, and adoption centers around South Africa.
Cost and Session Information
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.