United Planet: Volunteer in South Africa (Gap Program)

    United Planet: Volunteer in South Africa (Gap Program)


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: South Africa
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Program Length: Academic Year, Semester, Other
    • Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Category: Community Service
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Other
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
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    Picture yourself as a volunteer in South Africa, a land famous for cosmopolitan cities, lush vineyards, magnificent wildlife and miles of coastline. 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 a child care center are just two of the ways you can make a difference here.

    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.

    On this GAP YEAR experience with United Planet, you will be hosted by Volunteer Centre, ICYE’s South African partner organization. 


    Social Work

    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. Assist in all aspects of running a child care center, 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.

    Community Development

    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, child care centers, drug rehabilitation centers, and adoption centers around South Africa.