From caring for children with special needs to supporting the rights of HIV/AIDS victims, volunteers in South Africa make a huge difference every day.
If you’re interested in helping disadvantaged communities while exploring some of the most beautiful regions in the world, volunteering in South Africa could be right up your street. There are plenty of sustainable and worthwhile projects on offer, whatever your interests.
Whether you choose to volunteer with Projects Abroad (www.projects-abroad.co.uk) or another organisation, they will all value your help.
Explore multicultural communities, learn about the complexities of South Africa’s past and present, and help give disadvantaged people the tools they need for the future. Here are some of the top reasons why people choose to volunteer in South Africa.
Live with locals
Living with a host family gives you the chance to live, eat, drink and sleep like a local. You can also meet other volunteers and make friends from all over the world who are going through the same experiences as you. South Africa is a popular place in which to volunteer, so you’ll always have a strong group of peers around you to help you settle in and make the most of your time.
Contribute to South Africa’s future
By volunteering in South Africa, you’ll be able to help sustain community goals for a better nation by helping to conserve the country’s natural and cultural heritage. Your work will contribute hugely to helping poorer communities thrive and you’ll also gain the opportunity to learn about the culture and lifestyle of this beautiful place. Many people who have volunteered in South Africa say the experience has changed their lives.
Soak up the culture
The diverse country of South Africa is home to 11 national languages as well as a variety of religions. Community leaders range from rabbis to rugby players to returned exiles, and housing ranges from mud huts to palatial homes. The complex history of the nation involves much devastation, although a new democratic culture has appeared in recent times.
There’s plenty to see and do in South Africa if you want to learn more while volunteering. If you choose to live in Cape Town, you can also visit the nearby Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years.
Explore beautiful surroundings
As well as volunteering, you’ll likely have plenty of time during the week to explore the many interesting sights of South Africa. Volunteers based in Cape Town will have many options on offer, from the infamous Table Mountain, to the beautiful waterfront to many stunning beaches.
There’s also plenty of wildlife to spot in South Africa’s many parks, as well as lots of world-class vineyards and beautiful leafy forests. The country is a popular choice for overseas volunteers for its many stunning locations.
From gaining the chance to live with locals, to learning about the complexities of this beautiful country, individuals can gain much from choosing to work in South Africa, a unique environment in which to spend time volunteering. If you’re interested in changing your life with an incredible experience, volunteering in South Africa could be a good choice for you.