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Trip | Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer with women and chidren from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa
Quick Facts
about this position

Working hours


Minimum age

from 18 years


not required

Language skills

Good english knowledge

About this position

Overview: volunteer with disadvantaged women in South Africa

The founder, Lucinda, has recognized a great need for a women's development project in this suburb about 30 km from the city centre of Cape Town. In this district there are living about 40,000 people with an unemployment rate of 60%. The community has experienced a lot of violence, especially against women, within families and even against children. In recent years, the consumption of drugs has increased significantly (Chrystal Meth in Cape Town is called Tik).

What to expect

Description: volunteer with disadvantaged women in South Africa

  • After-school care for girls between 8-13 years who are victims of domestic or sexual violence
  • warm food for children and members of the community, about 50 visitors a day
  • emergency accommodation for victims of violence (Safe House)
  • garden project
  • education (read, count)
  • fundraising, administration (newsletter, website..) marketing
  • training: workshops for children, youth, mothers or members of the organization (solution of conflicts..)
  • trips: Plan, organize and lead trips, camp and activities
  • Home visits
  • public relations and participation in campaigns
  • flexibility
  • enthusiasm
  • acceptance of other cultures and life styles
  • discipline and reliance
  • reliability
  • detailed introduction into the project and community
  • host family near the project
  • family-like environment

Itinerary of your stay abroad

Volunteer abroad program

Start date of project

The volunteer projects run throughout the year. Therefore, we are open for your individual suggestion, which we are going to propose to our partner organisation.

Time of arrival

We recommend to arrange an arrival a few days prios to the start of the volunteer project. You can move in to your guest family up to 3 days before the official project start at no additional costs. You then have enough time to recover from the long flight, get to know your host family and make your first trips.

Arrival at the Airport

Arriving in a new country is always exciting. We want your arrival to be as relaxed as possible. One of the staff members of our partner organization will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your host family or your shared flat. He/she will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find a flight at the desired date, don’t worry. You can choose another one a few days earlier or later.

Orientation program

Within the first days of your arrival one of the team members of our partner organisation will pick you up and show you around. You will get to know the country and its people and you will be informed about Do’s and Dont’s. The program will be held with more volunteers at the same time. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know like-minded globetrotters. Your local contact person will provide you with further useful hints for a good starting point into a new lifestyle.

The project starts

On the first day of your project, you are usually accompanied by a member of our local partner who will answer all of your questions. The further project days your local contact person will always be available for you via phone if you have any concerns or issues to share with somebody.

Free time & weekend

The weekend is totally yours! You may ask your local contact person from our partner organisation about upcoming events, sights, shopping tips or other must see’s. On some days there will be field trips organized by our partner organization. We recommend you to join them as it is always fun to experience a new country with others. 


You shall contact your local contact person a few days prior to your departure to inform about options for your airport drop-off. It will not be included in the services of the volunteer projects, but our expert will help you organize it.

Ready to get started?

Volunteer with women and chidren from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, South Africa

Flexible dates

from 12 weeks

from 18 years

Good english knowledge


1320 EUR

Questions? We will help you!

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Your accommodation

Accommodation volunteer abroad

You can either stay with a host family or live in a homeshare with other volunteers. Most of the accommodations provide electricity, toilets, bathrooms, phone, kitchen and dining room. If you prefer to stay with a host family, you will get an own room and usually 3 meals per day (breackfast, lunch, dinner) are covered. Become a part of the family and their everyday activities. You will get an insight into the culture and society and test and improve your language skills. All host families underwent a selection procedure to ensure quality and safety. Please make sure before registration which option will be covered by your selected volunteer work and state whether your want to stay in a host family or in a homeshare.

Our Service

Service volunteer in Cape Town – what's in and what's not in

What's included:
  • Placement in the volunteer project 
  • Assisting visa application
  • Information about cheap flights, travel insurances and other important travel documents
  • Airport pick up from Cape Town Airport
  • Return transfer to Cape Town Airport
  • Accommodation in a host family, if available for this project
  • Organization of a rental car or scooter if demanded
  • Orientation on site through a staff member
  • Tips and information about freetime activities
  • Contact person during your stay abroad
  • 24-hour emergency number
  • Regular meetings with all volunteers or interns
  • Certificate
  • Accommodation in a backpacker/shared flat (an additional fee of 70 USD on top of the placement fee and 25 USD per week apply; the prices are subject to change)
What’s not included:
  • Visa 
  • Flights
  • Insurance
Our local team
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Our local team

Your coordinator in Cape Town

"My name is Jana Williams, I am originally from Germany, but living in South Africa for 8 1/2 years. Nearly 6 years of those I stayed in the mother city of Cape Town. I am now managing all internship and volunteer placements for Studentsgoabroad Cape Town. During my studies of Social Work I did internships abroad myself. I have been to London, India and even in Cape Town which was 12 years ago. While still living in Germany I started placing interns in Southern African countries and always enjoyed this activity. This activity is interesting, exciting, versatile and most of all positive, as a stay abroad always enlarges the personal horizon.

Learn more about Jana here!