Volunteer Options in South Africa

South Africa is a place with an amazing cultural diversity with 11 official languages and tons of different ethnicities. It is also well known around the world for the delicious wines that they produce.

The diversity doesn’t stop at cultural aspects. You will also find a wide diversity of wildlife, from hippos to penguins with habitats just as varied. This is definitely a country that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

To me, one of the best ways to explore the world and visit unique places such as South Africa is through volunteering. Here are 3 opportunities you might be interested in:

Addo Elephant Park, South Africa

Addo Elephant Park, South Africa by Brian Snelson | Flickr

Academic Manager for Imagine Scholar

Imagine scholar is a program for underserved youth in the Nkomazi region of South Africa that offers creative and holistic education. They seek to give students tools such as critical thinking, communication and character.

The organization is looking for a volunteer to work with the Executive director to oversee the academic development of kids, run seminars, create learning plans and match students.

Aside from accommodation and food volunteers are provided with a 1,000 Rand stipend per month.

If this sounds like a task you are interested in send your CV and a letter or video with a personal statement as to why you want this opportunity to megan@imaginescholar.org or check out www.imaginescholar.org/

After School Mentor for Streetlight Schools

They opened a primary school on January 13, 2016. Aside from offering the school program they also have after school activities for the students.

They are looking for volunteers to support the afterschool program at the art, dance, computer or skateboarding lessons. Volunteer are also welcome to provide ideas for new extracurricular activities.

You can send your CV to melanie@streetlightschools.org or visit www.streetlightschools.org

Table Mountain - South Africa

Table Mountain, South Africa by South African Tourism | Flickr

Volunteer Coordinator for DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

DAKTARI receives paying volunteers who want to help with teaching local children about the environment through a wildlife orphanage. The organization is searching for a coordinator / camp manager who can greet other volunteers, provides orientation, trains them, monitor their work, among other things.

Their fees include accommodations, all of the meals, laundry service, towels and bedding, airport pick up and drop off as well as a trip into town per week.

Check out their website for more information.

All of the organizations I just talked about have programs that run year long and constantly need volunteers for different tasks. So visit their websites and you might find some other volunteering opportunity that suits you better.