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Guide to Volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer Opportunities
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Volunteer in beautiful South Africa with one or more of our rewarding wildlife conservation and community projects.

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While volunteering you can experience life in the bush and learn about the conservation of Africa's wildlife. Many volunteer programmes also offer excellent training courses while contributing towards the long term conservation of African wildlife. On the Volunteer in South Africa program you will work hands on with many of South Africa's animals. From working with baby cheetahs, to monkeys, horses, reptiles we have a project for you.

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Play a hands-on role in the long term conservation of African wildlife, enjoy first-class wildlife viewing and live on Karongwe Game Reserve in the heart of South Africa as part of a wildlife research team. As an expedition member you will participate in wildlife monitoring projects, including assisting with the research on predator/prey interactions by radio tracking.

You may also be involved with the exciting work of darting and the fitting of radio tracking collars to lions and leopards. Expedition members live in an old Farmhouse situated deep within Edeni Game Reserve where animals are free to walk past the kitchen window! Intensive training is given on conservation, bird/mammal/reptile identification, ecology and bush first aid. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a biodiversity study in the unique mountainous Marieskop region. Expedition members are needed for 5  15 weeks and internships are also available.

We can also help you with a wide range of courses, tours and other activities that you can combine to create your own unique South African experience. Learn how to teach English worldwide with a TEFL course, improve your English language skills, or learn how to scuba dive in Cape Town's unique two-ocean environment...

International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

volunteers will learn in-depth knowledge about the unique habitat of the bushveld and the secret behaviour of the wildlife that occurs there, as well as vitally contributing to the protection and restoration of one of South Africa's last remaining wilderness areas.

With all meals, accommodation, transfers, excursions, workshops and activities included, this project will provide volunteers with an exceptional South African experience. For more information on this thoroughly rewarding project please

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Training includes: bush first aid, research techniques, radio tracking and animal monitoring.
Improve your team working skills, make new friends, interact with the local community, experience a new culture, see a part of the world that few people will ever visit and have the experience of a life time..

Both international and national UN volunteers have had the opportunity to serve in the area of economic development. Through the government-initiated KhulaStart project, volunteers helped to strengthen the capacity of South African Non-governmental Organisations/Community based Organisations to implement a sustainable micro credit programme for small scale and micro business development.

Volunteer Projects in South Africa


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South Africa has many top Game / Nature Reserves, and is home to many of the mammals of southern Africa. Numerous wildlife safari and tour companies operate guided tours to South Africa. Popular adventure travel activities in South Africa include: horse riding safaris, elephant back safaris, mountain biking, birding, wilderness walking trails, science safaris and volunteering especially for GAP year students.
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