Volunteer in South Africa: An Introduction to Cape Town

"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela

Often referred to as the Rainbow Nation, you'll find signs of South Africa's rich cultural and geographical diversity everywhere you look. You'll find larger-than-life national parks, beautiful landscapes that vary from mountains to deserts to white sandy beaches, and vineyards that rival those of Europe. As a volunteer in South Africa you will witness a true cultural melting pot, with 11 official languages, you'll be sure to pick up some of the basics from a few of them during your stay.

...a jewel in the crown of the African continent...

Whether you're experiencing the city from the top of Table Mountain or the shores of the Western Cape, Cape Town has something for everyone. Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, is a true melting pot, and home to citizens who trace their roots to Europe, Asia, and other African nations. Although this diversity is largely celebrated today, the effects of apartheid -- the forced racial segregation that lasted over four decades -- can still be felt throughout South Africa.

While there is still a sense of separation in the country, and issues such as high unemployment and the HIV/AIDS epidemic threaten economic progress, South Africans are determined to make up for decades of social disruption, inequitable services, and lost opportunities. Take part in this incredible sense of determination when you volunteer in South Africa.

Your volunteer work in Africa will give you an opportunity to assist with the growth and development of children, improve education for children, improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly, improve the quality of care for people with disabilities, or support those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Volunteer trips to Africa can mean a great many things. And as an international volunteer, you want to ensure that your experience is genuine, immersive, and impactful. When you volunteer with CCS in Cape Town, South Africa, you'll have an opportunity to experience a diverse country that is evolving every moment of every day, and a chance to make a real impact. Become a CCS volunteer in South Africa—a nation thought by many to be the gateway to Africa—to ensure that your volunteer work in Africa is extraordinary.

Volunteer in South Africa during summer months only

Read more about the South Africa volunteer experience on our blog!


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English, IsiXhosa & Afrikaans
National Food

Your Cape Town Staff

It’s hard to know where to start when we brag about Luann – she came to CCS after working as the HIV/AIDS Coordinator of CARE initiatives in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland, and serving as the Executive Director of NACOSA (Networking AIDS Community of South Africa). All things told, Luann brings over 20 years of experience in the field of community development, including consultant work with development agencies like USAID, Development Associates, Policy Project and CIDA, and social work with street children. When Luann takes a break from being Superwoman, she loves listening to African jazz and reggae, and unwinding with her two beautiful sons.
Country Staff