VOLUNTEERING IN South Africa

AFRICA

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of Africa and ranges from desert to sub-tropical. After volunteering in South Africa you can relax on wine tour or tick off your own Big 5 wildlife list on safari at one of the many National Parks.

Cheetah Centre

Cheetah Centre

South Africa

Join a team to help save cheetahs from extinction through education and a long-term reintroduction project. Work closely with cheetahs enabling reserve and enclosure improvements and collect data.

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Children’s Day Care

Children’s Day Care

South Africa

Volunteer at crèches and day care centres in a beautiful region of Cape Town providing care, education and community support. Support children who have experienced poverty and neglect and improve their English skills.

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Elephant Care and Research

Elephant Care and Research

South Africa

Work hands on with elephants whilst joining an active research team. This research enables the project to provide expert advice for the optimal care and management of captive elephants around the world.

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Horse Rehabilitation

Horse Rehabilitation

South Africa

Care for previously abused or neglected horses on the South African coast. This enables to project to rescue more horses providing them with a better quality of life and continue their sustainable model of rescue and rehabilitation.

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Kruger Conservation and Leopard Monitoring

Kruger Conservation and Leopard Monitoring

South Africa

Join an active research team and contribute to important wildlife conservation research in Kruger National Park. Focusing on leopard population monitoring, this is essential for the protection of the species.

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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation

South Africa

Learn to dive in a world famous dive site Sodwana Bay and contribute whale shark, turtle and manta ray research. The data collected is used to monitor species distribution in the iSamangaliso Wetland Park.

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Monkey Rescue

Monkey Rescue

South Africa

Work hands on with a variety of primate species providing care and enrichment. This allows the monkeys to experience a better quality of life and enables to project to rescue more monkeys in need.

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Top 5 reasons to visit and volunteer in South Africa

  • African wildlife - from penguins running around the beaches in Cape Town to fantastic safari opportunities in the National Parks. The famous Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five and has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species)!

  • Adventure - for adrenaline junkies there is bunjee jumping, river rafting, wakeboarding, abseiling, caving and sailing to name just a few. Try surfing at Jeffreys Bay (J-bay) which is known as ‘surfer’s paradise’. Most of these adventure activities are along the world famous Garden Route.

  • Sea life - South Africa is one of the best places in the world to go whale watching. You can see humpback whales, southern right whales, Bryde’s whales, orcas and dolphins in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

  • New natural wonder of the world - at 1086m above sea level, Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town and is the only natural site to have a constellation of stars named after it (Mensa).

  • History - for nearly 400 years Robben Island was a place of imprisonment and isolation, today however it is a World Heritage site and a place that symbolises victory over Apartheid and other human rights abuses. Nelson Mandela is one its most famous prisoners.

We are driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community.

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Year Out Group
  • Sunday Times
  • the independent
  • theguardian
  • DOFE
  • Right Tourism
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Tourism Concern

POD VOLUNTEER

RESPONSIBLE VOLUNTEERING
Sustainable needs-based volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community. Volunteers of all ages are needed to make a difference overseas.

Pod IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION WITH ASSOCIATED CHARITY
Structured to minimise costs for volunteers and maximise benefits for the projects we support.

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