Wild at Heart

Volunteer in South Africa

Run wild in the South African savannah and work alongside the local communities that make up South Africa’s “rainbow nation”.

Refine your field-work skills with this invaluable volunteering opportunity in South Africa, a country deeply rooted in diverse nature, culture and tradition. Experience the thrill of close encounters with animals like elephant, lion, cheetah and rhino while  working on projects dedicated to preserving these and other vulnerable species.

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.

Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.

Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

South Africa volunteer projects

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Book by 31 January 2022

Programs in South Africa

GVI

Planet

Conservation

South Africa Big Cat Research Short Term Internship

Make yourself at home in the South African savannah, while gettin...

FGASA Field Guiding and Conservation Career Internship in South Africa

Join us in South Africa’s Lowveld region, one of the world’s bes...

Wildlife Conservation and Research Internship in South Africa

This program, which takes place over 24 weeks, is of particular ...

Elephant Research and Wildlife Conservation in South Africa

Travel to a private South African wildlife reserve, an hour from ...

Big Cat Conservation Research in South Africa

Explore the wild side of South Africa when you join a global team...

Rhino Poaching Awareness in South Africa

Work as part of our international team on rhino anti-poaching awa...

Cheetah Conservation and Research Project in South Africa

Discover wild South Africa when you join an international team of...

South Africa Wildlife Conservation Short Term Internship

Call the South Africa savannah home for three months while earnin...

African Tropical Island and Savannah Conservation

Travel to Seychelles and South Africa to contribute towards islan...

South African Wildlife Conservation Teen Volunteer Program

Find out what it takes to pursue your dream job in conversation. ...

Wildlife Conservation Internship in South Africa

Kick-start your conservation career when you join our six-month w...

Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition

Travel to a private reserve in South Africa, home to lion, leopar...

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Become an accredited Field Guide and forward your conservation career when you spend 23 weeks tra...

GVI

People

Community Development

Short Term Teaching Internship in Cape Town

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Early Childhood Development in South Africa

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The Intersection of Inequality, Education, and Gender in South Africa’s Townships

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South Africa Global Health Short Term Internship

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Cape Town Women’s Empowerment Short Term Internship

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Volunteer with Children in South Africa

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Women’s Empowerment Project in Cape Town

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Community Development Short Term Internship in Cape Town

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Cape Town Adventure And Cultural Immersion Teen Volunteer Program

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Teaching and Community Development Internship in South Africa

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Volunteer Teaching in South Africa

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Volunteer Public Health Project in South Africa

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Sports in South Africa

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New and Exclusive: GVI Experiences

A locally curated selection of extra activities are now included across our programs.

Learn to make a potjiekos

Develop your wildlife photography skills

Discover the medicinal uses of indigenous plants

Master basic bush survival skills

Watch a magical sunset at a watering hole

Enjoy a night sky safari

Walk through a prehistoric cycad forest

Sleep in the open bushveld

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