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South Africa Community Care Work

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South Africa Community Care Work

Make a real difference to orphaned and vulnerable children at care centres in some of the poorer parts of South Africa in this worthwhile and hugely rewarding project.

Prices from US$2,245

Visit South Africa, a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

However, in South Africa many people still live in poverty and government services are unable to reach some of the most vulnerable. As a result of a lack of government funding overstretched and understaffed care centres struggle to provide adequate care and support to vulnerable children. You can make a real difference to orphaned and vulnerable children in some of the poorer parts of South Africa in this worthwhile and hugely rewarding project! 


  • Make a real difference to orphaned & vulnerable children
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 17 years


Location South Africa
Activities General care
Organising activities
Helping with meal times
Assisting the staff
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & training

Project related transport
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup
This project also provides advice on individual travel & activities, reference letters on request and (on 12 week placements only) a number of inclusive activities and excursions


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


As a result of a lack of government funding, the burden of maintaining vital community care centres for orphans and vulnerable children tends to fall on volunteers and are therefore in very high demand. This project aims to provide desperately needed help to local community workers and make a significant contribution to the level of care offered to some of the most vulnerable South African children. 


You will usually work five days a week at various care centres in the Port Elizabeth area depending on the need of the project at the time of your visit and your skills and interests. Different care centres offer different services including care for children whose parents suffer from the HIV/AIDS virus, the provision of education and meals for children whose parents are unable to provide these necessities and looking after children with mental and physical disabilities. Children range in age from as young as six months to 15 years old, some of whom attend nearby schools if they can, and you may also work with vulnerable adults. 

Your role with children at the care centres will involve looking after their general welfare, organising fun playtime activities, helping out with meal times and assisting staff with education. Your love and attention can make a huge difference to the children you meet – whether it's through teaching English, playing games or simply listening to them talk about their families. You will work alongside local staff and should be prepared for the unexpected – a sense of creativity and the ability to improvise when things don't go according to plan will go a long way! This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding placement and the local staff will be by your side to help you. 


On arrival you will be collected from Port Elizabeth airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation where you can settle in. You will then start 3–4 days of orientation where you will be given inductions and various workshops and training and be able to get to know the local staff and your fellow volunteers. Throughout your placement all work related transport is included in your project contribution. 


During this placement you will stay in a comfortable volunteer house with dormitory style rooms and shared toilets and showers. The volunteer house has a great sociable atmosphere with Sky TV and a games room with a pool table and table tennis to enjoy with your fellow volunteers. The accommodation is conveniently located only ten minutes drive away from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance. 


Three meals a day are provided on your placement and vegetarians can be catered for if required. There will be breakfast of toast, spreads and cereals, a packed lunch which the volunteers make up themselves, and dinner is available in the canteen offering various western style meals such as pasta dishes and burgers and some South African specialities. If you venture to any local cafe or restaurant, try some of the local cuisine such as biltong and bobotie, a delicious shepherd's pie-style dish, or boerewors, which are handmade farm sausages and very popular with visitors!

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

The time of my life  | 19 Nov 2019
I spent 7 weeks in South Africa and had the time of my life. I met some awesome people and made n...

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Highly recommended  | 17 Nov 2019
I don’t even know where to begin! I had the time of my life on this project. South Africa i...

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5 weeks US$2,245

12 weeks US$4,295

Extra week US$345


Project runs from Saturday to Saturday


12th January (5-11 weeks)

16th February (5-6 weeks)

30th March (5-12 weeks)

4th May (5-7 Weeks)

6th July (5 weeks)

17th August (5-12 weeks)

21st September (5-7 weeks)


11th January (5-11 weeks)

15th February (5-6 weeks)

4th April (5-11 weeks)

9th May (5-6 Weeks)

4th July (5 weeks)

15th August (5-12 weeks)

19th September (5-7 weeks)


5 or 12 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation & training
  • Project-related transport
  • Equipment & briefings
  • In-country emergency support


Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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