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Volunteer South Africa Social Welfare Centre

Do you love volunteering &traveling? Would you like to live in the number one tourist spot in all of Africa helping disadvantaged communities have a better life? If this is you sign up for a Volunteer South Africa Social Welfare Centreproject today!

The multicultural country of South Africa has a rich history and wide variety of beautiful plants and animals. This country has something for everyone. From sandy beaches with big waves to savannahs, vineyards, craft food makers, buildings decorated with fabulous street

art and historical buildings galore. History buffs will enjoy discovering more about Nelson Mandela and the numerous colonies that settled here.

Unfortunately, although Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa there are many people that live here that need your help. The divide between the rich and poor is great and there are many people struggling to survive on a daily basis due to poverty, disease, and neglect.

Due to this many South African children and adults with physical or learning challenges are left unsupported. South African social welfare programs are trying their best to feed, clothe, and educate the people in need, but many face staff shortages and a lack of funding.

IFRE has been collaborating with social welfare centers that work with struggling children and adults to help give them the quality of life they deserve. Become a volunteer with IFRE's social welfare project in South Africa to help these centers find the resources they need to care for these disadvantaged people. Simply you being there to show your love and caring for them the way they deserve will give them hope for a brighter future.

These children and adults need loving, caring people like yourself to help them live happily and have a better chance at a successful future. Contact IFRE today to find out more about how you can make children’s lives better as a volunteer in a South African social welfare centre.

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

As a volunteer in South Africa Social Welfare Centreyou will be helping to care for children and some adults with physical difficulties and learning challenges such as Autism. The children need help with basic skills such as walking, talking, feeding, toileting and playing. One of your tasks will be preparing food for and feed the children and adults that need help, some may need special care such as being fed through a tube feeder.

Other tasks will be taking people that need assistance to and from the bus stop, administration duties, fundraising efforts and taking people on walks. Volunteers with occupational therapy or physiotherapy skills are invited to help work with people as many need assistance but due to low funding local physiotherapists are rarely available.

These people live with daily challenges that the rest of us don’t need to face in a place where the resources to help them are difficult to come by. Any help you are able to provide you will make a direct positive impact on these children’s and adult’s lives. Taking the time to be with them and showing them love and compassion will go a long way in improving the quality of their daily life.

Skills and Qualifications:

Everyone over the age of 18 with a passion for helping others is welcome to join this social work social work volunteer project in South Africa. No formal qualifications or work experience is required to help these people that are truly in need. Volunteers are simply asked to exhibit a willingness to help out whenever needed, and help add value to these people’s lives wherever they can.

Volunteers must obtain a police clearance certificate and are asked to commit to a minimum stay of two months. A longer stay gives you a real chance to get to know what these people need and how you can help them as well as helps the people in care build your trust.

First Day: You will be brought to your placement by your local coordinator and introduced to the project staff you will be working with. They will give you a comprehensive orientation about the project, your schedule, your daily tasks and any relevant health and safety advice.

  • Weekdays:Every day is different but a typical volunteer day looks like this:
  • 7.00 AM: Fuel yourself at breakfast with your host family or at the volunteer house.
  • 7.30 AM: Depart home and travel to your placement. Help the project staff with their daily tasks.
  • 12.00 PM: Enjoy lunch getting to know your colleagues and the people under your care before carrying on with your afternoon’s duties.
  • 2:30 PM: Your day of fulfilling social work is done. You are now free to travel home, go shopping or sightseeing or prepare for the next day.

Volunteer South Africa Social Welfare Centre: Dates and Fees

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency.

Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Duration Social Welfare Project
  1 Week   N/A
  2 Weeks   $450
  3 Weeks   $600
  4 Weeks   $750
  5 Weeks   $900
  6 Weeks   $1,050
  7 Weeks   $1,200
  8 Weeks   $1,400
  9 Weeks   $1,550
  10 Weeks   $1,750
  11 Weeks   $1,900
  12 Weeks   $2,050

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Airport Pick up/Transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

When you volunteer in South Africa Social Welfare Centre, you will live in a volunteer house. Our Volunteer House is located in Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb, Observatory! Affectionately called “Obz” by the locals. It’s an arty district that is home to a huge melting pot of various people, sights, sounds, tastes and cultures!

Our Volunteer House is a dormitory style accommodation where you will share room with fellow participants. There are between 4-8 volunteers per room. The House is located close to the City Centre, restaurants, supermarkets, and all the tourist spots the city has to offer.

Breakfast and dinner is included Monday to Friday and lunches and weekend meals are excluded which the volunteers have to cater for. The Volunteer House provides a clean, comfortable, safe and secure living-environment for all our volunteers – the house is strictly used for our program participants and not open to members of the public

Learn more about Cape Town volunteer accommodation and delicious meals.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Explore Cape Town in your free time from your South Africa social worker volunteer. Cape Town is a popular tourist destination and a major destination for immigrants and expatriates giving it a multicultural vibe. Your volunteering position will be between 7-8 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday. This will give you plenty of time in the afternoons and on weekends to explore this marvellous city and its surrounds.

With a climate is similar to the Mediterranean you will never run out of things to do in your free time any time of year. Be sure to visit popular sights such as Table Mountain National Park, City Bowl, numerous beaches, visit Chapman's Peak Drive, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, and much more.

Learn more about how you will spend your free time and weekends during your volunteer time in South Africa.

Safety and in Country Support

We have your safety set as our number one priority here at IFRE. We have helped over 22,000 people experience safe, affordable, life-changing volunteer projects in over 20 countries since 2006. IFRE personally vets projects annually to ensure they are still safe and meet our standards. You will have a local in-country support person available to answer all your questions. They will also periodically check in to see how you are doing and will offer an immediate response if any safety issues should arise.

Your in-country support coordinator will also arrange airport pick-ups, help you settle into your accommodation and project, give you safety information, and teach you about the local culture and customs. They are there to ensure you have an enriching time volunteering as a social worker in South Africa. IFRE also offers a Comprehensive Insurance & Evacuation Plan to help protect you on your travels.

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Volunteer South Africa Social Welfare Centre:FAQs


Fly into Cape Town International Airport for your social work volunteering trip in South Africa. IFRE’s local representative will be there at the airport to pick you up. You will need to send us your correct flight details so that we can pick you up without any delay or hassles.

Airport Transfers

IFRE arranges airport pick up service for volunteers.. Volunteers flying in must inform us in advance about their arrival dates and give us accurate flight details so that our representative can meet them at the airport on time. If your flight is missed or delayed please notify us as soon as possible so we can arrange new pick up schedule for you.

We don’t offer airport transfers for departures once the project has ended.


A tourist visa is a must if you wish to participate in our social work volunteer project in South Africa. While you can get the visa by simply visiting the Embassy of South Africa in your home country, you can also get a 90-day visa on arrival at the Cape Town International Airport. At the moment, the on arrival visa is available to citizens of countries such as The United States, Canada, most of Europe, Russia, Brazil, and Argentina.

Volunteers in South Africa can choose to extend their tourist visas an additional 90 days once in the country if they wish to spend more time working in one of our volunteer programs. To do this, you simply have to visit the Immigration Department of South Africa in Cape Town. Visit this link for detail information regarding South Africa visa process.


To work in our social work South Africa volunteering program, you have to get vaccines for Measles, Malaria, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies and Hepatitis B. Please consult with your doctor for further vaccine recommendations.

You can learn more about these vaccinations here

For further readings:


Volunteer Health and Safety

Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

Why Volunteer South Africa Social Welfare Centre in South Africa?

Volunteering in a social welfare program in South Africa is an awesome opportunity to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people who live in poor communities.

You will help change the lives of people in need

Volunteers participating in this project get the opportunity to give children in need healthier, more secure and constructive childhoods and help bring positive change to the daily lives of adults who need help. You will find the rewards endless when you take the time to provide this much-needed care and support to these people, you will help bring positive change into their lives.

You will assist social welfare centres in their struggle to look after disadvantaged people

As a volunteer in social welfare centres in South Africa project, you will get to help and care for children and adults that need it.. You will have the opportunity to enrich their lives by providing them with games and activities or even just taking them for a walk to help them live well.You will develop real and lasting relationships with people.

The love and the care that volunteers provide the children and adults with will make them feel loved and help brighten their day. By staying with the social welfare centre for 2 or more months you will have the chance to develop real bonds with the people you are caring for and your like-minded colleagues.

You will make a positive impact and provide a better future for people

Your dedication and time spent with the people during our South Africa orphanage volunteer project will bring positive change into their daily lives. This love and care will then help provide people and communities with a better future. You will rest-assured knowing you have given your time to a cause greater than yourself.

Taking part in this project will allow you to dedicate much of your time and effort into improving the lives of unfortunate people. You will not only be able to help people with their basic daily needs but you will also help create a secure space for them to grow and enjoy life.

Volunteer Programs in South Africa

No matter what your passion for volunteering is, IFRE offers variety of volunteering opportunities such as work in child care, volunteer English teaching, sport coaching, , health care, wildlife volunteering in South Africa.

IFRE Community Development Volunteer Opportunities In Other Countries

There are other volunteer projects centered around community development in other countries other than South Africa. See IFRE volunteer opportunities in countries such as Cambodia, Kenya, Thailand, Argentina, and Guatemala. With IFRE community development volunteer programs you can help build a brighter future for people around the world. Contact us now to learn more about how you can help with other community development volunteer programs worldwide.

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