Study English in South Africa and still make a difference to the lives of those who need it

When you study English abroad, you may also want to make a difference to the lives of local people. Good Hope Studies (GHS) in Cape Town has a fantastic volunteer programme for you.

The school offers volunteer programmes in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The programmes goes far beyond simply giving up your time. It gives volunteers an insight into local life, history and culture, plus the knowledge and experience that you will keep for the rest of your life. How wonderful to make a difference in the life of another person.

What do you need to volunteer?

You do not need specific skills or experience to be a part of the Good Hope Studies volunteer programme. 
You must be at least 17 or 21 years of age (depending on the project) and have a minimum English level of Intermediate Superior (B2).

What types of projects does GHS arrange?

There are almost 40 volunteer projects to choose from. Some allow you to work with children, the elderly, others with animals and nature conservation or even growing organic vegetables.

Social

This project is for anyone who really wants to dedicate their time and expertise to make a difference in the lives of children, the elderly and poor communities, whether in homes or schools throughout South Africa and Namibia.

Animals

This is perfect for people passionate about animals. You can do volunteer work directly with wild and rehabilitated animals, in the game reserves and with endangered species. 
In both South Africa and Namibia, you can help make a difference in the lives of animals affected by hunting, poaching and habitat destruction.

Medical

If you have an interest in public health and the development of local communities, you can participate in the medical volunteer program. 
There is no need for medical experience. In the project you can have experience in a medical clinic in Namibia or participate in a public health program in the Western Cape, supporting the local community. F

Farm-based Volunteering

On this project, volunteering will learn the skills needed in the cultivation process from real farmers. If you like contact with nature and the countryside and are concerned about the sustainable future of our planet this is for you. The project happens in beautiful rural areas of South Africa.

In which regions of South Africa do projects take place?

Cape Town

Volunteers can choose to work with children or the elderly in a hospital or special needs care centre. There are also conservation projects in nature reserves on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Hout Bay

There are 3 projects to choose from in Hout Bay. One of the projects is in child care, where in the morning you work with children of pre-school age and in the afternoon with children from 15 to 19 years old. Other projects are to support work with domestic animals and the wild bird sanctuary project that provides care for these animals.

Garden Route

In this region, most of the volunteer projects are in conservation. Volunteering can interact with wildlife such as monkeys, wild cats, elephants, birds or marine animals.

Kruger Park and surroundings

Most volunteer projects hear are working on conservation and taking care of wild animals. There are also social projects that combine conservation with social volunteering.

Namibia

In Namibia it is possible to choose from 3 great volunteer projects. Medical design, conservation or sports design with young children.

Botswana

In this region the projects are for the development of the local community. All projects are related to conservation and social projects.

You will never do anything more rewarding in life than volunteering.