South Africa Volunteer Projects
Assist underprivileged communities, help restore South Africa’s diverse natural environment, and conserve endangered wildlife species
South Africa has a turbulent history, resulting in a great divide between rich and poor. Many South Africans live in poverty and struggle to meet every day needs. Greater infrastructure development is a priority to meet basic human needs of many South Africans living in city townships and rural settlements. Carefully planned volunteer programs help local communities to build schools, playgrounds, and sanitation infrastructures, as well as educational and social empowerment activities, which provide a means to make a real grassroots difference in South Africa.
South Africa has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. However, due to urban expansion and habitat destruction, many species are threatened by extinction. You can make a meaningful difference by assisting researchers in surveying and monitoring flora and fauna in vulnerable habitats, or volunteer on a wildlife rehabilitation and breeding centre.
One of the greatest issues facing South Africa, is poverty. This ongoing issue has marginalized millions of South Africans, and as a result many needs such as access to quality medical care, housing, electricity, food, employment, and education, are not met. Poverty is an enormous feat to overcome, yet with the help of volunteers, there are things we can do locally to make a positive impact on communities from the grassroots level up.
With 9 different Biomes boasting thousands of unique flora and fauna species, South Africa is the perfect place to volunteer on exceptional environmental conservation projects. We focus on environmental management techniques and methods in various jaw dropping sites, to work towards protecting and conserving South Africa’s often, vulnerable natural areas.
Poverty, HIV-Aids, broken families, inadequate housing and school facilities, and other basic necessities are just some of the barriers that millions of South African children face daily. Education is a powerful vehicle that can transform societies and break cycles of disease and poverty. Community support and youth development can empower people so that they can live healthier and more prosperous lives where one can make their own choices about their futures. As such, ISV is working with local host organizations on the ground to assist them with their efforts to fill the gaps left by poor government systems in various areas and communities.
Populations and urban sprawl are increasing globally and pose significant challenges for wildlife conservation in South Africa. Along with certain farming practices, poaching and illegal animal trades; human wildlife conflicts are rapidly contributing towards the depletion of local wildlife species. Wildlife care and rehabilitation centers not only have a role in caring for injured or affected wildlife, but also in animal breeding projects and education programs to help people learn to actively live sustainably and responsibly with their surroundings. In South Africa on our conservation projects, we closely monitor, educate and create awareness, as well as help protect our wildlife for many generations to come.