• Why should I volunteer?

    We think volunteering abroad is an amazing opportunity for you to work on new skills, meet people from around the world and explore South Africa within a structured context. For more information on why we think volunteering is so important, take a look at the Our Program page. 

  • What does it cost to volunteer?

    Our program pricing varies according to the individual program and the length of your stay. We also require an additional application fee to secure your volunteer spot. Please contact us directly for an estimated program cost.

  • Why is there a cost to volunteer?

    You may be confused about why there is a cost to volunteer- after all, you are donating your time to an organization and you aren't paid for it. In reality, it isn't that simple. There is a cost for our partner organizations to host, feed, support and train you during your time in the program. The costs that you pay for the program cover administrative fees and the cost to the host organization so that they can focus their resources toward their important programs.

    If the cost of the program is an issue for you, we encourage you to get creative with your fundraising efforts.

  • How long are the programs?

    We ask participants to commit to a minimum of 2.5 weeks. This includes three days of orientation and two weeks of volunteering. You can choose to stay for up to 6-8 weeks depending on the program. 

  • What if I don’t know anything about conservation or wildlife care?

    That’s okay! Our volunteer programs are built to be learning experiences for participants – any specific skills that you need will be taught to you while on assignment. All you need is a positive attitude, desire to learn, and an open heart. 

  • When can I start?

    We accept applicants on a rolling basis, with orientations twice every month. That means you can choose when is most convenient with your school or work schedule to find the perfect time for your trip! 

  • Do I need a visa?

    U.S. citizens do not need a visa for entry into South Africa for stays under 90 days. 

  • Do I need vaccines?

    Short answer: No.

    Long answer: As long as you are caught up on your routine vaccinations (measles-mumps-rubella, Hepatitis A + B, tetanus, etc.) you’re not required to receive any additional vaccinations. For the regions you will be volunteering in, it is recommended (though not always required) that you take anti-malarial medication, as this is a low-risk threat in rural areas like the Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions.

    For more details, visit the CDC’s South Africa web page. Always consult with your doctor or travel physician regarding any special medications or preparation you may need before traveling. Your doctor is your best resource for all health-related travel information. 

  • What should I pack?

    Each program will require something a little bit different, and may vary by season. If you have any specific questions, please contact us

  • What is the weather like in South Africa?

    South Africa is a big country, but summer (November – March) temperatures tend to average around 75°-80°F. Winter (June – August) ranges from approximately 50°-65°F. Fall (April & May) and Spring (September – October) temperatures usually stay around 60°-70°F. Whenever you go, do pack warm clothes – even in summer the early mornings and evenings can get chilly.