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White Lion

Volunteer with VWI and make
a long lasting contribution
to the survival of this majestic
and near extinct species

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Vervet Monkey

Play a key role in the
rearing and rehabilitation of
these unique primates

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Great White Shark

Get up close and personal with
one of our oceans top predators!

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VWIs very own community
initiative is one of the most
engaging programs available!

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'Big 5' Adventures

Go behind the scenes at South
Africas top Game Reserves
and see the famous 'Big 5'
in their natural habitats

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Adventure Tours

From Kenya to South Africa and
all in-between, check out our
range of full on adventure tours!

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Photo taken: Namib Desert @ sunset

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The VWI Difference

How we go the extra mile for
everyone we work with - our
good causes AND our volunteers

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Lifes a journey - live it!

Welcome to the home of Volunteer World International - the first choice for anyone looking for an epic adventure and to 'Volunteer South Africa'!

Volunteer South Africa - Projects and Adventure Tours

Community, conservation and everything in-between, VWI is home to only the greatest, most sustainable and enriching volunteer experiences anywhere in South Africa

Big 5 Volunteer Experiences

Volunteer in South Africa and go behind the scenes at some of South Africas leading 'Big 5' Game Reserves and become involved in all aspects of their day to day operations

Conservation Volunteer Experiences

Immerse yourself in one of our leading conservation volunteer programs and play a major role in the preservation of our natural heritage

Marine Conservation Volunteer

Cage dive with Great White Sharks or get up close to a variety of other marine species such as whales, dolphins and penguins at one of our leading Marine Conservation Programs

Rehabilitation Volunteering

Assist with the care and rehabilitation of a variety of South Africas wildlife species for some of the most heart warming volunteer experiences imaginable!

Community Volunteer Experiences

Make a lasting difference to local communities through sports coaching, teaching, childcare amongst many other activities at one of our hugely uplifting programs!

Field Guide Courses

Learn to become a qualified Field Guide or Game Ranger in the heart of South Africas bush at our market leading courses run throughout the year.

Walk with Predators

Ever wanted to pet a lion or tiger cub? VWI were the first volunteer agency anywhere in the world to offer the truth - find out more and 'know before you go'

Trips and Adventure Tours

From South Africa to Kenya and all that lies in-between, VWI are proud to offer a comprehensive range of adventure tours to perfectly compliment your volunteer experience

Special Offers

Looking for a special deal over and above the fantastic pricing VWI already offer? Check out our range of late availability and incentive deals!

Why Travel With VWI?

VWI pride ourselves on providing the best possible experience for all wanting to visit and ‘Volunteer South Africa’ – below are just a few of the reasons why you will not find a better partner anywhere!

  • 24/7 personal support before, during and after your trip. 
  • Knowledgable staff 100% based in South Africa. 
  • Backing of the VWI code of conduct.
  • And only the most amazing volunteer experiences available! 

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Comprehensive Travel Insurance

Accidents can and unfortunately do occasionally happen so to ensure all our visitors enjoy complete peace of mind throughout the duration of their stays, VWI are proud to have partnered with World Nomads to offer travel insurance specifically designed for volunteers and for anyone looking to take part in the life changing experiences available when you volunteer in South Africa.

Looking for Flights?

Looking for the best priced flights around to get your visit off to the perfect start? For both international and internal flights at your country of arrival, Travelstart is the ideal place to begin your search!


Volunteering/voluntourism/volunteering, however you refer to it, when undertaken correctly with well run programs provides a huge mechanism for change and huge benefits to areas in dire need of support and structure - volunteering truly can be the greatest form of 'eco-tourism'!

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From initiation, Volunteer World International have been specifically structured with the sole focus of providing maximum benefit to everyone we work with, our projects and in particular, our volunteers. We go the extra mile wherever possible and have a real passion and commitment to make sure this happens.

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First hand local knowledge is invaluable to ensuring any volunteers visit lives up to expectations, with our team based solely in South Africa holding decades of volunteering experience as former volunteers and also program curators, who better to advise on exactly how to make your dreams come true?

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