Welcome to VWI, we offer bespoke tailor-made volunteer
experiences in South Africa.

Company & Structure

Here at Volunteer World International (VWI), we are proud to be in the privileged position to be able to offer our clients first rate, leading local knowledge and advice to help our clients create infinitely adaptable tailor made experiences with best of breed projects by simply doing what we know intimately and have huge passion in – beneficial travel across Southern Africa! All of our amazing and vibrant team have comprehensive experience and encompass a huge contact network within Southern Africa. When this is combined with our philosophy of generating benefit from travel opportunities, be you a student looking to gain valuable work experience towards a degree, a volunteer looking for a life changing opportunity or someone looking to undertake certified training to begin a career in the tourism industry – VWI have got your exact needs understood and covered.

By working as a specifically focused, knowledgeable, local team without the need for unnecessary payouts for overseas staffing, premises or travel to offer the quality of service we guarantee, we also ensure that our pricing is unbeatable. We are justifiably proud of our structure and strongly believe this is of benefit to all of the people with whom we work – our clients receive the best quality, tailor made experiences, support and advice to fully fit their needs and all at the lowest possible price. On an ongoing basis, all of our programs are also regularly examined for their sustainability and ethical practices with all abiding by a strict VWI code of conduct in relation to this – you can be assured that we do not and will never support any projects or programs promoting tourism that creates detriment or exploits any element involved in its operation. We know Southern Africa intimately and importantly the cultures, people and landscapes with which we work like the back of our hands so who better to provide everything you could possibly wish for from your beneficial travel experience?!

What Drives Us

VWIs ongoing ethical goals are, through our operation, to help provide for beneficial local change and opportunity creation across Southern Africa through the development of custom made, premium quality, beneficial tourism and learning experiences – our structure and team are specifically developed to achieve this All of our team live in, are immensely passionate about and have first hand experience regarding the benefits that can be created through development of tourism across Southern Africa giving us a huge understanding and specific, in depth knowledge of the fields and people with which we are involved to pass on to our clients.

A key belief for VWI is that tourism should create a positive impact for all involved – for the visitor and the program they are visiting – creating a positive experience for all is key. To achieve this, VWI go to great lengths to understand each individual clients requirements and goals prior to booking. Be you a local or international University student looking to gain work experience or credits towards your degree, someone looking to train with us to become a qualified tourism guide or a volunteer simply looking for a genuinely life changing experience, with our array of projects and contact network, we are fully able to suggest or create a visit that will meet individual clients goals perfectly.

Our Beliefs

VWIs ongoing ethical goals are, through our operation, to help provide for beneficial local change and opportunity creation across Southern Africa through the development of custom made, premium quality, beneficial tourism and learning experiences – our structure and team are specifically developed to achieve this All of our team live in, are immensely passionate about and have first hand experience regarding the benefits that can be created through development of tourism across Southern Africa giving us a huge understanding and specific, in depth knowledge of the fields and people with which we are involved to pass on to our clients.

A key belief for VWI is that tourism should create a positive impact for all involved – for the visitor and the program they are visiting – creating a positive experience for all is key. To achieve this, VWI go to great lengths to understand each individual clients requirements and goals prior to booking. Be you a local or international University student looking to gain work experience or credits towards your degree, someone looking to train with us to become a qualified tourism guide or a volunteer simply looking for a genuinely life changing experience, with our array of projects and contact network, we are fully able to suggest or create a visit that will meet individual clients goals perfectly.

Our Ethics

  1. All forms of tourism should be 100% sustainable and non exploitative
  2. Each client, visitor and student has individual goals and requirements – providing for these individual requirements is key to our service provision
  3. Tourism should be a positive experience for all to provide for the specific needs of all involved –fully understanding our projects and clients needs enables this to be achieved for all clients booking through VWI
  4. Sharing of experience and the formation of beneficial local and international partnerships are key to providing for growth and development opportunities
  5. True beneficial tourism should provide a structured vector through operation to create positive localised upliftment
  6. Investing in grass routes tourism is essential both with regards to program development and the training of highly qualified tourism professionals

For further information regarding our ethical code or operational practices get in touch

Our Projects

VWIs name, reputation and therefore existence depends on the quality of the projects, partners with whom we work and experiences we are subsequently able to offer to our clients. Knowing and believing this fully, we place huge importance in selecting the organisations with which we work. Ensuring our experiences and programs are always of the highest imaginable quality is a top priority for us and to achieve this, all of our offered programs are carefully selected and designed to ensure that not only do our clients enjoy best of breed, informative and beneficial experiences, but also that by attending any given program, you can be assured that your time and efforts return real benefit into the conservation field or community you visit. This in particular we regard as being the most important reason for any tourism company to be in existence i.e. – to make a real long term and beneficial difference!

The main ethos behind the service VWI offer is to ensure that tourism, on an ongoing basis, represents a sustainable means of developing and supporting genuine good causes within South Africa and as such, all of our projects, courses and programs are constantly vetted to ensure that benefit is being gained from your visit. Be this through research development and findings from our conservation programs that lead to ongoing understanding and protection of our wild heritage, provision of support and enhancements to the communities we serve or market leading training courses and internationally recognised qualifications, all of our projects are constantly monitored by ourselves and respected organisations within South Africa to ensure that all of our clients can be guaranteed their contributions and presence make a real and genuine difference.

All in all, VWI believe strongly in mutual benefit – we truly value our clients for the benefit they offer or have the potential to create through their visits and we reward them by offering the best possible experiences available.

So, with 24/7 in country support, extensive and unparalleled local knowledge, great and engaging programs and real benefit being derived from all of our partners – what possible excuse could you have not to book with VWI…?!

Our Guarantees to you

As part of our ethical code of conduct here at Volunteer World International, we commit to only place clients at programs suitable to their goals that are sustainably undertaking valuable work within their respective fields. As such, as a VWI client, you can be confident you are playing a major part in the development of your respective chosen project, the people you will meet and South Africa as a whole.

To ensure that both our volunteers and respective projects receive the highest possible benefit through your visit, we guarantee the following to all with whom we are associated:

      • We only place our volunteers at Southern African projects where they are needed to enhance the projects genuine work.
      • We only place our clients at projects in which they will receive maximum enjoyment and fulfilment from their visit in line with their interests and goals
      • We commit to creating bespoke experiences for our clients to ensure their stay encompasses all that is desired and hoped for.
      • No exploitative projects will be supported by VWI. Our projects are constantly monitored both personally and through our contact network to ensure the ethical and sustainable approach to their work.

We commit through your pre-departure instructions to ensuring your stay in South Africa delivers the maximum possible fulfilment to you and we remain available to you to assist in any way possible before you arrive and even throughout your stay with us in South Africa.

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