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South Africa Community Care Work

South Africa Community Care Work

Make a real difference to orphaned and vulnerable children at care centres in some of the poorer parts of South Africa in this worthwhile and hugely rewarding project.

Prices from $2,245

Visit South Africa, a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

However, in South Africa many people still live in poverty and government services are unable to reach some of the most vulnerable. As a result of a lack of government funding overstretched and understaffed care centres struggle to provide adequate care and support to vulnerable children. You can make a real difference to orphaned and vulnerable children in some of the poorer parts of South Africa in this worthwhile and hugely rewarding project! 


  • Make a real difference to orphaned & vulnerable children
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 17 years


Location South Africa
Activities General care
Organising activities
Helping with meal times
Assisting the staff
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & training

Project related transport
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup
This project also provides advice on individual travel & activities, reference letters on request and (on 12 week placements only) a number of inclusive activities and excursions


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


As a result of a lack of government funding, the burden of maintaining vital community care centres for orphans and vulnerable children tends to fall on volunteers and are therefore in very high demand. This project aims to provide desperately needed help to local community workers and make a significant contribution to the level of care offered to some of the most vulnerable South African children. 


You will usually work five days a week at various care centres in the Port Elizabeth area depending on the need of the project at the time of your visit and your skills and interests. Different care centres offer different services including care for children whose parents suffer from the HIV/AIDS virus, the provision of education and meals for children whose parents are unable to provide these necessities and looking after children with mental and physical disabilities. Children range in age from as young as six months to 15 years old, some of whom attend nearby schools if they can, and you may also work with vulnerable adults. 

Your role with children at the care centres will involve looking after their general welfare, organising fun playtime activities, helping out with meal times and assisting staff with education. Your love and attention can make a huge difference to the children you meet – whether it's through teaching English, playing games or simply listening to them talk about their families. You will work alongside local staff and should be prepared for the unexpected – a sense of creativity and the ability to improvise when things don't go according to plan will go a long way! This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding placement and the local staff will be by your side to help you. 


On arrival you will be collected from Port Elizabeth airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation where you can settle in. You will then start 3–4 days of orientation where you will be given inductions and various workshops and training and be able to get to know the local staff and your fellow volunteers. Throughout your placement all work related transport is included in your project contribution. 


During this placement you will stay in a comfortable volunteer house with dormitory style rooms and shared toilets and showers. The volunteer house has a great sociable atmosphere with Sky TV and a games room with a pool table and table tennis to enjoy with your fellow volunteers. The accommodation is conveniently located only ten minutes drive away from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance. 


Three meals a day are provided on your placement and vegetarians can be catered for if required. There will be breakfast of toast, spreads and cereals, a packed lunch which the volunteers make up themselves, and dinner is available in the canteen offering various western style meals such as pasta dishes and burgers and some South African specialities. If you venture to any local cafe or restaurant, try some of the local cuisine such as biltong and bobotie, a delicious shepherd's pie-style dish, or boerewors, which are handmade farm sausages and very popular with visitors!

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5 weeks $2,245

12 weeks $4,295

Extra week $345


Project runs from Saturday to Saturday


14th January (5 - 11 weeks)

18th February (5 - 6 weeks)

8th April (5 - 12 weeks)

13th May (5 - 7 weeks)

15th July (5 weeks only)

26th August (5 - 12 weeks)

30th September (5-7 weeks)


5 or 12 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation & training
  • Project-related transport
  • Equipment & briefings
  • In-country emergency support


Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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