South Africa Volunteering Experience


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    This tour is provided by

    Themba Travel

    Themba Travel is a travel management company with its main focus on community building by offering educational, conservation and volunteering experiences within South Africa.  

    Our travel packages include trips that will take you to the most popular tourist attractions, but also give you an exclusive peek into the history according to the locals. We celebrate our different cultures and offer our travellers the opportunity to meet the local people who make South Africa great. We explore places of hope and introduce you to the communities who thrive amidst their everyday struggles.

    • 2-12 Weeks(Variable)
    • Volunteer Experience
    • South Africa

    About 45 minutes south-east from Cape Town International Airport, lies another world of mountains, nature reserves, more beaches and more beauty. Still, within the greater Cape Town, we travel to the Helderberg, Winelands and Overberg regions to serve those in disadvantaged areas who struggle every day to have their basic needs met. Just outside Cape Town City centre, we work with longstanding community initiatives who do amazing transformational work in the lives of young vulnerable children and at-risk youth who would otherwise not get the opportunity to Education.

    There are opportunities in the Health sector where you can assist in supporting moms with newborn babies, whether its packing baby bags, offering home-based visits to patients or even monitor blood pressure for the elderly. 

    And if you are eager to help in the various Community Development programs we offer, there is a place for everyone to serve! You will be supported by the different inspiring project coordinators and get to see first hand how lives are being transformed.

    We partner with non-profit organisations in these areas who works selflessly every day to provide meals, shelter, basic education and care to those living under the breadline. Volunteers are the bloodline to these organisations as they struggle daily to have enough funds to feed, at times, a whole community. Themba Travel works alongside them to make an impact that is lasting and restoring the hope to people.

    Learn how selfless giving of your time, talent and treasures can transform a whole community touching one life at a time. Make a tangible difference by using your skills, expertise and passion to help people. A percentage of your program fees will provide for education to a child, healthcare to someone who suffers from a curable disease or skills training to the unemployed. In exchange for your charitable kindness, you will receive a memorable experience that will make you more culture-sensitive, broaden your perspective on life and help build community while enjoying the beauty of South Africa. Get ready to be overwhelmed by smiling faces, happy songs and dancing!

    What You Need to Know


    Right from the start you need to know that what we do at TT is about the people, for the people. We serve the people and want to improve their lives. Your life matters to us and we want to serve you well.


    Give yourself enough time to prepare your trip. Allow 4-8 weeks to plan your journey. We are happy to do this with you.

    3 Types of Projects

    Education (Term time only)

    Duration: 2-12 weeks
    From: 995 GBP / 1133 Euro / 1237 USD

    We work with pre-schools for children between the ages of 3- 5 years old. These young vulnerable children are given a great start at an Early Learning Centre in their communities. Young at-risk teens get a second chance at the School of Hope to complete high school.


    Duration: 2- 8 weeks
    From: 1100 GBP / 1252 Euro / 1368 USD

    Our community initiatives takes health care to the most vulnerable. Health care projects are equipping mothers to nurture their newborns, providing home based care for those who cannot reach the local clinics.

    Community Development

    Duration: 2-8 weeks
    From: 1200 GBP/ 1366 Euro/ 1492 USD

    Themba Travel comes alongside non-profits to help in the community. Whether it is providing skills training so that individuals become social entrepreneurs, providing blankets in the cold winter months, these are only a few of the community development projects we are involved in. Youth development is one of our passion programs where we assist, train, equip youth to become leaders in their communities.

    Volunteer Support

    We have an amazing group of volunteer supporters at all of our projects. Your project coordinator will inform you on what to expect, how to use your skills and how to engage with the locals. From the moment you are picked up from the airport to the day you say ‘good by’, they will love you. We cannot wait to meet you!

    Locations & Accommodation


    All our projects are located in Cape Town East which includes the Helderberg, Overberg (Grabouw) and Cape Winelands (Stellenbosch and Paarl)


    Your chosen project will depend on the type of accommodation. We offer accommodation close to the beach, in the Cape Winelands and also in the Overberg mountains which includes breakfast (continental). Different types of accomodations  can be in a 2/3star dormitory style, self catering or Backpackers establishments. In most cases, your project will not be too far from your accommodation. Access to local amenities will be in walking distance and in other cases we will provide transport.

    Projects Start Date

    Projects starts every second Tuesday of the month. Your first day will be an Induction to inform you on how things will run during your stay. Volunteers work Mon-Friday with the weekend for themselves.

    Price Includes

    • B&B Accommodation
    • Shuttle to & from airport
    • Transfers to & from project
    • Orientation trip
    • Welcome Braai (barbecue)

    Price Excludes

    • All flights
    • Medical & Travel Insurance
    • Visa & related costs
    • Tours & Trips
    • Snacks, drinks, souvenirs