Get involved with a South African village community

  • South Africa
  • Community development
  • Language: English (intermediate level)
  • 2 weeks minimum, from mid-January to mid-December
  • From €750

Help a South African community, share, exchange and immerse yourself in a culture different from your own. That's what you'll experience on the Community Support & Development mission in South Africa! All missions in South Africa here

Supporting local communities in South Africa 

The aim of the Community Support and Development mission is to help local communities, whether in terms of education, employment or the creation of links. This is a truly immersive experience in South African culture and way of life. Apartheid is over in South Africa, but it has left traces in its wake. Inequalities remain in terms of resources, employment and education, in the face of a population eager to learn...
The mission to support local communities in South Africa aims to remedy these inequalities. Its program responds positively to the resolution of the Sustainable Development Goals.

An immersive experience in a South African village

This mission will enable you to share in the daily life of South African villagers, while helping them to flourish and giving them reasons to smile and move forward! This volunteer mission will allow you to immerse yourself in a culture and traditions that are different from your own, while at the same time helping out. You'll be surprised by the welcome, kindness and open-mindedness of the local people!

Depending on requirements, the activities involved in this mission are highly varied. Here are just a few examples of the tasks you may be asked to perform.

  • Helping underprivileged children with their schoolwork; 
  • Teaching adults to make handicrafts;
  • Participation in markets or events set up to sell these items;
  • Manual work in the vegetable garden and nursery;
  • Helping to train our teachers;
  • Accompanying children on field trips;
  • Contribution to the educational program.  

Thanks to this experience, you'll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with all generations: little ones aged 2 to 4 who come to the crèche every morning, older children aged 5 to 15 who come to the library in the afternoon, and adults from the village.

The mission welcomes volunteers every week, but the minimum duration is 2 weeks and the maximum is 12 weeks.
It closes only between mid-December and mid-January.
It's best to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday to fit in with the program.

  • 2 weeks: €750
  • 3 weeks: €990
  • 4 weeks: €1,250
  • 6 weeks: €1,745
  • 8 weeks: €2,250
  • 12 weeks: €3,175

Included in the price

  • Return transfer from local airport or Hoedspruit town 
  • Accommodation and household linen
  • Three meals a day  
  • One day a week (minimum) in the nearest town 
  • Internet access (Wifi)
  • A project T-shirt

Not included in the price

  • International flight and transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
  • Additional drinks and personal expenses 
  • Assistance - repatriation - medical expenses - cancellation - baggage insurance 
  •  The laundry

Conditions for participation

  • No specific experience is required to take part, apart from genuine motivation for the project's DNA.
  • Minimum age 18, or 16 and over if accompanied by an adult
  • Language: English (intermediate level)


  • Accommodation on this mission is basic and authentic within the camp itself.
  • Accommodation is in small huts, each of which can sleep 2 people. 
  • There's a communal toilet and shower block.
  • Please note that the camp is isolated from shops and transport. The camp is about 10 minutes from the rural village of Sigagule.
For this mission, cleaning and meals are provided by local project staff.

This mission is unique in that opportunities to visit disadvantaged South African villages are rare! You'll be surprised by the friendliness of the locals

This mission offers you a unique immersive experience among the people of the rural villages of Limpopo province. It's an extraordinary way of sharing, far removed from tourist patterns and as close as possible to a unique cultural experience ...

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About the partner agency

VolonTerre Africa was created by Nathalie, a Frenchwoman who set up her agency in 2015, after several years' volunteering experience with an association in South Africa. She offers several eco-volunteering missions for the preservation of endangered species, as well as support for rural communities. Our partner agency specializes in missions in South Africa.