Volunteer in Cape Town

You can volunteer in Cape Town at any one of the organizations listed below. All of these organisations are non-profit organisations and rely heavily on volunteers and / or donations.

Volunteering projects include doing volunteer work with disadvantaged communities, animal welfare and upliftment projects.
Of course voluntering can be combined with a vacation in Cape Town.

You can also assist, without visiting Cape Town, by donating much needed funds.

The following is a list of organizations that have programs where you can volunteer in the Mother City.

I've arranged the list in an alphabetical order (this is just to clarify, as someone asked me why I've listed the animal shelters first).

Volunteer in Cape Town - Projects and Organisations

African Tails - Saving our street dogs

To give every abused and neglected street dog the happy ending they deserve.

Contact Details:

  • telephone: 021 510 7360
  • Physical address: African Tails does not have a shelter facility. We operate on a system of foster homes in and around the greater Cape Town area.
  • www.africantails.co.za
African Tails, Volunteer in Cape Town

Animal Anti-Cruelty League

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town offers a consultation primary health care service, as well as treatment for animals subjected to cruelty, motor vehicle accidents, abuse and neglect.

Rescued or unwanted animals are rehabilitated and placed in the kennels/cattery for adoption.

Contact Details:

    90 Bofors Circle (corner Carrier Way) EPPING 2
    Tel: 021 534 6426/7
    Sacks Circle Bellville South
    Tel: 021 951 3010 & 021 951 5289
  • www.aacl.co.za

Volunteer in Cape Town page.

Animal Rescue Organisation

Contact Details:

  • telephone: +27 21 396 5511
  • Physical address: 5 Olieboom Road, Schaapkraal, Ottery, Cape Town, South Africa

Atlantic Hope - Care for vulnerable babies

Atlantic Hope is a safety house for vulnerable babies, providing temporary and immediate placement within a safe and loving environment.

Contact Details:

  • telephone: "As we are a place of safety, our contact details are private and protected."
  • Physical address: "As we are a place of safety, our contact details are private and protected."
  • www.atlantichope.co.za
Atlantic Hope, Volunteer in Cape Town

Volunteer in Cape Town page.

Chaeli Campaign - Hope in Motion

The Chaeli Campaign aims to change the life of one differently-abled child at a time in a significant way.

This is done by promoting and providing the mobility and educational needs of disabled children under the age of eighteen years, throughout South Africa.

Contact Details:

Chaeli Campaign, Volunteer in Cape Town

Cotlands - Place of Safety

Cotlands is a non-profit South African children’s organisation offering services to vulnerable children between the ages of 0 and 12 years.

Most of the children come to us having been neglected, abused, abandoned or suffering from a life-threatening illness.

Our programs include home based care, early childhood development centres, toy libraries, food gardens, counseling, places of safety and end-stage palliative care for children with AIDS.

Contact Details:

  • telephone: +27 21 852 3527
  • Physical address: Old Paardevlei Road, Somerset West
  • www.cotlands.org.za

Volunteer in Cape Town page.

FASFacts - We speak on their behalf

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a characteristic pattern of physical and mental birth deficiencies, caused by alcohol consumption by the pregnant mother.

FASfacts is a NGO, which aims to educate the general public to the effect of alcohol consumption during pregnancy on the unborn baby, as well as the influence that people with FAS have on each individual in particular and the broader community in general.

Contact Details:

FASFacts, Volunteer in Cape Town

Give me a Chance Childrens Foundation

The Give me a Chance Childrens Foundation aims to give promising children an opportunity in life that has proven their courage way above the challenges of poverty and have demonstrated some form of achievement against all odds.

The philosophy is that children, when given the opportunity, have the ability to help themselves to succeed with the right support structures.

Contact Details:

  • telephone: +27 21 885 1661
  • Physical address: Alluvia Wine Estate, Glen Arum Road, Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
  • www.givemeachance.co.za
Give me a Chance Foundation, Volunteer in Cape Town

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Harvest of Hope

Abalimi Bezekhaya ("Farmers of the Home") is a non-profit development organisation based primarily in township communities. Residents are encouraged and supported to grow their own organic vegetables to feed their families.

Some of these micro-farmers are now producing more than enough to feed their families, however, there is little or no access to markets outside the immediate neighbourhood to sell the high quality organically grown produce.

Harvest of Hope is a marketing project provides a much-needed outlet for excess produce by selling this produce on behalf of the farmers in the form of a weekly organic box scheme.

Contact Details:

  • telephone: +27 21 371 1653
  • Physical address: The Business Place' 7 Cwango Cresent, Cnr New Eisleben Rd and Lansdowne Road, Philippi
  • http://harvestofhope.co.za
Harvest of Hope, Volunteer in Cape Town

Newkidz - There is no such thing as an unwanted child, just an unfound family.

We are on a mission to help establish loving homes for orphaned, vulnerable and destitute children in South Africa by:

  • Building sustainable child–support networks in communities and linking them with foster families and children's homes;
  • Promoting foster care to the general public and offering guidance to foster families;
  • Facilitating the renovation and maintenance of children's homes; foster family accommodation and Early Childhood Development Centres with the help of corporate sponsors.

Contact Details: Michael and Hilda de Beer

  • Telephone: +27(0)219815425
  • Mobile: +27(0)798755745
  • Physical Address: Walnut Crescent, Kleinbron Park, Brackenfell
  • www.newkidz.org.za
Newkidz, Volunteer in Cape Town

Peninsula School Feeding Association - You can't teach a hungry child

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) provides meals to hungry children in primary, secondary and special-needs schools across the Western Province.

This enhances school children’s ability to learn, increasing learner attendance at school.

Contact Details:

Peninsula School Feeding Association, Volunteer in Cape Town

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Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children - Violence ends here

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse.

Their vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.

Contact Details:


Contact Details:

Sunflower Fund

The Sunflower Fund’s core purpose is to educate, recruit and raise funds to build and sustain an effective SABMR (South African Bone Marrow Registry).

Their vision is to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.

Contact Details:

The Sunflower Fund

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Straatwerk is a organisation with a strong evangelistic focus aimed at reaching out to people irrespective of race, age, religion, culture or sexual orientation.

Contact Details:

  • telephone: +27 21 930 8055
  • Physical address: Parow
  • www.straatwerk.org.za
Straatwerk, Volunteer in Cape Town

Teachers Dream - Helping teachers bring learning to life

Teachers Dream aims to help teachers bring learning to life by taking experiential learning to the many schools that simply can't afford to take learners on outings.

Contact Details:

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