Nationals of the European Union, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter South Africa and will obtain a temporary visit permit valid until 90 days, provided they have a pre-booked return flight within 90 days and a passport valid for at least 6 months.
If you are not from one of these countries, you must obtain a visa in advance.
You can extend your visit permit for an additional 90 days by applying to the Office of the Ministry of Interior for an extension. However, it is not guaranteed that this will be granted to you. We recommend that you apply for a tourist or volunteer visa in your home country before your trip.
It is recommended to be vaccinated against: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B & typhoid. Note: In most European countries you will have received some of these vaccines as a child.
Visa and Mastercard are easily usable, so you don’t need to bring a lot of cash. Just make sure your card is set up for use abroad before you go to South Africa!
There are mosquitoes, but we are located in a malaria-free area. For safety, please bring all your allergy medications and other necessary medications. We also recommend that you bring mosquito repellent or buy some once you arrive in South Africa.
The cost you pay to be a volunteer is only to cover unavoidable costs such as accommodation, meals, transportation, shuttles and donations to the project for running costs and materials to carry out the program (books for the education of children, food for animals, etc.).
Most of the projects are managed only thanks to the money contributed by the volunteers: without these donations and the physical help of the volunteers, most of the projects would not exist.