Discover South Africa

Our International Volunteer Programme

Are you a high school graduate, between 18 and 35 years old, and keen to discover an exciting country and culture? Then apply for our international volunteer programme and work in a children’s home or a seabird and penguin rescue centre in beautiful Cape Town!

Our two volunteer programmes range from 6 weeks to a year in duration and give you the opportunity to expand your skills in your chosen field, support an important cause, and experience South Africa like a local.

YFU will support you every step of the way and ensure that you have an enriching, educational, safe and fun experience. All our volunteers are thoroughly prepared for the programme, receive on-going support throughout the programme, and become a part of our local volunteer community. International travel, insurance, accommodation, airport pick-up and several orientations are included in the programme.

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Learn more about our volunteer programmes or contact us for more information!

Seabird and Penguin Rescue Programme
Volunteer at a Seabird and Penguin Rescue Centre!
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Durbanville Children’s Home
Volunteer at the Durbanville Children's Home in Cape Town!
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My Time at Durbanville Children’s Home
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High School Exchange in South Africa

Explore a diverse environment as you get to know South African people, whose cultures began in many different places around the world!

Our high school programme is offered as a 6-month and a 10-month programme, starting in either August or January each year. Exchange students live with a carefully selected host family, attend a South African high school, participate in sports and other social activities, and have the opportunity to learn one (or more) of South Africa’s 11 official languages.

Throughout their stay in South Africa, our exchange students receive on-going support by our dedicated volunteers and staff and participate in several orientation camps. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Learn more about our high school exchange programmes and contact us for more information!

High School
What's school in South Africa like?
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Language(s)
Language & Communication
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Family Life in South Africa
Family Life in South Africa
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Internships with YFU South Africa

Are you interested in discovering what happens behind the scenes of a small and dynamic YFU organization? Do you want to expand your skills in marketing, administration, volunteer management and community outreach? Then an internship with YFU South Africa might just be exactly what you’re looking for!

Contribute to our organization and participate in meaningful work that has tangible outcomes. YFU is a leader in the field of international student exchange with sixty years of experience in intercultural learning and understanding.

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YFU South Africa is offering internship opportunities all year round!
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My Second Home
"Being an intern in YFU South Africa helped...
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My YFU Internship
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