When is the best time to volunteer?
On this project nearly all of the activities take part all year round, meaning the main factor that affects people's’ decisions on when to volunteer is the weather.
In the coastal region where this project is situated there is not a big difference in day time temperatures throughout the year. These can reach 35°C (74°F) but average 20 – 25°C (68-77°F). Night time temperatures, however, are much colder in June, July, and August. During this period which is winter in South Africa, they can drop to between 5 and 10°C (41-50°F). The rest of the year they average between 13 and 18°C (55-64°F). Whilst it does not rain heavily for long periods of time, February and March are definitely the wettest months, with October and November being extremely dry.
Community work, however, is the one activity that is affected as schools are closed between mid-December and approximately the 7th of January. Therefore, if you are keen to get involved with the community projects you should avoid volunteering during this time.
The easiest way to get here is to arrive into Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), and then book a connecting domestic flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth. The project is approximately 1 hour (75 kilometres) from Port Elizabeth Airport. The project will provide a transfer to the project site, but please note that this comes at an additional cost of 850 Rand each way (approx 50 GBP).
This project starts on a Monday so you will ideally need
to book flights to arrive on this day, and a transfer can be arranged to
suit any arrival time. If you will be arriving in Port Elizabeth before your
start date please contact us and we may be able to arrange a pick up from your
accommodation instead of the airport.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
When returning home you will need to book a flight on Monday after 12pm to return home or begin your onward travels.
Holders of UK, most other EU countries, Australian, Canadian and USA passports do not require a Visa for South Africa. Upon entry, you will be issued with a 3- month permit (at no cost). Make sure the correct date and length of stay in the country is entered onto your visa when at immigration. If you are travelling from Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Algeria, Angola, Comoros, China, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia or Vietnam, you will require a Visa and should consult your South African embassy.
Please note that the South African immigration policy states that you will need at least two empty pages in your passport and at least six months validity to enter.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. The exchange rate is around 1 SAR = 0.06 GBP, 0.07 USD, 0.07 EUR. Please note exchange rates are subject to change.
What's included in the price of the project?
- Accommodation during your time volunteering
- All meals and juice, tea and coffee.
- Volunteer activities (including at the Born Free Foundation)
- Full-time English speaking ground staff
What's not included?
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and from the project site (available at an additional cost)
- Weekend excursions
- Alcoholic beverages, personal snacks etc.