When is the best time to volunteer?
On this project nearly all of the activities occur all year round, meaning the main factor that affects peoples’ 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) temperatures 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 2 hours (140 kilometres) from Port Elizabeth Airport. Your flight should arrive in Port Elizabeth on your project's start date (a Monday) before 14.30 as this is the latest time a transfer to the project can leave.
If you are unable to arrive before this time on Monday, you will need to stay in Port Elizabeth for the night and you will be collected from your accommodation in the morning. You will need to tell us where you are staying so that a transfer can be arranged.
When leaving the project you will need to book a flight that departs after 12.00 as the transfer from the project site leaves at 09.00.
Transfers are arranged by the in-country team but they do incur an additional cost. A one way trip from the airport to the project site (or vice versa) costs R700 per person, or R350 per person if there are 2 or more volunteers sharing the transfer. The project manager will attempt to arrange for volunteers to travel together to help lower the costs, but please have the money on hand to pay the driver directly for each journey.
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.
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.
South African immigration requires you to have at least 2 empty pages in your passport and six months of validity from the date of travel so please check this before you leave!
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 food and juice, tea and coffee.
- Volunteer activities
- Full time English speaking ground staff
- A laundry service
- Wifi at the project site
What's not included?
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and from the project site
- Weekend excursions
- Alcoholic beverages, personal snacks etc.