South Africa has to be one of the most diverse countries on earth. Its stunning coastline, soaring mountains and arid desert provide a fascinating landscape to explore and enjoy. Home to the Big 5 and many other incredible creatures, this is a great destination for wildlife and nature lovers. If all that isn’t enough of a draw, South Africa is renowned for its delicious wines, excellent cuisine and lively culture.

The fact that so much amazing wildlife is packed within South Africa’s borders means that there are some fantastic opportunities for intrepid travellers. You can take a safari in the Kruger or cage dive with sharks, volunteer with rescued animals and help conserve the fauna and flora through essential conservation work.

Sport lovers will also feel instantly at home in South Africa. The Rainbow Nation boasts the mighty Springboks, hosted the football World Cup and is a leading side in international cricket. With sport constantly in the spotlight, it’s the perfect place for keen sportsmen and women to pass on their skills and inspire children in some of the country’s poorest townships. As a volunteer in South Africa, you can do just that.

There is also a real need for community development in this part of the world. Whilst many areas are thriving economically, many townships are struggling to keep up with the rest of the country. English language skills are greatly sought after by employers. You can help by teaching English and other subjects in township schools.

If you are taking a gap year, South Africa is ranked in the top 5 gap year destinations. The country attracts volunteers from all walks of life including families, retirees, career breakers and students. South Africa’s friendly feel, ease of travel and the common English language make it a popular place for the beginner traveller, as well as more experienced explorers wanting to get further off the beaten track.

If you want to volunteer, South Africa is one of the best places to do it, with its diversity of both animal welfare and humanitarian projects.

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