A volunteer reading to kids at GCU Academy. Photo courtesy The Backpack Cape Town

Enjoy all the attractions of Cape Town, while helping local communities by building houses, knitting blankets, playing soccer or just listening to a child read. Voluntourism is a great opportunity to do something for underprivileged communities and charitable causes, while simultaneously enjoying inexpensive travel.

Voluntourism scams are unfortunately common around the world. If you are unsure about the process of sourcing voluntourism packages, contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or send an email to info@capetowntravel.com.

A video showing the benefits of voluntourism. By reading to disadvantaged children for an hour a day, these volunteers are improving children's lives in local communities.


There are a number of Cape Town-based accommodation venues that offer various volunteer packages:

Volunteers from AVIVA assist the care givers with feeding, food collection and a variety of other tasks.. Photo courtesy AVIVA

Good Hope Studies 
Phone: 27 (0)21 683 1399
Email: mailbox@ghs.co.za

Phone: 27 (0)21 557 431
Email:  info@aviva-sa.com

Houtbay Backpackers
Phone: +27 (0)21 790 0427
Email: info@houtbaybackpackers.co.za

Acacia Adventure Holidays
Phone: +27 (0)21 556 1157
Email: info@acacia-africa.com

Beacon of Hope Tourist Services
Phone: +27 (0)21 855 4593
Email: skipkrig@mweb.co.za

African Voluntourism and Homestay Network
Phone: +27 (0)21 685 5450
Email: hilary@africanvoluntourism.org.za

Tourism That Cares
Phone: +27 (0)21 987 3796
Email: info@tourismthatcares.org 

Tourism Community Development Trust (TCD)
Phone: +27 (0)79 899 2294
Email: info@tcdtrust.org.za

Via Volunteers
Phone: +27 (0)21 856 4220
Email: info@viavolunteers.com