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If you’re looking to do more than just sightseeing in Cape Town, then volunteering at a local organisation can give you amazing insight into local communities and initiatives. Read Culture Trip’s guide to the organisations that offer volunteer opportunities in Cape Town.
Cape Town draws visitors to its beautiful coastal surroundings, lush vineyards and vibrant city life. Beyond the usual activities of wine tasting and hiking Table Mountain, there are many organisations in dire need of assistance. And if you’re already a resident, there’s no reason why you can’t also get involved and offer up some of your free time. Not only will community service allow you to give back, but it will help you gain a deeper understanding of South African culture.
Organisations range from animal shelters to soup kitchens. Although most will accept anyone’s assistance, there are several companies that exist to help with placement and logistics for foreign visitors. These companies charge fees to volunteer workers, but many provide a level of backup and support while in South Africa that are worth the extra charge.
The Haven Night Shelter has branches throughout Cape Town that do a vast amount of good work for the city’s homeless population. They offer people from all walks of life the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. Volunteers get involved with meaningful tasks at either specific shelters, or the Haven Shelter Head Office. In-shelter roles include preparing meals and collecting essential donated items.