Volunteer Public Health Project in South Africa

Help improve health and well-being in communities near Cape Town.

Durations:  2 - 12 weeks

Program information

Travel to a small coastal town an hour outside central Cape Town to facilitate healthy lifestyle habits in local communities. Work alongside an international team of volunteers, interns, and staff, as well as local community members all in service to greater health.

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Program overview

Work with GVI staff, other volunteers, and interns from around the world to support healthy lifestyles in the communities of Gordon’s Bay, a beach town located near Cape Town. Most of your time will be spent guiding sports during physical education lessons and after school programs at a local primary school. The purpose of these activities is to assist children with developing an awareness of the health benefits of physical fitness and build a habit of regular exercise. 

GVI health volunteers will also work with women’s empowerment volunteers and interns who run girls empowerment classes at the local primary school. Here health volunteers can get involved in engaging the girls in women’s health and other well-being topics. In the process health volunteers will also be supporting gender equality. 

Health volunteers will also support childhood education volunteers and interns who support the education of young students at local creches. Here health volunteers contribute to helping children master healthy hygiene habits like handwashing and toothbrushing as well as engaging them in other health topics like nutrition and exercise. Volunteers will learn how to make these topics engaging for this young age group through activities like singing, storytelling, arts and crafts, structured games, quizzes, and discussions. 

Throughout your time on this program you gain first-hand experience of what the cultures of South Africa are really like. South Africa is a diverse country, and you will gain unique insight into the distinct cultures present in the region of Cape Town. 


  • Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3, Good Health and Well-Being, #4, Quality Education, and #5, Gender Equality. 
  • Gain experience in childhood education. 
  • Practice skills like leading and managing a class. 
  • On the weekends, in your free time, you take the cable car up to Table Mountain or the boat to Robben Island. 
  • Before or after your program you will have the opportunity to visit Kruger National Park.

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GVI Africa, South Africa, Cape Town
Global Health

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COVID-19 flexibility. If COVID-19 prevents you from travelling, change your location and dates free of charge.

Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.