Our Philosophy

We work with sustainable long term projects that are developed through genuine community and conservation needs to ensure that your contribution is meaningful and long lasting.

We are based in South Africa and maintain regular personal contact with all our project partners. Each and every project has been personally vetted by the Via Volunteers team, and we work hard to ensure that the information we provide for you is both comprehensive and up to date, so that you can make an informed decision about joining one or more of our projects.

With more than 14 years’ experience organizing project placements for thousands of volunteers from more than 60 countries, the Via Volunteers team is well placed to provide you with a high quality volunteering experience that will exceed your expectations.

Our Mission

Via Volunteers was established to support ethical community, conservation & wildlife projects in South Africa through the provision of affordable, rewarding volunteer placements for international volunteers.

Via Volunteers provide you with unparalleled support and personal attention before and during your stay in South Africa. We know the country very well and are on hand with expert advice to ensure that all aspects of your volunteering adventure are covered.


Heather & Ed Scott

International volunteers leave their mark in South Africa, not only by dedicating their time and energy to a community or conservation project, but also through the positive contribution they make in supporting local businesses, tourism operators, craftsmen and women, and the many jobs that are created and sustained by purchases they make, and activities they take part in while they are here. When managed correctly, voluntourism ticks all the boxes when it comes to satisfying the criteria for responsible tourism, bringing visitors to areas of the country outside the traditional tourist routes, and providing a sustainable means for NGO projects to develop and employ local people.

Heather & Ed Scott
Co-Founders of Via Volunteers


Whether you're planning a Gap Year, a volunteering trip abroad, or need some advice on the best things to do in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa, our experienced Cape Town team are here to help you. We will reply to your query ASAP.

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