SOUTH AFRICA: Dentistry Volunteer Program

South Africa Dentistry Volunteer Program
South Africa Dentistry Volunteer Program

If you are keen to help people and communities by providing dental treatment and preventive care abroad, then join one of our Dentistry Volunteer Program in South Africa. The South Africa Dentistry Volunteer Program brings dentists and students to work at remote locations in South Africa, to provide much needed treatment, care to villagers, alongside local dentists and staff.

If you are training to be a dentist or are just interested in helping people the South Africa Dentistry Volunteer Program will appeal to you. You will get to travel to South Africa and provide dental practice services to children and communities who do not have the facilities to get treatment.


  • Preventative dental care
  • Dental health education (brushing and flossing techniques, etc.)
  • Common pediatric oral care procedures
  • Dental health screenings
  • Dental Implants
  • Extractions
  • root canal procedure and scaling
  • Supporting dental hygienists
  • Maintenance of dental equipment

Whether you are interested in helping children in schools by educating them about oral health and teaching them how to brush their teeth properly,  treating patients in various clinics “pain relief treatments” or simply desiring to meet new people of different cultures and integrating the better part of your own culture by raising awareness of importance in maintaining oral health, the South Africa Dentistry Volunteer Program will offer you the best experience.


Cape Townis a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

Durban: a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species

Port Elizabeth: a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. A major port, it’s also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighborhood’s Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.

Pretoria: also known as Tshwane, is one of South Africa’s three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government, and as the host to all foreign embassies to South Africa. Pretoria straddles the Apies River and extends eastward into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains.


After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Port Elizabeth International Airport in Port Elizabeth or O. R. Tambo International Airport in Guateng, this largely depends on your project site. A member of staff from our local partner organization in South Africa will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house which will be your base for volunteering. These airports services numerous international carriers. South Africa has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.


Go Volunteer Africa offers five Dentistry Volunteer Program work camps in South Africa, in March, June, July, August and September. Due to the popularity of the work camps, we advise interested applicants to be early enough to secure a placement. Each Dentistry Volunteer Program work camps in South Africa accepts only 15 dental volunteers only.

Go Volunteer Africa programs are the perfect way to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference abroad.  This is an incredible opportunity for dental professionals and students to use their skills in a developing world. Working as part of a team you’ll treat hundreds of people who have no other access to dental care.

The South Africa Dentistry Volunteer Program last from one week and more and you’ll work alongside local dentists to run mobile dental clinics in prisons, orphanages, refugee camps, community centers, slum areas and remote villages.

Be part of our volunteer program in South Africa, bring your skills, enthusiasm and good heart to the community, this will allow people to understand the importance behind doing regular visits to their dentist. Volunteer in South Africa with the leading and largest volunteer travel organization in Africa.


For the dentistry placement, volunteers need to be on training. You will need to be aged 18 years or above at the time of joining the program. Everyone is welcome to apply and a lot of pre-dental, dental students, graduates and general people looking to help can apply to join these project. If you are looking to volunteer in a skilled role (for example as a doctor), you will need to provide certificates and your level of experience


Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on South Africa volunteering program.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in South Africa. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.


Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Friday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above. We don’t accepts volunteers of 17 years of age and below on this program. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary.


Visitors to South Africa must obtain a visa from one of the South African diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, in which case they get what is called a “Port of Entry Visa”. Visitors who require a visa must apply in person and provide biometric data. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 1 month after departure and with one blank page (two if a visa is required). South African Government announced that an e-Visa system would be introduced in February 2021.

Nationals of the following countries/territories who hold valid national passports are not required to obtain South African visas for visits of up to 90 days: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America


You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.


Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that South Africa has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!


Availability: March, June, July, August & September
Duration: One week minimum commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older
Minimum Age: ——————
Start Dates: 2nd of the work camp month
Arrival dates: 1st of the work camp  month
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: South Africa
Language: English


1 Week
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off can be arranged on request
Apply Now
4 Weeks
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off can be arranged on request
Apply Now


Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up.

For Dental / Healthcare Volunteers: *Hospital administration fee of $200 per month (regardless of lesser duration) is added for all medical placements. Have an inquiry? Contact Us