SOUTH AFRICA: Photography Volunteer Program

South Africa Photography Volunteer Program
South Africa Photography Volunteer Program

Do you take great photos? Do you write amazing stories? Do you capture nice videos? Volunteer in South Africa with Go Volunteer Africa on a South Africa Photography Volunteer Program. Use your creative eye and technical skills to promote the noble work done by our development partner in South Africa.

Taking on photography volunteer placement in South Africa will give you specific expertise as well as help you hone your photographic style. Photography has the incredible ability to enhance a place, or emphasis a cause. Go Volunteer Africa’s photography volunteers are at the forefront of everything that happens at our South Africa Photography Volunteer Program.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Take and document project activities
  • Vlogging
  • Blogging
  • Train local youth in photography classes
  • Organize photography workshops for local youths
  • Visit top wildlife locations
  • Optional Extension to Botswana Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini for more wildlife.

This South Africa Photography Volunteer Program has a number of long-term goals, with the ultimate goals to raise awareness about the work done by our partners. If you use a camera amazingly, take this amazing volunteer opportunity will be an awesome choice of a lifetime.  Bring your own style and creative approaches to share with local teams in order to enhance their projects’ visual appearance and educate them in the different ways of communicating with a global audience.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Cape Town: is 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.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

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:

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.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Go Volunteer Africa and her partners do invaluable work, but our local teams do not necessarily have the skills or time to be able to capture this amazing work effectively in photo or film form. Visual evidence is essential to keeping donors and sponsors informed, as well as ensuring that websites and newsletters contain relevant images, thus generating sustainable support.

As a photography volunteer in South Africa, you will be making a great contributions towards this goal.  You can also teach children and staff photography, giving them a chance to learn about this exciting medium whilst also training them to become self-sustainable professional photographers.

Our South Africa Photography Volunteer Program provides a great platform for children and young adults to be trained in this discipline, teaching them the right skills. Volunteering in South Africa is safe, sustainable, program and hassle-free program. If you’re looking for a great way to kick-start your career as a photographer, or just gain some experience, then this is the best volunteer placement for you.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

No particular experience or skills required to get involved in our volunteer work in South Africa. All you need is a desire to make a difference. Volunteers should also be flexible, self-motivated and have a strong willingness to learn and take new initiatives.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

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.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

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.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

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.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

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

INSURANCE:

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.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

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!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——————
Start Dates: 2nd or 16th of the month
Arrival dates: 1st or 15th of the 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:  Minimal Sightseeing included in program cost
Accommodation: Volunteer house / Bush Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: South Africa
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

Per Day
$180
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
2 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on request)
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2 Weeks
$2520
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
2 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

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. Have an inquiry? Contact Us