Community Development Volunteering in South Africa

Community Development is a phrase used to describe an extensive range of activities.  But, at its core, it is exactly what the two words say: it’s using development to create a community.  As the town is small and lacking in industry, the best way for it to grow is to develop its own industries.  This project hopes to jump start several ideas with the potential to create a sustainable source of jobs through training programs and business development.

The Community Development Volunteering in South Africa project is kind of a “choose your own adventure” program.  Our NGO partner has ideas about starting various programs to help the local community. Reintroducing agriculture into the community is one of these ideas.  Lushington used to be a very intensive agriculture area during apartheid times. Their hope is to stimulate the local economy by bringing back this way of life and to establish food gardens and professional farms.

Another project idea is to teach furniture making to the locals.  We have a semi-professional wood working machine and a trained carpenter to help with this project.  Like agriculture, furniture making can create industry which leads to local growth.

Lastly, the organization would like to start a sewing cooperative with local ladies from the village. There are a few trained seamstresses in the village, but they need resources for material and other sewing supplies.

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Additional Support

As a relatively new town with limited resources, any additional support makes a huge difference in the lives and education of the children.

You can make an even greater impact at your project by donating school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.) or fundraising to help finance the purchase of new equipment & supplies.  Visit the Contact Us page to inquire for more details.


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in South Africa covers your room and full board in the NGO’s backpackers hostel. 

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms
  • 3 meals per day
  • On-site volunteer coordinator for 24/7 support
  • WiFi is not available, but a SIM card is provided – volunteer will need to purchase additional credit if needed



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

Project1 week2 weeks4 weeks
All Educational Projects$340$600$1,120
Prices for educational projects in South Africa are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Local transfers during working hours • Shared room in the backpackers hostel • 3 meals per day • SIM card • Village Tour • 15-20% project donation

Additional weeks are $225 per week

NOT Included in ANY projects in South Africa: Flights • Travel insurance • Vaccinations • Visas (if necessary) • Local transport outside of project activities • Airport transfers • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Community Development Volunteering in South Africa

South Africa

For special considerations regarding all projects in South Africa, please visit the South Africa page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.