Business & Ngo Management Volunteer Programme in South Africa
Thinking of using your business skills in a place that really values them? Check out our Business & NGO Management volunteer programme in South Africa.

Whether you’re a student, fresh graduate, or a seasoned professional, we’ve got roles that could use your expertise.

You’ll get hands-on with real-world projects, from fundraising campaigns to understanding the nuts and bolts of NGO operations. Plus, you’ll be directly involved in the front lines fight against HIV/AIDS and get to learn the ins and outs of charity governance, finance, and community impact.

It’s not just about building your CV, but genuinely helping communities and making a difference.

Interested? Get in touch to learn more.

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Work in an active NGO on the front line of HIV/AIDS care
Direct involvement with key stakeholders and directors
Work directly with communities to create fund-raising campaigns
Practical experience of charity governance, finance, sustainability, and community impact
Longstanding charity partnerships
Tailored volunteer experiences to meet your skills and goals


Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: From £325
Dates: 1st week of every month (flexible start dates offered)
Duration: 1-12 weeks +
Age: 18+
Accommodation, meals, airport pickup/dropoff, in-country transport, professional programme development, 24/7 support


This programme is ideal for…

This programme is ideal for graduates, students, and professionals in business management and NGO operations who are looking to gain practical work experience and make a difference in an international NGO. It offers the opportunity to apply and develop new skills in a real-life business environment, which can be valuable for enhancing your CV and career prospects.

Programme Overview

Work based business and NGO Experience at all levels

The best way to get a solid foundation in the non-profit sector is to understand how it works at all points. With this programme, you’ll get the opportunity to work with everyone, from the directors to the professionals who carry out vital work in the field. Your unique position will help inform your work as the fundraising campaigns you launch will have much more meaning and context as you’ve seen the services in action.

Raise money, awareness, and standards of service across the organisations

One of the biggest challenges facing every NGO is funding. Being able to raise funds for key projects and get the most out of existing budgets is an essential task for any charity. You’ll be able to help by increasing the profile of the organisation and spreading the message of what they’re trying to accomplish. This will give you the chance to work on your communication and fundraising skills.

Make a measurable impact on people’s lives whilst working on your own skills and goals.

We will tailor the internship volunteer programme around your needs, whether you’re interested in marketing, statistics, governance or a bit of everything, we will guide you through each step. This includes other programmes on offer or something else entirely. Get in touch to see if we can align the programme with your interests.

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About the Programme

During the Business & NGO Management Volunteer Programme in South Africa, you can expect a transformative experience. Work directly with NGO directors and stakeholders, gaining insights into their operations. Acquire practical skills in governance, finance, marketing, and fundraising. Make a positive impact through fundraising campaigns and community engagement. Experience personal and professional growth with continuous support from the in-country team. Immerse yourself in South African culture and engage with local communities. Explore the country’s rich history and diverse landscapes during weekend travel opportunities. Prepare for a rewarding journey where you can contribute to change, expand your skills, and understand the nonprofit sector in South Africa.

Daily Schedule: You will be volunteering from Monday to Friday and will report to the head office each morning. Although times and duties may vary from day to day, you should expect to be at your placement between 8 am and 4 pm. In the evenings you will have the option to join in with the child development programme and community activities at the village you will be staying in.

Weekends and free time: The weekends are free time off from volunteering. This is a great opportunity to explore South Africa and plan weekend trips and activities. You can read our Volunteer Travel Guide to South Africa for great tips on places to visit and things to do. If you just want to relax, enjoy the nearby landmarks and explore Johannesburg you are welcome to stay at the volunteer accommodation over the weekend, but most volunteers will plan to go on trips together on the weekends. Our local team can help you organise weekend activities. 

Your volunteer placement is based at our charity foundation in Johannesburg that provides holistic care for mothers and children suffering from HIV/AIDS. The foundation’s goal is to give these mothers and children the best opportunities for the future by providing an integrated programme of housing, education, healthcare, nutrition, sports and arts, as well as a focus on counselling, mentoring and well-being.

The community village is for HIV+ orphans and HIV+ mothers and is home to up to 150 residents. The children all attend school and receive the greatest care to make sure they have medication, balanced meals and nutrition, education, sports, arts and well-being support. The village is a close-knit family and all the children and mothers get the love and support they need from the fully trained staff who are also able to support the residents emotional and psychological well-being. It is a happy and energetic place to be where mothers and children can develop and become self-confident, mature and responsible members of their community.


South Africa faces many challenges in particular state violence, gender-based violence, human rights abuses, poverty and crime prevention. Business and NGO management volunteers can make a big difference by learning the wider strategic and structural changes that need to take place before sustainable change can happen. This means you’ll have a chance to work on a wider variety of projects and topics. You will also contribute to vital education and awareness projects in the community. By developing an understanding of some of the social, economic, political and legal challenges for human rights today in South Africa, volunteers can make a meaningful difference. 

You should expect to be learning and working with local professionals to impact change but should remain aware that there are cultural differences in the way things are approached. Volunteer duties will vary during your time on the programme depending on the daily needs of the organisation, your levels of experience, the department you are working in and how long your programme is. Initially, your tasks will be observational and administrative. The longer you are on the programme and begin to understand the workload, duties and routine the more hands-on and practical your role will be.

Choose Vocational Impact for your volunteer experience in South Africa and make a meaningful difference. As a charity organization, we reinvest donations into the projects, ensuring your time and work have a direct impact. Gain practical clinical experience, work with industry professionals, and develop your career skills. Engage in community development projects, contribute to cross-cultural exchange, and immerse yourself in local culture. Explore the vibrant city of Johannesburg, experience the rich history and landmarks of South Africa, and connect with fellow volunteers. With tailored programs, ethical focus, and support from our dedicated team, Vocational Impact offers a rewarding and transformative volunteering opportunity.

To participate in our volunteer programmes in South Africa, you must be 18 years or older and have the enthusiasm and dedication to work and engage with your chosen programme. You should have some fundamental knowledge of business or charity management, this could be as a student of a related topic or past volunteering experience. Whether you are a student, graduate, or professional, as long as you are ready to get stuck in and make a positive impact, you are welcome to join us. We value individuals who are committed to learning, open to new experiences, and have a positive attitude towards helping others. Come with a willingness to contribute and make a difference in the lives of others.

All our projects are founded, managed and developed by locals. We provide essential funding to support community programs, development projects, running costs, local salaries and sustainability. We work with partner organisations that are specialists in the areas they operate. Our partner organisations are selected because of the important work they are doing and they are run by impressive humanitarians and professionals in their fields.

Our foundation in South Africa provides holistic care for mothers and children suffering from HIV/AIDS. The foundation’s goal is to give these mothers and children the best opportunities for the future by providing an integrated programme of housing, education, healthcare, nutrition, sports and arts, as well as a focus on counselling, mentoring and well-being.

The team is committed to a cultural exchange of ideas and approaches, sharing professional insight and experience with volunteers, and working on community outreach projects together that raise awareness about abuse, sexual health, human rights and access to services.

Vocational Impact operates under UK registered charity, Arms Around the Child. Our core mission is to offer ethical volunteer abroad programmes that provide international skills exchange, career development, work experience, and practical support to international NGOs, and to donate directly towards projects that volunteers work with.

Once home of Nelson Mandela, surrounded by rich culture and world-famous safari parks, Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city. For a first-time journey to South Africa, Johannesburg offers visitors a great insight into the country’s complex history, cultural landscape and fast-paced modern development. Experience Johannesburg from a unique perspective with Vocational Impact. 

Joburg, the city of gold, is a vibrant urban city. The history of apartheid and uneven development means there is still extreme inequality and poverty. Major problems include poor health care, sexual abuse, gender-based violence and lack of access to services and care. 

Volunteers can really make an impact with this Urban city placement. By helping local initiatives and organizations in Johannesburg you can make a big difference reaching poorer areas of the city and more rural communities in need of support. Urban life gives you the chance to explore the sites and landmarks Johannesburg has to offer and learn about the history and diverse cultures of South Africa. 

You can experience Joburg like a local whilst having easy access to the rich experiences South Africa has to offer. Visit historic Soweto, and learn about the complex history of the country at the local museums. Take weekend and day trips to safari parks, and see the big five (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos) for yourself. Go on a trip to Cape Town and climb Table Mountain or hang out at the beaches. Adventure awaits in this diverse, beautiful and incredible country. 


During your placement, you will stay within our project ‘village’ located just outside the city centre which is made up of 20 small cottages, where the residents and staff reside. The accommodation is of very good quality by local standards and has running water, hot showers, and electricity, but electricity can be inconsistent because of load sharing. There is a caretaker/ security guard who attends to the gate of the village, the protection of the property and the safety of the residents and volunteers. You will have staff that will cook and clean for you and laundry services are provided once a week for volunteers in the Village laundromat.

The village has a large community garden, eating hall, sports area and library. The cottage has well-sized bedrooms and living spaces, and although basic, the cottage is clean and comfortable. There are two bedrooms (which can be either mixed or single-sex) with cupboards for clothing and personal belongings. There are two bathrooms; one shower and 1 bathtub and you will have a shared living room. The cottage is equipped with a refrigerator, television & DVD player, microwave and toaster. Most household items such as cleaning materials, toiletries and the like are provided by the project. 

There is no Wi-Fi in the village, however, you can buy a local SIM card with data (your phone needs to be unlocked) to stay connected. The VI team in-country will help you purchase a local SIM Card.


You will be provided with three meals per day cooked on-site at the village. Carbs, meats and vegetables are all staple parts of the diet in South Africa. Meals can be made Vegetarian and Vegan dishes can be provided upon request. Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements.


We aim to begin programmes on the first Monday of each month. Once you register for the programme we work closely with all volunteers to map your dates together. Volunteers will need to arrive one or two days before orientation. 

After you have registered for the programme you will need to book flights to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Upon arrival in South Africa, you will be met at the airport by one of our volunteer coordinators. We will provide you with a Vocational Impact T-shirt which makes identification easy. Our team will then transport you to the village to meet the project. 

Orientation is hosted by our local team where you will receive an introduction to your programme. This will cover information about South Africa, the culture and customs, expectations, safety, staff members, organisational partners, and an overview of the placement itinerary.

Programme Fees:

1 week – £325
2 weeks – £650
3 weeks – £975
4 weeks – £1300
5 weeks – £1600
6 weeks – £1900
8 weeks – £2400
10 weeks – £2900
12 weeks – £3300
What’s Included:

✔︎ Support in Country
✔︎ Transportation
✔︎ Accommodation
✔︎ Meals
✔︎ Weekly laundry and housekeeping
✔︎ Personal Development Training
✔︎ Professional Programme Support
✔︎ 24/7 In-country volunteer coordinator
✔︎ Registration at affiliate organizations

✔︎ 30 + hours of cross-cultural training
✔︎ 24/7 international support
✔︎ Weekends off for travel opportunities

After Care:

✔︎ Certificate of Learning (upon request)
✔︎ Employment opportunities. Join our team!
✔︎ Become a VI Ambassador
✔︎ Join the Vocational Impact alumni community
✔︎ We can provide you with Job references


Registration Fee:

In addition to the programme fee there is a £265 registration fee to secure your place on the programme. This registration fee includes:

Support Before you Travel

✔︎ Tailored placements to match your interests, career development goals or university subject
✔︎ Pre-departure support with paperwork
✔︎ Support with flights + insurance & visa advice
✔︎ Unlimited telephone and email support
✔︎ Fundraising guides
✔︎ Volunteer essential information guide
✔︎ Packing lists
✔︎ 100% financial protection + flexible booking and start dates

Where Does My Money Go:

Unlike other companies in the field, Vocational Impact is a charity organisation and operates under UK registered charity, Arms Around the Child. Your programme fees go towards providing you a safe, organised and structured volunteer placement and is reinvested directly back into our project partners in Africa and India.

We claim GiftAID on your donation fees (UK only), which means we can donate more directly towards the projects you will stay with. Vocational Impact are governed by the UK Charity Commission and we are a not-for-profit operation. We have been awarded ‘Ethical Travel Partner’ at many UK universities because of our unique model.

What’s Not Included:

✗ Flights
✗ Tourist Visa (if applicable)
✗ Travel Insurance
✗ Spending Money
✗ Vaccinations
✗ Police check/DBS


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