Creative Arts Development Volunteer Programme In South Africa
Welcome to the Creative Arts Development Volunteering Programme in South Africa, where you can unleash your creativity and make a meaningful impact.

Whether you are passionate about music, drama, visual arts, or any other creative medium, this programme offers you the opportunity to gain practical work experience, develop your skills, and contribute to the artistic community.

Join us on this exciting journey and add valuable experience to your portfolio.

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Inspire and lead creative sessions with people of all ages
Work with an international charity supporting mothers and their children in Johannesburg.
Develop workshops that support development and psychological needs.
Mix play-therapy, art-therapy and and workshops to engage residents.
Gain experience and work towards a portfolio or goal while making a measurable impact
Tailor your creative arts volunteer programme to suit your skills and experience


Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: From £350
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…

Whether you are an aspiring artist looking to gain hands-on experience, a student seeking personal and artistic growth, or a professional wanting to use your skills for social impact, this programme provides a platform for you to apply your creativity and make a difference in the South Africa.

Programme Overview

Make a Meaningful Impact Through Art

Art has the power to go beyond boundaries and create lasting change. In our Creative Arts Development Volunteer Programme, you will have the opportunity to utilise your creative talents to make a meaningful impact in the South African community. Whether you are working with disadvantaged youth, marginalised groups, or arts organisations, your artistic contributions can bring joy, healing, and empowerment. By sharing your creative expertise and inspiring others through your art, you will play a vital role in fostering personal growth, self-expression, and community development.

Develop and Support Communities Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration

This programme offers a unique opportunity to enhance your creative skills and gain valuable experience in your chosen art form. Whether you are passionate about music, drama, visual arts, or any other creative discipline, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in a supportive environment where you can refine your craft, experiment with new techniques, and explore innovative approaches. Through collaborative projects, workshops, and interactions with local artists, you will expand your artistic horizons and make a real impact on communities in South Africa.

Your Creativity Starts Now

We have long-term partnerships with organisations and institutions across the charity sector in South Africa. This means we’re able to accommodate all sorts of volunteers looking to make a difference to communities across the globe in their own creative ways. This has been anything from budding directors making documentaries to theatre workshops that help people deal with trauma. The best way to see if we have something that will work for you is to get in touch via the enquiry form.

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About the Programme

Our Tailor-Made Volunteer Programmes in South Africa are designed to give practical on-the-ground work experience. Volunteers will work with local and NGO organisations whilst learning from professionals operating in all types of different fields. As well as skills-based learning, volunteers will give back to the community by helping with ongoing initiatives.  You will also work on important community outreach projects to raise awareness about gender inequality, literacy and access to healthcare.

Daily Schedule: You will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Although times and duties may vary day to day, you should expect to be at your placement between 8am and 4pm. 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. Please note this is just a guide and will differ for custom programmes

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.

During the Creative Arts Development Volunteer Programme in South Africa, you will be based in the vibrant city of Johannesburg. This culturally diverse and artistic hub provides the perfect setting for you to immerse yourself in the local arts scene and make a meaningful impact. You may have the opportunity to work with a number of organisations or institutions that are part of the Creative Arts Development Programme, collaborating with artists, educators, and community leaders to promote creativity and artistic expression. Whether you find yourself in art studios, community centers, or cultural organisations, Johannesburg will be your gateway to exploring the dynamic and thriving arts community of South Africa.

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.

The Creative Arts Development Volunteer Programme in South Africa offers an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a country facing challenges such as state violence, gender-based violence, human rights abuses, poverty, and crime prevention. As a Creative Arts volunteer, you can have a real impact by supporting a leading charity foundation in South Africa. You’ll be working alongside and learning from industry professionals by supporting their daily work in the community. Volunteers will assist with education, tuition, child development and childcare, casework, research, community outreach programmes, sustainability projects and other vital community development work. By developing an understanding of some of the social, economic, political and legal challenges to sustainable community development, volunteers can make a meaningful difference.

During your time in the program you will be learning and working with local professionals to impact change acknowledging cultural differences in approaches. Volunteer responsibilities will vary based on organizational needs, your experience level, assigned department, and program duration. Initially, your tasks may involve observation and administrative support. As you progress and become more familiar with the workload and routine, you will have the opportunity for more hands-on and practical involvement.

At Vocational Impact, we are a charity organisation committed to making a direct impact with both your physical support as a volunteer but also through your donations. As a not-for-profit organisation, we invest the donations from your fees back into the projects that our volunteers participate in. By joining our programs, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain practical clinical experience in your field.
  • Collaborate with multiple organisational and institutional partners.
  • Engage in community development projects that make a difference.
  • Develop your professional and career skills.
  • Contribute to cross-cultural exchange, sharing ideas and practices.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life.
  • Explore the magnificent history, landmarks, nature, and cities of South Africa.
  • Experience personal growth through travel, work, and friendships.
  • Connect with other volunteers and meet new people.
  • Benefit from tailored programs designed to meet your specific needs and interests.

By participating in our programs, you not only contribute to meaningful initiatives but also embark on a transformative journey of personal and professional development.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this placement. Other than that, there are no set requirements to join the Creative Arts Development Volunteer Programme In South Africa. Ideally, volunteers will have a foundational knowledge of an Art discipline and a passion for making a positive impact on the world. Importantly, all applicants should show a strong commitment to learning, a desire to develop and grow, the ability to work in a team, and have a positive approach to helping people.  

Volunteers from all over the world are welcome to join this programme. *Please enquire for our heritage bursary if you have ancestral roots in the country you want to volunteer in. 

Child Psychologist Research

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 organisations 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 bath tub 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. 


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 – £350
2 weeks – £690
3 weeks – £1020
4 weeks – £1340
5 weeks – £1650
6 weeks – £1950
8 weeks – £2450
10 weeks – £2950
12 weeks – £3350
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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