A volunteer visa for South Africa is free of charge. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offers a volunteer visa to people who wish to come to South Africa to volunteer their time and skills to charitable organisations. This type of visa is also known as a ‘Section 11(6) visa’.
To be eligible for a volunteer visa, you must:
– be at least 18 years of age;
– have a letter from the organisation you will be volunteering for, outlining the type of work you will be doing;
– have a clean criminal record;
– have medical insurance that covers you for the duration of your stay in South Africa;
– be in good health; and
– have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
You can apply for a volunteer visa at any South African embassy, consulate or mission abroad. You will need to submit the following documents with your application:
– a completed application form (available from the embassy, consulate or mission);
– a passport that is valid for at least 30 days after your intended departure from South Africa;
– two recent passport photographs;
– the letter from the organisation you will be volunteering for;
– proof of medical insurance;
– a police clearance certificate; and
– proof of sufficient financial means to support yourself during your stay in South Africa.
The processing time for a volunteer visa is usually about two weeks, but it can take longer during busy periods.
Once you have been granted a volunteer visa, you will be allowed to stay in South Africa for up to three months. If you wish to stay for longer than three months, you will need to apply for an extension at a DHA office in South Africa before your visa expires.
Volunteering in South Africa is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. There are many different organizations that offer volunteer opportunities, so you can choose an opportunity that best suits your skills and interests.
Most volunteer organizations will require you to apply for a volunteer visa. The cost of a volunteer visa varies depending on the organization you are volunteering with, but is typically around £100. This fee covers the cost of your background check and the processing of your visa application.
Once you have your visa, you will be able to begin your volunteer work. Most organizations will provide you with housing and meals, so you will not have any out-of-pocket expenses. You may also be given a small stipend to cover any personal expenses.
Volunteering in South Africa is a great way to experience the country and its people. You will make new friends, learn new skills, and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of others.