The Volunteer Centre is a non profit organisation for local and international Volunteers. With our global network of voluntary service organisations, relationships with local and national NGO´s and communities, we have placed, educated and supported Volunteers for more than 30 years. We provide unique volunteer opportunities with the objective of bridging the cultural gap between South Africa and other nations as well as provide the immersive experience to help those who really need it and to make a difference.
South Africa's first Volunteer Center (originally Voluntary Aid Bureau) started in Cape Town in 1979, as a project of the International Year of the Child. This office opened in 1980, first organised by volunteers. It soon became clear there was a great need for such a service. The Volunteer Center team includes a volunteer management committee, paid staff and many wonderful volunteers.
Motivate and develop effective volunteering through consultation, training, information and placement services for the benefit of all. We want to help in building a nation that cares!
I am the manager at the Volunteer Centre. I have been volunteering since 2002 in fact that was my first time abroad! Since then I have been in more 14 countries – I am really passionate about community development finding innovative with other young people to open their horizon and understand that NOT only the sky is the limit! – I am overall responsible for day to day operations of the centre, we are a small organisation but we have huge impact across – we are an associate member to ICYE (International Cultural Youth Exchange) federation and looking forward to meet with you!
I've been involved with the Volunteer Centre since 2009,where I was part of the Cultural Exchange Program in as participant. It was certainly one of my best experiences ever in terms of learning new cultures ,making new friends and too just enjoy volunteering. A big focus about volunteering is discovering your own gifts and talents and by identifying it you grow as an individual. Volunteering shouldn't be a Hassle its passion. Please sign up and make a difference!
I am 23 years of age, From Gugulethu. I did a National Diploma course at the College of Cape Town, holds many experiences and personal life achievements from volunteering locally and international at the Antikriegshaus In Germany 2017-2018 August. Passionate about youth development and Social Entrepreneurship. Currently an Communication Intern at the Volunteer Centre.