Capital: Pretoria (executive) Bloemfontein (judicial) Cape Town (legislative)
Largest City: Johannesburg
Language: There are eleven official languages of South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
National Day: April 27 (Freedom Day)
Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
Area: 471,445 sq mi (1,221,037 km2)
Currency: South African rand (ZAR)
Timezone: SAST (UTC+2)
Calling Code: +27
Internet TLD: .za
Typical Dishes: Boerewors, Cape Malay curry, Malva pudding, Chakalaka & pap, Bunny chow, and Bobotie.
Soft Drinks: Amasi, Mageu and Rooibos.
Hard Drinks:Mampoer, Van der Hum liqueur, Hanepoot, and Pinotage .
Join dental students from around the world to help the people living in the Gxulu village in Eastern Cape, South Africa
control child tooth decay – the most widespread condition affecting children in South Africa
The team will have a unique opportunity to mix with the community, work with the Jongumhlaba Community
Cooperative and empower the amazing Gogos (grandmother caregivers) to prevent oral disease
in the beautiful Eastern Cape
The project will take place from May 10th – 24th, 2020
Registration is open from January 1st.
Deadline for application: January 31st.
Gogos Give Smiles is phase III of a child oral health promotion pilot, initiated by IADS-Humble Smile IVP in February 2018.
Summary of previous Gogos Give Smiles IVPs
Pics from previous Humble-IADS IVPs
Blogs by IVP volunteers
Start your online training (free of charge) now and increase your chances of being accepted to International Volunteer Projects by following this link
Note: Candidates will be responsible for getting themselves to and from South Africa on the above dates, including the organization and costs of flights, visa, and insurance.
Once in South Africa, all expenses are covered, including accommodation, food, transport and even the weekend excursions.
Black-maned lions framed against Kalahari dunes; powdery beaches lapped by two oceans; star-studded desert skies; jagged, lush mountains – this truly is a country of astounding diversity.
South Africa is one of the continent’s best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and more in accessible parks and reserves. You can drive right into the epic wilderness at Kruger, Kgalagadi and other parks, or join khaki-clad rangers on guided drives and walks. But it’s not all about big game sightings – wildlife watching here also teaches you to enjoy the little things: a leopard tortoise ambling alongside the road, a go-away bird chirping its distinctive chant in the trees, or on the coast, an encounter with seals, whales or a great white shark.
South Africa’s ever-changing scenery is the perfect canvas on which to paint an activity-packed trip. Try rock-climbing in the craggy Cederberg, surfing off the Eastern Cape coast, abseiling from Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain or bungee jumping from a Garden Route bridge. If adrenaline sports aren’t your thing, opt instead for a hike: options include multi-day treks through wildlife reserves, dusty day walks in the semi-desert Karoo, catered “slackpacking” trails along the Cape coast or an overnight hike into the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the Drakensberg.
To visit South Africa without learning about its tumultuous history is to miss a crucial part of the country’s identity. Museum visits, many of which include exhibits on the apartheid era, might not be lighthearted, but will help you to understand the very fabric of South African society and to appreciate how far the country has come. Continue your history lesson with a visit to one of the townships, taking time to chat to locals and to learn that despite a heart-wrenching past, there is great pride here, and an immense sense of promise for the future.
South Africa’s landscapes are stunning, from the burning Karoo and Kalahari semideserts to the misty heights of the Drakensberg range and the massive Blyde River Canyon. Even in urban Cape Town you need only look up to see the beautiful fynbos (indigenous flora) climbing the slopes of Table Mountain while, nearby, two of the world’s most dramatic coastal roads lead to Cape Point and Hermanus. Add the vineyards carpeting the Winelands, old-growth forests along the Garden Route and Tsitsikamma, Indian Ocean beaches and Lesotho’s inspiring mountains, and there is a staggering variety to enjoy.