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Volunteer in South Africa

Chintsa | South Africa

The VA32 volunteer projects are located in and around Chintsa, a stunning little coastal village on the East Coast of South Africa, halfway between Cape Town and Durban. Chintsa has a gorgeous 32km beach, has no malaria, and has loads of activities nearby - from trips into the Wild Coast, to game drives, surf school or just chilling on the beach. Our weather is temperate with warm, dry Winters (May - Oct) and hot, humid Summers with tropical rainstorms (Nov - April). Chintsa is a safe village for volunteers to live in and enjoy (standard safety considerations apply).

Our volunteer house is located just 3 mintues walk from the main part of town where there is a small choice of local restaurants, a liquor store, our office and internet cafe, a general store with ATM and two restaurants. A short walk across the beach is the fun and funky backpacker hostel Buccaneers Backpackers which offers volunteers a place to relax at the weekend with volleyball games, boogie boards and a divine swiming pool.

Chintsa has a diverse mix of residents from stallwart locals to South African townies moved to the beach for a more relaxed life and returned backpackers and volunteers who have made Chintsa their home. This mix makes Chintsa what is it - a close-knit community which welcomes travellers of all shapes and sizes.

For more on Chintsa and it's history through and beyond apartheid read our article "Cintsa then and Cintsa now...the South African Gap"

Useful links:


Buccaneers Backpackers - famous across the Wild Coast for it's surf schools, free afternoon activities and relaxed barefoot vibes

Friends of Chintsa - local Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) who VA32 work in association with on many community development initiatives.

ChintsaPeople - A collection of stories and photos dedicated to the inspirational people of our little corner of South Africa.

My Bright Life - A blog documenting the life and times of Chintsa-ite Gill, mother of two and an active member of the local community.


South African Tourism - The official website for South African tourism information and guidance.

South African Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC) - Useful guide to accommodation, tours and travel in South Africa, aimed at the youth travel market.

South African Airways (SAA) - South African flight company.

Kulula - budget airline who offer domestic flights to our closest airport East London