Winelands Volunteers is a newly established family run NGO. We offer volunteering and internship opportunities on Wine Estates in Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands.
Our primary objectives are:
- To offer a unique South African voluntourism experience.
- Advancement of our local community’s social and economic wellbeing.
- Sustaining our natural world.
- Promoting our local wine industry.
There is a growing need in global travel to make a positive contribution upon travelling. This initiative was created for international visitors to be able to contribute financially towards their cause while enjoying a authentic African experience.
Winelands Volunteers have partnerships with wine farms, animal sanctuaries, rehabilitation centres and humanitarian aid organisations where the volunteer are placed.
It is the wine capital of South Africa and home to the only university that offers wine studies, both winemaking and grape growing.
The university has over 27 000 students, approximately 25% of the town’s population. It is a cultural hotspot, with residents and students participating in all year events and festivals. It is also 1 of the best known rugby Universities which have produced close to 200 former national Springbok players. Winelands Volunteers accommodates all volunteers in comfortable rooms in central Stellenbosch. This gives our volunteers the opportunity to be walking distance from some of the best wine and cultural events in South Africa.
Founded in 1679 to expand the Cape’s wine industry, Stellenbosch is the 2nd oldest town in South Africa and only 27 years younger than Cape Town. It has a population of just over 100 thousand people and is known for the Wine, the 2nd oldest University and National Monuments.
The wine route consists of about 180 Wine farms and the total number of producers is over 200, which makes it the region with the most wine producers in South Africa. There are many activities and things to do all year round. The busiest season would be the summer, starting December till late April with the annual harvest.
Humanitarian projects include
- Education – School education/uniforms/stationary
- Nourishment – Food parcels/nutritional education
- Sports – Training programmes
- After school care.
- Vineyard preparation
- Pruning – Aug/Sept
- Harvesting – Jan – April
- Pest control – Nov -Jan
- Cellar work – Year round
Nature Conservation – African animals
- Feeding caretaking – African animals and birds
- Habitat creation
- Fence patrols
- Alien vegetation clearing
We have farms with different community projects.
Visitors will be placed throughout the season on different farms and on different projects as needed. This can range from working in vineyards, to working in the cellars, working with local farm members or working with African wildlife. Projects run all year round, but it does change depending on the seasons.
- Providing financial contributions and practical aid to our local community, to uplift them socially and economically.
- Participation in sustaining our natural environment and preservation of our natural world.
- To share in the sustained development, improvement and expansion of the South African wine industry and agriculture.
- Follow global trend in tourism to aid humanity through creating real experiences.
- Offer the opportunity for individuals to experience and contribute to our culture and nature.
- Generate funds for our partner farms to utilize towards their community’s specific social or educational needs.
- Duration; 1 week to 3 months.
- Arrival days is every Saturday and departures on Sundays.
- Projects run Mondays to Saturdays 10am – 4 pm
- Evenings are at leisure from 7pm.
Volunteer program cost and fee breakdown
- Financial contribution towards program
- Airport transfer.
- Welcome Pack.
- Stellenbosch orientation and induction into wine.
- Accommodation in central Stellenbosch.
- 3 x Meals per day.
- Shuttle to and from projects.