Frequently Asked Questions

The expenses for your accommodation are included in your project costs. Expenses for food and drinks are for your own account. Everyone’s spending pattern is different of course, so it is difficult to say how much money you will need each week. It is true that the price level in South Africa is substantially lower than in for example the Netherlands, the UK or the USA.

In the first place it is important that you can be reached by telephone. For that purpose we advise you to buy a SIM card at a mobile telephone store. You will get a South African prepaid number which you can top up with a few rands (the South African currency). So take a SIM-free mobile phone with you, for which you can buy a South African SIM card with call minutes. For some time now, the authorities have determined that you need an official document from our project coordinators, stating that you live in South Africa temporarily, when you want to make all these arrangements with the mobile phone store.

The volunteer house is equipped with Wi-Fi, so you are within easy reach of your family and friends during your stay in South Africa. Do keep in mind, however, that internet access outdoors can be limited.

Some well-known South African providers include Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell C.

If you are from a country that has a visa waiver agreement with South Africa (such as most of Europe, the USA and Canada), you do not have to apply for a visa if you visit South Africa for less than ninety days. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months on your arrival in the country. For stays that exceed ninety days, you have to apply for a visa. You can do this at the South African embassy or consulate general in your country. Read the extensive information of the South African government here. If you are unsure whether your nationality requires a visa to travel to South Africa, click here.

When you apply for a South African internship visa, you have to prove that you have an adequate health insurance, see ‘How can I take the right kinds of insurance’ below for more information.

The level of medical care in South Africa is comparable to Europe. If you want to know if there is an international agreement between your home country and South Africa, please contact your own insurance company. There is no international agreement on health insurance between the Netherlands and South Africa. If you have to make use of medical care, you have to pay for it at once. It is advisable to use a credit card in that event. There are government and private hospitals in South Africa. It is wiser to go to private hospitals.

If you want to take part in one of the projects, it is compulsory to take travel insurance which also covers volunteer work/internships. Therefore it is important to check beforehand if your own travel insurance covers this, as this is not always the case. There are a number of big insurance companies that offer a continuous travel insurance specifically covering volunteer work/internships. In addition, there are special customized insurances available at smaller specialized insurance agents that cover these kinds of activities abroad in particular.

When applying for you internship visa for South Africa, you have to prove that you have adequate health insurance. So keep your own health insurance and take additional insurance to cover hospitalization and repatriation with world coverage. Ask for the coverage conditions and procedures from your own insurance company. In this way you will be able to avoid unpleasant surprises.

NOTE: If you want to apply for an internship visa, it is important to check if you also need local health insurance for that. You can apply for your visa at the nearest South African embassy or consulate general.

Option Phalaborwa Airport: Pick-up and drop-off at Phalaborwa Airport are included in the project costs. If you should want to go on safari or discover the Panorama route on your own in the weekends, it might be convenient to rent a car and possibly share these costs with more participants. A valid driving licence and a credit card are required for renting a car. An international driving licence is officially required for South Africa, though it is never actually demanded. Note that there are rules concerning the diver’s age, the minimum age for renting a car often being 21.

Option Hoedspruit Airport: You will be picked up at Hoedspruit Airport by a taxi arranged by us and taken to the accommodation in Phalaborwa. Note that an additional fee of €35 is charged for each ride (if you come with more persons, you can share these costs, of course). Should you want to go on safari or discover the Panorama route on your own at the weekends, it might be convenient to rent a car and possibly share these costs with more participants. A valid driving licence and a credit card are required for renting a car. An international driving licence is officially required for South Africa, though it never asked for. Note that there are rules concerning the diver’s age, the minimum age for renting a car often being 21.

Option Three Bridges Restaurant: You will be picked up at the Three Bridges Restaurant by a taxi arranged by us and taken to your accommodation in Phalaborwa. Note that an additional fee is charged for each ride (if you come with more persons, you can share these costs, of course). Should you want to go on a safari or discover the Panorama route on your own at the weekends, it might be convenient to rent a car and possibly share these costs with more participants. A valid driving licence and a credit card are required for renting a car. An international driving licence is officially required for South Africa, though it never asked for. Note that there are rules concerning the diver?s age, the minimum age for renting a car often being 21.

Transportation to and from your project are included in the project costs. You will be driven to and from your project by our project coordinators.