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South Africa Work & Travel 

Exclusive 12 month South Africa Work Visa Opportunity - not available anywhere except here!

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About The South Africa Work & Travel Program

The Work & Travel South Africa Visa allows international Working Holiday participants to work and travel throughout South Africa up to 12 months from the date of entry into South Africa. We'll help you make the most of your year because no visa extensions are available.

What’s Included in the 12 Month Work & Travel Program

  • Documents required for you to apply for the visa and support for the visa with the Embassy
  • Private transfer from airport to hostel accommodation for orientation (Cape Town or Johannesburg)
  • 3 night’s dinner, bed & breakfast hostel accommodation for the arrival orientation
  • Entrance into local tourism attractions included in the arrival orientation
  • Local sim card setup, forex assistance etc
  • 24/7 12 month in-country back up support from our partners for duration of program
  • 3 Day Arrival Orientation


Work Choices

Your choices of work are not limited by a job or an employer, it is flexible and can be changed throughout the visa duration. We can find you a job or you can find your own.

Should you prefer a non-placed program, the arrival orientation is still compulsory on arrival to be sure you are familiar with the local culture and job market as well as visa rules. After the orientation you may either extend in the hostel or continue with your travel plans.

Our partner's head office is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and they bring in participants from around the world on a variety of programs such as volunteer, internships, tours and accommodations. We know them well and have worked with them for many years and met them personally many times.

Internships Available

We do have various Internship opportunities for students or young professionals looking to gain international experience in varying fields & industries which could be used as placement options. These include Medical, Agricultural, Hospitality, Wildlife and Custom Internships.


A compulsory 4-day arrival orientation provides cultural exposure, local familiarisation, SIM Card setup, assistance with forex as well as meeting the staff that will be providing back up support – for you – while in South Africa.

Program Eligibility

South Africa 12 Month Work and Travel Visa

  • This visa is available for Kiwis and Australians aged between 18 – 30 years
  • You will need a valid and acceptable passport for your intended stay.
  • Your passport may not expire for at least 6 months after departure date from South Africa
  • At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
  • Full medical & travel insurance valid for 12 months from date of entry (we can help you organise this)
  • Return or onward flight tickets (we can help you organise this)
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America – see our vaccination guide page 
  • Completed paperwork supporting your reason for travel i.e. our partners confirmations, the visa sponsorship letter we provide, welcome letters, signed code of conduct etc.


Application Process

  1. We receive your application and conduct pre-screening for eligibility
  2. All suitable applications are sent through to our partners for second screening, acceptance / placement and processing
  3. Our partners issue all supporting documentation including visa support documentation
  4. Final applications are made to the local South African Embassy for the Visa and final adjudication.
  5. Visa copies and final travel details are sent to our partners no less than 4 weeks prior arrival in South Africa.
  6. If you have selected the pre-placed option you will also be provided placement documentation


Arrivals & Accommodation

There are two different locations for the orientation depending on the arrival airport, Johannesburg International or Cape Town International. Both airports have our private transfer services to collect you from at the International Information Desk.

Both have specific arrival dates throughout the year. 

Johannesburg has a 26-sleeper private accommodation facility located in Rosebank - on the same property as the offices. It has the highest level of safety and security. Wi-Fi vouchers are available.

Cape Town uses 91Loop Boutique Hostel located in the CBD, walking distance from CTICC, restaurants and bars, V&A Waterfront and on the local bus route. This includes a full functioning F&B outlet and Backpacker for more tourist activities.

Download the PDF Fact Sheet

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Don't miss this amazing opportunity

To get the process started you need to complete the application form below and pay the deposit of $398. The balance is payable before the processing and visa process starts.

The arrival transfer, 3 day orientation and accommodation, 12 month full back up support plus exclusive 12 month visa sponsorship is $2180

Extend your stay at the Cape Town Hostel for 4 weeks an additional $1218 - includes a food allowance. 

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