If you would like to volunteer at African Brothers Football Academy, please read the requirements below and complete all the required forms.

Standard regulations

  • Volunteers should have the necessary skills, training and education.
  • Volunteers must consider that they will be expected to communicate their knowledge to an illiterate and uneducated society.
  • All work done is voluntary and at no stage will ABFA be liable to pay for your services rendered.
  • ABFA is not entitled to claim costs for instruction of placement. This does not apply if any damage is caused by the volunteer under his/her contract. Damages of this nature will be covered by a policy taken out by the volunteer.
  • Only applicants 18 years and older will be considered.
  • All volunteers agree to pose a flexible attitude, an open mind, a will to work hard and the sense to make a difference,
  • It is important that you must speak, read and write English.

Standard forms required for ABFS to obtain your visa

Required documentation from the South African Department of Home Affairs – see here near the end Student Visa.

  • Download documents and use black ink to complete form.
  • Your passport must be valid for no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended stay and must contain two blank pages for endorsements.
  • Include a yellow fever vaccination certificate if traveled or if you intend traveling from or through a yellow fever endemic area. Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person traveled or intends traveling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • A person who is unable to comply with the requirement to submit proof of a valid return ticket may be required to make a deposit; provided that such deposit shall be refunded to the depositor after the final departure of the applicant or after a permit contemplated in section 25 of the Act has been issued to the applicant; provided further that the payment of the deposit may be effected by means of a bank guaranteed cheque or credit card at places where such facility exists.
  • A deposit of R10 000-00 (which is subject to change) in lieu of a return ticket will be requested. Only cheques, cash or postal orders are acceptable. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to South African High Commission. The deposit may be claimed back only once the applicant has left South Africa or if he/she has acquired permanent residence in South Africa.
  • A marriage certificate in the case of a married applicant.
  • A death certificate in the case of a widowed applicant.
  • A decree of divorce in the case of a divorced applicant; or proof of legal separation in the case of a separated applicant.
  • An affidavit confirming any spousal relationship of the applicant and the particulars of any children born of such relationship.
  • A police clearance certificate. ‘Police Clearance Certificate’ means a certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer since having attained the age of 18 years, in respect of criminal records or the character of the applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission’.
  • Medical report in respect of each applicant. A ‘medical report’ means a report by a medical practitioner with regard to an applicant’s general state of health, detailing any medical condition he or she suffers from, which report shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission.
  • Radiological report in respect of each applicant (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women). A ‘radiological report’ means a report by a radiologist certifying that the applicant has been examined and that no signs of active pulmonary tuberculosis could be detected, which report shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission.
  • Unabridged birth certificate.
  • Proof of non-remunerative voluntary or charitable activities to be undertaken.
  • Visa fees are subject to change on the 1st April every year.
  • Postal applications must be accompanied by a pre-paid self addressed special delivery envelope.
  • No fixed travel arrangements must be made prior to the issuing of the visa and ten days must be allowed for the processing thereof.
  • Fees are levied per application and are not refundable should application be refused or withdrawn.
  • There is a minimum charge of R425.00 for obtaining visa/work permit in many cases, which takes three weeks for delivery.
  • All source documents must be accompanied by the original plus one copy. The original medical, radiological and police certificate are not returned to clients as these form part of the application.
  • The volunteer is liable for full insurance coverage as he/she is not employed by African Brothers Football Academy.
  • Proof of such insurance must be provided by the volunteer to African Brothers Football Academy.
  • Two recent identical passport photographs. See attached ID & Photo specifications form.
  • Self addressed A4 envelope including stamps to return your copies and validation by registered mail.

Costs and responsibility of volunteer

  • Flight ticket
  • Your passport and a copy of your passport
  • Proof of funds
  • R425 cash to pay for Visa
  • Letter of invitation from African Brothers Football Academy
  • Internship contract
  • Letter from your university if you are studying
  • Letter from your accommodation
  • Application for Renewal of Existing permit

Provided your application is complete and all documents are in order, your submission will be processed locally within one calendar month.

After your application has been processed, placement will be arranged and accommodation quoted for, within four to six weeks after your request has been received.

Should you require further information or confirmation regarding you working with ABFA then please do not hesitate to contact us.

General enquiries:
Craig Hepburn 
Tel: (+27) 072 425 5983