Volunteer Programme

Overview of SEF Volunteer Programme

The Small Enterprise Foundation is looking for talented and energetic volunteers to conduct field research, data analysis, report writing and other administrative tasks for the duration of the volunteer programme which can last from 3 to 12 months. Volunteers will be based at SEF’s head office in Tzaneen, South Africa, but will also be required to visit staff and clients in rural areas for training, monitoring and research. This position is for individuals strongly motivated to work for the alleviation of poverty and willing to travel to and work in rural areas.


  • Must have completed a 3-year Technicon / diploma and University degree
  • Knowledge of Economics, Statistics, Development studies, Microfinance and Geography
  • Research knowledge and experience
  • Excellent communication skills and analytical ability
  • Ability to work independently, ability to fit into a team
  • Self-motivated and self-confident
  • Advanced computer literacy in Word and Excel
  • South African citizens must have a valid ID document
  • Non-South African citizens must have a valid volunteer permit and Passport

SEF is an EE compliant organisation therefore people in designated categories including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The requirements are not meant to be exhaustive nor static to all positions, rather, the field that the volunteer is needed for, will largely determine the requirements. A specific project or need must be identified before a volunteer is taken and supervisor for the project is identified.

SEF provides free accommodation for its volunteers.

How to apply

To apply email your CV, Cover Letter and Academic Transcript to: HRmanager [at] sef [dot] co [dot] za

Placement only depends on the organisations needs and requested by departments.