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  • Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop is located outside the village of Hanover, near Bhisho, the capital of the former homeland, Ciskei, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

  • Volunteer Program

    Volunteer Program
    Volunteer Program

    Hilltop has for many years in the post-apartheid era encouraged a program of volunteerism to play a part in reconstructing a new path for South Africa.

  • Woody Cape Holiday Resort


    Situated right next to the Indian Ocean, this resort is the perfect escape for those looking for a place to spend some relaxing days.

    Whether it is superb fishing or exellent hiking opportunities, there is a lot to discover in the area!

  • Xhosa Culture


    The Transkei, home to the Xhosa people, is the only part of the country still governed by tribal authorities, and most of the region's inhabitants maintain a traditional lifestyle. The Xhosa people live in the traditional way, with ancient tribal systems still intact.

    The people live in thatched mud-brick huts peppered across the hills, without running water or electricity, and subsist through growing mainly maize.

  • Addo Elephant National Park


    More than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species are situated in the Addo Elephant National Park.

    Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle is located within the park.

Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program
German volunteers

Volunteering is life-changing, challenging, heart-warming and, above all, fun !

Hilltop has for many years in the post apartheid era encouraged a program of volunteerism to play a part of reconstructing a new path for the new South Africa. Volunteers have helped Hilltop achieve many objectives: bringing IT technology to the poor, creating interventions of Peace Work, development of specific skills and creating small businesses. Hilltop has implemented this through a world wide network of local and international volunteers through workcamps and with local and international groups and organizations such as: Velo Afrika (Switzerland) AfriKa  Komite (Switzerland), OEME Church Network (Switzerland) TVS (England), Mennonites (USA), Linux4Afrika (Germany) and FEPA (Switzerland) IJGD (Germany) amongst others.

Volunteering for Hilltop has been recognised as a very rewarding experience, as well as contributing to personal growth and development. Hilltop can provide volunteer references upon request.

Volunteering for Hilltop

Hilltop welcomes people who would like to volunteer in any one of the project catagories or within a specially designed project proposal. 

The registration process requires:

An application to be completed. If the application is successful, a formal invitation will be sent which can be used for visa application. For foriegn volunteers there is a once-off registration fee of $200. and a monthly charge of $350 dollars which includes: accommodation, gas, electricity, management supervision and basic work-related transport. Food and internet use is not included. All volunteers are expected to have appropriate insurance cover during their stay. A recommended time frame for a volunteer stay is 3 to 12 months.

Upon completion and a volunteer report a certificate of acknowledgement will be provided. For inquires and further information contact:

Robin Roberts at robin@hilltop-centre.org