Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need to learn another language?
No! If you can speak and understand English to a reasonable level, you will be able to communicate easily as the majority of South Africans speak English as their first or second language.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa:
If you are going to volunteer with Masigcine Children's Home, or Baphumelele Children's Home, you might like to learn some basic Xhosa words as this is the first language for many of the children and staff that you will encounter.
If you would like to learn basic Xhosa, you will be pleased to know that the University of South Africa (UNISA) provide a free online course for you: