Choosing a volunteer project can be difficult – even stressful. There are so many to choose from, and most of us who love to empower and work with children also have a soft spot for animals and wildlife conservation – who doesn’t?! Deciding between the two can cause a real conflict of the heart and head, and leave one wondering if they’ve made the right choice. To combat the fear of picking one project over another and missing out, there’s a perfect solution: choose more than one project! You can make this happen two ways: either by attending two separate locations during your volunteer trip, or by participating in one of our newly designed combo projects. Why pick two different locations? On the one hand, it is nice to experience two different locations and participate in two completely different programs. By volunteering in two separate locations (for example, Livingstone, Zambia and St Lucia, South Africa) volunteers are not only able to make an impact at two separate projects, but also explore two completely different areas of Africa. Embarking on this type of trip can mean pairing a project based in a city (Cape Town, maybe?) and one that’s more rural (perhaps our wildlife project in Tuli, Botswana). Another option is to pair two projects in the same country but wildly different locations, like monitoring dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar and teaching children on a community project on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Watch this space, we’re launching our package deals soon for multiple destinations! Staying put but branching out Sometimes traveling between projects ads another layer of stress to a volunteer, and often staying in one place for an extended period of time offers one the opportunity to really delve into the culture and people of the area. For this reason, African Impact has launched combo projects at a number of locations. As a result, volunteers are able to combine wildlife research with teaching at rural schools in South Africa, or working alongside lions with assisting with afterschool programs for vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. A longtime stint at one project isn’t for everyone, and although it has its benefits, sometimes volunteering at more than one project or location helps volunteers to understand more about development in Africa, diversify their experience and skills and provides even more memories and adventure to their trip!