There are many responsible tourism awards that we take great pride in being affiliated with. These awards not only affirm the high quality and responsible management of our volunteer projects but also give recognition to our project teams who work so hard to create a great volunteer experience on the ground.
Innovation in Sustainability - Farmers of the Future
GoAbroad - 2020
Our business and entrepreneurship training program in South Africa, Farmers of the Future, won GoAbroad’s Innovation in Sustainability award in 2020. Farmers of the Future provides sustainable community empowerment through environmentally conscious food security and income generation. The program is supported through our Social Development and Entrepreneurship Internship.
Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media - The Girl Impact
GoAbroad & Travolucion - 2020
The Girl Impact, the brainchild of African Impact and the African Impact Foundation, was the proud recipient of GoAbroad’s Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media award for their “Imagine If….” campaign. It was an awareness and fundraising campaign that was launched during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in 2019 to challenge people’s thinking around what it is like to be a girl or woman in the world today. The campaign included a live music event with local female musicians and a fundraiser with one lucky person winning a free 2-week placement on one of the gender equality volunteer programs run by The Girl Impact and supported by African Impact and our Foundation.
Innovation in Philanthropy - African Impact Foundation
GoAbroad Foundation - 2019
Our non-profit partner organization, the African Impact Foundation, was the recipient of GoAbroad’s Innovation in Philanthropy award in 2019 for their 10 year birthday campaign. It was a social media campaign that aimed to create awareness around the foundation’s impact areas and raise US$10,000 for its focal projects across Africa. The foundation team, volunteers, and their followers submitted a photo of themselves holding up a sign saying: “I stand for ___ with the African Impact Foundation”, with the blank space filled out with a chosen impact area. The month-long campaign was a major success and they were able to shine a spotlight on the foundation and raise almost US$20,000.
Innovative New Intern Abroad Program - Social Development and Entrepreneurship Internship
GoAbroad - 2019
Our Social Development and Entrepreneurship Internship in South Africa captured the attention of GoAbroad in 2019 and was awarded the Innovative New Intern Abroad Program award. The project works with the community to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities and support entrepreneurs in developing their ideas so they can start their own small businesses. Despite the challenging economic landscape of South Africa, this project has been successful in helping the community make big strides in the pursuit of economic growth and a better standard of living.
Top Rated Volunteer Organization
GoAbroad - 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
African Impact was voted the Top Volunteer Abroad Organization in the world by GoAbroad for four years in a row from 2016 to 2019. The coveted title is based solely on volunteer feedback that takes into consideration the overall impact and sustainability of our programs, our commitment to volunteer safety and coordination, community engagement, and the quality of the experience offered.
Top Rated Volunteer Abroad Program
GoAbroad - 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
Our Big 5 Wildlife Research and Conservation project in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa was named the Top Rated Volunteer Abroad Program for four years in a row from 2016 to 2019 by GoAbroad. The award is based on volunteer reviews and awarded to a program that consistently receives positive feedback and ratings from volunteers.
Outstanding Volunteer Project - EcoBricking; Sports Coaching and Development
Global Youth Travel Awards - 2017, 2014
In 2017 our EcoBricking project was awarded the highly coveted accolade of Outstanding Volunteer Project by the Global Youth Travel Awards. Our Sports Coaching and Development project also won the award in 2014. The EcoBricking project impacts communities living in poverty in rural Zambia by creating self-sustaining structures out of EcoBricks. The Sports Coaching project empowers youth through sport.
Innovative New Program - EcoBricking; The Girl Impact; Teaching, Education, and Community Development
GoAbroad - 2017, 2016, 2014
The Innovative New Program award honors an inventive study, intern, and volunteer abroad program that provides unique opportunities and experiences that encourage learning and cultural exchange. Three of our volunteer programs have won this highly sought-after award: EcoBricking, in 2017, The Girl Impact in 2016, and Teaching, Education, and Community Development project in 2014.
Best Social Involvement
Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards - 2014, 2011, 2010
The Imvelo Responsible Tourism awards were initiated to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development that was held in South Africa in 2002. They recognize tourism and hospitality businesses that make measurable and sustained contribution to responsible tourism.