We found no better way to describe what African Impact cares about than from our founder, Greg:

Greg Bows

African Impact’s founder, Greg Bows

“In recent years, African Impact stopped being simply a volunteer enterprize and started being a collective representation of something more than just an organization or brand. It was subtle at first; when I used to visit our projects, volunteers would say, “I have this idea that I think could help African Impact”. This has turned to, “I have this idea which is so African Impact”. If something didn’t feel right, it used to be, “Something isn’t working, but we can’t put our finger on it”. This is now, “The way we are doing this is just not African Impact”.

Reflecting on this, I wondered what people perceive as the African Impact way. We know what we have tried to build over the years; an organization that provides exceptional experiences to our volunteers, whilst serving the communities we work with by making a genuine impact but, we’re starting to go further. I believe that we’ve begun to represent a set of values and a mind-set.

These values are honesty, transparency and always doing the right thing, while having fun, exploring and growing. In the face of increasing negativity about volunteering abroad, we’re creating a culture that strives to be the best, not the biggest. Admittedly, we don’t always get it right, but our process leads to constant change and development. It brings people on a journey with us that ensures everyone we work with feels part of the team.”

 

“You don’t get to just be “African Impact”, you can’t just buy the badge. You need to aspire to the values the organization represents. It’s been an almost unspoken, collaborative journey that we’ve defined as Beyond Volunteering.”

How does African Impact go #BeyondVolunteering?

THE EXPERIENCE

We believe in the spirit of Africa and that your experience is just as important as your impact. Volunteering is a
two-way thing. It’s not just about the help and skills that tyou can bring; it’s also about what this amazing continent, its
people and its wildlife can give you in return. An experience filled with adventure, learning, and breathtaking
moments will make sure you go home, share the magic of Africa, and come back. Ultimately, we combine extraordinary experiences…

THE IMPACT

…with genuine impacts. We know Africa, we live and breathe it every day. We know our communities, our families, our tribes and our staff. We have built every project hand-in-hand with them, meaning it is led and directed by them. We measure every single thing we do, so if you are looking for a part-time, sit-around in the sunshine kind of deal, we’re not for you. Our team of international and local staff live and work with you and will help you contribute to our long-term goals. This lets us go beyond what the world thinks of as ‘volunteering abroad’…

THE TRANSFORMATION

…and provides an experience that truly transforms communities and volunteers. Forget the savior complex; it’s out of the door by the time we’re through with our volunteers. We know you go home richer and worldlier. You are better friends, better neighbours and better people. Volunteering in Africa helps to change perceptions and stereotypes about Africa, its people and its problems, while it provides local communities with an exchange of culture, mindsets and ideas. Welcome to Beyond Volunteering and our journey.