There are many volunteer projects and organizations in the world, but a huge gap unfortunately exists between the best and the worst. It’s hard to know what to look for, and even harder to decide on who to join. How do you know if the organization is legit? Make sure you do your research and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions.

Here are just a handful of things that a responsible, sustainable volunteer travel organization should do: 

    • Run and manage their own projects – most websites are simply agencies
    • Be able to send you tangible, real achievements on a regular basis
    • Have a clear Child Protection Policy and ensure you complete a criminal record check prior to involvement (This is a MUST)
    • Have experienced staff on the ground to support you day-in-day-out
    • Not use volunteer support in replacement for a local person


Remember, volunteering abroad should also be FUN (As long as everything is ticked above, it’s OK to have an action-packed adventure). 

African Impact prides itself on being the very best at this, as proven by the multiple industry awards won every year. A perfect example is being voted the world’s Top Volunteer Abroad Organization by volunteers on GoAbroad four years in a row.

But, what else is special about us?


We live and breathe all things Africa.

Volunteering and interning in Africa is what we do, it’s in our DNA. We’ve built our very own projects - hand-in-hand with local communities - since 2004 and have spent the last 16 years growing, monitoring and improving them. Aside from being the trusted specialist on volunteering and interning in Southern Africa, our staff know the best places to go, as well as the hidden treasures and secret spots that take you beyond a regular tourist trip.

We are about real, measurable change.

Truly understanding the impact of our projects - and your contribution - is what makes African Impact the industry leaders. In fact, we believe this is the only way to justify bringing you here. We set long-term objectives with our local partners, measure everything we do, and undertake valuable monitoring and evaluation of our projects, meaning anyone joining us on a short-term basis can still contribute to a long-term impact.

See how we run our programs.

We are with you ALL the way.

It’s our responsibility to ensure that every aspect of your experience is incredible – we really care about that. Our experienced staff live and work with you, meaning you make the most of your trip. We’re so proud of our staff team and the amazing ‘home away from home’ spaces that we’ve built and grown for our volunteers.

What support do we provide?

We knock it out of the park.

Named the Top Rated Volunteer Organization 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and winner of multiple other awards each year, we are incredibly proud of our organization and what we are achieving for communities, wildlife and volunteers. Don’t just take it from us; check out the thousands of past volunteer reviews and testimonials, as well as coverage in the press.

Read our reviews.

We're paving the way.

We are pioneers in the volunteer travel industry and one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. We are proud of our Foundation, key policies and processes which ensure we are being responsible and acting in the best interests of all stakeholders. We continue to play a key role in shaping how responsible volunteer travel evolves and improves.

See our policies.