Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on African Impact’s Projects
Our projects around Africa are currently in hibernation, while we wait for region specific restrictions to change. We are in the process of planning for the selective re-opening of projects in accordance with the policies implemented by the relevant local authority, the latest travel advisories for each country, the status of local health risks, and any local border restrictions or quarantine periods that might remain in place in that country. Rest assured, the safety of our volunteers, project teams and the local communities we work with will remain our highest priority.
Many people around the world have been under stay-at-home orders for several weeks and this time spent indoors has given us the opportunity to pause and reflect on what makes us truly happy and fulfilled. Through this period of isolation, the importance of human connection has become apparent and volunteering abroad is an avenue to meet people from all over the world, learn new cultures, form friendships and make a meaningful impact in someone else’s life.
Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so we invite you to use this time to plan your impactful adventure to Africa for when it is safe to travel again. As part of our COVID-19 response, we have implemented our lowest ever deposit for anyone interested in booking their trip now, for travel at a later date. A low deposit of just USD 200 / 150 GBP / 175 Euro / AUD 300 will secure your place and fulfil your dreams of visiting Africa.
And the best news?
We understand how unsettled you may be feeling at the moment, so we want to reassure you that we will continue to put you, and the communities we serve at the heart of everything we do.
We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe, healthy, and happy.
Greg Bows, Founder of African Impact
Frequently Asked Questions:
We have put all of our projects into hibernation, while we wait for region specific restrictions to change. We have a duty of care to the communities we work in, our volunteers and our project teams and will only reopen when it is safe to do so. In the interim, we are working with local community members at each project location to continue providing assistance, where possible. Much of this work is being led by our charity – The African Impact Foundation. The focus at the moment is providing education on COVID-19 transmission and ensuring these communities have the knowledge and resources to protect themselves. To date, this has included the distribution of face masks, hygiene packs, clothing and nutritious meals to many of our beneficiaries. We have worked with several of our community partners for over 15 years and have created a strong bond and friendship with many individuals within these communities and will do everything we can to support them through these uncertain times.
African Impact is staying abreast of any developments in international travel and the border restrictions for each country – both where our projects are located and the countries, we receive volunteers from. We are reviewing options for reopening projects on a case-by-case basis, considering the social distancing policies being implemented by each local government, as well as the latest travel advisories, local health risks, and any travel restrictions.
At this stage, the situation in each country is changing constantly and we are therefore not able to provide certainty around project re-opening dates. We will however communicate dates as soon as we are able to.
Yes – tourism is vital to Africa’s people and economy and our community and conservation projects are already feeling the harsh effects of no volunteers. The people and wildlife we assist need your support now, more than ever. We are looking forward to a time when we can once again receive volunteers and we hope to see you out in the world soon, going on extraordinary adventures and making a genuine impact with us in Africa.
Read our latest blog about how we plan to keep our volunteers and the community we work with safe when we re-open.
Yes, we want to give you extra peace of mind during this difficult time. All bookings are now entirely flexible. If you need to change the date of your trip because of COVID-19, you can do so at no extra cost.
Our administrative team, based in Cape Town, are working remotely, and adhering to social distancing measures, the best way to contact us is by email. You may contact your Placement Manager, Destination Manager, or either of the email addresses below if you have any questions:
We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.