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Why Volunteer in Africa

Compared to the United States, United Kingdom, and much of Europe, Africa is very much in development. Many countries across the continent have spent decades mired by instability and unrest as a result of colonialism and other factors that have prevented it from moving forward.

The unfortunate reality is that African countries are some of the poorest places in the world and poverty, gender inequality, and a lack of education are widespread across the continent.

This is a major reason why there is such a great disparity between Africa and the rest of the world and a major reason why volunteering in Africa is so important.

We may not be able to rewrite history and there may not be an easy fix the problems in Africa and other global issues, but as humans sharing one world it is our responsibility to do what we can to make it a little better and offer hope to those who have been victims of circumstance and injustice.

Volunteering is one of the ways people like you can help.

Although being a volunteer in developing countries is not always easy. You may hear heartbreaking stories of struggle and see a side of the world where life is difficult and suffering is pervasive. But those are the place where you can make the most difference and truly change lives.

Types of Volunteering

Our volunteer projects in Africa are divided into conservation programs and community programs. However, most of our volunteer programs have an element of community volunteering so you can have a more intimate experience with the people and culture of the country you volunteer in.

Conservation Volunteer Programs

Wildlife Conservation

Our wildlife conservation projects were designed to give volunteers a chance to experience wildlife conservation on the front lines. You will get up close with iconic African wildlife and be fully engaged in conservation efforts to protect vulnerable and endangered animals by contributing to physical conservation work, data collection, research, and conservation education.

Environmental Sustainability

Our environmental sustainability projects let you get involved with initiatives that educate rural communities on issues such as plastic pollution and sustainable building. Volunteers explore different ways to reduce the impact of litter on the environment in communities where waste management is ineffective and ways to earn income from upcycling.

Wildlife Photography

Our wildlife photography projects offer established and aspiring wildlife photographers the great wild plains of Africa as their playground to improve their skills and gain practical experience while contributing to conservation. You will venture into the heart of the African wilderness and capture all the beauty and wonder of its landscapes and animal inhabitants.

Marine Conservation

Our marine conservation projects take you below the waves into a world where dolphins and whale sharks will introduce you to their world. Alongside a team of passionate marine conservationists, you will conduct research and use your findings to assist local governments and organizations to protect and preserve the underwater worlds along Africa’s coast.

Animal Care and Veterinary

Our animal care and veterinary projects are designed to give students and animal lovers a chance to get hands-on experience in the field. You will work with experienced veterinarians or rescue and release teams to help rehabilitate and care for vulnerable wildlife or shelter animals. Our rescue and release project is located near the famous Kruger National Park.

Community Volunteer Programs

Teaching and Education

Our teaching and education projects create transformative change in local societies by uplifting and empowering individuals and communities through education. As a largely undeveloped continent, the opportunity for growth is extraordinary, yet children and adults across Africa are restricted by poor education systems that prevent them from rising above their circumstances.

Medical and Healthcare

Our healthcare and medical projects were set up hand in hand with local communities to combat relevant issues that affect those communities. In many African countries, healthcare is often inadequate, inaccessible, or too expensive, leaving millions of people vulnerable to curable diseases. Medical volunteer projects in Africa offer vital support to communities where healthcare is limited.

Gender Equality

Our gender equality projects were designed to support The Girl Impact, an initiative that educates and empowers young girls to help them make more informed decisions as they move towards womanhood. Volunteers work in either South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia and offer various workshops to girls, women, boys, and men that will change the narrative of gender equality in Africa.

Working with Children

Our childcare projects tackle one of the biggest issues on the African continent – vulnerable children. You will offer much-needed support that will ensure these children are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to get a head start in life. Whether you choose to teach or mentor on a youth outreach program, volunteer assistance is crucial for the success of these projects.

Sports Coaching

Our sports projects help at-risk youth develop valuable skills that will open up opportunities they may not have had before and help them navigate life easier. In high-risk areas across the continent, such as townships in Cape Town, engaging young children in sports keeps them off the streets and away from dangerous lifestyles that are often a result of poverty.

We also offer TEFL Courses and Practicums in Zambia and Tanzania.

How to Choose a Volunteer Program

African volunteer programs are not like others around the world because Africa is unlike anywhere else in the world. There are things that make volunteering in Africa a truly unique and unforgettable experience, but also things that make it more challenging.

These are some of the things you need to consider when it comes to volunteer work in Africa:

Culture and Lifestyle

Africa is a deeply cultural place where many communities are defined by their cultural values and beliefs. Whether you are volunteering in South Africa or Kenya, you will find that cultural roots run deep and you will be expected to respect these.

You will also quickly realize that life moves slower in many African countries. The sooner you learn to get into the rhythm of things, the easier it will be for you to truly enjoy the experience and appreciate just how different Africa is to the rest of the world.

Language

There are about 2000 different languages across the African continent and many of these have their own local dialects. Although this can be a little overwhelming at first, it is all part of the experience.

Try to embrace being surrounded by an unfamiliar language and see it as an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and learn how to communicate without language. It is also a great opportunity to learn a new language, or at least a few new phrases and words in another language.

Location

Many volunteer projects in Africa are located in rural towns because that is where help is most needed. This means housing will be quite basic and you won’t have easy access to shopping malls and other amenities you may be used to back home.

Although this can be quite a harrowing prospect to someone from a big city, it is a great way to immerse yourself in traditional life and see a side of Africa few people get to see.

For many volunteers, getting to experience life in the bush or in a rural village on the edge of Mount Kilimanjaro is what makes their volunteer trip that much more authentic and memorable.

Other important questions you should ask yourself when thinking about joining African volunteer programs are:

  • Does it align with your interests?
  • What skills do you want to gain?
  • What skills do you have to offer?
  • Are you open to learning a new language?
  • Are you willing to live in a rural setting?
  • How much of your time can you give?
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Youth Surf Outreach Program

LocationCape Town

Duration10 days - 12 weeks

ImpactYouth Outreach

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ImpactInternship

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ImpactGender Equality

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Duration10 days - 12 weeks

ImpactPlastic and Environmental Sustainability

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Sports & Community Development, Zambia

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Duration10 days - 12 weeks

ImpactSports Development

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Duration10 days - 12 weeks

ImpactGender Equality

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Duration8 - 12 weeks

ImpactInternship

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LocationTofo

Duration2 - 4 weeks

ImpactMarine Conservation

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LocationMultiple

DurationBespoke

ImpactVarious

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LocationMultiple

DurationBespoke

ImpactVarious

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DurationBespoke

ImpactVarious

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