Want to volunteer in Africa? Get involved with great projects across the continent and do some of the most life-changing charity work you may ever do! Many projects are perfect for both first-time volunteers and seasoned travellers wanting to put something back, and get to know this incredible continent up close. Our Africa volunteers can:
Volunteer in a poor African school
Help build classrooms and essential facilities
Work in an African hospital
Care for rescued animals
Coach youth football teams
Help with tree planting initiatives
Volunteer Projects in Africa
Our projects welcome anyone over the age of 18, and a few are open to volunteers who will be 16 on arrival.Popular projects include teaching, building, sport, healthcare and conservation.We also offer many more project opportunities than are listed on our website. If you have a particular skill or interest which you cannot find please contact us so we can advise on a suitable project which can make use of your skills or knowledge.Our volunteers have brought life-saving equipment to hospitals, built schools where none previously existed, mentored children who would otherwise have given up on education, paid for life-saving surgery, treatment and health insurance amongst many other generous contributions.For example, did you know we have projects in Africa welcoming podiatry and nutrition students? Contact us today for further advice.
Why Volunteer in Africa? Can I make a difference?
Everyone has something to offer the project they visit as there is still so much need in Africa. Whether it is extra hands to complete a building project, a specific skill you want to share to simply acknowledging a vulnerable child's existence to helping to ensure that UNICEF's summary of the UN Convention of Children's Rights are upheld, you can be confident you will make a big difference to the community you work with.
Where can I volunteer in Africa and what can I do?
We have partnered with 9 charities and charitable initiatives across the African continent from Morocco in the very North to the very tip in South Africa. Perhaps you would like to try out volunteering for the first time in an organised group doing different things during your time, then try our programmes in Morocco and Ghana which offer a combination of group volunteer experiences in the same location.
If you would like a home stay experience, then experience Tanzania or live with a real Maasai family in Kenya. Or live-in at a friendly school in Uganda staying in your own traditional African hut.
If you would like to work with older children and adults you might to volunteer at the street kids project in Mombasa in Kenya or with a community-driven initiative in Cameroon.
Animal lovers may like to monkey around in South Africa at the sanctuary there which takes in monkeys which cannot be released back into the wild.
Volunteering in aid work in Africa will provide you with a lifetime of memories and experiences you will never forget.
Is volunteering in Africa free?
The volunteering itself is free but payments help to cover accommodation and extra staff where needed, to support you during your stay. For some projects, leftover money helps cover essentials that the projects could otherwise not fund from elsewhere. Unlike some organisations we try to keep our programme fees as affordable as possible, with fees starting in Ghana at £95 per week, and £50 from week three onwards. We believe that volunteers who can afford to stay longer on their projects can achieve much more!
What's it like to volunteer in Africa?
Want to see what it is really like right now working in Africa on a community project? Check out our Ghana Facebook group the team are always super busy on a variety of different projects. You will also see photos of the latest volunteers arriving at the airport in Accra. Perhaps you will see your photo on here sometime soon!
How To Volunteer in Africa?
First, choose a project you would like to get involved with. If you are not sure, first-time volunteers might like to start with Ghana or Morocco. Whichever project has caught your eye, give us a call so we can run through the programme for you, help with any questions and the next steps from how to join your project, flights and jabs, to putting you in contact with fellow volunteers. We should be able to answer most questions or we have someone in the team who can! Alternatively message or text us: 07554002930 and we will be in touch as soon as an advisor is available!
Gain a rare insight into the heart of Tanzania, away from the tourist trail. There are a variety of projects to get involved with including supporting local orphans, children’s homes and community clubs.
“The children never went away – they followed us back to the house every day, it was really heart warming.”
Come and live in one of the smallest, cutest and poorest countries on the African continent. Help out with a variety of educational projects at the poorer schools – everyone can make such a big difference here.
“The schools had nothing – just a dirt floor. We bought some tables and chairs and the local teacher was in tears.”
Here, there are too many little monkeys being monkeys and not enough helping hands to go around! Come and get stuck in at this busy sanctuary in all areas and make friends with a wonderful group of like-minded people.
“My most unusual experience was digging fire breaks which was tiring but I got really fit in the process!”
Do you want to visit a country no one else has been and help turn some lives around? Try Cameroon in the heart of Africa, where everyone in town wants to meet their foreign guest and welcome you into their lives.
“I felt like I was thousands of miles away from civilisation and I loved every minute – my month there went too fast!”
Would you like a ready-made family to show you their way of life and introduce you to the little children in the local school? Do you want to try living a simple life just for a while? Let the Masai get under your skin.