Want to volunteer in Africa? Enrol on one of our programs to play a part in some of the most life-changing charity work you may ever do! Read on to learn more about the volunteering projects we run across the continent.
The history of volunteering in Africa
For centuries, volunteers have been playing a major role in the socio-economic development of Africa. The history of volunteering in Africa stretches back to the colonial period when volunteer projects were first organised by the British Red Cross.
Since the 1980s, Africa has seen a proliferation of NGOs providing services that would usually be associated with governments and local authorities. This is thanks to an increase in Western government spending on international aid.
The benefits of increasing investment have been most noticeable in rural communities. Infrastructure and services are often limited or non-existent in more remote areas further away from the major cities. This is where inexperienced overseas volunteers can play a key role.
Volunteering for personal development
By volunteering in Africa you give yourself the perfect opportunity to round out your CV and develop your self-confidence. As a socially-conscious traveller, you also have the opportunity to create some positive change in the world.
Measuring the impact of each volunteer experience is a challenge. To a certain extent, the benefits are personal to each volunteer. However, some results are clearly tangible and sustainable, as in the case of new schools where none previously existed or helping a child gain access to life-saving surgery.
Volunteer projects in Africa
Many of our projects are perfect for both first-time volunteers and seasoned travellers alike. There’s no better way to get to know this incredible continent. Our projects welcome anyone over the age of 18. A few programmes are also open to volunteers who will be 16 on arrival.
To give some examples, our Africa volunteers have the opportunity to:
- 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
We also offer tailored placements to suit your experience and qualifications. If you have a particular skill or interest which isn’t listed please contact us. We’ll then be able to advise on a suitable project that makes the best use of your skills.
For example, did you know we have projects in Africa welcoming podiatry and nutrition students? Contact us today to learn more.