How To Volunteer In Africa From Canada!
Get involved in programmes across the worlds largest continent and partake in some life-changing work. African volunteer programmes popular with Canadians include teaching, building, conservation and healthcare. No matter the reason for travel, embarking on a gap year or experiencing a volunteer vacation. Projects in Africa are full of different ways to help, there is something for everyone!
It’s time to fly over to Africa! Canadian volunteers can fly from anywhere in the world, there is no need to fly back home before you travel. If you no longer live in Canada or are combining volunteering with part of a larger trip, just fly from wherever you are.
Did you know that flight prices might not be much more flying from Canada than flying from Europe? Marrakech excluded, worldwide flights are on average only £100 less from London. For such a small difference there is no excuse, if the Brits can volunteer in Africa, so can the Canadians!
Here are the top African destinations for Canadian volunteers:
- South Africa
Geographically Morocco is located in the North of Africa. However, Morocco has a culture closer to countries found in Europe. Situated next to Spain, there are many Spanish influences which can be seen in cities and towns, especially in the north of the country.
Inside the breathtaking walled city of Marrakech, the second language is French. Many of the locals will be eager to practice with any willing French-Canadian volunteers.
The local team, in Morocco, organise a varied schedule. Mainly working with vulnerable children and socially isolated children. Volunteers usually help at a different project each day. This gives you the chance to see more of the city and meet more of the locals.
Morocco Programme Basics
Flights from Toronto to Marrakech CAN$783 GB£604
Flights from Vancouver to Marrakesh CAN$946 GB£730
Programme costs CAN$210 per week including accommodation in shared volunteer house and services of in-country team.
No visa is required for travellers with a Canadian passport entering Morocco.
Choose from two programmes in Kenya. Volunteer at a street kids project in Mombasa. Helping to re-home and educate boys who have been living on the streets for periods of their lives. Free time is available to enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches close by.
Get back to basics in the Kenya Masai. Volunteer with a host family in complete cultural immersion. Living their way of life, helping with the families and animals in the community. Enjoy watching wildlife stroll past the village.
Kenya Village Programme Basics
Flights from Toronto to Nairobi CAN$823 GB£635
Flights from Vancouver to Nairobi CAN$1025 GB£791
Programme costs CAN$210 per week including accommodation with host family.
Electronic visas (e-visas) can be obtained online before travel. Alternatively Canadian passport holders can obtain a visa upon arrival, simply join the queue once you’ve landed.
Volunteer with the entire community in Ghana, and combine experiences on the same trip. Build schools for a week and then swap to teaching in them the next week. The absence of a language barrier makes volunteering easy!
Make a difference to the children in Ghana, teaching a subject of choice or boosting confidence through arts and craft and playwork. The children in Ghana are all sports mad! They love football and are always keen to learn new games too.
The community is in constant need of building and maintenance work done. The majority of the community is built by volunteers, making bricks with their hands. Buildings often need repair and maintenance work done after a couple of months.
Medical electives join the Ghana programme and help in Atibie hospital. Choose which department to volunteer in. The maternity and children’s wards are most popular. Outreach days are organised to provide health checks to communities which cannot reach clinics themselves.
Ghana Programme Basics
Flights from Toronto to Accra CAN$848 GB£654
Flights from Vancouver to Accra CAN$1153 GB£889
Programme costs CAN$160 per week including accommodation with host family.
A visa is required before travel.
A once in a lifetime experience to get close to monkeys and even have some hugs and cuddles! There are as many as 80 exotic species, including monkeys, foxes and lemurs.
Unfortunately because the animals have been in care for so long they cannot be released back into the wild. Volunteers help by coming up with new ways to keep the mentally stimulated. Such as, hiding their food in a puzzle box which they need to solve to get the food.
Situated close to Pretoria, this programme is the best of both worlds. Enjoy the peacefulness and remoteness of the sanctuary, in the middle of nowhere. Combined with the lively major city when wanted.
South Africa Programme Basics
Flights from Toronto to Johannesburg CAN$766 GB£591
Flights from Vancouver to Johannesburg CAN$1027 GB£792
Programme costs CAN$295 per week including accommodation on site at sanctuary.
No visa is required for travellers with a Canadian passport entering South Africa.
Help at a friendly rural school in the beautiful Ugandan hills. Mix volunteering with exploring the surreal grassy hills. The hills surround the school and make for spectacular views.
Volunteers can help at the school in a variety of different ways. Through teaching a subject of their choice, or serving breakfast in the morning along with building and maintenance work.
There is also a health clinic on site where anyone with an interest in a medical career can help the local nurse. Qualified professionals looking to volunteer in a health environment can help either at the local clinic or in the hospital in Itojo, two miles away.
Uganda Programme Basics
Flights from Toronto to Entebbe CAN$810 GB£624
Flights from Vancouver to Entebbe CAN$932 GB£718
Programme costs CAN$180 per week including accommodation on site in purpose built hut and all meals.
Electronic visas (e-visas) can be obtained online before travel. Alternatively Canadian travellers can obtain one upon arrival, simply join the queue once you’ve landed.
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*Flight prices listed here were current on skyscanner.net as of October 23rd 2018 for return flights in June 2019.