A wild leopard rests at the Wild at Tuli reserve in Botswana, spotted by a volunteer in Africa.

Volunteer in Africa

Do a volunteer project in Africa and support development in local communities

Volunteer in Africa with Projects Abroad and do work that focus on long-term, sustainable development in local communities. Through voluntary work in Africa, you’ll get a deeper insight into people’s lives and the challenges they face everyday. You’ll also learn about the cultures and traditions firsthand.

We work in several countries across the continent. On our volunteer opportunities in Africa, you can do things like:

No matter where you go in Africa, our Project Experts can help you find the volunteer project or internship that best fits your interests and goals. We can also help you plan the ultimate gap year in Africa! 

With our Africa volunteer programmes, we take care of all the details, ensuring that you have a hassle-free experience. Our local staff are available to help you 24/7. This means you can focus all your energy on making a real impact in the community where you’re working.

How to become a Volunteer in Africa

Want to know more about how to volunteer in Africa? The first thing you should know is that it’s incredibly accessible with Projects Abroad! 

All of our volunteer opportunities in Africa are open to people aged 16 and over. To join a project, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements, and fill in the application form

You can rest assured that you’ll have an ethical experience with us in Africa. We hold all of our volunteers to a high standard, especially if you’re working with children, animals, or in a medical setting. Learn more about our policies and approach to ethical volunteering.  

We also offer volunteer programs in Africa for high school students ages 15-18. Our High School Specials are designed to give teenagers all the support and care they need as young travellers. 

Looking to do a one week volunteer programme in Africa? While we do encourage our volunteers to stay as long as they can, we do organise Africa volunteering from a duration of one week onwards. If you’re concerned about what kind of impact you can really make in a week, read our blog that explains how we approach short-term volunteering.

Where to Volunteer in Africa

Africa is an incredibly diverse continent, with awe-inspiring natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. We do volunteer work in Africa in several countries, so we’ll definitely help you find the best volunteer programme in Africa for you.

Conservation volunteering in Africa is a popular option, from the rainforests of Madagascar to the open plains of Kenya.

We also prioritise the educational development of children. You can volunteer with children in Africa and work in childcare centres in countries like Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya. Or, teach English or sports in local schools in Senegal. You can also help build important infrastructure like schools on our Building Projects in West and East Africa. 

In each country we work in, we’ve identified the needs of the local communities and the challenges they face. Our volunteer placements in Africa all work toward supporting sustainable development and helping people overcome these challenges.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us as a volunteer in Africa today, and use your time and energy to become part of something bigger!

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

Can't find what you're looking for?

We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.

Speak to one of our Africa experts on:

01273 007 230

or email:

to start planning your project

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