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Volunteer in Africa 2017 & 2018

Volunteer in Africa with IVHQ in 2017

Are you considering where to volunteer in Africa in 2018? Taking the plunge to step outside your comfort zone, volunteer your time, and explore this vast and beautiful continent is now easier than ever thanks to our affordable fees and expanding range of destinations and trusted projects, meaning there are volunteer opportunities in Africa to suit all types of travelers and budgets.

No matter where you choose to volunteer, you’ll find meaningful volunteer opportunities in Africa where your contribution is genuinely appreciated by the communities in which you’ll be working. Couple this with incredible weekend travel options and the chance to meet like-minded travelers from all over the world, and you’ve got a volunteer destination that’s perfect for solo travelers, couples, senior travelers, families and groups.

Keep reading for a quick look into where you can volunteer in Africa in 2018, so you can choose the best Africa volunteer program for you…

Volunteer in South Africa

There are no shortage of reasons why South Africa is one of IVHQ’s most popular destinations for volunteering in Africa. You’re given the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community and provide valuable assistance to schools around Cape Town on the Teaching, Sports Development and Computer Training projects. Or you might prefer to lend a hand within under-resourced childcare centers, or join the unique Surf Outreach project. Add to this the fact that South Africa is one of the most mega-diverse destinations in the world, and you’ve got plenty of reasons why traveling and volunteering in South Africa should be an easy choice.

As a volunteer in South Africa, you’ll be living and working in an area renowned for its cafe culture and vibrant nightlife and as an added bonus, you’ll have the beach and Table Mountain at your doorstep. Let’s not forget that a trip to Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari, right?

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in central Cape Town with projects based in the Muizenberg area, approximately 30 minutes from the city center
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 24 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$250 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Cape Town, climb Table Mountain, or take a safari

NEW OPTION! Volunteer program also available in Table View, South Africa with a Surf, Skate & Swim project.

Hike Table Mountain as an IVHQ volunteer in South Africa

The one month I spent in South Africa wasn’t nearly enough time! The Surf Outreach program was fun and relaxed, which meant that you really got to know the kids, because they were always just so happy to be there! You meet so many like-minded people from all of these far off places and you do pretty much everything with them so you all end up like one big family! I definitely recommend going to South Africa, it’ a beautiful country with beautiful people and when you volunteer you really get to live like a local.” Brianna Hollis, IVHQ volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in Kenya

Having hosted IVHQ volunteers for over 10 years, our Kenya program has always been a popular option for affordable volunteer opportunities in Africa. In Kenya, you can choose to support Teaching, Childcare, Special Needs Care, Sports Education, Women’s Education or Music projects within rural and urban areas around Nairobi and Mombasa. Placement options cater to a wide range of ages and skill sets, including the option for adventurous volunteers to work within a rural Maasai community. When volunteering on the Maasai Teaching project, you’ll be living with a traditional Maasai family while exchanging your skills and knowledge at local rural schools.

When volunteering in Africa, make sure your budget allows you to take a safari. When you arrive in Kenya, the local team will be more than happy to help arrange a safari trip for you and you fellow IVHQers, so there’s no need to book one in advance. A safari through the Maasai Mara is a truly unbeatable experience and is a must-do for volunteer trips to Africa.

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in Nairobi with projects located in and around Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Maasai, and surrounding rural villages
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 12 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$270 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Nairobi, take a safari through the Maasai Mara, or visit the local markets

Childcare volunteers in Kenya with IVHQ

It was the most amazing experience of my life. I not only fell in love with everyone I met, but also the country. I can not wait to go back and continue working with the amazing people.” Kirra Stewart, IVHQ Volunteer in Kenya

Volunteer in Tanzania

What’s not to love about Tanzania? You’ve got the Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar right on your doorstep, and an all-round exotic backdrop which makes it a popular choice for volunteers in Africa. Most importantly, you can be confident that your contribution to IVHQ’s volunteer projects is genuinely appreciated by the local communities in which you’ll be working. Contribute your high energy levels to working with young children on the Childcare and Teaching projects. On these projects, you’ll be volunteering in public schools, teaching a range of subjects to local students while sharing your own culture and stories. Those with a background in Medicine should consider joining IVHQ’s Medical volunteer project, working in a variety of clinics and hospital settings, or supporting the personal and professional development of local women living with HIV/AIDS.

During your weekends, join fellow IVHQers on a safari through the Serengeti National Park, or lay back on the beaches of Zanzibar. Wait until you arrive in country to make your weekend plans, as the IVHQ local team in Tanzania can help you organize your weekend excursions. If you’re considering conquering Mt Kilimanjaro, you can easily add an excursion to the beginning or end of your volunteer program.

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in Arusha and has volunteer placements located within rural and urban communities and villages
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 16 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$270 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Arusha, take a safari through the Serengeti, visit the white sand paradise of Zanzibar, or conquer Mt Kilimanjaro

IVHQ's William Rowland in Tanzania

Accommodation was OUTSTANDING! Meals were fantastic! and we were all spoiled rotten. Amazing placement. Amazing time. Amazing experience. Mary Hewlett, IVHQ Volunteer in Tanzania

Volunteer in Zambia

Zambia has quickly become a favorite destination of IVHQ volunteers, as it provides a wide variety of meaningful community-based volunteer projects set in close proximity to awe-inspiring natural wonders and world class tourist activities. The IVHQ Zambia program is based in Livingstone with the stunning Victoria Falls in your backyard. IVHQ volunteers can take part in Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Elderly Care and Community Development projects. Not only is this one of the best Africa volunteer programs for young solo travelers, Zambia doubles as a fantastic location for families and older volunteers within in a relaxed and friendly environment.

You’ll be spoilt for choice in your spare time! Choose from safaris, zip lining, a cruise on the stunning Zambezi, shopping at the local markets and of course a visit to the stunning Victoria Falls! The local team in Zambia are always available to help facilitate your weekend plans and provide tips and ideas of what to see and do!

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in the laid-back tourist town of Livingstone with placements located in Livingstone and surrounding rural areas
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 16 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$270 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Livingstone, go zip-lining, take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, or visit Victoria Falls

Volunteering in Zambia with IVHQ

Living and volunteering in the village has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. After just 4 short weeks, the place had truly become my home, and the people my family.” Sidney Kannel, IVHQ volunteer in Zambia

Volunteer in Victoria Falls

If you’re interested in wildlife conservation and want to experience a volunteer project set on a private game reserve, stop your search and volunteer in Victoria Falls! You’ll be assisting in the day-to-day management of a private game reserve, home to native wildlife and the ‘Big 5’ - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Tasks include alien vegetation removal (you’ll never look at the lantana plant in the same way!), fence patrols, general cleanups, animal tracking and more, all set near the stunning Victoria Falls. You’ll be accommodated in comfortable dormitory-style accommodation, with the added opportunity to camp out under the stars for a once in a lifetime experience! Just remember to pack glove as the work is hard, and binoculars as the wildlife and scenery is breathtaking!

In the weekends, visit Victoria Falls, go zip lining, bungy jumping, gorge swinging, canoeing - the list goes on. Your weekends are guaranteed to always be full, with activities galore and plenty of volunteers to enjoy it with.

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in a private game reserve in Victoria Falls
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 12 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$880 for 2 weeks
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, take a sunset cruise, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls - one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world

Volunteer in Wildlife Conservation in Victoria Falls with IVHQ

I had the best six weeks of my life on this program. I made the most incredible friends from all over the world and had an amazing time. The program gave me more then I could have imagined in my wildest dreams. I learned so much about wildlife, conservation and ecology. The facilities are outstanding and the food is first class. I can’t praise the staff highly enough. They made me feel entirely at home. The work is very enjoyable……just get completely stuck in! Between the program and the weekend activities, I wiped out my bucket list!” Brendan Comerfield, IVHQ Volunteer in Victoria Falls

Volunteer in Morocco

When considering where to volunteer in Africa, Morocco might not be the first destination that comes to mind but here’s why it should be: As a volunteer in Morocco, you’ll be based in the city of Rabat and the surrounding areas of Casablanca and Sale, with project options including Teaching English or Teaching French, Women’s Education, Sports Development, Childcare and an special project which is available during the holy month of Ramadan. Plus, you also have the option to join IVHQ as a volunteer in Marrakech, where you’ll be based in the stunning city of Marrakech and the surrounding Atlas Mountains. Volunteers here can join the Amazigh/Berber Immersion project, offering a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

For your weekends, strap on some boots and go trekking in the Atlas Mountains, stretching from the Atlantic Coast to Tunisia, travel via 4x4 vehicles through the Sahara Desert or simply spend a weekend sampling (over and over again) the amazing local cuisine and food souks. Top tip: head over to Djemaa el-Fna and surrounding streets for the best street cuisine!

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco with projects located in Rabat, Sale and Casablanca.​​
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 24 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$310 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Rabat, take a trip to Marrakech, explore the Sahara Desert, or even venture further afield to the south of Europe

Volunteer as a teacher in Morocco with IVHQ

Volunteering in Morocco has definitely been a good experience and has taught me a lot. The accommodation was excellent. My favourite part of volunteering was working with an advanced English class where we could have in-depth discussions on social issues and really compare our different cultures. Rachel Griffin, IVHQ Volunteer in Morocco

Volunteer in Uganda

Dubbed the ‘Pearl of Africa’, volunteers are flocking to Uganda for a real taste of Africa and the opportunity to support a wide variety of community projects. For those with a passion for education and working with youth, consider the Teaching and Childcare projects, or join Sports Education to introduce the local community to your favorite sport! Those with the correct Medical qualifications can opt for the Medical project, while the Special Needs Care, HIV/AIDS Support and Women’s Education also provide meaningful opportunities to provide support within the local community. Based 15 kilometers from the capital of Kampala, the volunteer accommodation comprises of a dormitory volunteer house, offering a real sense of community. You’ll always feel safe, secure and well supported.

You don’t need to travel far from the volunteer accommodation to encounter awesome weekend adventures in Uganda. Around Kampala, volunteers enjoy shopping and the ‘Exposure Africa Craft Markets’ or taking a boat tour across the stunning Lake Victoria. The Botanical Gardens offer a great place to explore, while making new friends with local monkeys roaming the grounds! If you’re willing to travel further afield, consider gorilla trekking or the adventure sports capital of East Africa, Jinja!

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in the town of Mutungo, which is located 15 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 24 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$270 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Kampala, take an overnight trip to Lake Victoria, explore the national parks, or embark on a gorilla trek

Sports Education volunteer in Uganda with IVHQ

I left Uganda as a completely different woman. And part of my heart is still there. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they saw me. Accommodation was great. Thank you so much for the opportunity to go on this adventure. It was the most amazing experience of my life! Lalani Purvis, IVHQ volunteer in Uganda

Volunteer in Ghana

Ghana is a much-loved destination for volunteering in Africa and its popularity continues to grow. Volunteers are accommodated in houses with fellow volunteers in rural villages and townships within the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The community-based projects include Teaching, Childcare and Sports Development for those who prefer classroom settings, or Construction and Renovation and Agriculture projects for those wanting to get their hands dirty! Finally, for volunteers with the relevant qualifications, the Medical project is perfect for those wanting to assist in small rural clinics, where they work closely alongside local staff and gain a first-hand insight into the medical system within Uganda.

A weekend must-do is visit the tropical rain forest of Kakum National Park, where you’ll to encounter endangered forest elephants, monkeys, 300 species of bird and 600 species of butterfly. And be sure to make your way across the Canopy Walkway suspended 98 feet over the forest floor! Or capture the magic of the cascading Wli Waterfalls - the highest waterfalls in West Africa.

Program Highlights

  • The program is based in Accra and has placements located in rural villages and townships within the greater Accra region
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 24 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$270 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Accra, take a quick trip to the fishing village of Kokrobite or explore the historical city and castles of Cape Coast

Volunteer in childcare with IVHQ in Ghana

I had the absolute best time of my life in Ghana. From the moment I stepped off the plane I had staff waiting for me. Orientation was a lovely way to meet new friends and get familiar with the unknown. My project was the perfect match for me. I loved Dodowa and all the people that live there. I WILL be coming back to Ghana!” Dillion Lucas, IVHQ volunteer in Ghana

Volunteer in Madagascar

If you love the idea of living and volunteering in a destination where the ocean is always by your side, Madagascar has your name on it! Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and welcoming local communities make this destination so special. The volunteer work available also makes Madagascar a desirable destination with the option of diving into Marine Conservation, Forest Conservation, Teaching, or Construction and Renovation projects. The island hut-style accommodation adds a real community feel to your experience and you’ll make new friends and connections for life from the minute you arrive.

During your down time, either take in the island adventure activities, or embrace the slower “mola mola” Malagasy way of life. Join local village guides for an in depth tour of your surroundings, or hire scooters and quad bikes to travel further afield and explore the lakes, beaches and waterfalls nearby.

Program Highlights

  • The program is based on the slopes of Nosy Komba, an ​i​​sland off the northwest coast of Madagascar, just a few kilometers from the larger island of Nosy Be
  • Flexible program durations from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Affordable program fees from US$500 for 2 weeks
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to explore Nosy Be, go scuba diving or just relax at the volunteer base on Turtle Cove

The volunteer accommodation for IVHQ volunteers in Madagascar

My volunteer experience in Madagascar was absolutely incredible. I spent my trip working in the Marine Conservation Program and it was such an experience. The staff are so helpful and work so hard to make sure every volunteer has the best experience in Madagascar. One of my favorite things was falling asleep listening to the ocean. So peaceful and calming. I learned so much on this trip that will stay with me forever. Katherine Krouse, IVHQ volunteer in Madagascar

Whether you have 1 week or 24 weeks to commit to volunteer abroad in Africa, IVHQ and our local teams will ensure that you are contributing to sustainable and impactful projects by building on the work of previous volunteers and paving the way for those to come. For more information, see our full range of volunteer programs in Africa programs.

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