Volunteer in Africa

Volunteering in Africa with GVI offers a wide variety of opportunities to make a sustainable long-term difference. As the second most populous continent in the world, with over half the continent under the age of 25, your time and skills would be greatly appreciated over a range of different focuses including childcare, healthcare, teaching, wildlife conservation and more.

 

Spend your gap year, volunteer holiday or career break volunteering at either:

 

GVI has been operating volunteer projects all over the world for the past 14 years, and our projects in Africa are no different. We are proud of our approach of establishing long-term and sustainable projects, in which the local community is always consulted first and foremost in order to determine their needs. With the contribution of volunteers, we work together in partnership to achieve these goals.

OUR PROGRAMS IN Africa

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Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital conservation work

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,195.00

"My favourite moments were on the drives collecting data and observing the animals, improving my knowledge and understanding of the environment and working with young people who were committing time to help understand and improve the world in which they live. It was most reassuring to see young adults working together. The project gives one a more intimate knowledge of the environment and the animals, than it would seeing them as a tourist."

- Glyn Donaghy - Australia
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Africa - Seychelles - Mahe and Curieuse
Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification as a member of an expedition working on critical marine conservation projects in the islands of the Seychelles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 12 weeks

Price from

£2,050.00

"I had a brilliant time, the staff were really friendly and welcoming and I loved all the diving/Coco de Mer surveys and turtle walks. There was so much variety and a lot to learn – I would definitely go back. This experience has made me change my career to what I love and I’m currently now looking for marine research/science work throughout the world. The GVI experience has made me reconsider what I want from life."

- Lynsey Wheater - UK
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer with Children in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Experience South Africa's city of Cape Town when you volunteer at a township educare centre, providing much needed educational enhancement and creating a more conducive learning environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Initially it was a bit intimidating and the children seemed so crazy. While the children are definitely still crazy (in a good way) each day has become easier. The children are so adorable and so much fun to play with. The days can be quite tiring but are ultimately extremely rewarding. I feel the children definitely have an advantage with their English ability when they start school. I’ve learnt something new every day. In fact, I think I’ve learnt more than the children! This is surely an experience I will never forget."

- Christopher Chung - USA
Wildlife Conservation

Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles

Africa - Seychelles - Mahe and Curieuse
Join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in the Seychelles contribute to priority conservation projects

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,495.00

"I gained invaluable field surveying experience which helped to solidify what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I have applied to university to study Environmental Science and hopefully pursue a career in environmental research."

- Eilidh Johnston - United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Internship in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Gain invaluable experience and kick-start your conservation career on a wildlife conservation internship in South Africa’s iconic bushveld

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£5,280.00

"What an amazing experience this has been! Each day here at GVI base is a gift, although the base is rustic and has no electricity or hot water. I found that didn’t matter. The game drives are the primary focus of each day, some days are more fruitful than others but in time the rewards are huge with animal sightings. So far I have over 1600 photos to sort through when I get home!"

- Tess Hill - USA
Sports

Sports and Surfing in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Visit Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching underprivileged children from local townships to surf and care for their coastal environment

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"I chose this program as I have a background in sports and water sports and this was a really good combination as I would get to make a difference in both fields. It has definitely met my expectations, the surfing especially, the set up is really good, the instructors are awesome and the kids really love it! I really feel I have made a difference as you see the kids’ progress and how much they enjoy it and would definitely recommend the project to others."

- Jack Hawkins - United Kingdom
Healthcare

Volunteer Healthcare Project in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Discover Cape Town in South Africa and run educational workshops on health and hygiene practises for child-carers, teachers, children and their parents

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"I joined GVI to gain insight into the real world applicability of my studies in global health and social medicine. The biggest injustice I saw at the Masiphumelele Educare was that these individuals would not have otherwise had the opportunity to learn about their health. In Xhosa “Masiphumelele” means “we will succeed.” I have no doubt in my mind that the people I had the pleasure of meeting will succeed, lead healthier lives and go on to make the difference which is at the core of GVI’s mission."

- Emily Hogan - USA
Volunteer with Children

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"My most positive experiences were: meeting so many like-minded volunteers from all over the world; working with the children and seeing how happy and well-adjusted they were. The safari was great – it was nice to have a relaxing trip there after a long week of work! I enjoyed being able to experience South Africa in a less “touristy” way. It was interesting to meet locals, as it gives a better perspective about South Africa. I also loved seeing how our contributions really affect the children – seeing them learn and remember words and songs."

- Cindy Wong - Canada
Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer with Lions in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Discover wild South Africa and assist with research supporting the conservation of Africa's most charismatic big cat, the lion

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,195.00

"My highlights? Taking part in wildlife conservation and the feeling that your work had a part to play in the aim of the expedition. The close experiences with the amazing wildlife was incredible.

The program was everything I imagined it to be and more, meeting new people from all over the world is another incredibly influential factor in choosing another GVI expedition, just an amazing, life changing, all round experience."

- Craig Daly - Ireland
Wildlife Conservation

South Africa Wildlife Conservation Short-Term Internship

Africa - South Africa - Limpopo
Travel to the iconic bushveld of South Africa and gain invaluable wildlife conservation experience when you intern on a private Big Five game reserve. Learn about habitat restoration, contribute on

Program Type

Internship

Duration

4 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,955.00

"What an amazing experience this has been! Each day here at GVI base is a gift, although the base is rustic and has no electricity or hot water. I found that didn’t matter. The game drives are the primary focus of each day, some days are more fruitful than others but in time the rewards are huge with animal sightings. So far I have over 1600 photos to sort through when I get home!"

- Tess Hill - USA
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