Africa

Volunteering in Africa has grown massively in popularity over recent years and it is easy to see why. With diverse cultures, fascinating country histories, stunning landscapes and friendly people, volunteering in Africa is top of many travellers to-do list.

 

People join these projects for different reasons, to experience living and travelling in a different society and culture, to undertake an internship in order to enhance existing skill sets, develop new ones, or are motivated just by a simple desire to help others.

 

The options available when volunteering in Africa are abundant, but you must always make sure that your stint when is needed and beneficial to the host country and community.

GVI has been operating volunteer projects all over the world for the past 14 years, and our volunteering in Africa projects are no different. We are proud of our approach to 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 with local communities 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 in an Orphanage in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Experience South Africa's city of Cape Town when you volunteer at a township orphanage 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

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
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer at an Orphanage in Kenya

Africa - Kenya - Mombasa
Visit the vibrant coastal city of Mombasa and volunteer at a children's center which provides education to vulnerable children

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"I felt confident teaching from the training and being able to observe the actual teachers beforehand. Having another volunteer with you really helped the lessons as there was less chance of ideas running out or being overwhelmed by the children needing help. Trips to Mombasa Old Town, Diani and Malindi were wonderful. I felt safe and secure thanks to the staff who were always friendly, chatty and helpful. A GVI project gives you more of an experience than a holiday , and you feel as though you’re contributing positively to the community rather than just observing it as an outsider."

- Kieran Aldred - United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Bushwise Limpopo
Become an accredited Field Guide when you spend 23 weeks training in the iconic South African lowveld. An optional additional 6 months’ work placement to give you the best possible start to your career

Program Type

Internship

Duration

23 - 50 weeks

Price from

£8,950.00

"I’m happy I decided to come and do this course, I’ve learnt so much about nature and had some experiences I will never forget. I’ve met a lot of good people and made some life long friends. I would recommend this course for anyone interested in wanting to know more about the natural world and themselves a little better too!"

- Diana Farina - USA
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
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in the Seychelles

Africa - Seychelles - Mahe and Curieuse
Boost your professional diving or marine conservation career when you join an internship in the stunning Seychelles and get your PADI Divemaster qualification

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£6,000.00

"Would I recommend it? I most certainly would, even if all you are after is a break from the monotonous 9-5 office job, or one of the stops on a gap year round the world, it is an experience to not only learn something about the natural world, but it is also an amazing place to be able to learn something more about yourself."

- Philip Summerton - 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
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