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 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

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
Teaching
Volunteer with Children

Social Science Internship in Cape Town, South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Assist with education projects in Cape Town’s townships and gain additional experience on this short term internship

Program Type

Internship

Duration

4 Weeks - 12 Weeks

Price from

£1,545.00

"I interned in Gordon’s Bay, South Africa, on the Community Development Project and it was the most eye-opening, intense and amazing time of my life! It may sound an exaggeration…but believe me, it’s not! The people you meet, the children you teach, the places you visit, the friendships you build…everything together makes this experience truly inspiring. It feels great talking and spreading the word about such a reliable organisation and, above all, the great experience I had!!"

- Federica Brusca - Italy
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
Teaching

Volunteer Teaching in South Africa

Africa - South Africa - Cape Town
Visit the iconic city of Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching primary school children from an under-resourced local township school

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"Volunteering and living in South Africa far exceeded any of my expectations. I fell in love with the school, the people, and the country so quickly. It has been an experience that compares to nothing I could have ever gotten in a westernized country. I saw and experienced a simplistic way of life that has affected me and helped me grow as a person. The experience of being with the children has been unforgettable. This project left me with so many little moments and memories that I’ll forever hold dear in my heart."

- Alana Lacey - 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
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