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

Volunteer Opportunities in Africa

Take part in a volunteer program in Africa and become part of ongoing efforts to support local communities

Volunteer in Africa with Projects Abroad and join programs that focus on long-term, sustainable development in local communities. As a volunteer working in Africa, we can help you find a project and country that suits you. You can: 

  • Volunteer in Africa with animals and also help protect environments like the rainforests in Madagascar or the bush in Botswana.
  • Focus on volunteering with children in Africa and support early childhood development in countries like Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya.
  • Help local children by teaching English or sports in local schools. We’re an organization that tries to help boost education in Africa and you’ll play an active part in that.
  • Take part in a range of Medical Internships in Africa for high school, pre-med, and medical students who want to work with experienced doctors.
  • Help build important infrastructure in local communities on our Building Projects in West and East Africa.

No matter where you choose to go, you’ll find a project that fits your interests and goals. Here are a few ways on how to volunteer in Africa and how you can help communities and habitats in need. You can:  

  • Get a deeper insight into people’s daily lives and the challenges they face
  • Have the choice of working in several countries across the continent
  • Learn about the cultures and traditions of the African destination you’re working in
  • Meet volunteers and interns from across the world, but working towards similar goals as you 

On all of our development or conservation projects in Africa, we take care of all the details. We do all we can to make sure you have a hassle-free experience. Our local staff is available to help you 24/7. This means you can focus all your energy on making a meaningful contribution in one of our African destinations.

Where are our volunteer programs in Africa?

Africa is an amazingly diverse continent. It has awe-inspiring natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. We run numerous African volunteer programs alongside local teams. There is something for everyone. 

In each African destination we work in, we have identified the needs and challenges of the local communities. Your volunteer work in Africa will help people overcome these challenges in a sustainable way.

Volunteer Trips to Africa for All Ages

Our African service trips are accessible to any person who has the passion and dedication to do it. We welcome volunteers from across the globe who want to join ethical and sustainable projects. 

Interested in summer volunteer programs in Africa? We're flexible, and you can travel with us at any point over June, July, or August, from as little as one week. Find a project that suits you: 

On a mission trip to Africa for high school students, a volunteer helps a child on an art project.

Volunteering in an African Orphanage

For many years, we’ve had volunteers working in orphanages and care homes, both in Africa and around the world. Our volunteers have worked towards improving the lives and opportunities of each child at these global placements. 

However, our focus has shifted: we now only send volunteers and interns to care centres and rehabilitation centres, rather than orphanages. We believe that a solid family environment is best for a child’s development and our goal is to reunite children with their families if possible. 

Find out more about our views on volunteering in orphanages here.

Can I do an internship in Africa?

Absolutely! We have a number of Africa internships available for you to take part in. On a South Africa internship, for example, you have the opportunity to help at a law and human rights clinic or teach people the importance of healthy eating on the Nutrition Project.  

You also have the opportunity to do a Medical Internship in Africa and learn from local professionals. Join one of our teams in Tanzania, Ghana or Kenya. 

Get in touch with us for more information on our internships in Africa, and how we can fulfill all of your internship requirements. 

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.

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:

(+1) 917 810 4744

or email:

to start planning your project

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