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

Volunteering in Africa

Travel to Africa and become part of ongoing efforts to support local communities and development

Volunteer in Africa with Projects Abroad and join programs that focus on long-term, sustainable development in local communities. By doing voluntary work in Africa, you’ll get a deeper insight into people’s daily lives and the challenges they face everyday. You’ll also learn about the cultures and traditions.


We work in several countries across the continent. No matter where you choose to go, you’ll find a project that fits your interests and goals. You can protect endangered species like the Rothschild’s Giraffe in Kenya, or lemurs in Madagascar. Or, you can work with local teachers in communities in need, to support the educational development of children.


On our Africa volunteer projects, we take care of all the details. We do all we can to make sure you have a hassle-free experience. Our local staff are available to help you 24/7. This means you can focus all your energy on making a meaningful contribution to benefit local communities.

Projects available in Africa

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Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From $3395

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Team up with volunteers your age to build classrooms for disadvantaged children in a Maasai community

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana
Building Volunteer Work in Ghana

From $2520

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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

From $3190

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Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.
Childcare Volunteering in Ghana as a Group

From $3070

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Travel to West Africa with a group and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.
Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya

From $3295

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Live in the Kenyan wilderness and join our efforts to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other African wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Teenagers conduct a wildlife census as part of their conservation volunteer work in Kenya
Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya for Teenagers

From $3945

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Join people your age and work together to protect endangered wildlife in East Africa, like the Rothschild’s Giraffe

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
An intern on a Dentistry Project in Ghana with local medical staff at a clinic.
Dentistry Internship in Ghana

From $3090

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Gain practical work experience by observing experienced dentists at a teaching hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Dentistry interns pose with a local healthcare staff member during their Dentistry placement in Tanzania.
Dentistry Internship in Tanzania

From $3090

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Learn from experienced dentists and observe complicated dental procedures up-close

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.
Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa

From $4205

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Help children with special needs enjoy the benefits of horse riding on this unique therapy placement

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
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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:

1 877 921 9666

or email:

to start planning your project

Where we are based in Africa

Africa is an amazingly diverse continent. It has awe-inspiring natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. We run volunteer programs in Africa in several countries, so there is something for everyone. We can help you find a project and country that suits you.


Conservation in Africa is a popular option, from protecting the rainforests of Madagascar to the South African bushveld. Childcare and education is also a big focus. You can support early childhood development in childcare centers in countries like Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya. Or, teach English or sports in local schools in Senegal. You can also help build important infrastructure in local communities on our Building Projects in West and East Africa. We also offer a range of medical internships across Africa for high school, pre-med, and medical students who want to work with experienced doctors.


In each African country we work in, we have identified the needs and challenges of the local communities. Our programs all work toward helping people overcome these challenges in a sustainable way. Join us as a volunteer in Africa today, and use your time and energy to become part of something bigger.

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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.