volunteering in africa

Travel Forums Africa and The Middle East volunteering in africa

1. Posted by DeidreB (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am looking to volunteer in Africa, I am currently a teacher and am willing to help in any way that is needed. Has anyone got any advice, places or organisations they could recommend. Should I organise it before I go or work it out when I get there ? Your help would be appreciated.


2. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Deirdre

I come from a family of techers in South Africa (i'm the only black sheep - decided to go into tourism!!!) so I think I can give you some advice. I would definitly plan before you go, it will give you an idea of expenses, what to expect and what to take along.

There are lots of companies which provide you with volunteer work in Africa, since you are looking for teaching options I would look into the following companies: Global Vision International (www.gvi.co.uk) - my girlfriend did a volunteer year with them and had awesome time and she met me at the same time (bonus!). My sister suggested World Teach (www.worldteach.org) and Cross Culture Solutions (www.crossculturalsolutions.org) I also found a great article on teaching in Africa by Susan Bauer which you can look up at http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0501/volunteer_teaching_english_in_africa.shtml

I hope that all helps

Kind Regards
Ian Pollard
Strider Expeditions

3. Posted by Poot (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am going in a month or so with an organization called Global Volunteer Network. Although they do offer programs around the world, they have quite a few in Africa. There really are a lot of options.

If you are qualified (B.A, M.A) then there might be better options for you, where they provide pre-placement training and your stay may be covered. As I dont have these qualifications, I had to pay a program fee to cover a place to stay, meals, and administration stuff.

Google away.

good luck.


4. Posted by MCE (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

it's good u want to help educate africans folk.Well i am from Ghana and not beating about the bush i recomend Ghana.cuz currently she has the condusive atmosphere for voluntering,here is paeceful,people here are friendly and ready to learn and what not.if u think u will consider voluntering in Ghana then contact me back and i will tell u what to do.
bye folk

5. Posted by Flint (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I recommend http://mombasavolunteering.blogspot.com u culd read thru and find opportunities awaiting for u in kenya.

6. Posted by sk_hough (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dierdre,

I was interested to read this log as I have just come back from volunteering in Mombasa, Kenya and Moshi, Tanzania. It really was the most incredible experience and ideally I want to go back to Africa longer term. I went with i-to-i but would not recommend them as their involvement in the projects was minimal. The Kenyan in country representatives were better but overall, too much money goes to i-to-i with little assistance to volunteers in country. I know of a hostel to stay at in Moshi where you would get great advice and cut out the 'middle man'. I can say I miss Africa incredibly. I worked with teenage boys in rehab and nursery kids and the baby unit in an orphanage. [quote]Also, thanks to Ian for the info. - I may look further into those other options.



7. Posted by DeidreB (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

thanks for all your ideas. it's helped my search for the appropriate places. any more ideas keep them coming.


8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Deirdre:)

Here is a copy and paste, of the advise Petercaise(another member of this site) gave to somebody else, asking a similiar question, to yours.

For volunteering: i have not found an English forum on volunteering travel. I would avoid paid volunteering travel, which seems to be a business by itself. Rather, before your travelling, once you have more or less an itinerary in your mind, contact some of the expats there on the ground (check with http://www.expat-blog.com/en/directory/africa/ ). This is a small but very active blog community with great people. Many of them either work in the aid-world or at least will know people that can help you. So contact those on the ground directly. Don't go through a headquarter in Europe to find short term work (do that only if you want several months of volunteering).
Certainly living on the spot, working, will give you a completely different taste than travelling through, so I would highly advise that...


9. Posted by bolderwork (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A friend of mine volunteered at an orphanage in Tanzania and said it was amazing. She organized it through Charities Within Reach (www.charitieswithinreach.org).

10. Posted by live2day (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

we are volunteering in Uganda in October and using Kids World Wide. I like them because they dont charge more than the cost of accommodation and food, no one is getting rich from your good heart wanting to volunteer. You give an extra $200 but that goes into the project and YOU decide how to spend the money. They have a few places in Africa. Kidsworldwide.org

the other one, a friend of mine has a volunteer place in Zanzibar. She is looking for teachers and chiropractors. They are

they both look wonderful. Good luck.