Volunteering in Africa

Volunteer Programs in Africa

Join Love Volunteers on the most affordable volunteer programs in Africa and experience what many before have found to be truly amazing! Volunteering in Africa offers an insight into this incredible location and a chance to enrich lives. Love Volunteers arranges trusted and safe volunteer programs in Africa focused on meaningful, long-term support for local communities in critical areas.

Our responsible volunteer programs in Africa are offered in the diverse locations of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Victoria Falls, Zambia, Uganda, Morocco, Ghana, Rwanda and Cameroon. Available year round from as little as one week volunteering in Africa is easier than you think; and as a Love Volunteer you know you are contributing on the best volunteer programs in Africa in a safe and supportive environment.

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Volunteer projects in Cameroon are centred in Bamenda and include work in orphanages, clinics and hospitals, as well as primary and secondary schools. Love Volunteers are looking for volunteers to start straightaway as there are opportunities in a variety of fields just waiting to be filled. All of which will make a palpable difference to the lives of people who have been blighted by poverty, un-modernised practices and inequality.

Volunteering overseas - particularly in a challenging environment - is an experience you will look back on with pride. It will bring a greater understanding of, and compassion for, humanity. With volunteers in Cameroon coming from many walks of life and generations, it is often a way of forging new and lasting friendships.

The country is nicknamed “Little Africa” as geographically, Cameroon consists of coastline, mountains, grass plains, forest, rainforest and desert, all of the geographical regions in Africa in one country. Compared with other African countries, Cameroon enjoys relatively high political and social stability. This has allowed the development of a number of growing industries, including railways, agriculture, timber, roading and petroleum. Nevertheless, large numbers of Cameroonians continue to live in poverty.

The challenge of volunteering in Cameroon is one which brings intense rewards. Volunteers in Cameroon are able to make a genuine difference by offering valuable support to communities in need. 

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Volunteering in South Africa is an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile experience. A country which is healing after years of division, South Africa offers volunteers a unique experience to live within the local community. Our South African partner is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable international volunteering. The well-established team has played a crucial role in helping the local community for almost 40 years. Based in Cape Town they will assist in making your volunteer experience the most memorable yet!

Although South Africa is the largest economy in Africa the very uneven balance of wealth means there continues to be serious economic and environmental problems, as well as the increasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS. During their placement, volunteers make a valuable contribution assisting at local community projects. Our partner has worked very closely with disadvantaged communities, projects and institutions. The organisation endeavors to make a difference by offering development programs, training skills, stimulating local economies and creating opportunities for people from different cultures. It’s a chance to learn from others, to respect other cultures and to embrace the concept of working together. Through this process we hope to achieve greater development within these communities. We believe that international voluntary services help empower local communities to develop self reliance and sustainability.

Alongside the wonderful range of volunteer programs (listed below), South Africa provides endless opportunities for the adventurous traveler to experience all that this stunning country has to offer. From diving with Great White Sharks to scaling the infamous Table Mountain, there's an option for everyone. Need inspiration? Check out this guide: 100 Best Things To Do in South Africa!

Become a Love Volunteer and be part of the team making a REAL difference in South Africa!

 

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Volunteering in Zimbabwe is an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile experience. A country which is healing after years of division, Zimbabwe offers volunteers a unique experience to live within the local community. Our wonderful local partner is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable international volunteering. Based in the amazing Victoria Falls, the well-established team has played a crucial role in helping the local community and they will assist in making your volunteer experience the most memorable yet!

During their placement volunteers make a valuable contribution assisting at local community projects. Our partner has worked very closely with disadvantaged communities, projects and institutions. The organisation endeavours to make a difference by offering development programs, training skills, stimulating local economies and creating opportunities for people from different cultures. It’s a chance to learn from others, to respect other cultures and to embrace the concept of working together. Through this process we hope to achieve greater development within these communities. We believe that international voluntary services help empower local communities to develop self-reliance and sustainability.

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Love Volunteers, along with our partner in Zambia, arranges volunteering positions in orphanages, schools, hospitals and community health clinics. Zambia volunteer programs are located in Livingstone, which is convenient for trips to the Victoria Falls.

During their placement volunteers make a valuable contribution assisting at local community projects. Our partner works very closely with disadvantaged communities, projects and institution. With the help of volunteers we hope to make a difference in the lives of many Zambian families and communities in need.

Zambia is one of Africa’s smaller countries, sitting in the south of the continent. It is landlocked and borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola. More than seventy tribes live within its borders. As a peaceful country, heavily dependent on tourism, Zambia is a very enjoyable place to visit and offers some superb adventure activities.

The challenge of volunteering in Zambia is one which brings intense rewards. Volunteers are able to make a genuine difference by offering valuable support to those in need. The unique programs being run in Zambia combine volunteering abroad, cultural activities, and cultural awareness programs. These are sure to provide you with an incredibly fulfilling experience, one to look back on with a mixture of emotions, but certainly with a new depth of understanding of the human condition.

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Volunteer programs in Tanzania are located in and around Arusha in the north of the country. Love Volunteers’ along with our local partner and on-going support from volunteers are working together to make a difference in one of Tanzania’s poorest communities.

Projects are available within schools, orphanages, and the wider community. With a strong focus on community development and environmental conservation there are plenty of areas for volunteers to get involved. Placements in this stunning country can often be customized to suit the profile of the volunteer. Past participants have volunteered in primary and secondary schools, with women’s development groups, in orphanages and community centers, as well as assisting with sustainable gardening, tree planting, clean water projects and recycling.

So why volunteer in Tanzania? When you volunteer here, you get to see on a daily basis how urgently your help is needed. Your efforts directly impact on the lives of people affected by political unrest and poverty. 

The programs on offer require support from volunteers to continue providing valuable support to communities. You can get involved in childcare and development, community development programs, animal welfare, medical internships in clinics and hospitals that are sorely underfunded and under resourced or women's empowerment programs that make a massive impact on the lives of the women participating. 

In Tanzania the people you come into contact will be eager to involve you in their world. You will need to use your initiative and judgment when volunteering here, but you will no doubt be touched by this fascinating country. You may also find your previously-held values have changed as a result of your stay here. 

With volunteer programs starting from $199, this is a country where a little can go a long way. For those who are passionate about Africa and unfamiliar with Tanzania, investigate our programs to discover how you can make a difference today. 

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Love Volunteers offers volunteering opportunities in community centres, refugee camps, orphanages, schools, hospitals and community medical clinics in Nairobi and Mombasa. Placements in this stunning country can often be customised to suit the needs and profile of the volunteer. Past participants have volunteered in mobile clinics, mental health clinics, with people with disabilities, in hospices, working with HIV/AIDS as well as specific areas like nutrition and dental services.

This flexibility means that volunteers in Kenya derive immense personal satisfaction from their experience, while gaining eye-opening and sometimes troubling insights into the conditions and level of services available in a developing country. Arranged through Love Volunteers, your contribution in Kenya will make a real and meaningful difference to the people of this country. Volunteers will have continued support throughout the duration of their placement.

A dramatic and highly photogenic country, Kenya is a hugely varied land of plains and mountains, beaches flanked by coral reefs, alongside lively tribal culture and possibly the most crowd-pulling wildlife on the planet. In some respects, this one small country essentially encompasses all Africa.

To volunteer in Kenya is to transport oneself to a distinctly different world... one where the beauties of nature sit alongside the multiple disadvantages suffered by poor tribes-people, the sick and the orphaned. No individual will leave a Kenya volunteer placement untouched by their experience in this country.

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In Uganda there are opportunities in a variety of fields, each of which is certain to make a decisive difference to people’s lives in a country which has been blighted by problems for decades and where half of the population are under 18, many of them living on the streets. Volunteer projects in Uganda are centred in Kampala and include work in orphanages, clinics and hospitals, as well as primary and secondary schools.

Volunteering overseas - particularly in a challenging environment - is an experience you will look back on with pride. It will bring a greater understanding of, and compassion for, humanity. With volunteers in Uganda coming from many walks of life and generations, it is often a way of forging new and lasting friendships. Volunteering in Uganda gives you the chance to live amongst a population urgently requiring help.

Uganda is toward the east of Africa and borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. The bulk of the country comprises a plateau, which is 4,000 feet above sea level. Lake Victoria occupies a large part of the south of the country. While predominantly Christian, Uganda has many cultures living within its borders, and several African languages are spoken.

The programs that Love Volunteers is involved with have few resources and would find it difficult to operate without the valuable input and assistance from our volunteers in Uganda.

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Love Volunteers, along with our partner in Rwanda, arranges positions for volunteers to assist with teaching, building homes, as well as supporting agriculture and women's empowerment programs. The volunteer programs are located in Rwamagana which is about one hour east of the capital, Kigali and is a relatively big town by Rwandan standards.

During their placement, volunteers make a valuable contribution to the people of Rwanda who have suffered greatly as a result of the horrific genocide that occurred just two decades ago. Our partner works very closely with disadvantaged communities, projects and institutions that have been set up to provide aid directly to the people affected by this terrible event. With the help of volunteers we hope to make a difference in the lives of many Rwandan families and communities in need. 

Rwanda is a small mountainous country in central Africa, bordered to the north by Uganda, to the east by Tanzania, to the south by Burundi and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda's economy suffered heavily during the 1994 Genocide, with widespread loss of life, failure to maintain the infrastructure, looting, and neglect of important cash crops. However, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery which is mostly due to subsistence agriculture in the form of coffee and tea crops for export, and a fast-growing tourism industry.

The challenge of volunteering in Rwanda is one which brings intense rewards. Volunteers are able to make a genuine difference by offering valuable support to those in need. Volunteering in this beautiful African country can only be described as an incredibly fulfilling experience, one to look back on with a mixture of emotions, but certainly with a new depth of understanding of the human condition.

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Love Volunteers has volunteer placement opportunities in Accra and townships in the surrounding region. Volunteers are needed to assist in schools, community care centers, medical centers and a new creative arts center.

Deciding to volunteer in Africa means you are likely to be stepping into the unknown. It will be both a challenging and a rewarding experience, one to look back on with a mixture of emotions, but certainly with a new depth of understanding of the human condition. Living among the local Ghanaian people is the perfect way to experience their culture directly.

Often, volunteering in Ghana is the choice of the gap-year student, but it can equally serve as a grounding experience and a break from the norm for anyone, from new graduates to career-breakers, retired and semi-retired individuals, organised groups from churches and other associations, as well as professionals granted a leave of absence to gain experience.

Situated in the west of Africa, the small country of Ghana was formerly known as the Gold Coast. There is evidence of human settlement going back to 1500 BC. Basking in the delightfully warm climate afforded by its location in the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana is home to around 24 million people who speak up to 47 different ethnic languages, as well as, in the majority of cases, English. A cocoa-producer, Ghana has not suffered the conflicts of many other African countries and is reasonably well developed. Nevertheless, much of its population is disadvantaged and badly in need of the help that volunteers in Ghana can give.

Ghana is a colourful and interesting country with many diverse ethnic groups. It has a background in cultural dance and sport, as well as producing eye-boggling textiles. Volunteers in Ghana contribute hugely to the lives of many marginal groups held back by poverty and deprivation.

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Together with the team in Morocco, Love Volunteers’ offer a variety of placements that include working with children, teaching English, French or Spanish, as well as working with women’s groups in this fascinating North African country, a place with a long, varied history and hospitable people.

Volunteering in Morocco brings both challenges and rewards. Besides caring for children and community projects, volunteers are required for teaching projects where their pupils – from poor backgrounds – in many cases have learning difficulties. Without the help that volunteers provide, their prospects would be far more limited. A volunteers’ willingness to share and ability to be proactive in their role makes them a valuable addition to any classroom. Enriching the lives of others is what volunteering is about.

Lying in Africa’s northwest corner, across the Gibraltar Straits from Spain, Morocco has its own very distinct Arabic culture. With coastline on the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, it lies between Algeria and the Western Sahara. The population of Morocco is a little over 32 million.

Volunteers from all backgrounds have the opportunity to make a great contribution in Morocco. By volunteering, one gets to savour a different culture and to form bonds with people who genuinely need help and support. Volunteering in Morocco, besides being culturally stimulating, also provides an excellent opportunity to improve one’s French and learn some Arabic.

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