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

Volunteer Work in Africa


Volunteer in Africa with Projects Abroad and do work that focus on long-term, sustainable development in local communities. Through service projects in Africa, you’ll get a deeper insight into people’s lives and the challenges they face everyday. You’ll also learn about the cultures and traditions firsthand.

We work in several countries across the continent. On our Africa volunteer programmes, you can do things like:

  • Participate in African wildlife conservation and work with expert conservationists to protect endangered species like lions, elephants, and giraffes
  • Help children in Africa by working in childcare centers to teach Early Childhood Development
  • Support education by teaching in Africa and working in local schools (you can also help build schools in Africa if you want to do more physical work)

If you want to know how to go to Africa to help, our Project Experts are here to help you find the project best suited to your skills and passions. 

With our volunteer trips to Africa, we take care of all the details, ensuring that 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 real impact in the community where you’re working.

Where to Volunteer in Africa

Africa is an incredibly diverse continent, with awe-inspiring natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. We do volunteer work in Africa in several countries, so we’ll definitely help you find the project that’s right for you.

Volunteer work with lions in Africa is very popular in Kenya. We also offer other African conservation in experiences in countries like Madagascar and Botswana.  

We also prioritise the educational development of children. You can help children in Africa and work in childcare centres in countries like Tanzania and South Africa. Or, teach English or sports in local schools in Ghana or Senegal. You can also help build important infrastructure like schools on our Building Projects in West and East Africa. 

In each country we work in, we’ve identified the needs of the local communities and the challenges they face. Our projects all work toward supporting sustainable development and helping people overcome these challenges.

Volunteering in African Orphanages

For many years, we 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 to places like kindergartens, rather than orphanages. We believe that a stable family environment is best for a child’s development, and we do everything we can to support this. This means we’ve stopped sending anyone to volunteer in orphanages in Africa, and everywhere else we work. 

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

Can I support development through an internship in Africa?

Absolutely! We have a number of internships in Africa for you to take part in. On a South Africa internship, for example, you can help at a human rights clinic and provide legal advice, or empower communities on an International Development 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.

How to become a Volunteer in Africa

Want to know more about how to volunteer in Africa? The first thing you should know is that it’s incredibly accessible with Projects Abroad! 

All of our service projects in Africa are open to people aged 16 and over. To join a project, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements, and fill in the application form

You can rest assured that you’ll have an ethical experience with us in Africa. We hold all of our volunteers to a high standard, especially if you’re working with children, animals, or in a medical setting. You can learn more about our policies and approach to ethical volunteering here.  

So, what are you waiting for? Join us as a volunteer in Africa today, and use your time and energy to become part of something bigger!

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:

1300 132 831

or email:

to start planning your project

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