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AFRICA

Africa is a beautifully diverse continent made up of people from the tribal Masai Mara to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Discover your inner adventurer on a gap year program in Africa surrounded by endangered wildlife like Africa’s Big 5 or Whale Sharks. Volunteer or complete internships in Africa and spend your spare time surfing on Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches or watching the sunset over Victoria Falls.

Intern & Volunteer in Africa

The African continent is famous for its incredible scenery such as Victoria Falls and Mount Kilimanjaro, its varied wildlife including the famous Big 5, and the challenges that its varied population are facing from access to education to underfunded healthcare.

African identity and culture is as diverse and varied as its climate, wildlife and landscapes. The vast regional differences, indigenous tribal traditions and languages help to set this continent apart from the rest of the world. Africa is the only continent that is in all 4 hemispheres and home to the largest remaining populations of lions, African elephants, cheetahs and leopards. From the shorelines to the desert this continent is a haven for environmental and wildlife conservation. Work with animals in Africa, volunteer as part of community and development work, sustainability projects or hospital work and healthcare. Whether you are looking for a gap year, a chance to be a sustainable volunteer or intern abroad, there is something for you.

Why Volunteer or Intern abroad in Africa with Kaya Responsible Travel

  • You can volunteer in Africa on one of our projects for anywhere between 2-12 weeks.
  • Kaya’s volunteer and intern abroad programs are available to start throughout the year.
  • All of our projects work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Kaya provides all volunteers and interns are provided accommodation for the duration of their trip.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • There are 54 countries in Africa – The largest country is Nigeria with a population of 206,139,589.
  • Languages spoken – Africa is home to ⅓ of the world’s languages. There are anywhere between 1000 and 2000 languages spoken.
  • Religions – There are many religions across the countries in Africa, however the three main religions are African traditional religion, Christianity and Islam.
  • Currency – There are 42 different currencies across Africa.
  • Climate – Africa is hot! The climate on the continent ranges from Tropical heat to Temperate. The desert in the north region is the hottest, whereas some regions in South Africa have a cooler climate.

FUN FACTS ABOUT AFRICA

Most of the world’s cocoa beans come from Africa! 70% to be exact, which is why foundations like Fair Trade are so important to ensure farmers and workers are treated fairly. The main source of the world’s cocoa is provided thanks to the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.

African countries with intern and volunteer projects

Volunteer or Intern in Botswana (coming soon)

Under development: an amazing project in Botswana is coming soon!

Volunteer or Intern in Morocco

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects in or internships in Morocco

Volunteer or Intern in Tanzania

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Tanzania

Volunteer or Intern in South Africa

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in South Africa

Volunteer in Kenya

Volunteer or Intern in Eswatini (Swaziland)

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Eswatini

Volunteer or Intern in Mozambique

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Mozambique

Uganda Mountain Gorilla

Volunteer or Intern in Uganda

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Uganda

Volunteer or Intern in Zambia

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Zambia

Volunteer in Ghana

Volunteer or Intern in Ghana

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Ghana

Two elephants having a tusk fight in Africa

Volunteer or Intern in Namibia

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Namibia

Volunteer or Intern in Kenya

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Kenya

Volunteer or Intern in Zimbabwe

Click here to checkout our varied volunteer projects or internships in Zimbabwe

Africa Travel FAQs

Do I need to arrange my own flight & accommodation?

Accommodation is fully provided by Kaya for all participants interning or volunteering in Africa. Kaya Responsible Travel will organize a guest house, homestay or shared accommodation for all volunteers and interns. However, your flight is not included in program fees, so you’ll be responsible for arranging your travel independently. We’re happy to help give you travel advice though!

How do I apply for a visa for Africa?

Don’t worry, your placement advisors will help you every step of the way for applying to any VISAs necessary. Visa requirements vary for each country in Africa, so it is better to research each country individually – feel free to ask any questions on which volunteer programs require VISAs.

How do I know what Intern or Volunteer in Africa programme is right for me?

When choosing between Africa volunteer programs, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel connected to a certain aspect of one of our programmes?
  • Are you drawn to a specific country in Africa?
  • Is a program perhaps similar to a course you are taking at university?
  • Do you wish to gain valuable experience in the field of your career, but through a different culture?

We have a range of opportunities, but it’s ultimately what feels best for you.

Is it safe to Intern or Volunteer in Africa?

We understand going to another country can spark some health and safety concerns. But rest assured, hundreds of Kaya volunteers travel to Africa every year and we pledge to keep them safe. Our local project managers are fully trained in first aid, a pre-departure information pack is sent to our interns and volunteers before leaving and all projects are up-to-date on the latest safety best practices. With us, you can travel to Africa with confidence. You can consult our safety information for more details, or if you’re a parent, read our resources for parents.

How to Volunteer or Intern in Africa or complete and Internship?

We’re happy you have chosen us to volunteer or intern with! All you have to do is the following steps:

  1. Apply online and pay a small application fee to reserve a space on your selected project, then our trusted advisors will contact you to guide you through the next steps.
  2. Once we receive your application, we will be in contact shortly to arrange an informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
  3. Following the interview, your advisor will provide you with a placement offer. Once you’re ready to confirm placement dates, you can pay the remaining balance and secure a spot on the project.
  4. Finally, once all details have been confirmed, Kaya will send you a Welcome Pack with lots of helpful information to assist you on preparing for your journey.

We can’t wait to see you! Whether it be in Zambia, Uganda or another one of our amazing destinations, our Africa volunteer programs do important work that matters. Apply now!

Our Volunteer Projects & Internships in Africa

Marine Big 5 Volunteering in South Africa

Join this Marine Big 5 Volunteer Program in Gansbaai South Africa and contribute to the protection of the Cape Coast ecosystem!

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Marine Science Internship in South Africa

Join this Scientific Skills Based Marine Internship in Gansbaai South Africa as and assist world class biologists and researchers.

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Clean Energy Internship in South Africa

Join the clean and renewable energy internship in South Africa and make an impact environmentally or economically, depending on your field!

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Environmental and Community Gap Year Program Adventure in South Africa

Join our 10 or 7-week environment conservation and community development gap year program, and explore South Africa in an exciting and meaningful way!

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Photography Internship in South Africa

Refine your photography skills, enhance your CV and help create impactful images for a local NGO in Cape Town

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NGO Development Internship in Zambia

Join Kaya's NGO Development Internship and gain key skills to enhance your CV whilst contributing to impactful work in Livingstone, Zambia.

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Maasai Mara Big Cat & Elephant Volunteering in Kenya

Experience the wildlife show of a lifetime whilst contributing to key research and conservation efforts in the Maasai Mara

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Laboratory Internship in Morocco

Learn about the Moroccan healthcare system while shadowing laboratory staff at a private clinic

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School for Deaf & Blind Children Volunteering in Ghana

Kaya volunteer placement at a special needs school provides participants with the opportunity to learn about another culture while improving the prospects of local students who need additional support.

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Lion, Elephant & Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and participate in wildlife protection and conservation efforts at a leading game park, working up close with Africa's most incredible animals.

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Volunteer Teaching in Ghana

Kaya Teaching in Ghana placement provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the local community while sharing their knowledge and providing brighter prospects to the local students.

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Non-Profit Development Internship in Ghana

Learn about non-profit management, community development, social media in promotion, event management and donor funding while experiencing local culture.

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Laboratory Volunteering in Ghana

Come to Cape Coast and work in a laboratory in a local hospital supporting a local Ghanaian community.

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Sustainability Internship in South Africa

Join the sustainability internship in South Africa and make an impact environmentally, economically or culturally depending on your field!

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Nursing & Medical Internship in South Africa

Join the nursing and medical internship in South Africa, shadow professionals locally to develop your own skills and learn about healthcare.

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Environmental Protection Internship in Uganda

Participate in the Environmental Protection Internship in Uganda and learn how renewable energy can be used in a country like Uganda

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Human Rights Internship in Uganda for Persons with Disabilities

Participate in a human rights internship and contribute to the access to disability-friendly sexual and reproductive health services for those with disabilities

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Youth Empowerment Internship in Uganda

Participate in a Youth Empowerment Internship in Uganda and contribute to the lack of youth-friendly health care services that is evident in Uganda.

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Farmers’ Economic Empowerment Internship in Uganda

Participate in the farmers' economic empowerment internship in Uganda and contribute to the expansion of local farming businesses

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Women Empowerment Internship in Uganda

Participate in a women empowerment internship and learn about sustainable development model to empower local vulnerable women and help them make a living.

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Community Health & Hygiene Education Internship in Uganda

Intern on this Community Health and Hygiene Education placement in Uganda and contribute to local public health challenges affecting school-aged children.

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Microfinance & Entrepreneurship Internship in Uganda

Intern on this Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities in Uganda placement and contribute to the training of local entrepreneurs.

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Rhino & Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and take part in important conservation and anti-poaching work, helping to protect vulnerable animals and preserve their habitats.

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Social Work Internship in South Africa

Join our social work internship in South Africa and get involved in a local community while developing your professional skills in a different environment.

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Human Rights Internship in South Africa

Join our human rights internship in South Africa and get involved with a local community on a worthy cause.

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Public Healthcare Internship in South Africa

Join our public healthcare internship in South Africa and get involved in a local community while developing your professional skills and learning about healthcare in an African context.

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Hospitality Management Internship in Africa

Develop your experience through an hospitality management internship in an African context working for an award winning backpacker lodge

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Public Health Internship in Ghana

Public Health Internship Ghana is based in a local community around Cape Coast and focuses on prevention.

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Occupational Therapy Internship in South Africa

Join our occupational therapy internship in South Africa placement and get involved in a local community while learning about a different other than your own.

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Sports Coaching Volunteering in Ghana

Volunteer Coaching Sports in Ghana placement provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the local community while sharing their knowledge and providing brighter prospects to the local athletes

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Journalism Internship in Ghana

Kaya Journalism Internship in Ghana provides participants the opportunity to learn and share in their field of interest while giving back to a local community.

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Physiotherapy Internship in Ghana

Ghana Physiotherapist internship is based in a local community supporting treatment centres and dedicated athletes as well as local professional and students.

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Microfinance Internship in Eswatini

Develop and share your business skills by participating in this microfinance internship in Africa.

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Public Health Internship in Zambia

Experience health promotion and community development through this internship by assisting local staff with the daily challenges facing residents

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Teach English or French in Morocco

Be part of a team working to spread knowledge and education.

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Human Rights & NGO Management Internship in Morocco

Learn about the impacts of Human Rights, Social Justice & NGO Management abroad

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Occupational Therapy Internship in Morocco

Learn about the emerging field of Occupational Therapy in Morocco

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Journalism Internship in Morocco

Gain some real experience in Journalism abroad!

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Women’s Empowerment Internship in Morocco

Get involved with women's empowerment projects in Morocco and help local women build their future!

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Childcare Volunteer Project in Morocco

Get involved with local Moroccan children and help move their education forward!

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Healthcare, Community & Hospital Volunteering in Kenya

Join us in Kenya as a healthcare volunteer and help make a difference to those living in vulnerable and developing communities

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Dentistry Internship in Ghana

Our dentistry Internship in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, supporting local dentists

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Volunteer Project for Under 18s in Eswatini

If you are under 18 join this initiative Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Swaziland

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Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteering in Victoria Falls

Spend time on Wildlife Research and Conservation volunteering in Zimbabwe and gain an incredible insight into research and conservation efforts taking place in the area.

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Girl & Women Empowerment in Zambia

Girl and women empowerment volunteering in Zambia offers the opportunity to increase access to education, sport, livelihoods and more.

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Nutrition Internship in Eswatini

Develop and share your knowledge of healthy eating, cooking methods and the impact of diet on childhood development and growth by joining this nutrition internship in Swaziland.

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Microfinance Internship in Ghana

Use your business and financial skills to empower local women and youth by doing this Microfinance Internship in Ghana and contribute to local economies.

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Big 5 Volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer and have an amazing time working on this game reserve in Port Elizabeth. Work with South Africa's big 5: lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, rhino and leopard.

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Veterinarian Volunteering in South Africa

Join our veterinarian volunteering at one of South Africa’s premier game reserves developing your knowledge of diagnosing, treating and preserving wildlife in their natural habitats.

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Small Business Development Internship & Product Design in Eswatini

Share this small business development internship in Eswatini to extend your CV/Resume while developing the capacity of a social enterprise.

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Marine Research & Conservation with PADI Diving Course

Volunteer in Mozambique with hands-on whale shark research, coral reef monitoring, humpbacked whale monitoring and turtle nest surveys.

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Wildlife Orphanage & Rescue Volunteer Project in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and get first hand experience of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in one of Africa’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries located in Bulawayo.

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Sports Volunteering in Eswatini

Become a sports coach and volunteer in Swaziland. Coach disadvantaged children to play football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, netball and more.

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Elephant & Community Water Access Volunteering in Namibia

Use your passion for elephants and observe them in their natural habitat and work on a project that is providing solutions to the elephant-human conflict.

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NGO Communications & Digital Marketing Internship in South Africa

Develop your CV/Resume and help raise awareness about greening and reforestation projects by taking a Communication and Digital Marketing Internship at an NGO in Cape Town.

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Health Promotion and Community in Zambia

Participate in a fascinating health promotion and community volunteering project assisting local staff with the daily challenges facing residents

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Early Childhood Development Internship in South Africa

If you are studying early years education or development intern with us in South Africa or Swaziland and earn from and compare your experiences with local teachers and students.

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Community Sports Coaching Volunteer Program in South Africa

As a community sports coaching volunteer you will volunteer in South Africa in a Cape Town township where sports coaching is much needed.

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Pre-vet Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Placement in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and get first-hand experience of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in an African wildlife sanctuary.

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Pre-Veterinary Internship in South Africa

Develop your interests and studies in veterinary science or animal welfare on this pre-veterinary internship led by an experienced and qualified botanist in South Africa.

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Photography & Conservation Volunteer Project In South Africa

Join this incredible wildlife photography course to develop skills for taking great shots whilst participating in essential conservation education and activities in the Greater Kruger Area.

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Urban Greening & Horticulture Internship in South Africa

Participate in promoting environmental awareness within African Communities, combat Climate Change and develop your own knowledge and skills.

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Media & Graphic Design Internship at NGO In South Africa

Use your flair and passion and participate in this exciting media and graphic design internship at an NGO in South Africa.

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Equine Therapy Volunteer Project for Disabled Children in Cape Town

Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide equine therapy to disabled children in South Africa.

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Community Teaching Volunteer Program in South Africa

Become a community teaching volunteer in South Africa and provide essential teaching support in the poverty stricken communities in the townships of Cape Town.

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Rhino, Elephant and Big Cat Research & Conservation Volunteer Project in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa on a research and conservation project in the greater Kruger area home to the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and more

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Day Care Centre Teaching in Eswatini

By volunteering in Swaziland, you can help to care for orphaned and vulnerable children in need at a daycare centre.

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Building or Sports Volunteering in Eswatini Kruger Safari

Combine travel and volunteering in South Africa with our bespoke Kruger to Swaziland Building and Volunteer Adventure.

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International Development & Fundraising Internship in Eswatini

Grasp the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand experience of the NGO sector, by joining this international development and fundraising internship in Swaziland.

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School Building & Gardening in Eswatini

Volunteer in Swaziland to help to build family homes for needy families using local building materials and techniques.

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Conservation & Ecology Volunteering in the Eswatini Savannah

If you are a student or are fascinated by wildlife and habitats, why not join us on this conservation and ecology placement in the Swaziland savannah.

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Teaching & Community Volunteering in Zanzibar

Volunteer in Tanzania on a teaching and community work project based on the island of Zanzibar, located just off Africa's Tanzanian coast.

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Dolphin & Marine Conservation Volunteering in Zanzibar

Volunteer on a Dolphin and Marine Conservation project on the island of Zanzibar and help preserve the habitats by monitoring tourist and wildlife interaction.

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Christmas Community Volunteer Program in Zambia

Volunteer near the amazing Victoria Falls in Zambia on a project working with local communities and do something extra special this Christmas.

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Teaching and Community Work in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia on teaching and community work and support local schools with large class numbers and a small number of teachers.

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Sports & Community Volunteering in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia on our sports development project, teaching sport skills as well as tackling topics such as HIV, nutrition and living a healthy life.

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African Marine & Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 5 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Clinical Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana

Our clinical medical placements in Ghana is based in a hospital in Cape Coast, supporting doctors and nurses as a volunteer as they care for low-income patients.

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Easy 4-step application process

APPLY ONLINE

Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

CONFIRMATION

Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.

GET PREPARED

When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.