AFRICA

Africa is a diverse continent, with peoples from the tribal Masai Mara to the cosmopolitan city inhabitants of Cape Town, and endangered wildlife from the Big 5 to Whale Sharks.  With an array of adventure sports at the stunning Victoria Falls and the beaches of Zanzibar there is plenty to fill your free time.  It is the ideal location for those looking for a gap year, volunteer or internship project focusing on community development, conservation or healthcare.

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.  Kaya works with sustainable volunteer projects in Ghana in the west, Kenya in the east and South Africa and many more, in the south.  The continent is like a canvas painted with the most beautiful colours, and a story written with  the history of both a troubled past and inspirational future. It is the world’s oldest populated area, with approximately 2,000 regional languages spoken throughout the continent.

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.  You can help protect elephants in Namibia on our Elephant and Community Water Access project, work with African wildlife at a Rescue Sanctuary in Zimbabwe or assist with species identification on the beautiful shores of Tofo Bay in Mozambique.

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. The one unifying aspect of African identity is their cultural heritage stemming back thousands of years. However, many countries struggle with access to basic resources and many sustainable initiatives have been founded on the belief that everyone can make a difference if they work together. There is also work being done to celebrate these differences and similarities.  Read here to learn more.  You can become a part of ongoing projects like assisting health professionals in Zambia , building work in Swaziland or Microfinance in Ghana.

Whether you are looking for a gap year in Africa, a chance to be a sustainable volunteer or a professional internship there is something for you. Explore the many wildlife and community volunteering options available to you and get to know more about the amazing locations!

African countries with volunteer projects

Volunteer in Ghana

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Volunteer in Kenya

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Volunteer in Mozambique

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Volunteer in Namibia

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Volunteer in South Africa

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Volunteer in Swaziland

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Volunteer in Tanzania

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Volunteer in Zambia

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Volunteer in Zimbabwe

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Our African Projects

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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Volunteer in a Laboratory 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 and 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 and 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 and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities 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 and Elephant Conservation Volunteering 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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Entrepreneurship for International Development Internship in Tanzania

Use your skills and entrepreneurship spirit to participate in this Entrepreneurship for International Development Internship in Tanzania and help the local community generate new income and fight unemployment.

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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 Ghana

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

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Occupational Therapy in South Africa

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

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Volunteer coaching sports 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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Public Administration Internship in Ghana

Learn about public sector and public administration in Ghana while interning for a public office.

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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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Ghana Physiotherapy Internship

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 Swaziland

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, French or Spanish 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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Medical Internship in Morocco

Learn about the Moroccan healthcare system while shadowing medical staff at a local hospital

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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 Volunteering in Morocco

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

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Tree Planting Eco Festival Volunteering in South Africa

Take a hands-on role in reforestation and environmental education by volunteering on this mass action project in South Africa this summer.

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Veterinary Internship on South Africa Wild Coast

Veterinary internship in South Africa Wild Coast catering to 2nd and 3rd-year students

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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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Rural Volunteer Teaching in Moshi, Tanzania

Volunteer in Tanzania on a teaching and community work project based in rural Moshi.

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Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Swaziland

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

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Wildlife Research and Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

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 and Women Empowerment Volunteering 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 Swaziland

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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Volunteer with the Big 5 in Port Elizabeth

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 and Product Design in Africa

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

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Marine Research and Whale Shark Conservation including 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 and Rescue Sanctuary 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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Lion Rehabilitation and Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe on a world first lion breeding and rehabilitation project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists in the field.

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Community Health and Home Based Care Volunteering in South Africa

Join us in St Lucia and bring your enthusiasm and willingness to help on this community health and home based care project.

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Sports Volunteering Abroad in Swaziland

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 Project 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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Communication and Digital Marketing Internship at an NGO 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 Volunteering 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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HIV/AIDS Education and Day Care Volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer on our community education and day care project and support the people of St. Lucia, South Africa where HIV/AIDS rates are high.

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Early Childhood Development Internship In 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 Volunteering in Cape Town, 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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Literacy Development in Ghana

Come and volunteer in Ghana to work with project whose mission is to provide access to books and to increase the reading skills of children and adults through the provision of a mobile literacy unit.

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Victoria Falls Lion Rehabilitation Volunteering

Volunteer in Zimbabwe on a world first lion breeding and rehabilitation project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists in the field.

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Pre-vet Wildlife Rescue and 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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Medical Support and Health Awareness in Zimbabwe

Join a project as a healthcare volunteer and participate in medical support and health awareness in Antelope Park located in the heart of Africa.

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Support the Recovery of Children in a South African Hospital

Volunteer in South Africa and assist local nurses and carers by offering support to this busy children’s hospital.

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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 and Conservation Project In Kruger, 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 and 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 and Graphic Design Internship at an 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 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 Volunteering in Cape Town

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 and Conservation in Kruger

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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Volunteer Teaching At A Day Care Centre In Swaziland

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

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Swaziland Volunteer Building or Sports With 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 and Fundraising Internship in Swaziland

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 and Gardening Volunteering in Swaziland

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

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Conservation and 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 internship in the Swaziland savannah.

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Teaching and Community Volunteer Work 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 and Marine Conservation 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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Community Volunteering at Christmas 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 and 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 and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 9 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Masai Mara Lion, Wildlife Research and Conservation Project in Kenya

Work directly with the Masai Mara community to develop solutions to reduce conflict between local human and wildlife inhabitants.

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Volunteering in Hospitals 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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APPLY ONLINE

Click here to 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.