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
Our African Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.