Volunteer in Namibia, a country that holds within its borders some of the most sublime and dramatic landscapes in all of Africa. Characterised by arid expanses like the Kalahari desert and the Namib Sand Sea, Namibia can be a harsh place to live, but the vibrancy of its multicultural society makes it one of the safest and most intriguing countries on the continent.

    Volunteering in Namibia

    Volunteer with Kaya and find out more about the country, its rich culture and its extraordinary array of wildlife.

    Namibia was the first African country to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution, this is indicative of the amount of pride that the Namibian people have in their country. However because of Namibia’s arid climate, the wildlife and communities often find themselves in competition for access to what little water the land offers. Animal lovers should volunteer in Namibia on our Elephant & Community Water Access Project, and help to enable elephants and local communities to live harmoniously.

    The project is based in Damaraland, explore the unspoiled terrain in your free time and take in some of the stunning scenery. Damaraland is a geographically fascinating region, and home to the UNESCO world heritage site of Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Be adventurous on your weekends and seek out these locations for yourself.  Namibia is an ethnically diverse country, and its food reflects this. Sample delicious local favourites like Potjie Kos and Kapana or test your metal with Mopane worms.

    Add an extra week to your stay in Namibia so you can explore further afield in the country. Over the centuries Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, has been influenced by a number of different cultures, and this is evident in the architecture that can be found in the city. Windhoek is a great place to start a safari as well as relax and sample the local cuisine in the many bars and restaurants the capital has to offer.  You can also travel to neighbouring South Africa with ease.

    Adventurous volunteers should consider a trip to Swakopmund, the adventure sports capital of Namibia, where you’ll be able to use the austere terrain to your advantage and participate in sand dune racing or quad biking. Take to the skies for a different view of the spectacular landscape on a hot air balloon ride, or for a more extreme experience arrange a skydive with one of the local organisations.

    Join us in Namibia where you’ll help to improve the lives of local people and animals as well as make the most of this rugged but enchanting country.


    Here are some important facts about Namibia:

    • Population 25,303,113 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Oshiwambo languages 48.9%, Nama/Damara 11.3%, Afrikaans 10.4% (common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population), Otjiherero languages 8.6%, Kavango languages 8.5%, Caprivi languages 4.8%, English (official) 3.4%, other African languages 2.3%, other 1.7%
    • Religion – Christian 80% to 90% (at least 50% Lutheran), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%
    • Currency – Namibian Dollar (NAD)
    • Climate – desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic


    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.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure 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 be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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