Volunteer in Swaziland, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, where you can experience strong African culture and traditions and explore its dramatic landscapes comprising of undulating mountains and unique rock formations. It’s an enchanting country with extremely friendly and laidback people.

    Volunteering in Swaziland

    Kaya’s projects in Swaziland are suitable for people with many different skill sets and interests. If you want to work within the community, get hands on and active with the schools renovation and building project or Sports Development Project. If it is wildlife that interests you and you are looking for research to support your studies then the conservation internship could be ideal.  If you have knowledge of a specialist area and want to share your skills, we have various internships in areas such as nutrition or international development that could be ideal for you.

    Despite the country’s stability and peaceful reputation, Swaziland has very high HIV rates and soaring unemployment affecting many of its population. Therefore volunteers are in demand to support ongoing projects which all work towards the aim to help reduce such issues with a focus on small business development and projects centred around primary care for OVCs.

    In your free time, visit the the must-see sights in Swaziland such as the Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland’s largest protected area. The park is home to lion, white rhino and elephant as well as diverse bird life. Visit Mlilwane Wildlife sanctuary, a pioneer conservation area in the ‘valley of heaven’, perfect for outdoor lovers with a variety of activities including walking trails, land rover game drives and mountain biking.  Alternatively, immerse yourself in Swazi culture, take a guided tour and watch a spectacular performance at the Matsamo cultural village.  Make sure you don’t forget to sample the traditional warming Swazi stew served at local markets.

    Why not add on a week extension to your trip and travel a bit further afield; from Swaziland it is easy to travel to South Africa’s Kruger National park to see the ‘Big 5’ or visit the marvellous beaches of Mozambique. Both are within easy reach by bus.

    Join us at Kaya and volunteer on a project in Swaziland, your volunteer work will have a positive impact and you can give something back to Swaziland’s small but warm-hearted community.  To find out what makes Swaziland such a great destination for under 18 and first time visitors to Africa read our blog.


    Here are some important facts about Swaziland:

    • Population 1,435,613 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – English (official, used for government business), siSwati (official)
    • Religion – Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other 30% (includes Anglican, Baha’i, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish)
    • Currency – Swaziland Lilangeni (SZL)
    • Climate – varies from tropical to near temperate depending on the altitude. Higher areas are generally cloudy and misty.  The mountainous region in the west is humid and wet.  the rainy season is between October and May with cooler and drier conditions from June to September.

    Source: www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook

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    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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