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17 Best Places to Volunteer in Africa

Volunteering in Africa can be a life-changing experience. It is an opportunity to learn, to grow and to give back to the world. In fact, humanitarian travel volunteers can make a real impact and support change. But with thousands of humanitarian volunteer opportunities, it can be hard to pick the right one. That’s why we have put together a shortlist of the 17 best places to volunteer in Africa. Here they are (listed in alphabetical order):

Botswana

A country you may not have heard of, Botswana boasts amazing landscapes. That’s why it provides ample opportunity for volunteering with wildlife projects. Unfortunately, despite its beauty, the country remains quite poor with 30% of the population living in poverty. Much help is needed from volunteers to support communities as well.

Egypt

Located in North Africa, programs in Egypt are often centered in its major cities. This makes it a great opportunity for those who would rather not work in rural communities. Egypt also offers amazing history and rich culture for discovery. Meanwhile, the volunteers’ programs here are focused on community development and education.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. This means that those who embark on a volunteering journey here will discover incredible culture. Faith-based volunteers will also be interested in its rich, Christian history. In terms of projects, Ethiopia’s needs lie primarily in basic healthcare and education.

Gambia

Africa’s smallest country, Gambia, is surprisingly culturally diverse. However, 30% of its population lives below the poverty line. This means that there is a dire need for volunteers in all areas including health, education, and economic development.

Ghana

If it’s your first time in Africa, then Ghana makes for a great candidate for humanitarian volunteering. The country is more stable economically and politically than its neighbors. This means that adaptation is overall easier. However, the need for travel volunteers is still present, particularly teachers and healthcare professionals.

Kenya

Kenya is the ideal place for those looking to embark on a rural-volunteering experience. It offers a vast variety of landscapes from deserts, to beaches, to mountains. But infrastructure is poor outside the large cities. So medical, educational, and construction volunteers are welcome.

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Madagascar

The fourth largest island nation in the world, Madagascar is also one of the poorest. Over 80% of its population lives in poverty. Meanwhile, its diverse wildlife faces many threats. Volunteers have the opportunity to give back in the areas of conservation, community development, education, healthcare, and more. But, you will also get the chance to discover this stunning gem of a country.

Malawi

Also referred to as “The Heart of Africa,” Malawi is famous for the warm welcome that it offers visitors. The country and its people will definitely touch your heart. That said, they do need some help in the areas of medicine and education. So, if you are looking for a laid-back and friendly country in which to volunteer, then Malawi is a perfect choice.

Mauritius

Incredible beaches, amazing geology, and beautiful landscapes—a dream or a volunteering journey? Mauritius, also called the “Star and Key of the Indian Ocean,” is one of the most progressive democracies in Africa. But the good news is that it still needs volunteers. In this case, the need is for conservation projects for the rich biodiversity that faces the dangers of the modern world.

Morocco

The other North African country on our list is Morocco. Its ancient history and rich culture are bound to fascinate anyone who travels there. Meanwhile, volunteers can contribute to farming, education, and healthcare. Plus, the interesting mix of cultures will allow you to practice both your Arabic and French.

Namibia

One of the best places for outdoor volunteering opportunities is in Namibia. It is a place of stunning natural beauty and plenty of opportunities to support conservation projects. That said, its population also faces widespread poverty. So, volunteers can provide plenty of help in the areas of healthcare, infrastructure, economic development, and education as well.

Nigeria

Possibly one of the more complex humanitarian settings on this list is Nigeria. The country is seeing a population that is growing at a worrisome rate. There is also political strife and instability. But, with beautiful landscapes and warm, lovely people, Nigeria is an excellent place to give a helping hand.

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has a war-torn and violent past. But today, the country is rapidly recovering. This means that volunteers are needed for infrastructure restoration, disease prevention, and education. In return, you will find the most beautiful rainforests, beaches, mountains, and wildlife.

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South Africa

A true gem, South Africa is a stunning mix of cultures, food, landscapes, and scenery. There are 11 official languages including English! But, it is also home to much disparity, both economic and social. Humanitarian volunteers can help in the areas of health, human rights, and gender-based violence. South Africa is also one of the most visited African countries by humanitarians.

Tanzania

This adventurous land, Tanzania, is the largest country in East Africa. Its culture and wildlife are diverse and welcoming, but the country does face poverty and inequality. So, volunteers are needed for wildlife conservation, healthcare, community development, and education.

Uganda

Did your know that The Republic of Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country? It is situated in East Africa and very much in need of humanitarian aid. One of the smaller countries on the continent, Uganda, is extremely diverse. Eleven ethnic groups speaking 40 different languages share this land. This means that many issues do arise. There are guerilla warfare, human rights violations, and poverty. You can find volunteering opportunities in various areas such as education, healthcare, and community development.

Zambia

Home to one side of the famous Victoria Falls, Zambia is a true natural wonder. Those who enjoy the outdoors can find plenty of opportunities to volunteer on conservation projects. There is also a need for developing better infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteering for humanitarian initiatives is an excellent way of enriching your life and alleviating the suffering of those who need it most. Supporting humanitarian efforts abroad enables you to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from the local population. You can return the favor by supporting the local community with your knowledge. If you want to become a volunteer read this article.

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