Volunteer Projects in Africa

Volunteer 4 Africa offer a wide variety of cheap volunteer projects in Africa including numerous opportunities to volunteer for free.

The projects we offer are diverse and range from Penguin conservation to working in a backpacker's hostel. We offer volunteer projects that go beyond the usual scope of volunteering with animals or working in orphanages such as teaching yoga and choreographing dance productions. Whether you are interested in wildlife conservation, volunteering with children or simply want to volunteer for free, we make it easy to find volunteer opportunities in Africa via our eBook and online project database.

The following is a small selection of volunteer projects that are currently seeking international volunteers and interns. If you would like to view more volunteer opportunities in Africa or be alerted about any new volunteer projects, connect with Volunteer for Africa on Facebook. We are regularly approached by organizations wanting to utilise our free advertising platform, and if their projects meet our selection criteria our Facebook fans will always be the first to know.

Please be aware that the actual listings within our eBook and online project database are comprehensive and provide all the information you need to get involved (e.g. the specifics of volunteer projects, web and email addresses, the duration of the project, details of any benefits such as training opportunities or free time activities, etc).

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    Volunteer at Retreat for Artists and Nature Lovers

    This project is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects, including: building work; tending to and developing the organic garden (using Permaculture concepts); and the creation of a campsite. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation (very comfy), food and internet access.

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    Volunteer on Nature Reserve

    This nature reserve strives to preserve endemic mountain fynbos vegetation and associated wildlife. Volunteers help out with various activities including trail maintenance, gardening, and possible field work (leopards, birds, plants, etc). Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation and food.

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    Volunteer at Animal Shelter

    This project is looking for volunteers to help out with various activities at the shelter, including: socializing with animals; grooming animals at the shelter; and shelter cleaning and maintenance. No fee but volunteers need to cover their own living expenses.

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    Volunteer for Backpackers Lodge

    This eco-conscious backpackers is looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks on its premises including building and renovation work, setting up walkways, and gardening. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation, meals, internet access and laundry service.

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    Volunteer for Children with Disabilities

    This project is looking for volunteers for field activities which include visiting parents and children and training the former in income generating activities. Volunteers also get involved in other activities such as advocacy. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation.

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    Volunteer on Permaculture Project

    This small Permaculture farm welcomes volunteers who want to learn about Permaculture and a natural, 'off the grid' lifestyle. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation and food.

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    English Teacher/Youth Development Worker

    This project is looking for volunteers who would be interested in teaching basic English at its vocational school, which is attended by orphans and vulnerable children. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation and food plus a small stipend.

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    Animal Welfare Volunteer

    This projects' goal is to prevent suffering for animals and it needs volunteers to implement organizational strategies for improving animal welfare in the area in which it operates. Volunteer for free but cover your own living expenses (accommodation and food).

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    Volunteer at Permaculture & Healing Retreat

    This project is in the early phase of transforming into a guest farm and healing retreat where Permaculture principals are practiced for sustainability. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation, all meals and Wi-Fi.

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    Sea Turtle Conservation Project

    This important site for the loggerhead sea turtles is looking for volunteers to help protect the nesting turtles and nests, between July to October each year. There is no cost to participate but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses.

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    Volunteer at Wildlife Sanctuary

    This project is looking for volunteers to assist in the curio store, reception, with guiding and animal care (e.g. multilingual guiding; public relations/marketing; photography/film making, veterinary work, etc. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation with kitchen to prepare meals.

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    Volunteer with Children

    This project works to advance the education of gifted but deprived children. It needs volunteers to help with English lessons and homework, sports and other activities. No formal qualifications required, just lots of energy and enthusiasm. Volunteers receive free accommodation and food.

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    Organic Fruit and Wine Farm

    This farm specialises in organic farming techniques, producing wine, brandy, port, olive oil, nuts, dried fruits, etc. Work entails viticulture and other agricultural work, the development of hiking trails, etc. Volunteer for free with complimentary accommodation and a small stipend.

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    Volunteer at Primate Sanctuary

    This project is currently looking for multilingual rangers/guides, students with photography/film making skills for documenting primates, IT specialists, PR and marketing experts. Volunteers receive free accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen to prepare meals.

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    Volunteer at a Retreat Centre

    This small forest retreat centre is looking for volunteers to help out with various tasks, ranging from office work and helping out in the garden to getting involved in jewellery production and community work. Volunteers receive free accommodation, yoga and meditation classes.

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    Creative Recycling

    This social enterprise project collects plastic trash from the streets and transforms them into stylish and fashionable bags. It welcomes volunteers with a background in IT, design, env. education, photography, business or social sciences. Volunteer for free but cover your own living expenses.

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    Volunteer with Animals

    This project provides accessible and effective health care for working and domestic animals, plus animal welfare education. It seeks the assistance of veterinary professionals and veterinary students/graduates. Volunteers contribute £6 per day which includes accommodation.

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    Orphanage Volunteer

    This project creates inspiring educational opportunities for orphaned, rescued and abandoned children. It is looking for chefs, writers, filmmakers, artists, teachers, dancers, musicians and singers. Volunteers can stay at the orphanage for free. Food is provided during working hours.

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    Penguin Conservation Centre

    Volunteers at this sea bird rehabilitation centre assist with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of many seabird species, including the endangered African penguin. No skills necessary as training is provided. The project costs £90 for the first 6 weeks and £15 for every week thereafter.

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    Volunteer at Wolf Sanctuary

    This project is looking for volunteers to help out with various activities which include feeding the wolves and reporting on wolf behaviour. No experience necessary. Volunteers receive free accommodation with basic bathroom and kitchen facilities.

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    Tour Leaders and Drivers

    This company seeks tour leaders and drivers for all its tours in East and Southern Africa throughout the year. These positions require professional and self-motivated people. Most expenses are covered including a contribution towards flight costs after a set period of employment.

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    Meerkat Research Project

    Volunteers learn a range of valuable skills and field techniques including observation, radio-tracking, research design, data handling and analysis. Volunteer receive free accommodation plus a monthly allowance to cover their food and travel costs.

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    Volunteer Lawyers

    This project is looking for volunteers with a passion for social justice to provide legal counsel, advice and advocacy on behalf of refugees seeking asylum, resettlement or the assertion of other legal rights. Volunteer for free but cover your own living expenses.

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    Volunteer Nurse Needed for Children's Orphanage

    This project is looking for volunteers who can provide basic medical care, assist in health education programmes with the children and provide counselling support. Volunteer for free with with complimentary accommodation and food plus a small monthly stipend.

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    Volunteer English Teacher

    This project is dedicated to sending graduates and under-graduates to teach English at schools, colleges and universities. Volunteers receive free accommodation plus a £160 per month stipend in the local currency.

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    Help Orphans and Underprivileged Children

    Volunteers give assistance, care and comfort to orphans and vulnerable children living in an orphanage. Volunteers provide the children with the adult attention they crave and deserve; teaching them languages, computer skills, games, music, etc. Free accommodation and meals.

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    Trail Riding Volunteer

    This project is looking for volunteers to take tourists into the mountain forest on horseback. The duties of trail riding volunteers include cleaning horses before the ride, feeding the horses, and instructing on how to ride.Volunteers receive free accommodation with kitchen to prepare meals.

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    Permaculture & Sustainability Volunteers

    This project is looking for volunteer assistance in its garden (planting seedlings, harvesting crops, etc) or with non-gardening work (natural building, training horses, etc). Volunteers receive free accommodation (yurt or caravan) and make a small donation to cover food (vegetarian).

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    Volunteer Wildlife Rangers

    This project offers various ways to contribute to the conservation of marine turtles, depending on your experience and the time you have available. Long term wildlife rangers (2 months minimum) receive free accommodation and a food allowance.

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