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 at Mountain Gorilla Eco Camp

    This Mountain Gorilla Sanctuary is looking for volunteer assistance. Activities include meeting and briefing guests on arrival, light renovation, booking reservations and staff supervision. Volunteers receive free accommodation and meals.

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    Develop and Run a Range of Children?s Activities

    This project is looking for volunteers to help out at a school. Volunteers will get the opportunity to work with children from primary age to 17 years of age and help develop and run activities related to art, music, games and sport. Free accommodation, food and small living allowance.

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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 Dive School

    This dive school has a small number of rooms, a cafe and bar. A volunteer is needed to help its chefs both in the kitchen and the front of house. An interest in diving is an advantage. The volunteer receives free accommodation (own room in staff house).

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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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    Animal Care Volunteer

    Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with various branches of the project, such as the routine care of shelter animals, community education programmes and the veterinary work at the shelter. Volunteer for free but cover your own living expenses.

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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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    Help a Small Hotel & Campsite

    This boutique hotel and campsite, located in a river fronted nature reserve, is looking for volunteers with experience in the hospitality industry. Chefs and willing hands in other areas of hospitality are preferred. Volunteers receive free accommodation, meals and subsidised drinks.

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    Help out at Surfing and Water Sports School

    This project is looking for a volunteer to help with guest relations, some guiding of the trips, but mainly internet marketing, blogging and social media care. Volunteers receive free surf trips, board rental and lessons, and some kitesurfing lessons. Free/cheap accommodation available.

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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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    Help Care for Abandoned and Neglected Children and the Elderly

    This project provides residential care for elderly residents and is a place of safety for up to 64 children aged 0-6 years. Volunteers are asked to assist where there is a need (children, elderly, charity shop, administration, etc). Volunteer for free but cover your own living expenses.

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    Humpback Whale Project

    This project offers two different ways to help out during the humpback whale season: touristic ecovolunteer and scientific ecovolunteer. Activities include daily whale-watching / scientific boat surveys, data management, responsible tourism activities, etc. Participants pay £175 or £285 for training course and equipment but once certified receive free board and lodging, etc.

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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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    Conservation Projects

    This project seeks University graduates who would like to gain practical hands-on experience and pursue a career in conservation. Volunteers are accepted throughout the year to work on a range of projects with endangered species. Free accommodation, work permits and field transport.

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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 in Children?s Shelter

    This project is looking for volunteers to help out at its children?s shelter. Volunteers play with the children, assist them with homework assignments and study, and help the staff with daily duties such as serving meals. Volunteer for free but cover your own living expenses.

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    Cheetah Outreach

    The aim of this project is to make as many people as possible aware of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival. The daily duties of volunteers include working hands-on with the public, food preparation, cleaning and various other tasks. Accommodation and food is provided.

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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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    Freelance Photographers Wanted

    This project is looking for freelance photographers, journalists or camera operators. There is no cost to participate but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses.

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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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    Socio-Ecology of Small Mammals

    This is a great opportunity for anybody who wants to get more experience in field work relating to evolution, ecology and behaviour before starting an MsC or PhD project. Volunteers pay 95 per month for accommodation at the research station. Volunteers must buy and prepare their own food.

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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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