Take your Gap Year in Africa

The continent of Africa is perhaps the most popular destination for many, especially those looking to get involved in volunteer work. The traditional backpacking route through Asia and Australasia is well traveled, but many African countries offer safe travel in beautiful environments, including rainforests and deserts. Your work will contribute to the lives of people and communities in real need of help. Projects on this page include football coaching in Ghana, teaching in South Africa, elephant conservation in Zimbabwe and much more.

You may be surprised to learn that English is only the fifth most spoken language, with Zulu and Afrikaans being far more popular. But don't let this put you off considering this as a destination for your travels. Plenty of people do speak English and you shouldn't have many problems if you only speak English.


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Wildlife volunteer in greater Kruger National Park
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Wildlife volunteer in greater Kruger National Park


Join our 4 weeks all inclusive volunteer placements in the greater Kruger National park, South Africa. Live on a big 5 wildlife reserve, take part in game drives, bush walks and over 12 different and important conservation projects! Perfect both for a gap year experience or wildlife enthusiasts
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)
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Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)


4 Weeks wildlife placement working on over 12 conservation projects in the greater Kruger National park plus a week dedicated to adventure and travel! Explore South Africa, help wildlife, discover natural wonders and try adrenaline pumping activities.
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa




Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure

Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure


Not only will you have the amazing opportunity to see some of Africas most incredible wildlife, snorkel with Whale Sharks and paddle to a tropical palm fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects. Experience the best of SA!
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)


4 Weeks wildlife placement working on over 12 conservation projects in the greater Kruger National park plus a week dedicated to adventure and travel! Explore South Africa, help wildlife, discover natural wonders and try adrenaline pumping activities.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Gap Year South Africa SUMMER QUEST February to March

Gap Year South Africa SUMMER QUEST February to March


Summer Quest is a 50 day gap year program that runs from February to March in South Africa. The Summer Quest is built around the Toltec Emotional Fitness course, Adventure Pursuits, Community Service, Workplace Ready courses and the Conservation Awareness and Experience components.
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Child Care in Cape Town

Child Care in Cape Town


Volunteer to help care for underprivileged children in Cape Town, South Africa. This project aims to provide support to some of the preschool centers that have opened in townships to assist these children.
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Volunteer sports coaching in South Africa

Volunteer sports coaching in South Africa


Coaching your favourite sport is a fantastic way to engage with the local children in the school you visit on this project. The kids are eager to learn and despite any challenges, such as lack of football goals or netball posts, you will work together and everyone benefits and learns.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5


Volunteering on a stunning game reserve, you'll have the chance to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat - elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards. Participating in this project, you will contribute to the protection of these beautiful animals and their unique habitat.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa


Volunteer at a rural charity in South Africa. Live and work onsite, get to know a new culture and play a key role in various projects to help uplift the community, teach children, develop local infrastructure and the economy and break the poverty cycle in this personally rewarding experience.
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Marine Conservation Expedition in Madagascar

Marine Conservation Expedition in Madagascar


Volunteer with Blue Ventures in our remote research and expedition camp in Madagascar and assist our international team of marine biologists, field scientists and sociologists surveying one of the most spectacular ecosystems of the Indian Ocean. Learn to SCUBA dive and collect vital research data.
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Make an enquiry with Blue Ventures

Wildlife volunteer in greater Kruger National Park
SPECIAL OFFER!

Wildlife volunteer in greater Kruger National Park


Join our 4 weeks all inclusive volunteer placements in the greater Kruger National park, South Africa. Live on a big 5 wildlife reserve, take part in game drives, bush walks and over 12 different and important conservation projects! Perfect both for a gap year experience or wildlife enthusiasts
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Gap Year South Africa  AUTUMN QUEST April to May

Gap Year South Africa AUTUMN QUEST April to May


Autumn Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. The highlight of this Quest is the journey to Ponta do Oura in Mozambique for the two week ocean open water diving course. The Autumn Quest is rounded off with an unforgettable four day wilderness hike in the northern Kruger National Park.
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year


Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Sports Coaching Gap Year

Sports Coaching Gap Year


Take part in coaching a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, netball or swimming. Help and support groups of disadvantaged children around the world. Combine sport with the opportunity to travel and make a difference.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Gap Year South Africa SPRING QUEST August to September

Gap Year South Africa SPRING QUEST August to September


Spring Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. Spring is fresh, and a mixture of the seasons, stay prepared with your clothing... Again we are only at Base Camp for about 15% of the Quest, and now we move over towards the magical and popular Cape Province
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Gap Year South Africa  WINTER QUEST June to August

Gap Year South Africa WINTER QUEST June to August


Winter Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. It's winter! It's really cold! Tracksuits, thermal underwear, beanies, jackets and an extra warmer blanket are now necessary. The Winter Quest has a number of highlights which provide further challenges for the Warriors.
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa


Volunteer at a primate rehabilitation centre in rural Africa and be prepared for lots of monkey hugs! You'll be a surrogate parent to orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons, as they continue on their journey back to life in the wild.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Social and Community Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Social and Community Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland


Volunteer to help care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland or South Africa. Assist with pre-school education and facilitating the All Out Africa syllabus of activities, provide meals, helping to guide the children, while giving them care and adult support.
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique

Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique


On the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project, you will help carry out the Marine Research and monitoring for the project under the guidance of our project scientists. You can expect an excellent diving, snorkeling and beach experience whilst gaining first hand Marine Research skills!
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa


africa map

Popular African Destinations:
South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe

Quick Africa Facts:
Population - Over a billion
Languages - more than 2 thousand!

Visa Information:
Check Foreign Office travel advice for the latest Visa information for Africa!

This is a land of surprises. Located at the southern tip of the African Continent, the next landfall to the south is Antarctica. This explains why South Africa is home to a type of penguin, as well as the more expected big game animals such as elephants, lions and hippos.

Due to the sheer size of the continent, Africa can provide a diverse range of year out opportunities. Hosting some of the worlds best safari wildlife, Africa can give you the chance to spend your time as a conservation volunteer working on any number of conservation and management projects that help protect the native wildlife and ecosystems. This could involve anything from tracking elephants, hand rearing orphaned chimpanzees or wildlife film making and photography, volunteers are always needed to work alongside and support wildlife rangers and conservationists.

It's not all about the animals though, Africa is home to some of the worlds most impoverished communities that need your help. Community Development programmes take place throughout Africa, aimed at improving the lives of the local inhabitants by providing the care and opportunities they may otherwise not get. These programmes range from sports coaching, childcare and orphanage work, teaching, medical care and community regeneration, all of which are vitally important in providing an alternative to poverty and a lack of basic amenities and human rights.

For the more adventurous traveller, why not take advantage of Africa's great wilderness and unspoilt landscapes by joining an expedition through the desert on a quad bike (or a camel), bungee jumping, white water rafting, parachuting, or simply enjoying the miles of deserted beaches.