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 Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!

Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!


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

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220


PMGY offer some of the most amazing medical volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 2-weeks to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year




Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Zanzibar

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Zanzibar


Embark on a life-changing trip to Zanzibar and make a lasting difference at one of the three community schools we work with, as you explore this famous archipelago's rich African-Arabian history.
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Make an enquiry with African Adventures

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

Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!

Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!


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

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Ghana

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Ghana


Discover the beautiful coastal region of Ghana, where you will be immersed in a vibrant community with a proud West African heritage. Spend time working with one of 11 community projects we support and make a real difference.
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Make an enquiry with African Adventures

Various Volunteer Programs in Uganda from as low as  £100

Various Volunteer Programs in Uganda from as low as £100


You Volunteer with different Volunteer projects around Uganda, These include Teaching, Childcare, Women Empowerment, Special Needs Care, HIV/ AIDS Support, Sports Education. Street and Slum Children Support around Uganda.
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Make an enquiry with Volunteers 2 Uganda

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

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

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

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

Community Aid Projects in Cape Town

Community Aid Projects in Cape Town


Help with various community aid projects in the settlements of Cape Town!
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Make an enquiry with Go Eco

Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


PMGY offer some of the most amazing wildlife conservation volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

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

Child Care Volunteer Programs from as low as  £100

Child Care Volunteer Programs from as low as £100


As a Childcare volunteer on this project, you will work within in day care centers, nursery schools, children’s homes and kindergartens to assist local staff in the day-to-day running of these centers with activities like educational and basic teaching of English, Math, Reading and Writing etc
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Make an enquiry with Volunteers 2 Uganda

Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe

Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe


Volunteer on a top-rated, family-owned wildlife rehabilitation and care center in Zimbabwe! Animals are brought into this sanctuary if they are orphaned or injured. Animals are released whenever possible.
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Make an enquiry with Go Eco

8 Days  Uganda Wild life Safari Tour

8 Days Uganda Wild life Safari Tour


A Safari Tailored to give you a feel of 3 of Uganda Wild Parks, to view many animals which include the Zebras of Lake Mburo, The chance too see the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi, the climbing Lions of Queen Elizabeth NP's Ishasha Sector and a day in between to relax by the Lake Bunyonyi.
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Make an enquiry with Volunteers 2 Uganda

Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150


PMGY offer some of the most amazing childcare volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Wildlife Conservation Ranch in South Africa

Wildlife Conservation Ranch in South Africa


Volunteer at a widely-accredited wildlife ranch in South Africa! This ranch is home to over 90 species of endangered animals. Volunteers will get up-close with various animals. Visitors come to the ranch to learn about these animals and how important their conservation
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Make an enquiry with Go Eco

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150


Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150


PMGY offer some of the most amazing teaching volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

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 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.
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa


Gain experience providing care for wildlife species at a rehabilitation center in South Africa! Volunteers will provide care for various animals, including hand-rearing orphaned animals when necessary. This center aims to rehabilitate & release all animals, but there are some who cannot be released.
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Make an enquiry with Go Eco

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

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Kenya

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Kenya


Embark on the trip of a lifetime and immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle of modern-day Kenya as you make a lasting difference at one of the 11 community projects we support in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
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Make an enquiry with African Adventures

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220


PMGY offer some of the most amazing medical volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 2-weeks to 6-months.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

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

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


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.