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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Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure
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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

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
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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
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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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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

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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Medical Work Experience

Medical Work Experience


Our medical internships are an excellent way to boost your medical CV, whether for your career or university application. You'll gain knowledge of an alternative medical system and gain practical experience working alongside doctors and nurses.
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Child Care in Cape Town
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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

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

Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International


In Tanzania, our work focuses on improving community managed water and sanitation systems and building community resilience. You will gain experience of sustainable development work and help this incredible country to move forwards towards a secure future, whilst developing skills for yourself.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

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

Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International

Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International


Raleigh Expeditions are a unique 3-in-1 opportunity to work on remote community and environmental projects and face adventure challenges. We organise year-round volunteering programmes to Tanzania, Nepal & Costa Rica for 4, 5, 7 and 10-weeks.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

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.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

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

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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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

Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure
SPECIAL OFFER!

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!
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

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

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


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.