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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POPULAR AFRICA COURSES


Law & Human Rights

Law & Human Rights

Volunteering on a Law & Human Rights placement with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the developing world.
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Summer Projects

Summer Projects

Our Short-term Special projects are group trips for 16-19 year olds and run throughout the summer months. If you have time to spare over the summer holidays then why not join us on one of our short programmes designed especially for you.
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OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


Summer Projects

Summer Projects

Our Short-term Special projects are group trips for 16-19 year olds and run throughout the summer months. If you have time to spare over the summer holidays then why not join us on one of our short programmes designed especially for you.
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Building Projects

Building Projects

Volunteering on a Building Project with Projects Abroad will give you a great opportunity to help construct, repair and build houses or classrooms across the developing world. Whatever you are involved with you will have the opportunity to make a long term difference to the community.
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Medical Experience Abroad

Medical Experience Abroad

By volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare Project you will have the opportunity to experience the challenges faced by medical institutions across the developing world. You will have the chance to gain work experience whilst helping some of the poorest people in the world.
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ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


Culture & Community

Culture & Community

Projects Abroad offers the unique experience to immerse yourself in the local culture through our Culture & Community Projects. Whether you are on our Nomad Project in Mongolia or participating on our Khmer Project, you will become an important part of a local community overseas.
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Conservation Projects Abroad

Conservation Projects Abroad

Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles
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Learn a Language Abroad

Learn a Language Abroad

Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family
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Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Our Short-term Special Projects for 16-19 year olds offer teenagers the chance to volunteer and make a difference during their summer holidays! Projects Abroad has a wide range of projects from our Care & Panda Project in China to Conservation Projects in Peru.
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Sports with Projects Abroad

Sports with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad sport placement is ideal for anyone with a passion for sports. You could teach football in Ghana, cricket in India or volleyball in Peru. You will run fitness session, coach competitive games and help foster local talent whilst improving the health of the local people.
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Care with Projects Abroad

Care with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad offers the chance to care for underprivileged children in orphanages, day care centres, special-needs centres and kindergartens. As a volunteer you will enhance the growth, development and well-being of the children.
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Law & Human Rights

Law & Human Rights

Volunteering on a Law & Human Rights placement with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the developing world.
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Teach English Abroad

Teach English Abroad

A Projects Abroad teaching placement is ideal for anyone who would like to make a positive contribution across the developing world. Your role will include working with local schools, NGOs or universities, where you will find yourself taking classes or teachers with lessons.
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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.