Africa is one of the top places for career breakers to volunteer and travel. A fascinating continent, it offers voluntary opportunities in almost every field and a huge diversity of landscapes and cultures.

Africa facts for career breakers:

  • Africa is the world's poorest continent, and your career break will really make a difference to people's lives.
  • Having said that, don't believe everything you see on TV! There are affluent areas too, and developed regions with bustling cities. 
  • Working with refugees, AIDS education, and teaching children are all opportunities for volunteering with people. Conservation projects include working on game reserves with animals like elephants and lions, or marine conservation. Some volunteer placements require skilled people, such as lawyers for human rights organisations, and medics for rural clinics.
  • You'll be working and travelling in a very different environment and with a very different culture. A well-supported volunteer placement means you will learn a great deal from the local staff and you can take your new skills home to your day job.
  • Many career breakers who travel to Africa choose to go on a safari or travel with an adventure company. As well as being safer than travelling alone, these give you a good opportunity to meet fellow backpackers and learn from your guide.
  • Some volunteer placements include training (eg scuba diving, photography, conservation management) but if you want more formal learning, game ranger courses are available.

Career break organisations with opportunities in Africa

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Cross-Cultural Solutions

Short-term volunteering programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America - options for families available.
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WorldTeach is a volunteer-sending organisation which focuses on teaching and education.
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Raleigh International

Expeditions and volunteer placements in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal or Tanzania with a wide range of roles for volunteer managers.
Go to Raleigh International website Find out more
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A wide range of volunteering opportunities with this UK charity and Madagascar-based NGO, on sustainable development projects.
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Global Volunteer Network

Global Volunteer Network

Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.
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i-to-i TEFL

i-to-i are a leading online TEFL course provider that are internationally recognised and accredited worldwide.
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Kaya Responsible Travel

Sustainable, ethical volunteer placements in 27 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa - courses in languages, diving and other activities available, plus special placements for couples and families.
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Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
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Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
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VMM International

VMM is a non-profit organisation with over 46 years’ experience in recruiting, training and supporting volunteers for short and long-term projects abroad.
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African Conservation Experience

Volunteering opportunities at wildlife conservation projects in southern Africa, including field research, work on game reserves and marine conservation.
Go to African Conservation Experience website Find out more
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Travellers Worldwide

A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.
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Projects Abroad

A wide range of volunteering placements in 27 countries in the developing world, including teaching, orphanage work, conservation and medical programmes.
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Amanzi Travel

Specialist tailor made trips in Africa, where you can help on wildlife conservation, medical, orphan care and teaching initiatives, join incredible overland trips and take wildlife management and game ranger courses.
Go to Amanzi Travel website Find out more