African Impact

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African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa. The organisation was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the Africa leaders in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 12,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.

We're proud to offer fun, safe and structured placements where volunteers understand their contribution to responsible projects run in partnership with local communities and conservation efforts. Our journey so far has been both inspiring and humbling and we will keep pushing the horizons of what volunteering can achieve.

African Impact Volunteer in Africa

Programs from African Impact

  • Exploring South Africa
    South Africa
    African Impact gives you a fantastic opportunity to do meaningful conservation and community work in South Africa....
    23 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Sunsets over the Zambezi
    Zambia
    Join African Impact on an amazing journey to volunteer with lions and make an impact through community volunteer work in...
    15 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Lion conservation program in Zimbabwe
    Zimbabwe
    African Impact offers a range of amazing volunteer opportunities in Zimbabwe, one of the adventure capitals of the world....
    12 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Work alongside local teachers
    Kenya
    Many schools in Africa are overwhelmed with a large number of students per class and very limited resources. African Impact...
    9 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Home based healthcare volunteering
    Multiple Countries
    Should you be a medical professional, medical graduate, desire to spend a gap year in Africa or simply have a passion for...
    9 reviews
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Group volunteering at Zanzibar community project
    Tanzania
    Pair up with African Impact to start your volunteer experience in Tanzania, Africa! As east Africa's largest country, it...
    6 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Internships in Cape Town
    South Africa
    Take an internship placement with African Impact and boost your professional standing, enhance your resume, learn valuable...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Multiple Countries
    With miles and miles of beautiful land across all different types of terrain, you'll find no shortage of wildlife in Africa...
    4 reviews
    Community Photos
  • Volunteer with animals in Kenya
    Kenya
    Due to poverty and poor medical and educational infrastructure volunteer work in Kenya provides a wide scope of involvement...
    1 reviews
  • Inspire individuals and make a greater impact
    Kenya
    The Happy Africa Foundation in partnership with African Impact is proud to have contributed to the building of clinics,...
    1 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Group Volunteering in Africa - Safari
    Kenya
    Join other like-minded individuals on an adventure of a lifetime where you can experience all that Africa has to offer and...
    1 reviews
    Community Photos
  • Multiple Countries
    In partnership with the Happy Africa Foundation, we help connect volunteers with projects restoring, renovating and creating...
  • Community Outreach in Malawi
    Malawi
    Many communities in Malawi lack resources for teaching and education as well as sufficient healthcare facilities. Join one...
  • Lemur census in Madagascar
    Madagascar
    Join African Impact to be a conservation volunteer in Madagascar. Madagascar is probably most famous for its lemurs and we...
  • Marine conservation volunteering in Seychelles with African Impact
    Seychelles
    Stay in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world, swim in the Indian Ocean at the end of hard day's work,...

Program Reviews

  • Eve
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Chicago
    University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign
    10/10
    Amazing Experience
    04/14/2016

    I have done 3 African Impact volunteering trips and found the Tanzania education program in Moshi to be the best run and planned for those interested in teaching. I loved the variety of activities that were still clearly scheduled- work with adult English education in the early morning, nursery students in the late morning, and the elderly in the afternoon. There were also opportunities to work with a women's group or teach English to the elderly. A real cross section of the population!

    I also really appreciated how helpful and understanding the people at the project were about my other travels. I was able to get a discounted rate to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for volunteering, and later was able to take a day off of work to travel to the Serengeti for the weekend, again at a discount, with one of their travel partners. My flight for that trip had to be canceled and rescheduled and the staff was super understanding and helped me with everything. It allowed me to accomplish some major life travel goals along with having the experience of living and working in Moshi. There are also options to travel on day trips and safaris on the weekends once you get there. I recommend Lake Chala- super cheap and easy. The photos I took there of the scenery were some of my favorite of the trip.

    The way the program was set up allowed for consistency and continuity so I never felt like my help was for nothing. You are part of a system that has existed before you arrive and will exist after you leave so all of the people you work with and teach will continue to grow even after you leave. You also get to work in a room with a staff member- this is so nice. I teach for a living and having someone else in the room who knew the people I was working with made it such an easy transition. It felt like fun, not work.

    Finally, I have been in contact with the program even though I have left. I love keeping up with the people I met and with the group itself on facebook. There is such a community of volunteers and it is clear how much the experience meant to everyone who was there.

    How could this program be improved?

    In hindsight, this was such a great program, I don't think there is really anything I would change. Issues like power outages, spotty internet, and mosquitoes are part of the territory and have nothing to do with the quality of the program they offer.

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    Games and exercise at the senior home.
    Teaching English to Swahili speakers with the help of permanent staff.
    Sewing and chatting at the weekly women's group meeting.
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  • Michele
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Melbourne, Australia
    Other
    10/10
    Time of your life
    03/19/2016

    When I decided to make this trip to Africa, I had no idea what to expect. Where do I start!!! I did the education and community project. The African lmpact people are so friendly, with an amazing attitude and passion for what they do.The projects were great as it was equipping the community with the skills the require through everyday life. The Maasai are amazing people with the ergerness to learn English . They are so lovely and have such a generous spirit. And the wazee(elderly)!!!! I will miss them dearly. And the little ones!! They run to you calling you name the minute you walk through the school gates.

    I got a good balance between work an play as Africa has loads to to in your down time. I did an amazing safari while I was there and when climbed the Kilimanjaro to base camp. All organised through AI and their counterparts. One of the highlights was actually getting my hair done by the Maasai guys while I was there. It was soo cool.

    And the food!!!! Oh boy!!! That was amazing!!!!
    Now words cannot express how good a month I had in Moshi with African Impact. The only way for you to find out Is to jump up and get yourself on this journey of a lifetime . I hope to get back again soon and hope to see you all there!!!!

    How could this program be improved?

    Honestly, based on my experience I say it was the best trip I've had and would not change a thing

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  • Christine
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New York
    Hofstra University
    10/10
    Experience of a Lifetime
    03/15/2016

    My time volunteering at GoEco's Big 5 Wildlife Reserve project was better than I could have ever imagined. I didn't know what to expect when I left New York and traveled to South Africa alone, but once at Dumela Lodge, the staff immediately made all of the new arrivals feel comfortable and welcomed. All of the volunteers became immediate friends- it was such an amazing experience to work and connect with more people from across the globe than I ever have before. Our purpose there was to assist in the data collection of a variety of species, including elephants, rhino, lions, leopards, birds of prey, and many others, to give to conservation organizations that protect these animals and their environments. Without the help of volunteers, the staff wouldn't be able to collect and maintain all of the information that they need. Almost every morning, we would wake up bright and early for a game drive at a nearby reserve and would get to watch the sunrise from the jeep with beautiful landscape and animals all around. I felt that volunteering in South Africa was the absolute best way to enjoy the beauty of country, while also giving something back and doing your part for the magnificent animals that are in danger of not always being around. If we weren't busy with our research work, we were camping in the bush, hanging out by the pool, going on scavenger hunts, helping out at a local reptile park, and going on weekends trips like to Kruger National Park. If you have the opportunity to volunteer here, do it. It was the best possible experience I could have asked for.

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  • Amy
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Moree, Australia
    University of Queensland
    10/10
    Completely mind blown!
    02/02/2016

    Volunteering in Africa was something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember, though in every way my expectations were completely exceeded. Every person I met in Zimbabwe, from cooks and housekeepers to community project managers, lion handlers and the volunteer and admin coordinators were the most friendly people and all so knowledgeable within their respective fields. On top of this, there wasn't a single occasion I didn't feel 100% safe!

    I was on the community project so majority of my time was spent with people; primary schools, preschools, the Rose of Charity Orphanage and the Old People's Home. Whether you were teaching maths at Monde Primary (I had 4th Grade!), testing out your finger painting ability at the old people's home, teaching sounds at Reading Club or simply hanging out with kids on a Saturday at the orphanage, every single second spent on project was so rewarding. You could really see how what you were doing was contributing to the short and long-term goals of African Impact.

    An awesome highlight was, thanks to the flexibility of African Impact, despite being based in community, I also got to dabble in the other project areas- walking with the lions on several occasions and being apart of the research projects like game counting and even a camping trip for hyena monitoring! My days off were equally as amazing. We rafted down the Zambezi and threw ourselves of a perfectly stable gorge three times with the adrenaline combo. We also took a day trip into Botswana for safari and to Zambia so we could quite literally hang off the edge of the falls at Devil's Pools.

    Overall the experience was nothing short of incredible- I wasn't prepared for the attachment I would feel for many of the people (kids and adults alike) I met on project and the way they would fill me with happiness even though I was the one who was meant to be bringing them whatever happiness I could by volunteering in the first place. My advice is simple- if you're considering volunteering in Africa- DO IT- I've only been home a week and I'm already working out when I can go back!

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  • Ben
    Age: 18 or younger
    Male
    Oxfordshire
    10/10
    Victoria Falls!!!
    02/02/2016

    The first 4 weeks of 2016 were incredible and thats all thanks to African Impact and the team at Victoria Falls. This was my first time volunteering, my first time travelling alone, and my first time in Africa and I loved every single minute!

    The trip taught me so much, volunteering with lions and the community of Victoria falls was so special. The team as Masuwe where the lion project is based made me feel so welcome as part of the team, the knowledge and passion they show is why the programme with continue to be a success, and being a part of it makes me feel proud. Although I spent most of my time with the lions walking, interacting and playing with them, the flexibility of the programme at Victoria Falls enabled me to enjoy the research and community projects. Visiting and helping the community taught me so much and changed my outlook on life, how they live in poverty but give you so much happiness, you always are smiling.

    The trip has had a huge impact on my life and I am thankful to the team at African Impact. Victoria falls is such a wonderful location, the perfect place to volunteer, I would recommend any of the projects to anyone, they really are special, I gained so much knowledge and learnt so much, and had the time of my life!! I just hope I can return one day.

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