Gap Year and Volunteer Programs with African Impact

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Taking a gap year after high school, university, or from your career can be a fantastic opportunity for skills development, personal growth, and adventure. Here at African Impact, we are passionate about people stepping out and making the most of their lives. As such, we have several programs throughout Southern Africa that will enable you not only to have fun, but also to invest in your future while being immersed in a welcoming community. Whatever your chosen destination, or impact interest, we have an opportunity for sustainable involvement.

African Impact's Top Gap Year Programs

  • Expedition: South Africa and Mozambique – Safari and Beach Adventure: Spend 17 days journeying through South Africa’s best game reserves and Mozambique’s tropical coastline. You will get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife while giving back through conservation efforts, and then relax by the powder-white beaches and topaz waters of Tofo.
  • Expedition: Kenya – Teaching, Safari and Beach Adventure: Spend 2 weeks experiencing everything Kenya has to offer while giving back through education and learning about Swahili culture. Of course, a trip to Kenya is not complete without spotting lions and elephants in the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve and discovering a slice of paradise at Diani Beach.
  • Expedition South Africa - Discover Cape Town and the Garden Route: Experience Cape Town at its most authentic by working with local children on sustainable projects in your first week, then road-tripping down the magnificent Garden Route in your second week. This is the ultimate way to discover all this region has to offer, while learning about Apartheid, heading out on safari and ticking off your bucket list (bungee, anyone?).
  • Expedition: Zambia - The Adventure Capital of Africa, Livingstone: Immerse yourself for 2 weeks in the community of Livingstone, a Zambian town close to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. On the cards: eco-bricking, teaching, sports, art club, villages tours by bicycle, extreme water sports, spotting rhinos, and indulging in local cuisine. Welcome to the Adventure Capital of Africa.
  • Internships in multiple destinations across Africa: Exposure to all that the African continent holds, is potentially life changing. The lessons and experiences on offer are unlike any on earth and African Impact hopes to bring you a taste of this through our longer-term internship programs.

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Yes, I recommend this program

One of the most amazing experience ...

I took a gap year last year and decided to come for 7 weeks in the Kruger area to know more about the bush and about the wild life but also to know more about Africa, about other lifestyle and about myself.
I was here during December and January. During this time I've been lucky to live some amazing moments, to meet some incredible persons from all around the world and to see some unbelievable sightings of animals and for sure to learn more about everything, myself, wildlife, conservation....
If you want to know more about the wildlife, if you want to see the big 5, if you are open-minded, if you want to work for conservation and research this project is definitely for you and you should take the first flight to come here.
I would like to explain you all the schedules all the activities, to show you how cool it is to give you the motivation to come. I think if you only see the pictures in the page you already want to come and spend some time at Dumela Lodge.
After this experience I was supposed to go to England to improve my English but I changed my plan to come back here as a staff member for 6 months....
I hope I gave you the motivation to book and to come here...
Enjoy your time!
Enjoy every moment, take pictures but most important enjoy with your eyes...

What would you improve about this program?
Personally I would enjoy to have more bush walk in the BIG 5 reserves to have an other perspective of the bush... and to learn more how to "read" the bush with our amazing guides....
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Hi Charline,

Thank you for joining us on project, and for sharing your experience. We're so glad you can be part of the team and hopefully implement those bush walks you've recommended.

The African Impact team

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Yes, I recommend this program

So rewarding I went back again

I volunteered twice with African Impact in St Lucia, once on the Orphan Day Care project another time on the medical project, while I was studying at university. Both complimented my study of political science and African studies very well, and I learned even more by being in the field than I ever did in a classroom.

As far as the projects went, everything was very organised. I loved working with a great team of local Zulu staff members, and learning some of the local customs and language. All staff members were friendly, welcoming and made the volunteer house feel like home.

I always felt 100% safe, even with the hippos wandering the streets, and enjoyed the weekend tours and evenings out.

At the end of the day, the programme provides volunteers with a fun, safe and great learning experience in African development, and you can really see the impact they are making in the communities is a big and important one.

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