Agape Volunteers, volunteer in Africa

Agape Volunteers

About

Agape Volunteers is a fully registered UK non-profit which specialises in placing thousands of volunteers abroad into projects across Africa, including childcare, teaching, medical, HIV, music and sports programmes., with prices starting at £510 all inclusive.

As a non-profit, Agape Volunteers has a constitutional commitment to ensure that all of our volunteer programmes guarantee real impact in Africa so you can be sure that your time and money will be directed to projects which are in real need and will improve lives across Africa. Whether you're a medic, an animal lover, a teacher or just someone who wants to make a difference in the world - we have the perfect Africa volunteering programme for you, with fees starting at £510.

Agape Volunteers also provides bespoke fully comprehensive travel insurance free of charge, boats a 100% safety record across all countries and offers a wide range of fantastic additional trips for you to take while you volunteer.

Founded
2010
Headquarters

Home Park
Muddiford
Barnstaple
EX31 4ET
United Kingdom

Free travel insurance included as standard on all programmes

Agape Volunteers is now providing a bespoke and fully comprehensive travel insurance package with all of it's programmes, included as standard. Agape have teamed up with global insurer AXA to ensure all volunteers are fully protected, no matter what their circumstances.

Reviews

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Ellis
10/10

Being a volunteer is an experience I will never forget. The staff and the other volunteers have all been wonderful. The knowledge and information they have on the animals, Marataba national Park, Africa and conservation is incredible. They have truly opened my eyes to how we could all make the planet a better place. As a volunteer they take you to the most beautiful places and get you involved in all kinds of activities to improve the park and the conservation of it. I’ve spent 2 weeks here I will take away so many memories and I would recommend this project to anyone.

My favourite bit of the whole trip was the animal tracking and monitoring which was just the most facilitating experience and provides an insight of what is required to support these animals in the long term

How can this program be improved?
The accommodation is a little bit basic, which isn't a problem, but I think I should have been more prepared for that so I could have been ready!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emeric
10/10

A great adventure! I like green growing things so much.. I like the sun, I like animals. And I saw all these things in the Marataba section of Marakele national park! I enjoyed so much every single drive, even the rainy ones!
I saw lions a lot of times.. the big Anthony, the strong Balio, the cute Athena.. Uncountable zebras, impalas and warthogs. A lot of white rhinos, buffalos and giraffes. And all those elephants! I think that day I saw more elephants in a day than everything else in all other days, ahahah!
Not to mention the two bee eaters turned on by my whistles, ahahah!!!
But how to safely see all these plants and animals? Thanks to Julie's passion, Jason's precision, Sabrina's "impality" (AHAHAHAHAH, @Cameron Bec knows what I'm talking about! :D), Sebastian's simpathy, George's farts & dishes, and Koos's experience!
I liked to feel so relaxed and involved in work at the same time, as part of a bigger project!
Oh... I'll be back!

How can this program be improved?
Make sure you read all the information before you arrive as there were lots of things which I really should have known before. I think Agape could have made this clearer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Carol
10/10

Do you yearn for an adventure &, at the same time, to do your bit to help save endangered animals & the environment?

I have just come back from my 4th visit to South Africa (2012- 2 weeks, 2013- a month, 2015- 3 weeks & 2016- 3 weeks) which probably says it all!

This passionate conservation team have just started on a new reserve for them in the Limpopo. The Marataba reserve is visually stunning & you can volunteer to help them with their work which includes two game drives a day!

You will meet volunteers of all ages from all over the world &, if you are good at mucking in with a team & doing your bit, you will love it.

My visits have always been a real adventure, each one has been different & you never know what the next day is going to bring!

A truly wonderful & exciting experience which I thoroughly recommend.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly not sure what to put here, I have been back so often because it is incredible!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ben
10/10

I had heard about Agape Volunteers through a university advertisement, the prospect of doing something different and fulfilling for summer was exciting for me, so I applied.

All of my expectations for a memorable summer were met and more. There were many projects to get involved with but my main placement was teaching at a local school. I found this extremely rewarding and also challenging since I was in charge of a class of 20 children 5 days a week. However, this allowed me to really get involved with their education and form some lifelong bonds with the children.

One of the uncertainties for me before leaving was the other volunteers: were there going to be any others, and if so, would I get along with them? These worries were dashed instantly when I met everyone. I made friendships with a large number of other volunteers from all over the world, some which I fully intend to meet again.

The Agape staff were very helpful and able to answer any questions that I had regarding my placement or Kenyan differences.

I would highly recommend volunteering through Agape for a memorable, rewarding experience which you'll never forget!

How can this program be improved?
You need to be sure to ask about when school holidays and exams are as you can accidentally volunteer during a period when the kids don't have that many lessons.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tim
9/10

If you want your eyes opened and have a top experience this is the place to go, and Agape Volunteers was there to help at every step. I stayed in Kenya for just under a month - if it wasn't for the day job dragging me back I'd still be there. Wanting to do something a little different this year I set about searching the web for things too do - every site I went on seemed either really expensive for what you got or just too complicated to sort out. Luckily a friend had recommended Agape so I decided to book with them. Not a seasoned traveler I wasn't too confident in what I was doing - I considered trying to sort everything out myself and 'going alone' but looking back the facilities and guidance which were provided helped massively and I'm glad I booked via them.

I'd signed up for the teaching program, this involved going to a primary school and helping out. It's not like any school you'd see in the UK. The syllabus was pretty basic in some subjects, but in others I was surprised at how advanced it was. I'm positive I wasn't doing some of those maths equations till well into secondary school! (Don't worry if your education wasn't the best, I wouldn't say I excelled in maths but managed fine) I don't think you can get across in words the difference between schools in England and the ones in Kenya. Although basic, it works.

The children make the trip, very chatty. You could spend all day with them asking questions about where you come from, inquiring about different aspects of life elsewhere in the world. Children would come up to you in the street and say "Hi" just to get the opportunity to speak to someone from a different country. I also spent a week at one of the orphanages which again was amazing, I had the vision of a massive institution-style building which the kids would hate being at - I couldn't have been more wrong. It was basically a massive family which I was adopted by as soon as I arrived, straight away I was helping out cement there yard. Living with the children you get a real feel for life out there. Walking them to school in the morning past the fields was one of the best parts, seeing locals wandering about carrying out there daily routine. When you see pictures on the web and think, I wonder where that is, it looks amazing - that's your view everyday.

One thing I'm glad about was the ability to swap and change what I was doing. Although I was only there for around a month I fitted so much in. The fact I was on the teaching program but was also able to stay at the orphanage was great, in my opinion I fitted in double the experience. The safari is a must, and I'd recommend fitting in as many other excursions as possible. I had some spare money towards the end so mentioned to one of the Agape staff I wouldn't mind doing something, next day I was up a mountain. The relaxed way of life out there is something I'll always be jealous of.

The staff there are all really helpful and I cant thank them enough for the experience. I'm already considering volunteering again, and Agape will definitely be used if I do. Anyone wanting to do something a little different I'd recommend Kenya and using Agape.

How can this program be improved?
I think slightly more communication from the staff on the ground would have been good at times, as it could be a bit disorganised, but this is very 'Kenyan',
Yes, I recommend this program

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