Mozambique is one of Africa’s lesser-known and less traveled nations. Located on the Indian coast next to Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Mozambique is sure to have a volunteer opportunity for you!

Marine Conservation

With its beautiful location on the East coast of Africa and diverse ecosystem, there is plenty of conservation work for volunteers. The Indian Ocean has lots of fishing and tourism. The coral reefs, which are some of the most diverse, are another area of focus for conservation efforts. Mozambique also has many protected nature reserves and parks.

Orphanage Work

Unfortunately, several factors (including AIDS/HIV and poverty) have contributed to a large amount of Mozambique’s children being abandoned. According to UNICEF, there are more than 630,000 children orphaned by AIDS. In response to this crisis, UNICEF and the local government have worked to create better services for orphaned and underprivileged children. Volunteers can make a difference by spending time with these children to give them support, care, and education.

Volunteering Tips

Best Places to Volunteer: The capital city, Maputo, makes for offers a great taste of the country and is an interesting and lively place to volunteer. From fishing and surfing, there are plenty of great activities to keep visitors busy. The coastal town of Vilanculos is also great for adventurous volunteers. This town is very pedestrian-friendly and boasts beautiful parks, especially great for those interested in conservation.

Know Before You Go: It’s recommended to brush up on your Portuguese and Swahili before traveling to Mozambique. Knowing some key phrases will get you far. Also, make sure to be aware of the accommodations you will have. Knowing how many other foreigners you will be working and living with is important in a less touristy place like this.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Mozambique

Mozambique is generally a safe and clean country but you should be cautious when drinking water and eating food there. Make sure all water is sterilized and all food washed. Travelers to Mozambique should go to their doctor to get immunizations before their trip, see MD Travel Health for more information.

Although Mozambique is generally as safe as or safer than other African countries, general precautions should be taken to avoid theft. Women especially should make sure to stay in groups. The police in Mozambique are known for being unhelpful and for taking bribes. Hopefully you won’t need to deal with the police at all though.

Volunteer Programs in Mozambique

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One World Center
18-Month: Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor
Multiple Countries
11 reviews2 interviews

This is a study-volunteer program on global poverty and sustainable...

All Out Africa
Safari to Coast Conservation Volunteer Project
Multiple Countries
15 reviews3 interviews

The Kruger to Coast Volunteer Tour will take you through some of the...

All Out Africa
Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique
Mozambique
7 reviews2 interviews

As a volunteer, on the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation...

Edge of Africa
Community & Conservation Projects in Africa
Multiple Countries
13 reviews3 interviews

Community, Medical & Teaching: In South Africa you can assist with...

One World Center
9-Month: Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor
Multiple Countries
4 reviews1 interview

This is a volunteer abroad program on global poverty and sustainable...

One World Institute
Fighting with the poor - Volunteer in Africa or Asia
Multiple Countries
2 reviews

Fighting with the poor program offers studying which consists of a...

All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response
Volunteer with Mozambique Tropical Cyclone Relief | No Program Fee
Mozambique
1 review

We have suspended operations until at least May 12th at locations...

College for International Co-Operation and Development
Fight for the poor throughout Africa, 21 month volunteer program - from £350
Multiple Countries
2 reviews1 interview

CICD has taken an active stand to some of the most burning issues of...

Love The Oceans
Marine Conservation in Mozambique!
Mozambique
3 reviews

We offer a cutting edge volunteer field assistant program that gives...

Kululeku
English Teaching Program in a Local School in Mozambique, Africa
Mozambique
3 reviews

Teach English, get to know the African culture, the cordiality of the...

CICD
Volunteer in England, Africa and India with CICD!
Multiple Countries
2 reviews

Ready for new challenges? Then our programme is for you! CICD in...

Reach Out Volunteers
Mozambique: The Magic of the African Coast
Mozambique
1 review1 interview

Spend two or more weeks in picturesque Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique...

Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Volunteer Programs in Mozambique
Multiple Countries
1 review

Mozambique is a truly extraordinary destination for travellers...

College for International Co-Operation and Development
Create the change in Africa or India! 12 Months Programme now from £350!
Multiple Countries
1 review

CICD has taken an active stand to some of the most burning issues of...

DolphinCare-Africa
DolphinCare Volunteer Project | Ponta do Ouro | Mozambique
Mozambique
1 review

Volunteering for DolphinCare is a great way to give back and help us...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I volunteer in Africa?
    The top 10 countries to volunteer in Africa in 2020 are Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Madagascar, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique. However, you can find volunteer opportunities in over 25+ African countries on Go Overseas.
  • Why volunteer in Africa?

    There are many reasons to volunteer in Africa: to make a positive impact, to help protect wildlife, to have the opportunity to travel around beautiful countries before or after your volunteer trip, to experience rich and welcoming cultures different than your own, to enjoy a slower lifestyle, and to stand out during a future job search. Africa has a lot of diverse volunteer opportunities in various industries.

What People Are Saying

Lunsala - Mumena, Zambia. I went to four different communities schools around the village.This the experiences we have had has helped us to grow personally, where the working and communication relationships between project leaders, school principals, teachers and students, help us to form a broader and reflective understanding of the important external agents (volunteers) in improving processes for a better education.

I went to Zambia with the willingness, attitude and desire to take advantage and learn from the Zambian culture. After going back and looking back, I realize that with this experience I have grown as...

Malawi's Children

I am a volunteer, I always believed in how interesting it would be to serve with goodwill, with my hands, my ideas, my strengths and even more with my weaknesses. It sounds weird, but to think about...

Harvest

I participated in the program because I wanted to work with challenging activities that improve people's lives, put myself outside my comfort zone and with the possibility of meeting people who have a...

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