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
9.85 •13 reviews

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

One World Center
10-Month: Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor
Multiple Countries
9.4 •5 reviews

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

Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Volunteer Programs in Mozambique
Multiple Countries
10 •1 review

Mozambique is a truly extraordinary destination for travellers...

All Out Africa
Safari to Coast Conservation Volunteer Project
Multiple Countries
9.2 •15 reviews

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

All Out Africa
Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique
Mozambique
9.86 •7 reviews

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

Edge of Africa
Community & Conservation Projects in Africa
Multiple Countries
9.46 •13 reviews

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

Reach Out Volunteers
Mozambique: The Magic of the African Coast
Mozambique
10 •1 review

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

One World Institute
Fighting with the poor - Volunteer in Africa or Asia
Multiple Countries
10 •2 reviews

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

College for International Co-Operation and Development
Fight for the poor throughout Africa, 21 month volunteer program - from £350
Multiple Countries
10 •2 reviews

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

Love The Oceans
Marine Conservation Field Assistant in Mozambique!
Mozambique
9.67 •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
9.67 •3 reviews

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

College for International Co-Operation and Development
Create the change in Africa or India! 12 Months Programme now from £350!
Multiple Countries
10 •1 review

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

CICD
Volunteer in England, Africa and India with CICD!
Multiple Countries
10 •2 reviews

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

One World Institute
Development Volunteer - Volunteer in Africa or Asia
Multiple Countries
9 •1 review

Development volunteer program is 10 months full of intense studying...

DolphinCare-Africa
DolphinCare Volunteer Project | Ponta do Ouro | Mozambique
Mozambique
10 •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.

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