Volunteer in Africa and discover a continent of diverse cultures and spectacular wildlife. Rehabilitate lions in Zimbabwe or further humanitarian development in South Africa; this is your chance to make a difference. Based on years of practice and in-depth field reports from hundreds of volunteers in Africa, GoEco presents you with a carefully vetted selection of excellent humanitarian, development, education and wildlife volunteer projects in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya and the Seychelles Islands. You can combine two or more opportunities and create a meaningful gap year program.
If you are passionate about wild animals and want to make a difference in their lives, then volunteer at the African Wildlife Ranch! Help their incredible staff with conservation efforts and experience close encounters with a range of fascinating creatures!
Volunteer at a surf and adventure club for children from disadvantaged areas in Cape Town. Be part of an opportunity for children to learn life lessons and stay off the streets. Volunteers receive surfing lessons during the school day and help teach the kids after school.
Live among some of Africa's spectacular wildlife while working on a team expedition to complete projects that better life on the sanctuary. See the immediate benefits of your volunteer work while getting up close and personal with the zebras, cheetahs, elephants, and many more animals that have found a safe haven at the sanctuary.
Travel to South Africa and volunteer in the Great White Shark capital of the world. Cage dive with Great Whites and contribute to marine conservation and eco-tourism efforts in the stunning Gansbaai area.
Experience coastal South Africa while giving back to the local community. Volunteers will contribute by playing and interacting with orphaned children. Volunteers will also participate in AIDS/HIV awareness education for adults in the region.
Experience life in the African bush while contributing to conservation efforts of Africa's fierce predators - lions and leopards. Participate in research and monitoring of these intriguing big cats to better understand their behaviors and how we can help ensure their future in the area.
Experience the beauty of Cape Town while supporting children in underprivileged communities. This program is tailored to volunteers over 30 to share their expertise and life experience with youth in need of inspiration and positive adult role models.
Volunteer at a sanctuary that focuses on big and small cats, including cheetahs, leopards, lions, African wild cats and caracals, plus other wildlife species. The center is well-known for rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals in to the wild. You will live on the sanctuary grounds and gain a better understanding of issues facing African wildlife.
Travel to the exciting tourist destination of Cape Town, South Africa, and give back to the orphaned children in extremely under-served communities. Teach, mentor, and play with these children who desperately seek attention and care.
Spread your passion for sports to children who have had few opportunities to learn and develop their skills in a structured yet fun environment. Inspire children to set goals and stay active, both on and off the sports field.
Volunteer for abandoned and abused cats and dogs in communities surrounding Cape Town. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in veterinary care for both veterinary students and animal-lovers alike.
Participate in research initiatives on Africa's "Big 5" wildlife species – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo. Contribute to research and conservation work and play a part in vital conservation activities.
Volunteer with individuals who want to develop their skills in a variety of areas. Guide, mentor and collaborate with driven local community members to develop ideas, teach different trades, and become more self-sufficient.
Come to South Africa and get an all-around volunteer experience working with both the stunning variety of wildlife found in the African bush, as well as contributing to local community initiatives in a safe house for at-risk youth.
Join us at this wildlife sanctuary that focuses on environmental conservation and provides care for endangered cheetahs and African wild dogs in South Africa. Learn about these unique animals through interactive hands-on projects and work on a real game reserve while making a positive difference.
Volunteers are needed to assist with this exciting conservation project for the care and rehabilitation of African wildlife. Experience the African bush up close near the incredible Kruger National Park.
Together with your family, experience the beauty of St Lucia while giving back to the local community. You and your family will contribute by playing and interacting with orphaned children, participating in informal education as well as aiding with support groups and farming in the region.
Join us on this informative and fun educational program, learning through wildlife volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa. The project is founded on innovative approaches to help understand predator behavior as well as applying animal management and care.
Join us on this informative and fun educational program, learning through wildlife volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa. The project is founded on innovative approaches to help understand the African Elephant's behavior and apply operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies.
Volunteer at one of the largest and most successful wildlife rehabilitation and release centers in Africa! Volunteers on this project work with a range of animals, anything from monkeys to lions. Experience beautiful Zimbabwe while making a positive impact on the delicate African ecosystem.
Volunteer in the majestic and beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe! Make an impact in the lives of at-risk children by showing them that you care! Have fun, meet new people, and learn about Africa and its incredible culture.
Volunteer to work up close with lions against the backdrop of the majestic Victoria Falls. Be involved in the research of lion behavior and participate in one of the world's few initiatives to release them back into the wild. Volunteers will also assist the National Park's rangers teach about conservation in the local school.
Volunteer at a health clinic in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Provide medical support to those who do not have easy access to healthcare and much needed assistance to a severely understaffed facility. No prior medical experience needed!
Take part in a photography and research program in the most spectacular setting - the Zambezi and Victoria Falls National Parks in Zimbabwe. You will be staying in the National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, with hippos, elephants, and bushbucks as neighbours. Take part in a three day photography workshop, and assist in collecting vital research data on Africa’s most iconic species.
Volunteers who join this project will truly have it all - they can be a part of a community project and transform the lives of children during the week, and then participate in a lion project over the weekend and join a globally recognized lion conservation project.
Together with your family, volunteer in the majestic and beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and make an impact in the lives of disadvantaged communities by showing them that you care! Enjoy this fulfilling experience with your family while learning about Africa and its incredible culture.
You're invited to join a conservation team that strives to protect the marine ecosystems of Madagascar, by going out on scuba and snorkeling surveys that will supply vital information to the government and to international conservation agencies. Madagascar has some of the best dive sites in the world, so come enjoy its crystal clear waters while protecting the environment!
Discover Madagascar, one of the world's most bio-diverse regions, while conducting research on its magnificent wildlife. As part of this project you will experience Madagascar's immense variety of exotic species as well as hike through the island's rugged and remote areas. Join this unique project, make lifelong friends, and return home with incredible memories.
Volunteer in Seychelles and work with local and government initiatives to conserve the wildlife and environment. Get lost along the white sand beaches or go on a diving adventure while becoming an integral part of the wildlife conservation and education in this little piece of paradise.
Spend your days exploring the underwater world of the Seychelles. Scuba dive with whale sharks and learn about coral reefs, sea turtles, and other marine life as you collect data and contribute towards marine conservation.
Volunteer in an exciting conservation project in the heart of the Masai Mara. Make connections within the local community and help to bridge the gap between the growing tourist industry and the local population while making valuable contributions to conservation efforts, mainly with lions and elephants.
Volunteer in beautiful Jambiani and help the local community. Teach English, participate in community and environmental initiatives, and enjoy the stunning locale in and around this relaxing town on Zanzibar's southern coast.
Get a glimpse of life in an African town in the heart of Tanzania and have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the community. In this project, you will teach English, help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, provide support to women and other groups who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, and more.
Join this tropical island project and get involved with marine conservation, community work, and education. Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history, an intriguing blend of cultures, and stunningly beautiful beaches and sea life.
Help raise awareness and provide support to young girls and women - investing in their basic human rights and the community at large. You will be able to lead discussions and change attitudes around the role of girls and women in the community through education and empowerment.
Come experience life in Livingstone, Zambia while teaching the importance of sports and physical activity to the community. Coach soccer or netball, teach the schools' physical education curriculum, or contribute your individual skills in your own way to impact the community and have fun with the children!
Immerse yourself in the unique Zambian lifestyle while gaining valuable insight into the healthcare system and providing much needed educational outreach. In the afternoons, volunteers will join a range of projects designed to improve the lives of community members.
Volunteer in the sunny town of Livingstone, Zambia, only a few kilometers from the beautiful Victoria Falls. Volunteers are placed with a teacher in one of six under-served schools within the community to assist with the flow of the classroom and provide the students with invaluable individual attention that they would not otherwise receive.
Volunteer for the welfare and conservation of the African lion along the banks of the mighty Zambezi river. Take part in a research program to better understand the ecology of lions and join the education programs to involve communities in conservation as part of a holistic approach.
Design and implement your own volunteer project in a community located within the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is your chance to put your skills, knowledge, expertise, and especially creativity to use to help others!
Volunteer at a rural, under-resourced school in the Mangochi region of Malawi, helping teach the core curriculum in underprivileged schools in the mornings and coach different sports in the afternoon. This is an opportunity to make a difference, through education and sport, in the lives of so many special children from this beautiful region on the banks of Lake Malawi.
Help aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals at a sanctuary in the heart of Malawi. See the benefits of your work with a variety of different animals, especially primates and big cats.
Help improve the standard of primary medical care in the rural communities and under-resourced clinics of Malawi. Through education, as well as playing a supporting role in the delivery of medical treatments, volunteers with different levels of experience can really help make a difference!
Help conduct essential marine research on scuba dives, ocean safaris and beach walks off the coastline of the stunning beach town of Praia do Tofo. On this project you will closely monitor a variety of unique marine species, including the majestic whale shark - all while contributing to key marine conservation.
Join us in Swaziland in order to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged children through sport and play. The aim of this project is to develop these kids by making them stimulated, focused, fit and healthy, while at the same time helping to build their confidence through physical activity.