Volunteer and discover Africa, 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, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya. You can also combine two projects or more and create a meaningful gap year program.
Join this exhilarating project in Botswana and enter the depths of the African bush to monitor and track the surrounding wildlife in its natural habitat! Learn about Africa's big five and more on this adventure, away from the familiar and into the pristine and peaceful African wilderness.
Contribute to local initiatives that aim to increase educational and community development. Volunteers can choose placements in local village schools, girls' education, football coaching, orphanages, and construction programs. Come volunteer in Ghana and get immersed in the local culture.
Ada Foah is one of the most beautiful areas of the West African country of Ghana. Join this program and come support children and adults in this community by helping at the school, hospital, sports classes, and even the local radio station!
Madagascar has some of the world's best dive sites and you're invited to join a team that protects marine ecosystems by going out on scuba and snorkeling surveys that will supply vital information to the government and to international conservation agencies. Enjoy crystal clear waters during the day, and drift off to sleep at night, lulled by the soothing lapping of the Indian Ocean.
Discover Madagascar - one of the world's most bio-diverse regions - while researching its magnificent wildlife. While on this project you will explore Madagascar's immense variety of exotic species as you hike through the island's rugged and remote areas. Join this unique project, make lifelong friends and return home with incredible photos and memories.
Come explore Kenya's natural beauty while giving back to communities in need! Volunteer with either local schools or orphanages to provide care and education to underprivileged children in Kenya, inspiring them to grow and set attainable goals for their futures.
Volunteer in Nairobi, in the healthcare or education sectors. Volunteers will get the chance to experience the rural communities outside of Nairobi, and spend several days per week helping out those who need it most in the country.
Become part of the local community as you live in a traditional Swahili village, contribute to local conservation work, and help inform new management practices through your research. Contribute to important research in the preservation of Colobus Monkeys, found in the coastal forests of Kenya.
Travel to the pristine beaches of southern Kenya and spend your days researching dolphin behaviour and aiding in their conservation. Little is known about East African dolphins so the work you do on this project will contribute tremendously to a growing body of knowledge, which is critically needed.
Volunteer in an exciting conservation project. Make connections within the local community and help to bridge the gap between the growing tourist industry and the local population. Learn about serious conservation from leading specialists in a sustainable fashion.
Disabilities of any kind are still stigmatized to a large extent in Kenya which means people with disabilities such as Down Syndrome or Autism often find themselves marginalized. Join this project and get a glimpse of life in the infamous rural slums of Nairobi and have the opportunity to make a difference in a vulnerable community.
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 with rare species of tigers and lions in this beautiful region of South Africa. Learn about conservation of Africa's large cats and have a great time with an international team of up to 32 volunteers.
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 that have found a safe haven on the sanctuary.
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 wild cats to better understand their behaviors and how we can help ensure their futures in the area.
Volunteer up close and personal with Africa's rare lions, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas and other indigenous wildlife.The Johannesburg Lion Park offers a fun and interactive volunteer experience for those who love animals and wish to assist with conservation efforts.
Contribute to wildlife and environmental conservation in this meaningful project aimed at working with endangered populations of rhinos and elephants in South Africa. Monitor these beautiful animals' behaviors to help us better understand how to ensure their existence for years to come.
In the setting of the Thanda Wildlife Reserve, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we offer volunteers the opportunity to photograph the phenomenal wildlife in the area and to help raise awareness in the local community.
Volunteer in South Africa for your chance to get up-close and personal with some of the worlds most precious marine animals. Based in stunning Gansbaai, join a team of whale watchers and head out to sea daily to assist tourists in spotting these majestic creatures.
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 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 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.
Experience the beauty of Cape Town while investing your efforts in the education and growth of at-risk and vulnerable children. Contribute to the long-term, sustainable development of severely under-served communities in the area by inspiring and educating their youth.
Travel to the exciting tourist destination of Cape Town, South Africa, and give back to the orphaned children in extremely under-served communities of the region. Teach, mentor, and play with these children who desperately seek your devotion 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.
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.
Come experience the ultimate hands-on wildlife activity with a number of big cats including lions, white lions, cheetahs, Bengal tigers, and leopards. Walk with our tame elephants and learn to ride horses. Other animals in this park include zebras, giraffes, hippos, and many others. An African hands-on experience like never before.
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.
Come to South Africa and get an all around experience volunteering 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.
Come along to Thanda Reserve in South Africa, nicknamed the “rainbow nation” for its cultural history which is both vivid and diverse. Here you will have a truly life-changing and inspiring experience where you can witness the impact that your humanitarian aid will have on the lives of children and adults alike in the local Zulu communities.
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, at a beautiful destination 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 around HIV/AIDS in the community, give 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 (and enjoy amazing tropical fruit and beaches!). Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history, an intriguing blend of cultures, and stunningly beautiful beaches and sea life.
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 providing the residents of Livingstone with vital medical care. Gain valuable experience in the medical field or share your knowledge with others while working with the dedicated nurses and medical staff of local under-served clinics.
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 rehabilitation of lion cubs along the banks of the mighty Zambezi river; take part in a research program to better understand the ecology of elephants and join the education programs to involve communities in conservation as part of a holistic approach.
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 on 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.
Walk and work with lions in the stunning Antelope Park Reserve. Be involved in the research of lion behavior and work towards releasing them back into the wild. Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to spend some time with orphaned elephants.
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 volunteer to assist the National Park's rangers and to 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.