Responsible Travel in Africa
more travelers have become aware
of the impact of tourism in the
countries they visit, there are
a growing number of websites
that provide resources for responsible
travel. Keywords such as "Responsible
Travel" and "Ecotourism," "Ethical
Volunteering" all seem to
hint at a complex code of travel
rules, suggesting what we believe
to be an unnecessary restricted
travel experience for the sake
of political correctness.
essence we still believe what
we have believed since advocating
these ideas 30 years ago before
they became ubiquitous, and
that is that the general notion
of responsible travel comes
down to a simple rule: Travel
in a way that respects the
people, culture, and ecosystem
of your destination and minimizes
the impact you and your cultural
values have on your destination.
Such travel can and often
does include providing financial
and physical aid to the local
community as part of the visit.
we have listed websites and programs
in Africa that provide travel
experiences emphasizing learning
about the people and traditions
of the various countries while
treating the local environment
and culture in a respectful and
Articles on Responsible Travel in
GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to
suit the environmentally conscious traveler
who seeks responsible travel experiences in
Africa. Be it tracking and conserving Africa's
big game to volunteering with children in the
townships of Cape Town, or even contributing
to Kenya's only long term dolphin research program,
you will find a range of exciting opportunities
with GVI. Visit our website for further details!
Contact in USA: 888-653-6028
Abroad in Africa with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Experience another culture like never
before while making a real difference in people’s
lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights
into the local culture and yourself. It’s
an exciting and personally inspiring experience,
and you’ll develop memories that will be
with you forever. Programs operate in Kilimanjaro,
Tanzania, Rabat, Morocco and Volta Region, Ghana.
On each program, after volunteering for the day,
you'll be able to walk around your neighborhood
or explore some of the gorgeous spots nearby. We
proudly believe we provide the perfect mix of quality
work, cultural immersion, adventure, and relaxation—all
while having 24/7 access to CCS staff and support.
Make that life-changing decision to become a CCSer
Week to Three Months
Costs: Contact Us for Pricing
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions,
2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: US Toll Free: 1-800-380-4777
Teaching in Africa with WorldTeach
WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has
sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries
all around the world. Summer placements are available
in Namibia and South African longer placements
are available in Namibia, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
Volunteers teach a broad range of subjects, including
English, math, science, computers skills, and HIV/AIDS
One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138,
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
Placements in Southern Africa
Whether you want to get hands-on in a
wildlife rehabilitation center, experience life
as a wildlife vet, learn how to track wildlife
or join a research project in a national park – volunteering
with African Conservation Experience allows you
to make a real difference to wildlife in southern
Africa. With over 15 years experience, we are
the original and most experienced organisation
at placing people on worthwhile conservation projects
in southern Africa.
|| Dates: 2-12
weeks, variety of projects available all year
Cost: From US$2,650 for 2 weeks
excluding international flights
Contact: African Conservation Experience,
Unit 1, Manor Farm, Churchend Lane, Charfield,
Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester, GL12 8LJ, UK
Tel: +44 1454 269 182 (UK) or
(+1) 510 540 1009 (US)
| Help Orphaned & Vulnerable
Kids in Morocco
Our program in Marrakech region aims to
teach children between the ages of four and six
and is designed to help them adjust and prepare
them for the move into primary school. This program
is based on pre-school education and is designed
to help children with the following: personal and
social development; creative development; communication
skills; physical exercise.
from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay
from 1 week to 3 months.
Dates: Program Fees start from
Contact: Cordoba Academy for Training Education
and Development (CATED), BP:96 AIT OURIR
Tel.: 00212 6 35 888 588.
Africa Volunteer & Development Programme
Volunteer Projects, Internships
and GAP Years in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi
Are you up for a challenge and life-changing
experience? In our projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia
and Malawi you have the great opportunity to
make a difference and to work with the community
on a grass-root level. Join our non-profit organisation
and take part in a variety of projects in the
sectors of environmental conservation, animal
welfare, children & youth development, community
development and cultural research.
Regardless if you are in university, professional
or even retired, all ages are welcome to support
us in improving livelihoods and the conditions
of our environment.
Dates: The projects are ongoing
and volunteers can join us on a daily basis
Cost: Project fees ranging
from US$500 for two weeks up to US$2000, for
3 months placement. We also offer the possibility
of Lodge-Stays. If a volunteer wishes to stay
rather in a lodge than a host family, please
contact our team directly to give you the exact
costs for the placement.
Contact: Action Africa, Programme
Coordinator, 6078 Mkhosana, PO Box C.T. 502,
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel / Fax 00263-13-40097
Convervation Projects in South Africa
A variety of volunteer social work
and conservation projects throughout South Africa.
See their website for details.
Contact: email@example.com, www.aviva-sa.com.
Join award-winning charity, Azafady, to
volunteer on a variety of development projects
in the coastal regions of southeast Madagascar.
Project areas include teaching, health/sanitation,
sustainable livelihoods and conservation; there
is something for everyone on this project! Please
see website for details.
An award winning not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to facilitating projects and expeditions
that enhance global marine conservation and
research. The field research of Blue Ventures
projects is carried out by our overseas volunteers,
who work closely with our field research
scientists and camp staff. We are currently
looking for overseas volunteers to work at
our site in Andavadoaka, Madagascar in Africa.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blueventures.org
Global Seekers Development
Volunteer in East Africa Program
Our Alternative travel services offer an unforgettable
African experience, including educational and
cultural tours in Kenya and Tanzania.
Contact: email@example.com, www.globalseekers.com.
Ibike Tours / International
Ibike Tunisia Odyssey
Small group, immersion, bicycle tours, designed
to get you out of the box, enrich your life
and introduce you to the rich diversity of the
people, their culture and the environment of
the area. IBF programs are designed to provide
participants an opportunity to learn more about
the world at a person-to-person level not usually
available to tourist. Itineraries highlight
the cultural, historical, economic and physical
diversity of the area. Traverse the diverse
cultures & fascinating lifestyles & beautiful
landscapes of the coastal & Sahara zones
of Tunisia. It is a wondrous array of people,
architecture, cultures and landscape
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ibike.org/ibike
Wildlife Volunteer Projects in South Africa
We offer volunteer work placements
on hugely valuable conservation projects in
South Africa where your support is vital for
the survival of many habitats and animals in
Africa. Each project has been handpicked by
us for the quality of the educational program,
the passion of the teams and their dedication
to conservation and wildlife.
Contact: email@example.com, www.kameleonadventures.com
people and places
Responsible Volunteering in Africa
Several projects — in Madagascar,
Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, and The Gambia — which
enable each and every volunteer to make worthwhile
contributions to communities of immense cultural
richness, great ethnic and religious tolerance,
yet often economically poor and in need of help,
especially in the areas of education, business
and economic development.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk
Real Africa Excursions
Volunteer work visits and vacations, missions
trips, school-college or youth exchange visits,
cultural and community excursions, to Uganda
and Kenya, for groups and individuals. Have
you ever wished to go to Africa have fun and
also make a difference in the lives of the people
you meet? explore Africa while assisting those
who are less fortunate?would you like to try
something different?, come to Africa with us
and make this an unforgettable experience.
Contact: email@example.com, www.real-africa.co.uk.
Research Program in Magagascar, Africa
A small not-for-profit organisation which completes
coral reef research and conservation on unstudied
reef in SW Madagascar. ReefDoctor has positions
in its volunteer research programme to anyone
with diving qualification (min. of PADI OpenWater)
willing to join in Ifaty for a minimum of two
month. Volunteers learn underwater survey techniques,
including fish and coral ID skills, belt transects,
quadrats etc, help to teach English at our local
school and participate in our survey dives (twice
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.reefdoctor.org
Discover Ethiopia for its Timeless Treasures!
Timeless Ethiopia Tours is a private
Ethiopian owned tour company that offers wide
selections of package, tailor-made and customized
tours throughout the beautiful and timeless
country of Ethiopia.
Contact: email@example.com, www.timelessethiopia.com
(Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Many countries in Africa participate in this
unique worldwide exchange organization. In return
for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food,
accommodation and opportunities to learn about
organic lifestyles. WWOOF organizations link
people who want to volunteer on organic farms
with people who are seeking volunteer help.
Each country works slightly differently, but
generally a very small membership fee is charged
in exchange for a listing of available opportunities.