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Responsible Travel in Africa

As 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," "Sustainable Tourism," "Ethical Travel," "Conscious 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.

In 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.

Below 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 sustainable manner.


Responsible Travel in Africa

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Community Ecotourism: Similar Opportunities and Challenges in South Africa and Mexico
Volunteer at a South African Game Preserve: Getting Up Close to an African Safari by Giving of Yourself
Rural Tourism in Morocco: Women's Cooperative Promotes Development
Diving With Sharks in South Africa: Combining Ecotourism and Adventure
Letter from Ethiopia by Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Kidnapped in Rwanda
Walking with Gorillas: Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Southwest Uganda
Nature Travel in Ghana, West Africa's Threshold
Namibian Safaris for the Responsible Traveler

Global Vision International
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!

Responsible Volunteering Worldwide in Africa with GVI

Contact in USA: 888-653-6028
Website: www.gviusa.com

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Volunteer 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 today!
Volunteer in Africa - Ghana Dates: One Week to Three Months
Costs: Contact Us for Pricing and Availability
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: US Toll Free: 1-800-380-4777
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org 
Website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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Volunteer 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 education.
Volunteer teaching in South Africa Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
Email: info@worldteach.org
Website: www.worldteach.org
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Conservation 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 twelve years experience, we are the original and most experienced organisation at placing people on worthwhile conservation projects in southern Africa.
African Conservation Experience Dates: 2-12 weeks, variety of projects available all year
Cost: From US$ 2840 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) 925 944 1999 (US)
Email: info@conservationafrica.net
Website: www.conservationafrica.net
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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.
Helping kids in Morocco Cost: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1 week to 3 months.
Dates: Program Fees start from US$210.
Contact: Cordoba Academy for Training Education and Development (CATED), BP:96 AIT OURIR CP:42050, Morocco.
Tel.: 00212 6 35 888 588.
Email: info@cated.eu
Website: www.cated.eu
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Action 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.

Action Africa

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 / 00263-13-40097
Email: mail@action-africa.org
Website: www.action-africa.org

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AVIVA
Convervation Projects in South Africa
A variety of volunteer social work and conservation projects throughout South Africa. See their website for details.

Contact: info@aviva-sa.com, www.aviva-sa.com.

Azafady
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.

Visit: www.azafady.co.uk

Blue Ventures
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: enquiries@blueventures.org, www.blueventures.org

Global Seekers Development Expeditions
Volunteer in East Africa Program

Our Alternative travel services offer an unforgettable African experience, including educational and cultural tours in Kenya and Tanzania.

Contact: info@globalseekers.com, www.globalseekers.com.

Ibike Tours / International Bicycle Fund
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: ibike@ibike.org, www.ibike.org/ibike

Kameleon Adventures
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: info@kameleonadventures.co.uk, www.kameleonadventures.com

people and places
Responsible Volunteering in Africa

Offer 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: kate.peopleandplaces@yahoo.co.uk, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

Real Africa Excursions Ltd.
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: info@real-africa.co.uk, www.real-africa.co.uk.

ReefDoctor: Volunteer 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 a day).

Contact: info@reefdoctor.org, www.reefdoctor.org

Timeless Ethiopia Tour
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: tours@timelessethiopia.com, www.timelessethiopia.com

WWOOF International (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.

Visit: wwoofinternational.org

 

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