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See volunteer program listings in Africa for Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambigue, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe for more opportunities.
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Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer in Africa for the Experience of a Lifetime!
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 Arusha, Bagamoyo, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and the Volta Region of Ghana.
Volunteer in Africa - Ghana Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 2-12 weeks.
Costs: The U.S. tax-deductible program fee for a two-week program starts at US$2,988 for 2 weeks. Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, language instruction, cultural education, food, lodging, transportation to and from all Cross-Cultural Solutions’ placements and programs, pre-departure guidance from headquarters staff, 24-hour access to in-country staff, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and more.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: 800.380.4777 or 914.632.0022; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392; Fax: 914.632.8494.

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

Volunteer in Africa Volunteer in Africa with Interexchange Volunteer Abroad Placements Available in Africa through InterExchange Working Abroad
InterExchange Working Abroad provides opportunities for participants to work in Eco-Tourism, Education, Social and Community volunteer programs in Ghana and South Africa. Volunteer programs include placement, housing, meals, project-related transportation, training and social and cultural activities. InterExchange is a designated U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa sponsor with more than 40 years of experience providing cultural exchange programs.

Cost: $945 and up
Contact: Interexchange, Inc., 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675

Seychelles Marine Conservation Expedition
Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification when you travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of the Seychelles.

You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, invertebrate surveys, whale shark migration observations, in-water turtle surveys and turtle nesting research.

Volunteer Marine Conservation Seychelles Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: Four weeks from $4100
Phone: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about GVI’s Seychelles Marine Conservation Expedition

Seychelles Wildlife Conservation Expedition
Join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member and volunteer to assist the local government with crucial wildlife and terrestrial conservation projects in the stunning Seychelles Islands.

You will work with an abundance of flora and fauna around the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, assisting on priority conservation projects on Curieuse Island. Exploring the beautiful forests and beaches, you might even chance upon the sighting of some bigger animals in the area such as whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays, either from shore or on your free time.
Seychelles Wildlife Conservation Volunteering Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: Four weeks from $2990
Phone: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about GVI’s Seychelles Wildlife Conservation Expedition

Volunteer Abroad in Africa with United Planet!
United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to build relationships with local communities through customized volunteer work, enriching cultural activities, and home stays with local families. Our programs in Africa run from 2 to 52 weeks and welcome volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. You can volunteer in education, healthcare, environment, and more. Visit our website for more information!
Volunteer in Africa Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay. Please visit our website for details.
Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.

Projects Abroad in Tanzania, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Togo, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, orphanages, law, human rights, building, medicine, journalism, animal care, farming, conservation, sports, film production, performing arts, culture and community immersion, microfinance, business, and international development. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer in Tanzania with Projects Abroad Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.

Conservation Placements in Southern Africa
Whether you want to get hands-on in a wildlife rehabilitation centre, 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)

Volunteer Abroad in Kenya — Maasai from US$250
Affordable volunteer opportunities available in Maasailand, Kenya. Volunteers can participate in Teaching and Medical Placement. IVHQ sends over 5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually - one of the world's most popular volunteer placement organizations!
Volunteer in Kenya  - Maasai with VolunteerHQ Cost: Program Fees start from US$250.
Dates: Programs start on the 1st and 15th of each month. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer anywhere from one week to six months.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ
, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
+64 6 758 7949.

Connect-123 Volunteer Programs in Cape Town, South Africa
Connect-123 links you to volunteer projects in Cape Town, South Africa, according to your interests and skills, in health care, human rights, community service, education, and many other fields. Health care projects include working directly with doctors on medical research projects, providing non-medical care to patients, attending ward rounds and helping the nursing staff care for patients. Human rights, social work, and education projects include working at a legal advice center, assessing the impact of community-based interventions, helping with public health awareness campaigns, mentoring street children, teaching English, caring for infants and toddlers at orphanages, working with youth regarding issues related to HIV/AIDS, sexuality and adolescence, and helping to build schools and houses for disadvantaged communities.
What's included: 
Finding a volunteer project that specifically meets your needs; arranging secure, high-quality, centrally-located accommodation based on your budget; assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes; airport meet and greet service; a complete preparation and orientation information pack; advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay; group-rate discounts; and 24/7 emergency support and assistance.
Internships in South AfricaVolunteer in South Africa with Connect-123 Dates: Both start dates and durations are flexible. Typical durations range from 1 to 6 months.
Cost: Please see website for details.
Contact: Connect-123 International Internship and Volunteer Programs
USA Tel: (800) 731 6406 (toll free)

Volunteer Teaching in Africa

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

Experiential Learning International
Interested in volunteering with park rangers at the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Maasai in Tanzania, with an orphanage in Uganda, or at a health clinic in Ghana? ELI offers volunteer placements that will fit anyone’s interests throughout Africa. All placements are made on an individual basis depending on the skills and goals of the volunteer, the needs of the organization, and the length of the program. Programs are available throughout the year for lengths of time varying from two weeks to six months.
  Dates: Programs are available throughout the year and dates are flexible.
Costs: Program fees start at $850. The cost will depend on the program and duration of the program.
Contact: ELI
, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278

Up Front Volunteers needed: Teachers/Dentists/Nurses/Medical Lab Technicians/Non-health Workers
Volunteers are needed to teach English, mathematics, art and drama in a local primary school.
Health workers—both professional and non-professional—are needed to help in a local clinic to assist in the treatment of simple diseases.
Volunteers will realize that working in Africa is a bit challenging but well worth the time. They will benefit from the experience of working with adults and children from a culture quite different from their own.
Many people cannot afford to go to school and don’t have basic health care so we need hands-on help in different fields.
Volunteer in Uganda with Up Front Volunteers Dates: Open
Programs from US$150 per week
Sarah Kigoyem, Up Front Volunteers, Plot 16b Martin Road, Kampala, P.O. Box 26025, Kampala, Uganda.
+256 0773832376
African Impact
Volunteer Working Vacations Across Africa
We offer a wide range of community and conservation volunteer projects and internships across Africa. We are a family run organization built with passion and pride. Our first volunteers were welcomed with open arms to our Antelope Park project in late 2004, and the journey from that date to now has been an exciting and rewarding one!


Foundation for Sustainable Development
Volunteer in Africa
FSD partners with grassroots organizations around the globe to improve the socioeconomic status of marginalized populations. We work in Uganda and Kenya. Volunteer in Microfinance/Micro-enterprise, Gender Equity, Community Development, Environment, Public Health, Youth and Education, or Human Rights.


IDA (In Defense of Animals) Africa
Volunteers needed at chimpanzee sanctuary in Yaounde, Cameroon for minimum 6 months. Should be able to communicate in French and be prepared for harsh living conditions.


Intercultural Dimensions, Inc.
Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa
Crossing Cultures offers a stimulating travel and educational summer program focused on the French-speaking Republic of Senegal, West Africa.
Led by two former Peace Corps volunteers, this well-established program appeals to people in and out of academia. It works well for those who want to experience family life and community projects in the rural areas of this diverse nation, and for those with special interests in dance and music training, environment, medicine, government, agriculture, language or education and health projects.
The Crossing Cultures group is no more than five, allowing the leaders to tailor activities to the participants' interests. Reasonable cost. Extended stays for volunteer work or field study can be facilitated.


Volunteer Projects Across Africa
Paying volunteers participate in expeditions and community work in Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Togo (among other non-African countries).


Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc.
Volunteer Projects in Africa
Runs summer projects in rural areas of about 13 African countries, staffed by self-financing volunteers from the U.S. and Canada.


people and places
Responsible Volunteering in Africa
We offer a range of volunteer opportunities in The Gambia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland. Each individual volunteer's skills and abilities are matched to the needs of each specific project — we put the right people in the right places, creating mutually beneficial placements for local communities and volunteers alike.


Population Caring Organization
International Volunteer in Liberia, Africa
Population Caring Organization (PCO) is a humanitarian NGO that works to create a peaceful future for Liberians through education and fostering reconciliation.


Projects Abroad
Volunteer in Africa, including projects throughout Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa
Volunteer projects include IT, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Journalism, Sports Coaching, Teaching, and much more.


Real Africa Excursions Ltd.
Volunteer in Uganda and Kenya
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? Come to Africa with us and make this an unforgettable experience.


Volunteers for Peace
Volunteer Workcamps in Africa
VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries/regions every year, including Africa! Project cost starts at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of project include construction, environmental, agricultural, social, work with kids, renovation, art and culture and more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 31,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at!


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