Fancy doing something completely different this Christmas? If you’re like most of our team, your whole life you’ve been fortunate enough to spend Christmas with family, food a plenty and gifts galore. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to experience such a joyful festive season. In fact, for most, Christmas doesn’t bring much joy at all. But what if the real joy wasn’t even in receiving gifts, but to gift them instead.
Perhaps Santa’s got it right. He travels from the North Pole all over the world to deliver children presents. And what does he get in return? From the outside it seems like nothing! Except for sleep deprivation and some cranky reindeers! But what if Santa’s knows the secret; that the pleasure he gets from gifting all these presents far outstrips the joy all the children get combined from receiving them. That is power of giving. Santa knows this power so well that he’s made it his full-time job!
But you can get in on this action too. You see, many of the children in Africa have very little, and just having your presence is the only gift they need. And how will this affect you? When you see the smiles and joy you bring to these children this Christmas it will warm your heart and could turn out to be the most personally rewarding gift you’ll ever receive. You may even feel like Santa for a while. In fact, we may even dress you up like Santa, so that you can really live the dream!
Giving back over Christmas has become such a popular undertaking that African Impact have expanded on the number of Christmas Projects available over the festive season. We now have five to choose from; two in Zambia. 2 in Zimbabwe, and 1 in South Africa. So, whether you’re looking to get your Santa on and the real gift of giving back this Christmas, or simply just want to escape the extended family get-together, check out which of these five projects appeal to you.
African Impact's Christmas Volunteering Projects:
Spend the festive season with lions this Christmas, while educating and empowering the local communities. This project is part of a world’s-first lion conservation and release program. You will also be staying in the adrenalin activity capital of Africa, close to the world-famous Victoria Falls.
This was named as one of GoAbroad’s Top Rated Volunteer Programs in 2016. And it’s no surprise as volunteers get to work hands-on with lion cubs and elephants, as well as support a pride of lions who are part of an incredible release program. Balance this by assisting with holiday clubs held at local schools and orphanages, and you are sure to have a ball this Christmas.
Enjoy Christmas under the stars in the Zambezi National Park and bring in the new year at the Victoria Falls Carnival. Walk alongside lions in their natural habitat as they stalk their prey, and work with researchers as they monitor hyena, lion and leopards. How’s that for something different this festive season?
Spend this Christmas at the mighty Victoria Falls, Zambia, as you help run holiday clubs for school children in the local communities. Assist with community development through building, farming and gardening in the adventure capital of Africa.
The only project open over Christmas in the world famous Greater Kruger Region of South Africa. Contribute to the conservation of the African Big 5, an item on anyone’s bucket list. Spend Christmas and New Years in your own private lodge with a pool, in the middle of the African wilderness alongside other volunteers from all over the world.