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Why is Volunteering a Great Peace Corps Alternative?

Volunteering in Africa is one of the most rewarding experiences there is. The people, culture and iconic landscapes sets Africa apart from the rest of the world. Many people dream of volunteering in Africa. When they do, the first thing that comes to mind when they’re thinking of volunteering abroad is the Peace Corps. But there are alternatives out there that offer the same experience of a lifetime, lots of them emphasize the benefits of volunteering abroad, allowing both the flexibility and freedom needed to make a difference in the world.

What Is A Peace Corps Volunteer?

A government-funded initiative, the Peace Corps facilitates volunteering abroad for individuals on the basis of a two-year commitment. However, dedicating this length of time can be daunting or impractical and they look no further. Nevertheless, there are countless other volunteer abroad opportunities available. Because many Peace Corps programs require a level of qualification or skill, many volunteers may feel limited to what they can do while abroad.


If you’ve always wanted to volunteer in the Peace Corps, but find it’s not quite right for you, then African Impact can offer incredible options for Peace Corps alternatives! Short-term volunteering and internship programs have countless benefits. These provide a great alternative to Peace Corps volunteering, with added bonuses.

How are African Impact’s Volunteer Opportunities like Peace Corps?

Our volunteer programs give you:

  • Flexibility that allows you to choose what works for you
  • Shorter commitment time that doesn’t tie you down
  • Freedom of choice in what you choose to do
  • Vast area of opportunities and a chance to find out what you really love
  • All inclusive locations with 24/7 support from local staff

1. Program Flexibility

At African Impact, our programs run year-round on-the-ground. So, it’s up to you when you come and volunteer! Individuals have extensive opportunities to volunteer, whether it’s in schools as a teaching volunteer, contributing to conservation as research volunteer or working to benefit the community. Additionally, we don’t set our minimum age limit to 18 years old, as many organizations do. If you are 17 years old, with parents permission, you can come and join us on one of our many outstanding projects. Furthermore, you can be from any country or any nationality, and meet incredible people from all corners of the world.

2. Program Duration

Two years is a long time to spend abroad. Often, this time commitment is impossible for volunteers with commitments at home. With African Impact, there is no two year commitment. Instead, we offer short-term volunteering opportunities. Our programs are ideal for students who can volunteer during their holidays, it also works well for those who have time-off from work. Instead of just a holiday, you can apply your skills and experience to make meaningful change in communities across Africa.

3. Program Opportunities

Although the Peace Corps offers a variety of different programs, the majority require a particular level of experience or qualifications. This therefore limits the programs to individuals who are already in that field of work. With African Impact, most of our projects do not require qualifications or experience. This allows volunteers the opportunity to try new things and find out what they are passionate for.

4. Program Destinations

As a Peace Corps volunteer, the organization chooses a post that you must maintain for the duration of your placement. With African Impact, you are in control of choosing where you want to volunteer in Africa, and you also get to decide which project to volunteer for. You can even choose to volunteer on a combo project and our specifically designed gap year programs. You can even travel between projects and countries for extended volunteer opportunities.

5. Program Impact Areas

We offer volunteer programs all over Southern and Eastern Africa, from Kenya down to South Africa, each focusing on our two impact areas: conservation and community. Whether you want to gain valuable healthcare and medical experience in community clinics, be by the sea supporting marine conservation efforts, or in the heart of the African bush observing wildlife, we have something for everyone!

Choose African Impact as Your Peace Corps Alternative

Choose African Impact for your next volunteer abroad program today! No one else compares to our level of expertise in Africa. Our dedicated journey coordinators will be on hand to guide you through the entire booking process.

Decide which project(s) or destination(s) suit you, and then click “Apply” in the “Quick Facts” card at the top of the program page. A journey coordinator will then get in touch with you to answer all your questions and inquiries for complete peace of mind before making any decisions.

Top Volunteer Opportunities Like Peace Corps

Want some inspiration? Here are some of our top volunteer projects:

Whether you are a short-term volunteer or a passionate Peace Corps volunteer, we would love to hear what you have to say. Get in touch with us by filling out this contact form or by giving us a call! Rethink the way you travel and take part in helping to make a difference. Apply online and volunteer with African Impact!

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