THE AFRICAN IMPACT WAY
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WORLD TRAVEL AND TOURISM COUNCIL’S STAMP OF APPROVAL
African Impact has been awarded its COVID-19 Compliance Certificate by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).
Furthermore, the SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council, has also been awarded to us, to certify that African Impact has adopted world class health and hygiene protocols for safe travel.
The protocols align the private sector behind common standards to ensure the safety of its workforce and travellers as the sector shifts to a new normal.
The SafeTravels Stamp was created for travellers to recognise destinations and businesses around the world which have adopted the SafeTravels health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS
Our local and international team members have been trained on new standards of cleanliness, as well as internationally recommended norms and behaviours.
A designated African Impact team member (Health Officer) will provide a thorough Induction and Orientation upon arrival. This will cover specific COVID-19 safety protocols, information and procedures.
All volunteers will be required to provide proof of having taken a COVID-19 test prior to joining a project (preferably within 72 hours of arrival). A test may be required by your country of residence, airline or at any airport you depart, transit through or arrive in.
The maximum number of volunteers allowed on our projects has been reduced to allow for adequate social distancing, both on projects and in the volunteer houses.
Sleeping and living arrangements within our volunteer houses have been adjusted to allow for adequate social distancing. It is possible to upgrade to a private room at some of our locations. If you would prefer this option please talk to your Destination Specialist.
Everyone will be required to wear face masks (wherever possible), wash hands frequently with sanitizer or soap, and to respect social distancing at all times.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will always be available in the volunteer houses, in vehicles, and at project sites.
Our cleaning team have increased the frequency of disinfecting public areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms, as well as vehicles and project resources.
Our chefs follow strict health and safety guidelines during the preparation and presentation of meals.
Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to reduce COVID-19 transmission. We are in this together and everyone needs to take personal responsibility for their own health as well as the safety of others. We truly value our travellers and know it is possible to make a valuable impact in a post-COVID-19 world.
Our health and safety policies and protocols will be reviewed continuously, in line with local and international best practices. Rest assured, our priority is the health and safety of all involved.
We challenge ourselves to never stop learning and consistently look at ways to improve so we can offer the most rewarding and unforgettable experiences. In light of COVID-19, questions specific to health and wellbeing have been added to our feedback forms to ensure we excel in this area. We want you to return home knowing you have made a difference, felt immersed in the beauty of Africa, and are in good health.
frequently asked questions
Yes – tourism is vital to Africa’s people and economy and our community and conservation projects have felt the harsh effects of having no volunteers for many months. The people and wildlife we assist need your support now, more than ever as the continent recovers from COVID-19. We are looking forward to a time when all of our projects are up and running and again and we hope to see you out in the world soon, going on extraordinary adventures and making a genuine impact with us in Africa.
Some of our wildlife conservation projects have been open since October 2020 and we have had great feedback from volunteers:
“Great experience and amazing 3 weeks in Naboisho Conservancy. I had planned to stay here for 2 weeks, but decided to extend my trip, because the time here was incredible.”
“Let me tell you, this trip has exceeded all of my expectations in every single way possible.”
“Regarding COVID-19 situation I felt very safe, we all had our PCR tests done before arriving. Hand washing, sanitizers were available. I would definitely come here again!”
Read our latest blog about how we are keeping our volunteers and the community we work with safe on projects.
Our administrative team, based in Cape Town, are working remotely and adhering to social distancing measures, the best way to contact us is by email or phone. If you are already booked onto a project or are looking to rebook your disrupted 2020 placement you may contact your Placement Manager, Destination Specialist, or [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you are new to African Impact and would like to find out more about a specific project, please enquire or apply on the specific project page and one of our Destination Specialists will be in touch. Alternatively you can call us on:
UK Toll Free: 0808 1644 055
US Toll Free: 1 844 939 4115