Life After A-Levels

Kick start your Gap Year!

Good results or not quite what you were expecting, travel adventures don’t require exam certificates. Exam results are always daunting and life after exam results can be even more so. Now is the time to think about what’s next and we might just have the answer for you.
Volunteering abroad gives you a chance to try something new, make some memories and gain some practical experience. Volunteering does look great on a CV, just so you know!

Community or Conservation?

We believe in creating immersive and impactful experiences for our volunteers which is why we offer a range of conservation and community volunteer programs in Africa. Whichever type of program you choose you’ll have a unique and life-changing experience. 

Highlights from our volunteering projects:

  • Personal Development  — Uncover new skills and industry insights, whilst doing meaningful work on projects to help the community.
  • Purpose — Be a part of purposeful work, and learn about the importance of volunteering in community development in Africa.
  • Protect African Wildlife — Contribute to the protection of African wildlife through research, ecosystem restoration, or rescue and rehabilitation projects.
  • Walk The Trail — Experience the unique opportunity of being in the African bush, surrounded by animals such as lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, and leopards.
  • Stunning Terrains — Whether you’re in East Africa or Southern Africa, you’re always in close proximity to something mesmerising in the beauty of Africa’s landscape.
  • Award-Winning – humble brag, we have won awards for our projects, so you know you are on to a good thing. 

Our Popular Volunteer Projects

What to Expect Volunteering in Africa

Culture & Lifestyle

From South Africa to Kenya, the cultural roots in Africa run deep. There’s an amazing amount to learn if you are open and respectful to these values and beliefs while volunteering. Additionally, life in many African countries moves at a slower pace, it’s a great chance to unwind and experience a different pace of life.

Maasai Mara in Kenya
adult english class in zanzibar


African nations boast over 2000 different languages, each with its own local dialects. This can seem daunting, but it’s all part of the experience. Embrace the unfamiliar and challenge yourself to communicate in new ways. Who knows, you might even learn a new language or a few phrases!


From its rolling hills and verdant forests to its sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters, the continent is a feast for the eyes. A visit to Africa is a chance to experience nature at its finest. The breathtaking beauty of Africa’s landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression. Our volunteer projects in Africa will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional life and witness a side of Africa that few get to see.

volunteer watching the sunset in South africa
cape town beach with table mountain in the background

Weather & Climate

The weather patterns in Africa are diverse, from the hot and dry climate to the wet and humid equatorial regions. In coastal areas, the average temperatures remain warm throughout the year, while the interior experiences wide temperature variations, with hot summers and cool winters. The unique weather patterns and diverse landscapes of Africa offer something for every traveler.


The continent’s various ecosystems, ranging from savannas and deserts to wetlands and forests, provide habitats for a vast array of species, making it a prime destination for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. African wildlife is renowned for its incredible diversity and abundance of species. A visit to Africa promises unforgettable experiences and encounters with some of the most awe-inspiring animals on the planet.

elephants in africa
volutneers out enjoying the african bush

Free Time & Adventure Activities

You will work hard as a volunteer, but there will also be time to play hard. You will have your evenings and weekends free to explore all Africa has to offer and there’s no shortage of adventure on this continent! You might join a cultural tour, safari in nearby game reserves, visit historical landmarks, bungee jump over Victoria Falls, abseil down the side of Table Mountain or snorkel in Zanzibar’s coral reefs. Our project teams on the ground will help you book tours upon your arrival, so you can experience it all with your fellow volunteers. There’s so much to experience in Africa – and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Fancy a Chat with a real person?


Our amazing Volunteer Specialists are here to answer any questions you have during the decision process! Once you’ve booked in, our amazing Journey team will help guide you on everything from visas to what to pack.

We’re here every step of the way. 

Volunteering FAQs

Many of us desire to have a positive impact on our world and this is your chance to do it! Volunteering abroad opens your eyes to the many subtleties of life in the various communities and enables you to see unique and beautiful parts of our planet. You help communities with your skills and knowledge, and learn how to be self-reliant, mature and take a huge step towards finding out who you are.

African Impact offers volunteer programs in the following locations and countries: 

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Zanzibar
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya

These destinations are full of natural wonders and rich cultural heritage. In every African country we work in, we’ve identified the needs of the local communities and together we work towards supporting sustainable development and helping people overcome these challenges.

For the majority of our projects there is no interview/selection process, there are a couple of exceptions where we need to see a CV for the more specialised projects. But rest assured, there are no awkward interviews to sit through! Just tell us what you are interested in and when you are thinking of travelling and we can help you plan the rest. Our team of Destination Specialists are exactly that and will get you onto the right program. Some of them are our past volunteers so they’ve been in your shoes! 

Yes! We are lucky enough to attract volunteers from all over the world and we love bringing different communities together.  You’ll come away with friends from countries all over the globe – which with experience is very handy when planning your next travel adventure. The number of volunteers at our projects varies across the year but seriously don’t worry, you won’t be on your own. We see our past volunteers meeting up for years after their time with us and that to us is a sign of a job well done!