Why African Impact?


There are many volunteer projects and organizations in the world, but a huge gap unfortunately exists between the best and the worst. It’s hard to know what to look for, and even harder to decide on whom to join. How do you know if the organization is legit? Make sure you do your research and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions.

Here are just a handful of things that a responsible, sustainable volunteer travel organization should do:
  • Run and manage their own projects – most websites are simply agencies
  • Be able to send you tangible, real achievements on a regular basis
  • Have a clear Child Protection Policy and ensure you complete a criminal record check prior to involvement (This is a MUST)
  • Have experienced staff on the ground to support you day-in-day-out
  • Not use volunteer support in replacement for a local person

Remember, volunteering abroad should also be FUN (As long as everything is ticked above, it’s OK to have an action-packed adventure). 

African Impact prides itself on being the very best at this, as proven by the multiple industry awards won every year. A perfect example is being voted the world’s Top Volunteer Abroad Organization by volunteers on GoAbroad four years in a row.



We believe in the spirit of Africa and that your experience is just as important as your impact. Volunteering is a two-way thing. It’s not just about the help and skills that you can bring; it’s also about what this amazing continent, its people, and its wildlife can give you in return. An experience filled with adventure, learning and breathtaking moments will make sure you go home, share the magic of Africa, and come back. Ultimately, we combine extraordinary experiences with genuine impacts.


We know Africa, we live and breathe it every day. We know our communities, our families, our tribes and our staff. We have built every project hand-in-hand with them, meaning it is led and directed by them. We measure every single thing we do, so if you are looking for a part-time, sit around in the sunshine kind of deal, we’re not for you. Our team of international and local staff live and work with you and will help you contribute to our long-term goals. This lets us go beyond what the world thinks of as ‘volunteering abroad’ and provides an experience that truly transforms communities and volunteers. 


Forget the savior complex, it’s out the door by the time we’re through with our volunteers. We know you go home richer and worldlier. You are better friends, better neighbors and better people. Volunteering in Africa helps to change perceptions and stereotypes about Africa, its people and its problems, while it provides local communities with an exchange of culture, mindsets and ideas.


sunset sky in Africa
volunteer with local kids and flag of Africa
experienced local staff with volunteers
volunteer hugging a local in Africa
three boys in Africa pointing to the stars


We live and breathe all things Africa.

Volunteering and interning in Africa is what we do, it’s in our DNA. We’ve built our very own projects – hand-in-hand with local communities – since 2004 and have spent the last 16 years growing, monitoring and improving them. Aside from being the trusted specialist on volunteering and interning in Southern Africa, our staff know the best places to go, as well as the hidden treasures and secret spots that take you beyond a regular tourist trip.


We are about real, measurable change.

Truly understanding the impact of our projects – and your contribution – is what makes African Impact the industry leaders. In fact, we believe this is the only way to justify bringing you here. We set long-term objectives with our local partners, measure everything we do, and undertake valuable monitoring and evaluation of our projects, meaning anyone joining us on a short-term basis can still contribute to a long-term impact.


We are with you ALL the way.

It’s our responsibility to ensure that every aspect of your experience is incredible – we really care about that. Our experienced staff live and work with you, meaning you make the most of your trip. We’re so proud of our staff team and the amazing ‘home away from home’ spaces that we’ve built and grown for our volunteers.


We knock it out of the park.

Named the Top Rated Volunteer Organization 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and winner of multiple other awards each year, we are incredibly proud of our organization and what we are achieving for communities, wildlife and volunteers. Don’t just take it from us; check out the thousands of past volunteer reviews and testimonials, as well as coverage in the press.


We're paving the way.

We are pioneers in the volunteer travel industry and one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. We are proud of our Foundation, key policies and processes which ensure we are being responsible and acting in the best interests of all stakeholders. We continue to play a key role in shaping how responsible volunteer travel evolves and improves.