African Impact Volunteer in Africa

African Impact

About

African Impact pioneered responsible volunteer travel in Africa back in 2004 and have since grown into the largest provider of volunteer projects on the continent. Proudly African, they work hand-in-hand with local communities to establish, develop and monitor initiatives that contribute to community empowerment and wildlife conservation. Their dedication and commitment to authentic and sustainable practices has earned them numerous awards throughout the years, including becoming the only organization to ever win Outstanding Volunteer Project twice in the Global Youth Travel Awards, and being named the Top Volunteer Abroad Organization by volunteers in 2017 and 2016.

They invite you to join their passionate teams on the ground and to experience projects that take you to a place that leaves you awed, inspired, able to do more, to discover more, and to make a real impact.

Website
Founded
2004
Headquarters

153 Main Rd, Muizenberg
Cape Town
7950
South Africa

Reviews

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Clive
10/10

During the 4 weeks I've been in Livingstone, I encountered and lived many experiences. Had the opportunity to meet different cultures, meet new people and get to live in the same way they do. Humbling experience to say the least. A massive learning curve which ignites in you different moral values, which you will be grateful for during your entire life. Every human being should do such experience at least once in their lifetime.

How can this program be improved?
Not really much can be said here. If I could change just one thing, it would be that the volunteer coordinators need more time devoted to induction and hand-over before setting off to the volunteer locations.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kathy
10/10

My experience with AI exceeded all expectations. There were over 20 volunteers from different countries I got to share my time with in Livingstone and we all brought our own skill/knowledge. AI gave us flexibility in what projects we could do each day so although I signed up for the sports program, I spent time teaching maths and reading, going on medical and visiting the old peoples home because I asked to.
I went during school holidays so I loved being trusted with other volunteers to plan and run each lesson as we liked. The kids were fabulous and all so wonderfully cute. They were always ready for a game of soccer but were also quick learners when you tried something new.
Outside of projects we would chill out around the pool, have movie or trivia nights and go see the sunset. On the weekends most volunteers went out on a Friday night and got up the next day to see/do touristy activities (local markets, Victoria Falls, walking safaris, white water rafting etc). This was such a great project because of how organised and passionate the team of lead volunteers were. Would highly recommend!!!

Response from African Impact

Hey Kathy

We're so glad you got to experience all that Livingstone has to offer. It's a beautiful little town! Now you're officially apart of our Alumni Squad! Keep in touch.

The African Impact Team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

The three weeks that I have spent in Livingstone have been some of the best of my life. It was a really incredible experience that I will never forget. Everyone at the project and all the people that I met in the community were so kind and welcoming, and I always felt supported and looked after. I really enjoyed the fact that the days were so full of activity and we had lots of opportunity to work closely with the local people. We had the choice to either try lots of different afternoon projects or to work on the same ones over the period of a few weeks, and I really felt like I was given the chance to get to know the students that I worked with and to try new things with them. I also really enjoyed events like the village tour, the cultural afternoon and the Walk to School fundraiser, which allowed us to see how the people we were working with live and to learn some of their customs. The atmosphere in the house was great and it was very easy to meet people and make friends. Livingstone is a very special place and the people there are very inspirational. Their positivity and openness is amazing and has stayed with me now that I’m back home. Can’t wait to go back!

How can this program be improved?
More leaders on each project who are qualified in the specific area of the project, for example recruit qualified teachers who can lead and support others on the teaching project and help to plan appropriately, and similar for medical, building etc. There are some people doing this already but I think the impact of the project could be greatly increased and widened if there was more focus on this.
Response from African Impact

Hey Emily,

Thank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate your feedback and will definitely look into it. Welcome to our alumni team (...and Ambassador program)! Keep in touch.

The African Impact team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kimberly
10/10

Africa was amazing, and what more do you need to experience real Africa? Volunteering with african impact was the best desicion I have made in my life. Apart from immersing myself in a different culture and getting out of my comfort zone and speak publicly to 300 young adults,I have made great friends, both locals,volunteers and staff, which I will cherish in my heart wherever I will go. One nation, one people, one Zambia...all in my heart!

How can this program be improved?
I think that speaking on the medical programme, there needs to be a qualified professional with an interest in tropical diseases who will oversee all medical volunteers so that there will be constant supervision on both the communities we vist and the volunteers whk come and go constantly. This is important for Livingstone as there is not a specific medical coordinator like sports or girl impact but a project manager who oversees the medical team as well which is so much work for one person.
Response from African Impact

Hey Kimberly,
We're so happy you enjoyed your time with us in Livingstone. As you know, medical resources (including staff) don't come around often to this area. This is why we love hosting medical volunteers, like you! We'll definitely keep your feedback in mind and hopefully we'll find this person. In the meantime, keep in touch and welcome to our Alumni squad!
The African Impact team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Célia
10/10

I think this adventure is the greatest experience I’ve never had.
I met amazing people (staff, volunteers,..)
The staff helps you to feel good.
That project is very enriching.
Zambia is a very beautiful country with its landscapes and animals.
There are a lot of activities like safari’s, zipline, bundy jump, microlight, helicopter, walk with lions.
I went to the church and I liked it so much, I met local people, they sing and dance. I really can recommand you to try the church,

I’ll be back for sure

Response from African Impact

Hey there Célia,
We're so happy to hear you had a great experience and really embraced the African culture. We hope to see you back with us soon. In the meantime, keep in touch and welcome to our Alumni squad.
The African Impact team

Yes, I recommend this program

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