Gender Equality Volunteering with African Impact

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About

Abuse, forced marriage, early pregnancy and missing out on basic education are common things girls in Africa face, simply because they are girls. The Girl Impact initiative, run in conjunction with African Impact and the African Impact Foundation, aims to provide opportunities for adolescent girls and to create support networks within their communities, so they can make informed choices as they grow up. Fulfilling the rights of adolescent girls to health, education, and protection from violence and abuse, ensures they have the chance to achieve their potential and can become empowered women who can support their families, communities, and countries.

African Impact has started programs in three countries with the common objective of aiding in the development and empowerment of girls, while at the same time educating boys. Participating in these projects will allow you to contribute to a better society while learning about the roles and experiences of women in African contexts.

African Impact's Top Gender Equality Internships

  • Intern with girls and women, with a focus on including boys and men in the gender equality conversation
  • Work predominantly with inspiring women’s groups who are coming together to start a co-operative and help each other earn income
  • Primarily support young girls in rural area that has suffered greatly from the HIV epidemic
  • With a focus on self-confidence, income-generation and education, work with young adults and children

African Impact's Top Gender Equality Volunteer Programs

  • Work with young boys and girls to achieve long-term gender equality according to the needs and desires of local communities
  • Get ready to learn about the challenges facing girls in Tanzania and work as part of a team to ensure adolescent girls aged between 11 and 18 are empowered, educated and uplifted
  • Visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world while mentoring, supporting, educating and empowering youth in important topics including: health, relationships and income generation

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Reviews

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based on 4 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9
  • Safety 9.3
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Jessica
10/10

Great Way to Start 2019

I joined the gender equality program in Cape Town after doing research about the impact I'd be making. This is an incredible project that works at grassroots level with the community to make the biggest impact possible.

The predeparture information that was sent to me from Head Office and the team on the ground was thorough and made me feel calm and reassured during my application. This set me up for a wonderful trip.

My flight was long but once I arrived one of the African Impact team members was waiting for me at the airport. With a short trip to the volunteer house (which is right on the beach by the ways!) the work began. I was able to set myself up, shower and change before I had my induction. The induction was held with the rest of the arrivals and created a professional environment.

The next day we were out on project and it was wonderful! Meeting community members and understanding the impact of my placement was felt immediately. I really recommend this project - if you have any questions, just ask away!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Indy
8/10

Girl Impact

It was an amazing experience. They gave me the opportunity to learn so much and really implement all my own ideas and knowledge into the programme. Apart from that we also had these incredible weekend trips and a real community within the lodge.

This project also helped me with my personal growth in a lot of ways. I was/am very shy with standing in front of a group of people. But since all the children were eager to learn and the co-volunteers so kind I learned how not to be afraid. Also, me and children were never really the biggest match. I was always afraid I wouldn't know how to handle or understand them, luckily I learned that children aren't so hard to connect with. These kids were just little angels.

What would you improve about this program?
Make it more clear when there's a public holiday, a lot of children were not in school.
Response from African Impact

Hi Indy,

Again, thanks for this awesome feedback. We'll share this with our team.

The African Impact team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Darrell
10/10

Volunteering in Cape Town

Volunteering in African Impact in Cape Town was such a good experience that I decided to volunteer with them twice, one time last year and one time this year and I plan to go again. While I was in Cape Town there was many things to do on the weekend and while we worded on project you would really feel like your making an impact doing something not just for yourself but for others who need it. It is also a great way to travel as well if that is what your interested in doing.

What would you improve about this program?
Including more weekend activities.
Response from African Impact

Hey Darrell,

Thanks for this awesome review. We agree, it is a great way to travel! We hope you're keeping well and we hope to see you soon!

The African Impact team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Eve
10/10

Amazing Experience

I have done 3 African Impact volunteering trips and found the Tanzania education program in Moshi to be the best run and planned for those interested in teaching. I loved the variety of activities that were still clearly scheduled- work with adult English education in the early morning, nursery students in the late morning, and the elderly in the afternoon. There were also opportunities to work with a women's group or teach English to the elderly. A real cross section of the population!

I also really appreciated how helpful and understanding the people at the project were about my other travels. I was able to get a discounted rate to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for volunteering, and later was able to take a day off of work to travel to the Serengeti for the weekend, again at a discount, with one of their travel partners. My flight for that trip had to be canceled and rescheduled and the staff was super understanding and helped me with everything. It allowed me to accomplish some major life travel goals along with having the experience of living and working in Moshi. There are also options to travel on day trips and safaris on the weekends once you get there. I recommend Lake Chala- super cheap and easy. The photos I took there of the scenery were some of my favorite of the trip.

The way the program was set up allowed for consistency and continuity so I never felt like my help was for nothing. You are part of a system that has existed before you arrive and will exist after you leave so all of the people you work with and teach will continue to grow even after you leave. You also get to work in a room with a staff member- this is so nice. I teach for a living and having someone else in the room who knew the people I was working with made it such an easy transition. It felt like fun, not work.

Finally, I have been in contact with the program even though I have left. I love keeping up with the people I met and with the group itself on facebook. There is such a community of volunteers and it is clear how much the experience meant to everyone who was there.

What would you improve about this program?
In hindsight, this was such a great program, I don't think there is really anything I would change. Issues like power outages, spotty internet, and mosquitoes are part of the territory and have nothing to do with the quality of the program they offer.
Yes, I recommend this program

About African Impact

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...

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