African Impact Volunteer in Africa

African Impact

About

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa. The organisation was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the Africa leaders in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 12,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.

We’re proud to offer fun, safe and structured placements where volunteers understand their contribution to responsible projects run in partnership with local communities and conservation efforts. Our journey so far has been both inspiring and humbling and we will keep pushing the horizons of what volunteering can achieve.

Website
Founded
2004
Headquarters

153 Main Rd, Muizenberg
Cape Town
7950
South Africa

Reviews

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Emily
9/10

I spent three months in Cape Town with African Impact on a teching and sports volunteer programme. It has been the most amazing experience meeting such interesting people, working hard to actually feel like i could contribute to the community and learning valuable lessons about the South African Culture.
I was very happy during my stay, the staff were very nice and helpful and I would love to come back in the near future to see how much has developed and changed. I liked the emphasis on sustainability and collaboration with the partners on site, and this was such a valuable lesson for me personally as well. Hope I can come back someday!

How can this program be improved?
The one thing I would possibly critique is the fact that a lot of the nights at the house are usually connected to some type of fundraising from the volunteers (meaning vols pay additionally for merch or group activities to support the project) which in concept is a good idea but can feel exclusive to some volunteers who have a tighter budget for an already pricier trip.
Yes, I recommend
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Rebekah
10/10

Last summer I went to Moshi, Tanzania. I am a teacher and have always wanted to teach abroad and finally I was able to do so! When arriving at the Kilimanjaro Airport, I was nervous because it is so different than the states, but as soon as we passed through customs, Elieza, from African Impact, was there with a sign with bright smiling face - needless to say, my nerves were gone. The drive to Moshi was incredible; most take pictures, but taking it all in was far better. Everyone at the volunteer house were so welcoming - the staff and volunteers.
Volunteering to teach adults English was truly a blessing - that school year prior, I thought I’d lost my love for teaching, but teaching them reminded me how incredible the gift of learning is and how important it is. The adults and the children in the nursery brought so much joy to me. Visiting the Wazee each day and learning Kiswahili was life changing.
They say we went to make an impact, but no one realizes the impact Africa has on you.
Our goal was to teach, so that their are more opportunities for all. I think African Impact does it beautifully and makes you feel at home the minute you arrive! Staying for two weeks seemed long in the planning process, but in the end, it didn’t feel like enough.

Yes, I recommend
Lizzie
10/10

I went to Livingstone in July 2017 for 4 weeks to volunteer on the Medical programme. I'm currently studying Medicine in the UK so I was looking for somewhere to go to experience healthcare in a completely different way. I absolutely loved my experience - doing home-based care most mornings was an amazing way of meeting locals, experiencing their homes and lives and delivering medical advice, basic medicines and referrals to the local clinics. I would love to go back again in the future, particularly once I'm a qualified doctor so I could do more and would have a greater experience base to draw on. All the African Impact and Happy Africa staff are lovely, and very organised. Everything ran smoothly and all the volunteers got on so well. Livingstone is an amazing place to be staying as there is so much to see and do, and the local people are so welcoming and kind. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone - my only regret is that I couldn't stay longer!

Yes, I recommend
Caitlin
9/10

When I went to Africa last year I was 18, fresh out of school, I booked a 4 month trip to africa and I started with this project in South Africa. And I was mostly scared about not feeling comfortable or at home in the places i was going to be staying. But be assured, the african impact team make you feel like a family, especially the team in Cape Town! They are amazing, from a welcoming hug to the staffs calming natures and knowing you can ask them any question was so reassuring for my 18 year old self!!

How can this program be improved?
More organisation in terms of storage of items for projects
Yes, I recommend
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Corrin
10/10

The program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with amazing animals and actually witness the difference that you are making. It also offers great connections to the local town, and opportunities to teach local youths about the importance of conservation. The opportunities offered, ranging from horseback safaris to meat prep for lion feeds can not be had anywhere else. The staff, the location, the food, everything about this trip was incredible.

How can this program be improved?
No improvements required as far as I’m concerned!
Yes, I recommend

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