Make a real difference
Countries in Africa are among some of the poorest in the world with harsh natural conditions and a drastic shortage of necessities like clean drinking water, medical care and sometimes safe places to sleep. The people of Africa are wholly deserving of your effort to help them overcome the challenges faced by developing nations. Along the way you will meet unique people who want to share their culture and what little they have to give as thanks. Many volunteer programs in Africa are focussed on empowerment with holistic approaches giving people the skills they need to take control of their own futures.
While volunteering in Africa you will work closely with local residents getting to know their way of life, learning about strongly held customs and taking part in traditional celebrations. Spend some time in Zanzibar's orphanages and schools to interact and share your knowledge with smiling children, joining a football game in the afternoon. Depending on your skills and strength, you can spend a week or two at a Zambia medical facility, build a community from the ground up in Kenya or lend your expertise practically anywhere across the great desert plains.
If working with endangered wildlife appeals to you, visit Mozambique to study the mighty whale sharks or track and observe the Big Five African animals in the south (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo). There are many wilderness and conservation projects that would love to have you on board! If you are keen to embark on a humanitarian mission travelling, working and learning at the same time, get in touch with a Flight Centre consultant about volunteering in Africa. Flight Centre can book your flights, accommodation, transfers and necessary travel documentation so you can get straight into it and start making a real difference.