Africa Gap Year Destination Guide
Deciding to spend a gap year in Africa will open up a world of choices. Whether you are interested in conservation on some of the most amazing game reserves on the planet, a life-changing overland adventure across the Sahara desert or helping inhabitants of some of the world’s poorest countries, Africa has something for everyone.
Gap Year Working in Africa
Volunteering opportunities and placements in Africa are a great way to get valuable work experience and develop important life skills. Many of the organisations below have fantastic voluntary positions that will benefit the communities that you are working with whilst providing you with a once in a lifetime experience. Travelling to and around African countries is not for novices, so make sure you have the support you need.
Companies that can help you find gap work in Africa
From urban jungles in Port Elizabeth to the rural Kruger National Park, you can find yourself witnessing Africa’s big 5, working in luxury game reserves or uniting kids through the power of sports this year with BUNAC!
Over 250 projects across 26 countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Choose to work with wildlife & environmental conservation or community projects. Skilled & unskilled positions from 2 weeks to 6 months.
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year.
Volunteer to work in an ethical and responsible volunteer project, with the full support of Outreach International. Outreach offer a personal service to help volunteers find the placement where they can offer the most and enjoy a rich cultural and personal experience throughout.
Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International. Raleigh expeditions aren’t holidays. They’re challenging and life-changing. If you’ve got the motivation and dedication to make a difference, we want to hear from you.
Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations.
The British Exploring Society organises challenging and inspirational expeditions to remote, wild environments around the world. Expeditions involve a mixture of adventurous activities, environmental projects, trekking and wildlife.
Voted Best Gap Year Company by the Sunday Times. Volunteering, Internships, Summer Gap and Equine placements across Africa, South America and Asia. All programmes contain their unique mix of projects, locations and challenges.
African Conservation provide all ages with the opportunity to work alongside experienced zoologists, conservationists, wildlife vets and reserve managers In southern Africa.
Adventure travel in Africa from 3 to 83 days - offering overland tours, Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya treks, safaris, beach breaks & volunteering. Over 35 years organising trips of a lifetime!
Useful Advice and Information on Travelling to Africa
We have put together general information about taking a gap year to Africa to ensure that you can make the most of a working holiday there. Information includes:
Accommodation in Africa
Accommodation in Africa ranges from hostels to camping to even staying with families in the town or village where you want to be located. There is such a diverse range of accommodation to choose from that the type will depend on the experience you want.
Africa covers a vast area, read our guide on how to travel and plan your journey around this continent.
Read our guide on booking flights to Africa.
Find out about the best places to see in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
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