We believe that volunteers can make a real difference in local communities and game reserves, in fact we've seen it with our own eyes! We have over 80 volunteer programs in Southern and East Africa in the areas of community development, teaching, HIV/AIDS awareness, rural family support, healthcare, photography, wildlife research, marine conservation, sports coaching, community building, and wildlife rehabilitation.
African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation offering meaningful interactive volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Southern and East Africa. Founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, we have 10 years' experience and have facilitated over 10,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent, making us the largest on-the-ground African specialists in volunteer tourism.
Our projects are run by African Impact staff on the ground so we have overall control of ensuring they are managed responsibly and sustainably; and in the best interests of the communities we impact. We offer volunteers a safe and rewarding experience with 24 hour support, full induction programs and plenty of opportunities for fun and travel!
Our Responsible Approach to Developing Projects
To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we thoroughly evaluate each potential project with a detailed scorecard before setting up a volunteering program. This involves analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a project as well as its long-term viability and impact. Also, every single one of our projects has community stakeholders. We won't run a project unless the community not only wants us there, but actually has ownership of the project. Community buy-in is essential.
At African Impact we take a holistic approach to the implementation and running of our projects. We always aim to integrate ourselves into every level of the community working from grass roots to local governments. We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment for all involved – changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.