Become a Volunteer, Africa Is Waiting for You!
If you have been considering becoming a volunteer, Africa should be your number one choice! This amazing land is the perfect opportunity for you to try to make a difference in this world, and at the same time gain valuable life experience and an international appreciated work experience that you can add to your resume.
Although a beautiful and exciting place, abundant in natural resources, Africa is today one of the poorest and most underdeveloped continents. A 2003 survey initiated by the United Nations shows that the poorest 25 countries in the world are all African.
The causes of this high-level poverty are numerous and have augmented over the years: the rapid spread of deadly diseases, like HIV/AIDS and malaria, high levels of illiteracy, military conflicts and a corrupt politics. The instable economy has triggered many other negative consequences: malnutrition, hunger, unemployment and the degrading of the environment. These are just a few of the problems Africa has been confronting with for decades. If you choose to volunteer, Africa will probably amaze you and scare you at first, but it is definitely an experience worthwhile.
What are the benefits?
First of all, you need to believe in non-profit work and, at the same time, you should be a person who doesn’t mind spending their time helping others in need. If you have a strong sense of activism and community building, then this is the place for you. When enrolling in a volunteering program, whether for a non-profit organization, a charity NGO or an internship program, you will be able to discover a whole new world and civilization, so different from the one you are probably accustomed to.
One of the many benefits of becoming a volunteer is the opportunity to travel in places that you might have never dreamed of. Other benefits include the chance to meet new and exciting people, some of whom can become contacts for developing a future carrier, expanding your horizons, learning new stuff, putting your skills into practice, making friends and, of course, at the end of the journey you will come back with a sense of satisfaction and personal growth. In terms of becoming a great volunteer, Africa offers all of those and much more. In order to find out more, please see our page on reasons to become a volunteer.
How can I be selected?
First of all, you need to keep in mind that, once you enroll as a volunteer, Africa is not a one week destination. You need to be aware that this is an experience that deserves more of your time. Also, you have to be at least 16 years old in order to be recruited into a program. Once you have figured that out, it is time to search what role you want to play in the program.
As a volunteer, you can choose to work in different areas of service: working with school educators, working in orphanages, supporting the people infected with HIV/AIDS, enhancing the quality of welfare, improving the quality of care for those with disabilities, helping the elderly. You will not work alone in any of the aforementioned tasks, as you will always be accompanied by professionals. Therefore, even if you don’t have a professional background or special skills, you can participate and help in all areas of interest. Your only desired “ability” is the motivation to learn new things and help others – that is why, as a volunteer, Africa welcomes you!
Where would I stay?
If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer, Africa might scare you in terms of accommodation. That is why we are stating here that this should not be your worry, because volunteering programs place people only at carefully selected host families. If this doesn’t appeal to you, there are also other forms of accommodation while in African communities: high school dormitories during the summer vacation. Usually, during these programs, volunteers are also provided with meals and bottled water. The costs of your accommodation and everyday meals are deducted from the initial fee you pay to the organization. In most cases, this fee also includes the health insurance and/or the travel costs. If you want to find out more about costs and what a volunteers program involves, see here: volunteers program.
What to expect?
Expect nothing but the best! Think about it as a one of a kind experience that you will never regret! If you still haven’t made your mind up on where to go to volunteer, Africa is the answer! We promise you an enriching cross-cultural experience that will derive only in good deeds and many friendships made all along.
Believe in solidarity and give the people of Africa a chance to regain their level of prosperity. Become the change you want to see in the world. For this and many more reasons, you should become a volunteer – Africa needs you to make a difference!