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Africa

If you go as a volunteer to Africa you will meet an exciting continent with different cultures and traditions in depth. Throw yourself between contrasts, experience the modern cities and small rural villages. Go on safari and pinch yourself on the arm to understand that there are lions, rhinos and zebras you see in real life. Be amazed by the drum player’s skill, and why not try it yourself? The potential for positive volunteering experiences from this continent are endless!
On most of our projects, you need no special skills. You’ll be fine with English except in Senegal where you should be able to know some French. Unpack your bags and go away with an open mind, a willingness to help and lots of enthusiasm. In return you will make the greatest memories of your life!

Countries

Ghana is a beautiful and welcoming country, a perfect blend between modern and traditional living. Known as the “island of peace” Ghana boasts one of the most thriving democracies of the African continent. The country is diverse with deep forested valleys, dense rainforest to low coastal plains. With the economy dominated by agriculture, Ghanaians are a hardworking people, with a smile normally on their faces. With English as the official language of the country, it is easy to travel around the country.

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Quick facts: Ghana

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 24 million
Capital
Accra
Currency
Ghana Cedi (GHC)
Visa required
Yes
Time zone
UTC
Country calling code
+233
Languages
English

Few places in the world evoke such strong Africa associations as Kenya does, leading the continent as a tourist destination. From crystal clear sea over coral reefs, to mountains forming the famous Rift Valley, to grass plains covered in animals as far as the eye can see, Kenya has this and much more to offer. Kenya’s people are as diverse as the landscape, often described as a cultural melting pot.

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Quick facts: Kenya

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 39 million
Capital
Nairobi
Currency
Kenyan shilling (KES)
Visa required
No
Time zone
UTC+3
Country calling code
+254
Languages
English, Swahili

Madagascar

Madagascar

Because of its isolation from the major continents, Madagascar is considered as a jewel in biodiversity terms, an exotic country with a high concentration of endemic species. Madagascar’s flagship species is 100% endemic with 101 lemur species. Of 285 bird species recorded 105 are unique to the country. ¾ of Madagascar’s 860 orchid species are endemic to the island and 6 of the world’s 8 baobab species are found nowhere else in the world.

But, human pressure constantly threats these wonders. Over 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic and can’t be seen wild anywhere else on earth. Madagascar’s cultural richness differs from one ethnic group to another. And, 18 ethnic groups form Malagasy population whose Culture is based on the respect of the ancestors and the unity of the livings.

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. It’s one of the richest country as for biodiversity, but one of the poorest nations. 75.3% of Malagasy live under poverty line, and gap between rich and poor is widening day after day. Despite of dire poverty, Malagasy society remains open-hearted to everyone who takes time to discover and enjoy its natural and cultural heritage. This land of smiles and contrasts is ready to take you on your next adventure whether helping out in local communities or exploring. This land located at the crossroads of the African and Asian worlds will surely amaze your sense. Madagascar will certainly shift the way you see the world.

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Quick facts: Madagascar

Continent
Africa
Population
23,8 million
Capital
Antànanarivo
Currency
Ariary (Ar or MGA)
Visa required
Check with your ambassy
Time zone
UTC+3
Country calling code
261
Languages
Malagasy (official) and 17 dialects apart from the official Malagasy language, French.

Moçambique is made up of bustling cities, towns and villages, with a sense of chaos and a tropical aroma. Old meets new, in this dramatically developing African country following the end of a long civil war, with sights of old colonial villas behind new building constructions. Mozambique has a Portuguese influence, although English is spoken throughout the country. This beautiful coastline is famous for its white glistening beaches and warm Indian Ocean, as well as its abundant national parks.

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Quick facts: Mocambique

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 23 million
Capital
Maputo
Currency
Metical (MZM)
Visa required
No
Time zone
UTC+2
Country calling code
+258
Languages
Portuguese

Namibia’s population is as varied as its landscape: colourful and rich in different languages and lifestyles. Namibia ranges from river landscapes of the Caprivi Strip through to forests and savannahs to the deserts along the Atlantic. Africa’s largest national park, Etosha lies in Namibia. Namibia’s constitution strives to use its natural resources to provide for its people.

In eastern Namibia you can find the known Kalahari desert!

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Quick facts: Namibia

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 2 million
Capital
Windhoek
Currency
Namibian dollar (NAD)
Visa required
No
Time zone
UTC+1
Country calling code
+264
Languages
English, Afrikaans etc

Senegal is one of West Africa’s top destinations. Cities have a French colonial appearance with wide streets and beautiful houses. Dakar, the capital city is vibrant and colourful with chaotic markets and excellent musicians. It lies on the Atlantic coast and has a deep harbour making Dakar an important port for the country. Senegal is a tropical country with hot and humid weather, this river laced land of marshes and plains was once ruled by Wolof Chieftans.

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Quick facts: Senegal

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 12 million
Capital
Dakar
Currency
CFA-franc (XOF)
Time zone
UTC
Country calling code
+221
Languages
French

South Africa is one of Africa’s most exciting countries. It has an interesting mix of Europe, Africa and Asia. Some of the challenges South Africa faces is to reduce poverty and injustice, to consolidate democracy and promote respect for human rights. The landscape is as diverse as the cultural characteristics, aptly named the “Rainbow Nation”. South Africa provides the excitement of Africa with the luxury of the “first world”.

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Quick facts: South Africa

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 50 million
Capital
Pretoria
Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)
Visa required
No
Time zone
UTC+2
Country calling code
+27
Languages
English, Afrikaans

Tanzania is well known for its abundant wildlife, unique landscapes and life-giving waters. It is the ‘land of the ultimate safari’, and has been inviting adventurers for years. Life in Tanzania is slow and easy with the locals finding no need to rush – so patience and a relaxed attitude is welcomed. Tanzania is in the truest form of the word, an adventure, teaching its visitors to expect the unexpected. Tanzania is home to Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Spice Islands, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, as well as the most famous of all, the Serengeti.

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Quick facts: Tanzania

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx. 48 million
Capital
Dar es Salaam
Currency
Tanzania Shillings (TZS)
Visa required
Yes
Time zone
UTC+3
Country calling code
+255
Languages
Swahili, English and and Arabic

Uganda is a safe and friendly, landlocked country, located in East Africa. The country has a unique blend of wildlife with half the world’s mountain gorillas, beautiful varied landscape of hills and terraces and in addition pleasant, accommodating people. You can hike, visit nature parks, go rafting or purely enjoy the lush beautiful landscape.

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Quick facts: Uganda

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx 34 miljoner
Capital
Kampala
Currency
Ugandian Shilling (UGX)
Visa required
Ja, vid ankomst
Time zone
UTC+3
Languages
English, Swahili

Zimbabwe means “house of stone” in the indigenous Shona language from the first ancient civilization that arose from what is now known as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Zimbabwe’s vastness encompasses diverse tourist attractions from Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba to the Eastern Highlands. Zimbabweans are known for being friendly and hardworking despite the many years of hardship under Robert Mugabe’s rule.

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Quick facts: Zimbabwe

Continent
Africa
Population
Approx. 13 million
Capital
Harare
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Visa required
No
Time zone
UTC+2
Country calling code
+263
Languages
English

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