Make a Difference

Help those in need

A serious and committed volunteer can contribute an incredible number of positive things to the projects and communities they work in.

Get Life Experience

Do new and exciting things

Besides various altruistic or self-improvement reasons for volunteering, it’s a fantastic way for people on a budget to see exotic countries and truly become immersed in the culture and environment.

Visit Exotic Places

While helping people in need!

Instead of staying in overpriced hotels and spending your hard-earned money visiting all the bright-and-shiny tourist traps, volunteers get to know the real people of the country and their real lives, and channel money and other resources to the people who need them most.

Learn New Cultures

Experience new things

You also get to stay with like-minded people from all over the world who share your views on life, not to mention local people and experienced volunteers who really know the city or town you are in.

Plan Your Trip


Volunteer Projects and Gap Year Opportunities in Africa

Take a gap year, do volunteer work with communities and children, teach sport or work with wildlife


Africa Volunteer Projects & Gap Year Opportunities

"Khaya" means village or dwelling in several African languages – but it also has a deeper meaning, that of ‘belonging'. In Xhosa it also means home or homestead and in Swahili it means boma, which is an enclosed secure area for cattle. At Khaya Volunteer Projects, we make our volunteers feel that they belong. If you choose Khaya to organize your volunteering experience, you will feel secure and well-informed. You will also feel that you belong to the project you decide to work with, as Khaya fits the right people to the right projects.

Volunteers from around the world have the opportunity to uplift and support volunteer projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zanzibar. Based in Africa Khaya Volunteer Projects assists local partners and projects in Southern and Eastern Africa while focusing on responsible and ethical volunteering.

The volunteering projects we offer are both unique and affordable. With us, you can volunteer with children; communities; sports development; healthcare; wildlife and conservation; and education projects.

At Khaya, we founded several of the projects ourselves, which shows that investing your own time and money in supporting those in need goes hand in hand with running a successful organisation.

Not only is this volunteer work incredibly rewarding, it's also great to do and experience during your gap year! We can offer you full packages which include volunteering and travelling at great prices.

For those who are interested in gap year programmes and volunteer work, we are aware that travelling and staying abroad is a big step, which is why Khaya commits itself to honest pricing and crystal clear information so that you know exactly what you're going to get. Ethical Volunteering is our priority and we work according to a certain criteria to ensure that your volunteering efforts and your financial contributions are used in the best way possible.

If you're looking for great prices, quick communication and personal service, join one of Khaya's volunteering projects and let us give you an African experience you'll never forget!

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Latest From Our Volunteer Blog

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If you follow the mainstream media, you’ve probably seen lots of horrific images of Africa, paraded in front of your eyes in what seems like a never-ending bad movie. You’ve seen starving Ethiopian children, child soldiers in West Africa, Somalian and Sudanese refugees forced out of their countries by tribal warfare, the brutal Apartheid regime in South Africa, and cruel poaching of vulnerable animals like rhinos and Cedric the Lion.  You’re not exactly crazy if you immediately decided not to come within 1000 miles of any African country! Let alone to think of volunteering in an African country…

So you’re interested in volunteering overseas, but all the volunteering programmes you’ve researched charge fees to join up. Why are you being charged to donate your time and energy helping people, when you’ve already paid for visas and air fares and travelled halfway across the world? Let us enlighten you!

One of the main concerns travellers have is budgeting for a trip. Affordable (if not downright cheap) flights and accommodation are a must, and everyone wants to avoid getting blindsided by hidden costs. You don’t want to have to sell your soul just to be able to afford a sundowner and a very small snack in that pricey resort pub, or get a sudden extra cost on your accommodation bill because you used too much “free” shampoo!

Fundraising to volunteer abroad for free
Volunteer South Africa
WYSE Travel Confederation
SAYTC - South African Youth Travel Confederation
Khaya Volunteer Projects application
Lilizela Provincial Visitor Experience Award