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Volunteer Projects and Gap Year Opportunities in Southern and Eastern Africa

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Southern and Eastern Africa Volunteer Projects & Gap Year Projects

"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, Namibia, 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 programs 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!

Latest Volunteer & Intern Travel News

Experiencing South Africa - Door of Hope Children's Home

“Door of Hope” is a home for children who are abandoned, without parents or where the parents simply can’t provide for the children financially and/or psychologically. This project gave me the privilege to meet mama Gladys, the woman who started this project. She prefers the term of “children’s home”, instead of orphanage, while it has a more positive tone to it. Also, there are many children there who do still have parents, but whose parents aren’t in the right mind space to take care of them either at the moment or ever again.

Experiencing South Africa - First Impressions

I think it’s everyone’s goal to travel and see as much of this world as possible. For me, this wasn’t any different. I’d have to say that in my 22 years of existence I’ve been lucky enough to see many places and experience different life styles. 4 years ago, I had my first long term abroad experience when I did a gap year in Mexico. I missed this life changing experience so much, that I decided it was time for a new challenge. Exploring new cultures, meeting new people, realising different perspectives and discovering magical places is something I live for. It’s definitely a healthy addiction!

Broadening my perspective – Visiting the Projects

Most of the volunteers at Khaya work at Izizwe Projects, they leave home at 8:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm. I accompanied them several times to understand their involvement in the community as well as how the project operates. Celia is the manager and works closely with Lloyd, Leesah and Zweli. Everyone has a speciality, for Lloyd it is sport, Leesa deals with the education of children and Zweli is the dance master. This project offers many activities for the children of Walmer Township. These activities include basketball, tooth brushing, adult literacy, English lessons and dancing.

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