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Volunteer Projects and Gap Year Opportunities in Southern and Eastern Africa

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


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!

Volunteer in Africa modify your dreams and magnify your skills

What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you hear the term "volunteering"? You are probably thinking hard work, no pay, long hours, right? But in fact, volunteering abroad is the complete opposite and so much fun!

Volunteering can make an unbelievable difference in people’s lives including your own. There are several skills you can gain and improve on whilst volunteering and here are just a few of them.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other

Are you a leader? How will you know? Volunteering can help you understand and develop your leadership abilities. Build your confidence! From a variety of projects to choose from like teaching kids how to surf, being a sports coach, working with animals or even getting practical experience in a medical environment, being a volunteer gives you the platform to learn how to be your best self. No matter what you decide to do, you will be able to boost your self confidence and determine what kind of leader you really are.

Team work makes dreamwork and so does effective communication

Team work and communication form an integral part of the volunteering process and this will allow you to level up, giving you the necessary experience to build close relationships with people whom you have never met before. Staying in a volunteer house with like minded individuals where you must make decisions as a team and be able to work together makes you realise the importance of being a team player and in turn work in your favour when applying to employers or universities.


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Independence is happiness

Doing it on your own without the help of family and friends there to support you when something goes wrong or to remind you to do something, is the most valuable skill you will learn while volunteering abroad. Being away from home can become very challenging especially your first time. It’s the small things like doing your own laundry, setting an alarm clock, going to buy your own toiletries, learning to budget and learning to make your own choices that will make you more responsible in life. Learning how to manage your time effectively will all be of great significance for your future. Volunteering is the best way to prepare yourself for the real world and even better to know your place in it.

Self-Reflection is the first secret of success

No one is perfect and the only way we learn is through making mistakes. The only way we can evaluate our selves is through reflection and volunteering gives us the platform to help us understand our likes and dislikes and what we can improve on. Volunteering is a journey of self-reflection and those who take it on are well on their way to success.


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Putting your skills to the test

Volunteering is a way for you to find out what your strengths are. One of the most likely questions you can be asked in an interview is: "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" You will be able to answer with confidence and this will count in your favour.

So, there are many skills you will learn whilst traveling abroad that will prepare you for the future but the most important thing for you to do is to have fun and make the most of your experience. Remember it is a time to unwind from the hustle and bustle, get to know yourself better, enjoy yourself, create memories and have the best time of your life.

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