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Live, Work & Travel in Africa


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In Defence of Animals - Enjoy the experience of witnessing chimpanzees living life as they were meant to live it in Cameroon. Volunteers pitch in wherever they are needed, need to speak French and must be able to drive a truck with manual transmission. A six month commitment required.

English Alive Academy - Volunteer English teachers required for two schools in Ethiopia following the British curriculum, one in Addis Ababa, another in Nazareth, a rural town 100 kilometres away.

Sudan Voluntary Programme - Volunteers, under-graduates and graduates who are native English speakers, are needed to teach English on projects in Sudan for 12 weeks or more.

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Employment in Africa

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

Absolute Africa - Overland company sometimes in need of drivers, aged over 26, with a clean HGV or PSV license. Volunteer projects can also be found on the site.

Acacia Africa - Adventure holidays on safari in Africa. Acacia look to employ HGV/PSV drivers willing to work for two seasons in Africa an tour leaders aged between 22 and 35. Acacia also has a voluntour section.

Foreign Language Placements - Multilingual and bilingual recruitment in South Africa for German, Dutch, French and Portuguese Speakers. Help and advice with visa and permit applications for expats.

Kande Horse - Located in lush forest opposite the shores of lake Malawi, Kande Horse run a trekking centre and a small guest house. No employment information is offered but they have on ocassion sought "an independent person to take out trail rides and generally look after our 22 horses".

Nomad Adventure Tours - An African owned overland company. Short volun tours are available. They also employ guides and camp assistants. Applicants must be on an African passport and have applicable experience. All driving positions require a heavy duty licence and valid South African PDP. Road crew are required to speak excellent English and applicants speaking German or Spanish will be given preference. Internships can be found here too; at the time of writing Czech and Italian speaking interns were required but other languages are occasionally needed too.

Oceansource El Tur - No employment information on the site but have been known to employ windsurfing instructors in the Sinai, Egypt.

Surf Maroc - Surf camp in Taghazout, Morocco. No employment information on the website but have been spotted advertising for a French speaking qualified surf coach guide.Morocco, Kenya and Gambia.

Truck Africa - Africa overland specialists.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in Africa

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work - A job finder service for skilled and professional vacancies.

Jobs-EG - Find the latest jobs in Egypt and the Gulf.

Locanto - A free classifieds website which allows people to post, browse, and find part-time and full-time jobs in any city in South Africa.

2Africa - Nigeria career portal for both job seekers and recruiters featuring job listings categorised by region and sector, advanced job search functionality, and a CV database.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Africa

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Abang Africa Travel - An incoming tour operator based in Cape Town supporting and initiating various community projects in South Africa.

ACE Animal Care in Egypt - A small charity based in Luxor trying to make a difference for Egyptian animals. They have general volunteer placements, veterinary student and vet nurse student placements.

Action for Children in Conflict - Volunteers required for programmes in Africa.

Africa Calling - Volunteer working projects in South Africa. Programmes include the rehabilitation and breeding of South Africa's eagles and other birds of prey, working on a "Big 5" game reserve and a community development project in Zululand.

Africa Development Corps - Aa non profit international development organisation (also known as Visions in Action) based in Africa with programs in Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Rwanda. ADC implements its own development programs in the areas of food security, education, international exchange and HIV/AIDS, while also providing volunteer programs for those looking for a long-term international experience in developing countries.

Africa Home Adventure - East African tour operator. Volunteer placements arranged in Kenya.

African Conservation Experience - Varied voluntary work on game reserves in southern Africa. Your tasks may include game capture, wildlife veterinary work and alien plant control.

African Youth Ministries - Volunteer opportunities in Uganda.

All Out Africa - Volunteer projects and adventure tours in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Amy Biehl Foundation Trust - Runs a number of educational programmes to help disadvantaged youths in Cape Town that offer students healthy alternatives to crime, drugs, sex, idleness and negative influences and unlocks their creative talent. Local and foreign volunteers are assigned to a broad range of tasks determined by the length of intended service and their skill base. There is also an internship programme.

Animal Protection and Environmental Sanctuary - APES welcomes volunteers, backpackers and wildlife enthusiasts seeking enviro experience and eco tourism opportunities in Southern Africa.

APCRO - The African Predator Conservation Research Organization consists of a diverse group of researchers, primarily from the fields of veterinary medicine and genetics focusing on African carnivores; lions, spotted hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, leopard and both black-backed and side-striped jackal. A small organisation, they rely heavily on the good will of like minded people to help out.

Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme - Based on a private game reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Volunteers with the Askari programme join their full time management and conservation team to help remove bush encroachment and repair eroded areas, eradicate alien plants and create and enhance natural habitats. The work also involves monitoring of all animal species and special conservation projects for the endangered cheetah and ground hornbill and the near threatened brown hyaena. Volunteers are required throughout the year and do not need any special qualifications besides an interest in wildlife and its conservation and to be relatively fit to take part in activities in the intense African heat.

The Assin Endwa Trust - Short term working holidays in Ghana.

Azafady - Operate Pioneer Madagascar, a ten week volunteer programme.

Beacon of Hope Uganda - Designs and conducts programmes which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children and youth. Volunteers welcomed.

BOHAPO - Volunteers can work with this Kenyan HIV and AIDS charity for any length of time up to a period of two years.

BOHAPO Volunteer - Ludovic's experience as a volunteer with BOHAPO from mid October to mid November 2008.

Bomvu Paradise Backpackers - Work for stay volunteers accepted in Coffee Bay, South Africa.

Buccaneers Backpacker Hostel - Talented travellers are sought to help out with treatments in the 'Beauty Bungalow' of this Chintsa Beach.


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