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Volunteer Projects in Africa that You Should Know About

by Nia Scott

Jun 10, 2019

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Trends / Voluntourism

Increasingly, travelers are becoming more concerned with the state of the countries they visit. It’s hard to visit a country and look around and see the people struggling. Many want to do their part and help the locals so they can live a better life. Africa, in particular, is a continent with lots of people in need. The country suffers from a plethora of problems and it’s difficult for the governments to help the citizens. These volunteer projects involve direct help with a community in need.

Choosing a project to volunteer for is difficult. People who volunteer try to impact as many people as possible in a short amount of time. Get involved with the right projects to do the most good. African Impact was named the World’s Top Volunteer Abroad Organization for the third year in a row. This is a great organization, and they offer opportunities to join many amazing projects.

In Cape Town, South Africa, a project is focusing on the youth and helping to assist in their development. South Africa still has many wounds left from apartheid and the disparity between black and white youth is a huge problem. The volunteers help bridge this gap and create a more equal playing field.

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