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Gap Year in Africa

Africa is the world's second-largest continent, after Asia. It is also the Worlds poorest continent according to the United Nations' Human Development Report in 2003. The report also stated that the poorest 25 nations in the world were all African. The real reasons for this are a matter of wide ranging debate featuring factors such as global trade, attitudes to debt, corruption and insufficient aid. Organizations such as Make Poverty History demand that more is done by Western Governments to alleviate this situation. There are many projects and programs that enable gap year takers to make a small difference in Africa, see the links below to find out more.

Yomps in South Africa

Yomps

Yomps operate a range of trips and projects in South Africa.

Latest opportunities in Africa

Surf Instructor Course

Ticket to Ride  South Africa & Mozambique 13 weeks 10 locations – Cape Town, South Africa to Tofo, Mozambique South Africa + Mozambique - Starting in Cape Town, and travel and surf 10 amazing locations all the way up to tropical..

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Volunteer on a construction/manual-work project overseas

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. Manual work, renovation, restoration and construction . You will join a team of international volunteers from all over the world..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Volunteer at local festivals overseas

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. Local festivals You will share a fantastic experience with a team of international volunteers from all over the world who you..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Volunteer on an overseas education project

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. Education and Teaching You will share a fantastic experience with a team of international volunteers from all over the world who..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Volunteer on an overseas social project

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. Social work and working with children / youth / adults You will share a fantastic experience with a team of international..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Volunteer on Archaeological projects worldwide

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. Archaeological Projects You will share a fantastic experience with a team of international volunteers from all over the world who..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Volunteer on environmental and conservation projects worldwide

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. You will share a fantastic experience with a team of international volunteers from all over the world who you will live and work..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Volunteer to support agricultural projects overseas

Concordia offers each year the opportunity to join more than 1500 short and medium term volunteer projects worldwide. Agricultural Projects. You will share a fantastic experience with a team of international volunteers from all over the world who..

Cost: Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia and fund their own travel and insurance. Usually food and accommodation is free of charge.

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Short-term Special Volunteer Projects

Our Short-term Special projects are group trips for 16-19 year olds which run over the summer holiday period and in December and January. These programmes are a great way of gaining some valuable work experience or developing a particular skill; the..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Short-term Special project prices from £1,095

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Volunteer Building Projects

Some of the most important work that needs to be done in developing communities is setting up basic infrastructure. In many countries, the buildings in which locals live and attend school are in a serious state of disrepair. By volunteering on a..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Building project prices from £1,295

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Volunteer Business Projects

A Projects Abroad Business placement is designed to give volunteers hands-on experience working as part of an overseas company. Projects Abroad works with a number of businesses in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Some are based in modern sky..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Business project prices from £1,595

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Volunteer Care Work

All over the world there are huge numbers of children and adults in need of care and attention. By volunteering on a Care placement with Projects Abroad you can help make an invaluable difference to these people’s lives. No previous..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Care project prices from £995

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Volunteer Conservation Work

Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. As a volunteer on a Conservation Programme you’ll protect some of the..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Conservation project prices from £1,295

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Volunteer Creative & Performing Arts Projects

Our exciting Creative & Performing Arts projects give you the opportunity to express and share your artistic talents with young people abroad. Whether you are a music student on a gap year eager to work abroad, or a career breaker with a keen..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Creative & Performing Arts project prices from £1,195

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Volunteer Culture & Community Work

A Community-based placement with Projects Abroad allows volunteers to become completely immersed in the local culture of a developing country.   You could find yourself teaching English in a Fijian village school, learning traditioan..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Community project prices from £1,295

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Volunteer International Development Projects

Each International Development programme with Projects Abroad is designed to cater for the individual volunteer: your qualifications or previous work experience is directly relevant. As a volunteer, you will be able to support marginalised..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. International Development project prices from £1,795

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Volunteer Journalism Projects

If you are contemplating a career in the media and are looking for a challenging but rewarding experience then a Journalism placement with Projects Abroad may be right for you. Volunteers can choose to work either on a Print Journalism placement or..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Journalism project prices from £1,295

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Volunteer Law and Human Rights Projects

Volunteering on a Law & Human Rights internship with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the developing world. We offer both Law and Human Rights placements, as well as combined..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Law & Human Rights project prices from £1,445

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Volunteer Medicine & Healthcare Projects

Volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare Project with Projects Abroad will provide you with an invaluable experience of the challenges faced by medical institutions in the developing world. Whether you are looking to get on to a university..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Medical project prices from £995.

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Volunteer Micro-finance Projects

If you are looking for a unique way to help vulnerable groups in a developing country then a Micro-finance placement with Projects Abroad may be right for you. These projects are designed to benefit the local people we work with, while also giving..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Micro-finance project prices from £1,395

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Volunteer Sports Coaching Abroad

Whether you have a passion for football, are a keen runner or just want to help coach children in their sports lessons, you can make a difference to young people's lives by volunteering on a Projects Abroad Sports placement. Volunteers will be..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Sports project prices from £1,145

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Volunteer Teaching Placements

A Projects Abroad Teaching placement is ideal for anyone wanting to make a positive contribution to communities across the developing world. No teaching qualifications are necessary and you do not need to know how to speak the local language. All..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Teaching project prices from £995.

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Volunteer Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Placements

If you have a passion for working with animals then we might have just what you are looking for. Projects Abroad offers animal care and veterinary medicine placements throughout the developing world. Our veterinary medicine placements are ideal for..

Cost: Varies depending on project, destination and duration. Animal project prices from £1,295

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Group Leaders go Free - Worldwide Placements

If you would like to go on a Frontier project and are ready to organise a group of friends to go with you, our Group Leaders Program could be perfect for you. As a group leader, you could earn your placement for free, and even have your flight costs..

Cost: Free for Group Leaders

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Journalism Internships Abroad

A journalism internship abroad is a fantastic way to learn more about a new culture and gain valuable work experience to help you start a career in the media industry. It will mean you return home with something to put you above other applicants for..

Cost: from £559

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Madagascar Beach Conservation

Escape to Madagascar – the magical island which is home to some of the world's most spectacular and least explored tropical forests, white sand beaches and coral reefs. The crystal clear waters host a dazzling array of pristine marine habitats..

Cost: £525

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Madagascar Construction

Madagascar's dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, with baobab and aloe trees, lemurs, chameleons and a whole host of other species that are found nowhere else on Earth! Its fantastically beautiful coastline boasts..

Cost: fom £691

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Madagascar Lemur Conservation

The magical Island of Madagascar is famous for its bizarre assemblage of wildlife, its dramatic landscapes and its unique and varied ecosystems. No other island or place in Earth boasts such a combination of species richness and endemism, which is..

Cost: £795

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Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

Escape to Madagascar – the magical island which is home to some of the world's most spectacular and least explored dive sites. The crystal clear waters host a dazzling array of pristine marine habitats and support a huge diversity and..

Cost: From £795

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Madagascar Teaching

Madagascar's dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, with baobab and aloe trees, lemurs, chameleons and a whole host of other species that are found nowhere else on Earth! Its fantastically beautiful coastline boasts..

Cost: £891

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Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife & Diving

A magical landscape punctuated by the strange, root like forms of beautiful and unearthly baobab trees, forest canopies filled with unknown species and unique creatures such as the minute mouse lemur with its round lamp like eyes, skimming..

Cost: £895

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Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

The magical Island of Madagascar is home to some of the world's most spectacular and least explored wildlife and ecosystems. Journey with us to northern Madagascar a mysterious land unlike anywhere else on earth.  Places on this ancient, exotic..

Cost: from £925

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Madagascar Wildlife Conservation N.G.O. Internship

Madagascar is home to all of the world's remaining Lemurs, with over 100 species currently described and with new discoveries being made seemingly each year! Madagascar also has a huge diversity of chameleons, including the world’s smallest..

Cost: from £1519

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Namibia Wildlife Conservation & Sanctuary

Help conserve Namibia's precious wildlife at a spectacular sanctuary, in the heart of Africa. Rehabilitate and care for animals such as cheetahs, wild dogs, baboons, lions, and leopards as well as sheep, rabbits and other farm animals. Our baboons..

Cost: from £895

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South Africa Game Ranger Internship

Visit South Africa, a Rainbow Nation that combines sophisticated modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it..

Cost: £2599

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South Africa Safari Field Guide 6 Month Internship

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? You will be working within the reserve five days a week from Monday to Friday. The game reserve is home to all of Africa’s Big Five animals (the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the..

Cost: £6899

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South Africa Wildlife Conservation Volunteer

Visit South Africa – a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is..

Cost: from £799

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Tanzania Marine Conservation & Diving

Tanzania's coast is home to some of the most spectacular diving in the world. The crystal clear waters host a wealth of marine habitats and wildlife, making this a perfect location to scuba dive and explore this pristine and magical underwater..

Cost: from £695

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Tanzania Whale Sharks & Turtles

Your Tanzania adventure begins with a thrilling journey high above the turquoise Indian Ocean, as you fly to Mafia Island - the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands, where tranquil white sand beaches, friendly villagers and world-class..

Cost: £795

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Tanzania Wildlife Conservation Adventure

The Frontier Forest camp is located in a stunning part of Tanzania on Mafia Island. Surrounded by lush mangrove forests, coconut plantations and unique ecosystems which straddle water and land, you will be living and working from a picturesque and..

Cost: from £585

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Internationally Recognised TEFL Courses

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is an incredible way to travel the world whilst earning cash at the same time. With an i-to-i TEFL Course under your belt you will be qualified to teach in some of the world’s greatest travel..

Cost: Starting from only £149!

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