Volunteering in Africa can be an overwhelming yet rewarding experience. Although not particularly dependent on the type of volunteer project undertaken, each and every person learns something different from their time in Africa, whether it’s personal growth or a new understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
The programmes themselves, whether they are with communities or wildlife, teach new practical as well as emotional skills. Working with orphaned children or providing HIV treatment teaches volunteers not only practical skills like tutoring, communication and medical practices, but also helps develop their emotional responses and overall attitude towards the fragility on life.
Likewise, volunteers who work with wildlife conservation and rehabilitation learn key skills from collecting and analysing data to recognising animal tracks and handling wild animals correctly. With both communities and wildlife, volunteers walk away having learnt about the importance of sustainability and growth and a general appreciation of Africa’s diversity.
But apart from practical and personal development, the companies that provide these volunteering projects hope that they will help change the world’s overall preconceptions about Africa. Despite the fact that each and every African country is different in terms of culture, landscape and stability, most people who have not visited the continent still refer to Africa as a singular country.
However, those who visit Africa even just once, leave having learnt so much more about the destination than they had ever thought. As well as helping to support the prosperity of local communities and sanctuaries, volunteering in Africa helps increase awareness of Africa’s people and wildlife which also helps to develop sustainable tourism in Africa.
Choosing the right African volunteer programme for you can be difficult, which is why it is important to choose an experienced travel company that specialises in African volunteer projects. Amanzi Travel, for example, provides one-to-one consultations to make sure each volunteer chooses the best project suited to their skills, passions and experience. Fully committed to supporting both the volunteer projects as well as their volunteers, Amanzi Travel is dedicated to providing rewarding programmes for all involved.
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