Africa: the cradle of civilisation, a continent more diverse than any other, and a great place to spend your gap year! Loads of people head to this massive continent every single year for adventures, volunteering and spectacular sights, so why don’t you give some serious thought to spending your gap year in Africa too? It might not be the obvious choice – Peru, Australia and the USA have far more visitors every year – but is the obvious choice always the best one?

Who can resist the allure of so many amazing sights and experiences on this continent, such as:

  • The Big 5 while on safari in South Africa
  • The pristine waters of Egypt, perfect for learning to dive
  • Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • The ancient Pyramids of Egypt
  • The spectacularly beautiful scenery of, well, the whole continent!

From rainforests to desert, urban sprawls to isolated communities, you’ll find the complete range of landscapes all in one continent. And it’s cheap too – in fact, some African countries provide the cheapest gap years anywhere in the world! Perfect for those looking for a great time on a tight budget.

Africa is also home to a massive number of volunteering options, including:

  • Teaching
  • Health projects
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Building housing
  • Sports programmes

Nowhere on earth needs these types of schemes more than Africa. Your contribution, whether it’s for a week or a year, will ensure that the lives of many are improved for years to come. You’ll find a full range of volunteering opportunities in Africa right here on this site, with schemes running the length and breadth of the country. We also bring you the thoughts of gappers who have volunteered in Africa, so that you can hear first-hand why you should give your time to helping some of the most impoverished people on the planet.

So, all of Africa is open to you, and some of the friendliest people in the world are ready to welcome you with open arms. Book your flight and trip today, and start planning for your once-in-a-lifetime gap year in Africa!

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