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Job and Volunteer Opportunities In Africa

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Paid and unpaid jobs in Africa you will find through this page range in requirements from a minimum of a high school education, to an advanced degree and prior international experience. Teaching positions, both paid and unpaid, do not require teacher certification, nor a college degree, necessarily. In some cases, only a high school education, or one year of college is required. Short and long-term Africa volunteer positions include school building in Tanzania, wildlife management in South Africa and working with street children, AIDS and war orphans, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, or Nairobi, Kenya. Short and long-term paid positions span many fields, such as foreign service, environmental research, information communications technology, sustainable agriculture, and health.

Job Opportunities in Africa
American Refugee Committee International
Since 1978 the American Refugee Committee (ARC) has been working for the survival, health and well-being of refugees, displaced persons and those at risk. ARC seeks to enable them to rebuild productive lives of dignity and purpose, striving always to respect the values of those served. ARC employs skilled professionals in health care, management and technical fields. Most have advanced degrees, program management and prior overseas experience. Current Africa positions are in Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Sunan / Uganda. This is a Four Star Charity.

ARD, Inc.
ARD, Inc. is a privately owned firm that offers consulting services in the U.S., developing and transition countries. Their main clients are the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the multilateral development banks. They offer clients planning, design, implementation, and applied research services in five general categories: Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Infrastructure, Institutional Development, Information Technology for Development. Current project regions are Angola, Senegal and West Africa. See "Jobs".

Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR)
CIIR's skillshare arm, International Cooperation for Development (ICD), currently has more than 20 development workers in Africa and the Middle East, working with agencies addressing the needs of the poor. These range from local non-governmental and community based organizations, to government departments and international bodies in Namibia, Somalia / Somaliland, Zimbabwe, and Yemen. See their Africa jobs page.

Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation initiated the Call to Action Project in September of 1999 to help reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the developing world. The foundation provides voluntary counseling and testing, and interventions to reduce the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the following African countries: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. See "Employment Opportunities".

The Development Executive Group
Create a profile on The Development Executive Group website and use your profile and CV to apply for development jobs throughout Africa and other parts of the world. Membership is free for individuals. This is a free service and the world's leading way to finding international development jobs, according to the website. is a gateway to international development and environment jobs. An inexpensive membership will provide you with more openings than on the web site, emailed daily, enabling you to apply earlier than the positions listed on the web site. The postings are international, but there are many throughout Africa.'s "African Jobs & Employment Index, Jobs on the African Continent" section offers Job links for Africa and Job Openings listings. You can find teaching and training opportunities in there, as well as their Education/Teaching Jobs in Africa category. Check their Africa Index, which has an articles archive and other information about living, working and investing in Africa real estate. is an expert & specialist network for sustainable development and international cooperation experts, matching experts for a better world.  Whether for an informal phone inquiry, a short term project assignment, a permanent job or any other commercial or non-commercial cooperation, this is where you can find an expert, or list your expert services. covers all market sectors, professional functions, organizational and regional experience, language and software skills etc. Enrollment as an expert is free. is a product of the Commonwealth Business Council launched as pilot scheme in February 2000 ( It is an interactive portal through which job seekers, wherever located, can post their resumes onto their database which employers and recruitment agencies can access. The objective is to build robust and enduring productive human capacity through the continent, thereby bridging and closing the gaps in Africa human capital base.
Search for pilots available for work in Africa or search for pilot work available in Africa. Post your resume and expose yourself to local and international employment opportunities. There are subscription fees.

Foreign Service Careers - The U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State has rewarding career opportunities as a Foreign Service Officer representing America throughout the world, including Africa. These exciting positions involve international finance, language and foreign policy, as well as a variety of other international realms. The DoS hires Foreign Service, Civil Service and Student employees to work in their offices throught the United States and in nearly 265 posts abroad. Application forms may be downloaded from this site.

Frontier is part of the Society for Environmental Exploration, a conservation agency aiming to promote and advance field research and implement practical programs contributing to the conservation of natural resources. Frontier runs conservation expeditions in the Andaman Islands, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Vietnam for volunteers, conducting essential research to inform strategies for the protection of endangered tropical wildlife and habitats and the management of threatened natural resources. In Africa, Frontier has some paid contract staff positions in Tanzania and Madagascar.

International Service
International Service is a UK-based international development organization providing skilled and experienced people to work in local partner organizations in West Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. In Africa, IS works in Burkina Faso and Mali. IS concentrates its program within the themes of health, human rights, sustainable livelihoods and organizational development. IS works in areas of the greatest need and prioritizes on disabled people, indigenous people and women and children. Their job vacancy page describes capacity building positions requiring a two-year commitment. Recruitment is world-wide.
JobSpot offers Wildlife and Tourism job opportunities throughout Africa, as well as Volunteer opportunities. There is a registration charge, however, the first month is free. There are many more listings in the Wildlife opportunities than Tourism & Leisure and Volunteer opportunities. You can see the listings before signup by clicking the Travel, Wildlife, Wolunteering or Latest Listing links at the bottom of the page. JobSpot can email you opportunities as they come in.

MH Aviation Recruitment Services
MH Aviation Recruitment Services cc is a Johannesburg, South Africa employment agency which recruits and places personnel in aviation jobs both nationally and internationally. They recruit and place aviation personnel, from commercial and airline pilots to aircraft maintenance engineers, operations managers, air traffic controllers, flight engineers, cabin crew, ground handling staff, aviation management personnel and aviation consultants. Placements are in various African countries and range in duration from short-term contracts to permanent placement.

Merlin is a UK-based, non-profit, non-partisan charity, which provides lifesaving healthcare for people in crises and disaster situations around the world. They specialize in reaching the poorest countries with the most difficult environments and complex emergencies. Merlin has programs in the following African countries: DR Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. See their job pages for medical and non-medical field vacancies.

Skillshare International
Skillshare International works for sustainable development in partnership with the people and communities of Africa and Asia. They do this by sharing and developing skills, facilitating organizational effectiveness and supporting organizational growth. SI is currently working with the following African countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.

Pambazuka News Job Listings
The Pambazuka News weekly newsletter has a job listings section. There are many high-level program administrator postitions throughout Africa listed here, as well support level positions.

Volunteer Opportunities in Africa
Action for Children in Conflict
Action for Children in Conflict (AfC) works to break cycles of violence, hatred and despair by providing psychological, emotional and educational support to the survivors of conflict. AfC focuses its activities on children and young people, who have the greatest capacity to transcend the conflicts of their communities and to bring about change in the future. AfC is willing to recruit suitable volunteers from any background, but are particularly eager to recruit counselors, befrienders, social workers, human rights specialists and teachers who are willing to work for at least two months helping AfC develop its program.

In Freetown, Sierra Leone:
Working with Street Children and Child Mothers
Developing a drop-in centre
Developing a legal aid citizens advice centre
Providing befriending, counseling, education and training
Skills training
Implementing a number of social enterprises
General support to the development of the program
In Makeni, Sierra Leone:
Working with Street Children
Providing befriending, counseling, education and training
Skills training
Research and feasibility assessments
Searching for suitable locations and premises
Contemplating the delivery of similar services as in Freetown and Makeni

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF), winner of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation. MSF recruits doctors and other medical and non-medical volunteers to staff their missions. MSF works in areas of Africa, the Americas, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Commitment lengths vary by profession and by mission.

East Africa Foundation
The East Africa Foundation is in need of volunteer radiologists. Experience in fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound, and plain films would be useful. They need help in two main areas; one is general radiology. The other is in teaching residents. Volunteers may concentrate on either area, or in both areas. They prefer a commitment of a month or longer, due to the time needed to get used to the system and routine at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center. KCMC is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Moshi, Tanzania. Tanzania has a population of 32 million people, yet there are only 9 radiologists to serve the entire population.

Global Vision International
GVI is a non-political, non-religious organisation, which through its alliance with aid-reliant organizations throughout the world provides opportunities to Volunteers to fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. Some of GVI's international partners and beneficiaries include The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (International), Rainforest Concern, The Endangered Wildlife Trust and the South African National Parks. Below are the GVI's current projects for Africa:

Work With The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Rwanda
Work At A Baboon Sanctuary In South Africa
Vervet Monkey Sanctuary In South Africa
Teaching And Community Projects In South Africa
Help Endangered Reptiles In South Africa

Gap Year In South Africa's Tembe Elephant Park Game Reserve
Spend your gap year in South Africa's Tembe Elephant Park game reserve near the Mozambique border. Constructive time out helping ensure the future of wildlife. South Africa's National Elephant Park is looking for enthusiastic and hard working volunteers to help increase world-wide awareness of the elephants and the park's needs.

Global Services Corps
The Global Services Corps, a project of the Earth Island Institute, provides opportunities for volunteers to learn about and work on village-based environmental and social justice projects in Tanzania and Thailand. Interns have the opportunity to live with a local Tanzanian family while working on HIV/AIDS Prevention or Sustainable Agriculture development projects. This program is open to both students and adults. Students need not be U.S. citizens.

Global Volunteer Network
The Global Volunteer Network, offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world. GVN currently provides volunteer programs through our partner organizations in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Uganda. You do not have to be a certified teacher to volunteer. To teach at secondary level, one year of a particular subject area will qualify you. To teach at primary level, a high school qualification is all that is necessary. Service periods are four weeks to six months with possible extension. The current projects for Africa are:

Ghana - Teaching Opportunities:   GVN volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the development of Ghana's young people. Volunteers can teach in pre-schools, primary, secondary and technical schools all over Ghana.

Ghana - Liberian Refugee Camp:  A unique option, this volunteer opportunity is also in Ghana, but rather than working with Ghanaians, you will have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of more than 30,000 refugees who fled the war in Liberia, beginning in 1990, and are now residing in a camp just outside of Accra, Ghana.

Unganda:  The program seeks to provide education and training to AIDS orphans (children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS), and to help their families to become self-sustaining through initiating micro-income generating projects in Uganda, Africa. Some of the programs are part-time, and volunteers may need to sign up for several options in order to fill their schedule while volunteering. Here are the areas volunteers can be involved in:

Education and Training for Aids Orphans
Mother's and Widows Empowerment Program
Primary Health Care Project
Youth Sports Program
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Counselling Program
Community Development Program

Help a School Project (HASP) in Ghana
Help a School Project (HASP) in Ghana is a non-governmental organization whose main goal is to help enhance education and development in Ghana and, at the same time, promote healthy interaction among peoples of different countries through their International Volunteer Teacher Program. A college degree is not required to become a teacher volunteer. Teaching terms are one month to six months and are renewable. The web site contains many photos of teacher volunteers interacting with their students.
i-to-i has been providing quality TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training and worthwhile volunteer projects around the world for 10 years. They support you with administrative offices in the UK, US and Ireland and a global staff of 70, so whether you are interested in volunteering abroad or earning the i-to-i TEFL certificate, they guarantee quality training and advice from a well-travelled and experienced i-to-i team. The volunteer projects run 4 to 24 weeks in duration. Africa teaching opportunities are in Accra, Ghana and various locations in Kenya, teaching English, working in conservation, running a summer camp, or working with street children in Nairobi, befriending them, teaching them English, vocational skills and leading recreational activities.

In Defense of Animals / IDA Africa
"Bringing Dignity and Hope to Africa's Chimpanzees". Work with national staff and other expatriate volunteers to rehabilitate adult and infant orphaned chimpanzees, victims of a thriving and illegal commercial bushmeat trade, at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, Yaounde, Cameroon. A six month commitment is required, as is previous experience working with chimpanzees, experience living in a third world country for several months and fluency in French.

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders
See "Doctors Without Borders" above.

Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a growing fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships provides medical care, relief aid, and training for long-term sustainable change in developing nations. Short-term volunteers can participate from two weeks to a full year with Mercy Ships, while others may choose to serve in a career capacity. Their newest ship is the Africa Mercy and will be the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world when rennovation is completed. Postions range from deck hand to medical professionals.

Senevolu is a not-for-profit organization based in Senegal, West Africa, founded to promote Community Tourism and Volunteer Work. Senevolu offers a variety of programs and services, including homestays, volunteer opportunities, language programs, trips, workshops and more.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC)
The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems in which they live. Large cats, chimpanzees, birds and many more amazing animals are awaiting your visit. All the animals have been rescued from poachers, illegal trade or accidents. Learn how they live, eat, play and talk. The UWEC takes volunteers from all over the world. Volunteers play an important role and their work is much appreciated. Volunteer terms range from a few weeks to a few months.

U.S. Peace Corps
Peace Corps Volunteers respond to various needs that impact Africa's development. These include the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention and education, girls' education, the increasing pressures of environmental degradation, agriculture, advances in information technology, business development and the democratization process that some countries are committed to supporting. There are volunteer opportunities throughout Africa.

Volunteer Africa
Volunteer Africa has been established to give people from around the world the opportunity to work on community initiated projects in developing countries. VA is now recruiting for its 2004 projects in the Singida Region of Tanzania. One, two and three month projects begin in May, 2004. Work alongside villagers in the Singida Region on projects they have initiated themselves. The main project for 2003 was the building of a primary school in Matyuku in Singida District. The 2004 projects are still to be announced. VA suggests allowing some additional time after you have finished in the village for travel to Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and some of the best safari parks in the country.

Volunteers for Prosperity (VfP)
The Volunteers for Prosperity initiative was launched by President Bush in May of 2003 to help combat global poverty and stimulate prosperity in developing countries. He urges individuals with skills in such areas as health care, information technology, financial services, trade and investment, education, and agricultural development to answer the call to serve. Under the USA Freedom Corps, volunteers will be matched with non-profit organizations. The following organizations, who can use volunteers overseas immediately, are working in Africa:

Catholic Medical Mission Board:  Kenya - Fields qualified volunteers, such as physicians and nurses, to work on the Mother-and-Child HIV Prevention Initiative.

Christian Medical and Dental Association:  Throughout Africa - Seeks committed health professionals for urgent needs, including Mother-and-Child HIV/Prevention.

The Geek Corps:  Senegal - Seeks highly skilled technology volunteers to bring small businesses into the competitive global market with information and communication technology (ICT), as part of the Digital Freedom Initiative.

International Executive Services Corps:  East Africa - Help East African countries to take advantage of export incentives under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as part of the Trade for Africa Development and Enterprise Initiative: East Africa Trade Hub.

International Executive Services Corps:  Morocco - Assist Moroccan companies in identifying U.S. business partners and provide advice on marketing, packaging and U.S. Environmental and Safety Standards, as part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative.

Christian Connections for International Health:  Throughout Africa - Seeks health professionals for urgent needs, including work on the Mother-and-Child HIV/Prevention.

The Salvation Army World Service Office:  Throughout Africa - Seeks volunteers to support efforts in 109 countries, including work on the Mother-and-Child HIV Prevention Initiative.

Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc.:  Various African countries - Seeks volunteers to support the work of its twelve Protestant relief and development agencies working worldwide on urgent needs, including the Mother-and-Child HIV Prevention Initiative.

ACDI/VOCA:  Ethiopia and Kenya - Seeks volunteers to work with managers of cooperatives and offer financial planning and credit management training to businesses in Ethiopia. ACDI/VOCA also needs volunteers to develop information and marketing exchange centers in Kenya. Both efforts are in support of the Trade for Africa Development and Enterprise Initiative.

Land O'Lakes International Development Division:  Nigeria and South Africa - Assist in dairy management and production and milk processing and marketing in Nigeria and South Africa, in support of both the Trade for Africa Development and Enterprise Initiative and the Agricultural Initiative to Cut Hunger in Africa.

Winrock International:  Nigeria - Seeks volunteers to assist agribusinesses in Nigeria, including the bee production, fish farming, cooperative development, and shrimp culture industries, in support of the Trade for Africa Development and Enterprise Initiative.

Citizens Development Corps:  Angola - Seeks volunteers to develop small and medium-sized enterprises and business services in Angola, activities that generally support the Trade for Africa Development and Enterprise Initiative.
The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) is one of many international volunteer service organizations associated with President Bush's Volunteers for Prosperity (VfP) initiative to encourage Americans with professional skills to volunteer with private voluntary organizations working in countries around the world. IFESH operates two programs which permit Americans to volunteer in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa.

Teachers for Africa (TFA):  Volunteers in the Teachers for Africa (TFA) program are experienced American teachers who assist their African counterparts in the areas of curriculum development, teacher training and institutional and behavior change.

International Fellows Program (IFP):  Volunteers in the International Fellows Program (IFP) focus on building the capacity of international non-governmental organizations working in community development settings.

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