Developmental Service with Meaningful Projects in Africa| Volunteer Service Overseas|Volunteer Service placements|Village and Urban placements|Long-lasting impact to Africa
Those who say that “it is better to give than to receive” may well be right when it comes to the personal satisfaction you will get from giving of your time and services during a volunteer vacation. Not only do you gain the invaluable experience of travel, but more often than not you are immersed in a local culture, meeting local people and sharing their lives. At the end of the stay, your greatest reward will be to know that you have made a difference in the lives of others (and they in yours), contributed to their community and helped sustain their development.
Immersing yourself in an international volunteer program means a serious commitment, so you’ll need to consider factors such as your time constraints, your skills and what level of dedication you’re willing to offer.
HDV lists meaningful projects in Africa and then recruits and places foreign volunteers with small community based projects and schools around Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Through our volunteer placement program, we aim to build the capacities of local projects and raise awareness around the world about the successes and challenges of life in Africa.
Many local African Projects lack the money and skills to grow themselves. We hope that with our Volunteer Abroad Africa (VAA) program in place, our projects will overcome some of the more serious challenges they face. These include: lack of money for operations (wages, office space, transport, training courses), lack of business skills (book keeping, marketing, strategy, grant writing), and lack of up to date knowledge (Counseling/mentoring skills, English language, HIV/AIDS and life skills information).
We offer a safe and family-like environment in which to come to Africa and give your time. We offer pre-arrival support by answering your questions about the countries in which we operate and by finding a project that best fits your skills and interests. We can also connect you to former and current volunteers working with us. We offer in-country assistance by collecting you from the airport, getting you to your placement, and unraveling some of the more complicated cultural issues you face when entering Africa for the first time. It is not easy to come to a completely foreign culture on your own. We want to be there to give you encouragement, advice, and support in order for you to be most effective while you are here.
While working with HDV, volunteers learn about the real situation at the grassroots level in Africa. Life in Africa is tough for everyone, not just HIV/AIDS patients, orphans and refugees. Wages are low, corruption is rampant, and education is not universal. In spite of this, Africans are some of the most welcoming, friendly, and open people in the world. Volunteers become part of the family, learning about the local culture: how to cook, how to speak the language, how to sit peacefully with their neighbors and talk about life in general. We hope that volunteers take that knowledge home with them, spreading the word about African development issues and culture around the world. Apply to VAA program now!