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Get Involved with Hands at Work


Mozambique: Rural Areas
Nigeria: Lagos
Republic of Congo: Rural Areas
South Africa: Mpumalanga
Swaziland: Rural Areas

Program Duration

1-2 Week, 2-4 Week, 9-12 Week, 1-2 Year, Multiple Year


Each February, Hands at Work welcomes a new intake of volunteers. Team visit all-year-round.


We have many specific roles that need to be filled. While practical skills, such as carpentry or nursing, are always valuable and necessary skills, we challenge people to think beyond these obvious skills. Leadership, administrative, report writing, financial, IT, trainers, supporters and encouragers--there's a role for people from all different backgrounds. Believing God calls people to this ministry, we say, regardless of your skills, if God is stirring a passion in your heart to reach out among the poor in Africa, then come!


  • English

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Community Development
  • Disaster Relief
  • Driving
  • Education
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Music
  • Orphans
  • Pastoral Work
  • Senior Citizens
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Volunteer Management
  • Writing
  • Youth
  • Youth Development
  • Youth Ministry

Typical Volunteer

Each February, Hands at Work welcomes a new intake of volunteers. The journey begins in South Africa at our international Hub where you will partake in a 5-week orientation led by long-term Hands at Work staff. The orientation includes sessions discussing Hands at Work’s vision and mission, as well opportunities to understand the development philosophy for how we are responding to the AIDS and orphan crisis in Africa. The majority of the orientation is practical and based on gaining first-hand experiences in the field to learn and understand the Hands at Work model of care. As the orientation completes, each volunteer will be placed in a role with one of the Hands at Work teams. This will be a “scaffolding” role where you will support and lift the hands of the long-term team around you, and this can include a broad range of activities from teaching basic computer skills and administration to praying with our staff and encouraging them with your presence and support. This opportunity is for those wanting to make a long-term commitment to helping the most vulnerable across Africa.

Age Range

All Ages

This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Application Process Involves

  • Essay
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Letters of Reference
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Physical Exam/Health Records
  • Resume
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

4 weeks

Hands at Work in Africa is a multi-denominational Christian based organization. We do not require our participants to be of the same faith. Our volunteers will not be involved in religious proselytizing.