African Impact Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

African Impact Moshi Project

The AI team at Moshi arw absolutely great! Amazing at what they do and amazing people! Through hard workand love, they have set up various projects and the response bybthe local community is staggering. Thank you for welcoming you into the Moshi famiiy!

Program: Teaching and community support on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

African Impact is AWESOME!!!

My experience at African Impact has changed my life. They provided me with the knowledge and skills to help make a difference in the amazing world and culture that I was able to experience. African Impact was very involved in my travels and my safety making me feel very comfortable and safe. Thank you African Impact for changing my life and providing me with the materials needed to help make a difference.

Program: Teaching & Community Development Project in Zambia

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Wildlife Photography Project

The photography internship with African Impact/ALERT was great. I was able to participate in all the projects the program offered and was given the opportunity take great photos along the way. If I had any questions on how to work my camera or edit photos someone was there to help me out.

Program: Wildlife Photography and Conservation, Victoria Falls

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Volunteer on Hands on Lion Project

Amazing experience ! I have always wanted to work for Lion conservation and observe these majestic animals at close quarters . we have lions in the Gir Sanctuary in India but no system of volunteers to work and gain an insight . Antelope parks induction programme in the first few days gave me a wide perspective of lions conservation . The horse safari was a wonderful way to observe nature ,the tall grasses ,many birds ,trees .variety of Acacia trees ,the Mopani tree and its medicinal benefits . I loved observing the elephants at close quarters and was surprised at the huge size of the male elephant Jechcha !i could spend hours watching the elephants graze on the Acacia leaves and branches ! Such peaceful creatures ! The Lion walks allowed me to observe the lions at close quarters ! The playfulness ,but still alert to the presence of any Impala ,the stalking of prey and the final chase was an amazing experience ! The Handlers did an excellent job of explaining lion behavior . The research on the Ngamo pride was ,let me observe the interaction between a pride members .Yvonne , does an excellent job in explaining the interactions happening, the importance of greetings between lions and the hierarchy of the pride . The food prep and the hard work put in to feed the lions and look after their other problems is very painstaking work ,which is done with a smile and the volunteers are always encouraged and supported. Any questions asked are explained in great detail . As I did the various activities ,I realized the tremendous efforts which the entire staff is putting . Rosa ,our volunteer manager is very efficient in assigning tasks and schedules and maintaining a happy balance between all the volunteers .She has made my stay very rewarding and comfortable .I am so glad she is here! The visit to the orphanage, the rural school shows you the the rewards which community outreach programme can have on the disadvantaged children . It was heartening to see smiling faces of children despite the hardships which they endure as they are supported by people who care .I return from here enriched by the varied experience which I have had . I would certainly like to come back some day !

Program: Hands-On Lion Conservation Volunteering at Antelope Park

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Hands on lion conservation experience

My overall experience on the lion project at Antelope Park was a great one. The staff members were welcoming and friendly, and would do anything for you. There was a lot of interaction between the volunteers and the lions, and so you really felt like you were making a difference to the park and also the lions lives.

Program: Hands-On Lion Conservation Volunteering at Antelope Park

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Wonders Never Cease in Livingstone, Zambia

I came into this experience with less information than one might imagine and I definitely didn't do the amount of research that some people did beforehand. As a result, I had fewer expectations than most and, in this case, I was stunned by the quality of the experience. The amount of things that are quite literally at your fingertips to do in Livingstone and nearby is astounding and the facilities far exceed what I had pictured when I imagined a volunteer experience. Backpackers is a place I would stay even if I wasn't volunteering--not only because it's quite nice, but also because they make planning adventures so simple. Obviously, the reason I came, though, was to volunteer. The coordinators of the projects here in Livingstone spend so much time getting to know your needs and helping you fit right into the project(s) you chose that you quite literally are contributing right away. I was working with girls who knew my name and some of whom I likewise knew quite well within a few days of working on the Girl Impact project. And of course I was helping teach and design lessons for a pretty powerful curriculum to empower young girls that hopefully inspired them, but truly empowered me. I was quite taken by the other projects that people were working on, so the coordinators even made it possible for me to try other teams, too. In just a couple of weeks I worked with every volunteer--all 30+ of wonderful group of people.

Program: Girl Empowerment, Livingstone, Zambia

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Good and bad points but an unforgettable experience

Overall my experience at Antelope Park has been good - I have had some unforgettable moments and met some incredible people. Prepare to live in extremely stipped back accomodation, and prepare yourself to experience a fair amount of disorganisation, but you will also meet some incredible people and have unforgettable interaction with the animals.

Program: Hands-On Lion Conservation Volunteering at Antelope Park

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Review of Volunteer Experience

My time with African Impact has been the best experience of my life so far. I was extremely nervous about leaving home for a month and the unexpected- it was my first time being away from home for longer than a week! However, I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed into the African Impact family in Cape Town and I quickly made friends for life. My time on project was amazing; spending time planning for the week ahead and adding your own thoughts and ideas into activities for the children made the experience more personal and seeing the children progress and flourish in the short time you’re here is so rewarding. The whole experience from living in the house, to going out on project and also the amazing weekend activities available made this trip the most unforgettable experience and I cannot wait to go back and make more fantastic memories there!

Program: Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Support - Cape Town

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Great Experience

We had a great experience in the Lion program. Interacting with all the lions on the lion walks and during the enclosure cleanings was fantastic and meeting the other volunteers was great as well. You can get a little of everything while you are hear. Lions, elephants (who are so sweet) as well as all the other wild animals in the park. Get up close and personal to animals you never get to see out of a zoo. You can make this the most fantastic experience if you choose. Everyone is friendly and the handlers are funny, nice and are great to be around.

Program: Hands-On Lion Conservation Volunteering at Antelope Park

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Lions

My time here was a great experience. Working with lions was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the handlers were great. Knowing it was for a bigger purpose was all it took. I fell in love with the lions right away and I will always remember Tonga, Tamuka, and Ruva.

Program: Hands-On Lion Conservation Volunteering at Antelope Park