African Impact Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    5

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    6

Volunteering with Africa Impact in Greater Kruger Area

I have been completing this review after a month of my volunteering program ended. This allowed me to get some time to think about the project I registered in from a step away and see it more realistically and objectively. Although I do not rate the program as "excellent" it was a good, sometimes happy, sometimes boring, sometimes busy, sometimes disappointing but definitely it was a time/experience that will stay in my heart for a long, very long time...

Program: Leopard and Predator Research in South Africa

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My Review

My time with African Impact at Dumela was incredible. I met some amazing people who I will never forget and learned so much. I loved every moment of my time in Kruger, and sincerely hope that I will be able to return one day soon!

Program: African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation Project

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A life changing experience

Most amazing experienced I've ever had. Best exposure to wild life and community. It gives you a fantastic opportunity to meaningful conservation and community work. Partnered up with other like minded individuals on an adventure you only live once!! So grateful I got to do it!!

Program: African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation Project

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Sarah's Review

My time here was amazing. I was an intern for 3 months and highly recommend coming as an intern or as a volunteer. The community you work in is amazing, welcoming, and generous. The students want to learn and study, and they are so much fun to teach. The food is amazing, especially the local meals! I wouldn't change anything about this place and I definitely want to come back.

Program: NGO Internship - The Happy Africa Foundation

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Amazing project!

I absolutely loved my time with African Impact in Moshi. I signed up for the Girl Empowerment Project. However, there was ample flexibility to become involved with a large range of projects, which allowed me to get a real flavour of the work done across the board. I felt I was fully able to immerse myself in the culture, partly thanks to experiencing all walks of life in the various projects I was involved with.

Importantly for me, the atmosphere in the volunteer house was extremely welcoming. As soon as we arrived, it was clear that everyone was extremely passionate about the work they were doing, so much so that it was impossible to distinguish volunteers from staff members. Our roommate was incredibly welcoming, also, and showed us the ropes for the first few days which helped us settle in smoothly. We were also able to go on excursions on the weekends with the other volunteers -- these would be organised by African Impact, after we selected from a huge range, which made it extremely simple.

Program: Girl Empowerment, Moshi, Tanzania

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    9

A very great time!

All the people of this resicence have been incredibly kind, they have helped us in everything, especially if you have problems with English, they help you even more, I have loved being here for three weeks and I have even been short, During the week you have to do a lot of things and the days are spent running and when you realize it has already happened another week. The excursions on weekends have been amazing, I recommend visiting swaziland. But the most incredible thing was to be able to help with everything they do in african impact. Thank you all!

Program: African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation Project

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

a great time!

I had a great time during this experience. The staff is very nice and helpful. They make sure that you know why you are doing the things you do and otherwise you can ask. I also had a great time because of all the things you learn en see which you didn't always expect. We sure seen a lot of great things!! And of course the other voluntairs; it felt like a family during my 3 weeks of stay! Thank you all for this experience!

Program: African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation Project

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Best Summer

I worked for the Happy Africa Foundation and its partner African Impact in Moshi, Tanzania, and it was the best summer I've ever had. It was not only such fun and enjoyable experience, but also a great opportunity to learn about development and NGO management.

During my placement I lived in the volunteer house with others. Because we lived and spent so much time together, we got very close and became like a big family. Unlike government funded programmes like ICS, volunteers come from all over the world, which makes it so interesting to get to know other volunteers as they all have different cultures and stories. This is one of many things I miss about my time in Moshi. I had such a great time in just talking to other volunteers, sometimes sitting around a bonfire, watching the sky full of stars!

The weekend trips are also one of my highlights. They had a variety of trips and tours with reasonable price you can do over the weekends. I've done most of the tours, and they were all incredible. Watching a family of lions, crossing the border betweenTanzania and Kenya with a kayak, snorkelling in the turquoise blue ocean of Zanzibar, climbing Kilimanjaro, swimming in a hidden hotspring… and the list goes on.

The internship also offered me a great opportunity to deepen the understanding of development and NGO management.
Working on the grass route level allowed me to observe how the community is changing, and how NGOs have been contributing towards its development. It was very interesting to learn how the team manages the projects, and being able to see how the projects are making impacts on the community even in a short term was amazing.

Being a part of the Happy Africa Foundation team was probably one of the most fruitful experiences I’ve had during the internship. With them, I was able to learn fundraising strategies. As fundraising is perhaps the most important element in the development and charity sector, having an opportunity to learn about it was incredible.

None of these experiences would have been great if it weren’t for the staff members of African Impact and the Happy Africa Foundation. They were always very friendly and supportive, which made it so much easier for me to adapt to the new environment and to understand my tasks. I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with.

Program: NGO Internship - The Happy Africa Foundation

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A True Cultural Experience

Overall, my experience with African Impact has been excellent, from the projects themselves, the staff, the housing and even the food has been brilliant. I would highly recommend anyone with a interest in travelling to Africa and helping others to do so with African Impact.

Program: Teaching and community support on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Girl Impact, Livingstone

I am so pleased with my time in Livingstone, Zambia. It has honeslty been the best time of my entire life so far and I am already determined to go back to Livingstone very soon. The people I met there are now considered my friends and some of them I know I will have for life.

Program: Girl Empowerment, Livingstone, Zambia