African Impact

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9.1 / 10 after 22 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

Founded in 2004, African Impact are ground facilitators of volunteering in Africa. We offer a wide range of both community & conservation projects & are specialists within the industry. 

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Upon arriving in Zambia, I was immediately thrusted into the best exposure and training in the medical field I had ever encountered as an American pre-medical student. I never expected to have opportunities to weigh babies, assist nurses with taking vitals and preparing vaccines, clean wounds from HIV fungal infections and leprosy, and even shadow doctors in a different country on the other side of the globe.
If you are searching for a way to gain exposure to healthcare, see clinical cases in real life, and find the confidence within that you can succeed as a doctor, a nurse, a physical therapist, etc., this program is for you!

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Posted: November 6, 2016
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10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: imbrown
Age:
19

I had never been to Zimbabwe before, just Kenya and Tanzania, so this was the first time I was going to Africa not knowing what to expect. When I arrived into the Bulawayo airport and later at Antelope Park, I was greeted with nothing but smiling faces. Immediately, I felt so welcomed and appreciated as a volunteer. As I was doing the conservation photography program and there were not many of us, I was worried that we would be very separated from the rest of the group. However, our activities included everything possible—lion walks, carriage rides, horseback rides, research drives, game drives, elephant herding astrophotography, and more! We also had the flexibility to do what we wanted to do, which was always a nice option.

The staff always made sure we were well taken care and that we were safe at all times. The African Impact, Antelope Park and ALERT staff were always willing to answer questions about the program, and I learned so much about lion conservation during my short two weeks during the program... I'm already planning my next African Impact trip!

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Posted: August 3, 2016
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
21

I graduated college in the U.S. and was planning on starting work right after. But, I decided to pursue a dream of volunteering abroad. IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE... I chose African Impact because of their great reviews. But the reviews don't do it justice. From the moment I walked into the house, I felt like I was at home. The staff and other volunteers were extraordinarily welcoming. The best parts were obviously the projects. The kids are incredible and melted my heart everyday. When I tell people about my experience, I get a shiver down my body just thinking about how amazing the kids are. In addition, the program is really well run and you feel like you're making a true impact (it's not about just handing them toys and taking lots of pictures). The adults really appreciate our help and know that it is making an impact to improve their society.

Not only is volunteering incredible, but living in a house with all the volunteers is always a blast. From Monday Night Trivia to Events Night Thursdays to a random Movie Night with ice cream to crazy weekend adventures like shark cage diving, paragliding, a wine tour, countless hikes, and much more, there is always something to do in the house. The people here are incredible and you will without a doubt make more memories than you can imagine.

If you are even considering volunteering with African Impact, DO IT! And stay for as long as possible... I stayed for 10 weeks and wasn't ready to leave. Countless people during my stay extended there stay once they were there because they didn't want to leave. It may be scary to take the leap of faith and go to Africa. But, I promise you won't regret it!

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Posted: October 29, 2015
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
22

It is really difficult to put into words how fantastic this entire experience was. Several months returned from my three weeks at Thanda and I still can not stop smiling.

I was very very nervous, having never traveled much before, and certainly never having traveled alone. But from the minute I landed in Durban and was greeted by African Impact staff, I felt completely at ease. Everything was explained right away, I was never guessing where I needed to be or what I needed to be doing. The staff there is incredible. Everyone from the guides to the business managers to the cooks was incredibly friendly and helpful and cheerful. The happiness and joy is contagious, even when you are in a new environment and very jet-lagged!

The first day included a lot of orientation. All of the information we needed was presented to us, which was a LOT of information, but necessary to have. The project aims orientation was very intense as well; there is a lot to learn and remember! I would definitely recommend reading through the information they give you via email ahead of time!

I felt like I really knew the importance of the data we were collected, and exactly how it was being used. It was great that members of the wildlife management team, the ecologist, APU, etc, were often stopping by for dinner or joining us on projects. It allowed us to really understand everything that goes into maintaining a healthy reserve and how the work we were doing helped this.

I feel like I accomplished quite a bit in three weeks, and I left feeling like I had really done my part towards a cause I care greatly about! On top of that, I had so much fun! Great friends, great times. All together, a life changing experience.

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Posted: December 23, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Sarah13
Age:
29

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Thank you so much for this wonderful testimonial. We are thrilled that you found value in the program, that you understood and enjoyed your contribution to our conservation efforts and had such a great time. We hope to welcome you back on project soon! Best, The African Impact Team

My experience with African Impact was nothing short of incredible. A few well chosen words cannot do justice to the kindness I experienced in Zambia and working with African Impact. It started upon arrival and being introduced to the staff, fellow volunteers and my accommodations for the next few weeks. I felt at home immediately. The individuals I was fortunate enough to meet in the community have genuinely impacted my entire perspective on how we view our peers. The students refer to their fellow classmates as 'friends'. In referring to others as your friend, almost instantly your world becomes so much larger. I felt welcomed and I welcomed every moment I had to spend with these friends I've made. I can't think of a moment working in the schools where I wasn't smiling, laughing, or learning something new about the locals.
I took part in a sports development project for 2 weeks. It almost isn't fair how much fun was had; and how much I learned as well. Walking around Livingstone and I was sure to see someone that I had played football the day before with, or tag rugby; anything! Everything was so well organized by the staff. The relationship African Impact has with the community is one that ought to be recognized and reflected back here at home. I can't wait to go back!

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Posted: November 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
24

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Dear Volunteer, Thank you so much for this great review and very positive affirmation of the kind of volunteer experience and contribution we're trying to make in Livingstone. We're so pleased you had such an amazing time on project and can't wait to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, The African Impact Team

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