Original Volunteers - Africa

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Basic Information

Address: Rouen House Rouen Road Norwich
Phone Number: +44 01603 280702 (UK)
Director: Mr G Cage Medina

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Original Volunteers - Africa
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Additional Information

Causes Served: Health, Education, Community, Sport
Background Check: Yes
Ages for Volunteer: 17+
Days of Service: Start dates throughout year.
Languages used as a Medium: English
Experience Required:

No experience required for community programmes. All welcome to come and have a go! Our programmes have been prepared with novice and first time volunteers in mind.

Hospital and clinic placements will require proof of current enrollment on related couse of study.

Travel Arrangements:

All volunteers and interns are collected from the airport on arrival by the in-country team.

Application Process:
  • Request a call back or email directly telling us a little about your plans.
  • Discuss the details of your chosen programmes with a member of our experienced projects advice team to ensure a good match, check availability and ask any questions.
  • Register with Original Volunteers, receive confirmation and complete all required documentation for your chosen project which will be advised after registration.
  • Start contacting other volunteers who will be attending the chosen programme at the same time.
  • Make appointments for any vaccinations and visas which may be required, further advice will be provided after registering.
  • Pay any programme fees due no later than 2 weeks before travel.
Visa Requirements:

Most African countries require a visa to enter the country if travelling on a non-African passport.
Each country has different requirements: visas are either obtained before travel (online or by post) or on arrival at the airport at the final destination.
Further advice on how to obtain visas is provided after registering.

Program Highlights:

Africa Volunteer Programmes

Choose from diverse programmes across this incredible continent.

Choose from diverse programmes across this incredible continent with programme fees starting from as low as US$70 or GBP£50 a week for long stays. Typical short stay programme fees US$115 GBP£95 a week.

Ghana Teach or assist classes in poor schools in the Lake Volta region of Eastern Ghana. Medical and nursing students can help at the Kwahu national hospital. Sports coaching is also available together with conservation and construction work. Closest airport for pick ups: Accra

Morocco Help in community settings both in and outside of Marrakech with children aged 0 to 12 years old. Volunteers help in community centres, charities and remote villages taking part in art and craft activities and outdoor games. Closest airport for pick ups: Marrakech

Kenya Two incredible projects are available in Kenya which can be combined: Live with a genuine Maasai family helping every day tasks combined with assisting village projects and teaching at the village nursery. Help at the street kids project in Mombasa teaching boys between 7 and 16 with basic spelling and arithmetic and combine with some afternoon sport. Closest airport for pick ups: Nairobi or Mombasa depending on programme chosen.

Tanzania Create a schedule to suit from a choice of projects within the town of Iringa in south central Tanzania which include but are not limited to: orphan schools, children homes, daycentres, youth sports clubs, day nurseries. Closest airport for pick ups: Iringa (most volunteers fly as far as Dar Es Salaam only and travel overland to Iringa)

South Africa Help care for a primates at a busy sanctuary just outside Pretoria. No experience neccessary. Volunteers help over 5 days with feeding, cleaning and preparing stimulation activities for the primates' mental well being. Nearest airport for pick ups: Johannesburg.

Uganda Live-in and help at this busy primary school high in the Ugandan hills which was established by an English lady and who visits regularly. Volunteers can teach, assist classes, assist the nurse in the clinic, organise activities in the nursery and help with general repairs. Nearest airport for pick ups: Entebbe.

Malawi Help at various settings in need of hands on assistance in and around the regions of Zomba and Blantyre. Nearest airport for pick ups: Blantyre.

Mission Statement:

Original Volunteers aims to provide affordable and flexible volunteer programmes for all, in communities and projects which are in need of urgent assistance.

Program History:

Original Volunteers was founded in 2006 and has sent over fifteen thousand volunteers of all ages to projects in need which a focus on : health, education and construction.