Africa and the countries within the African continent do not have any reciprocal working holiday agreements in place (see South Africa SWAP program below). This means that most visitors travel around and enjoy all the things that the African continent has to offer. Imagine experiencing the different indigenous cultures (of which there are many). Enjoying the spectacular scenery such as the Sahara, Table Mountain in South Africa or the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe. What about the Sossusviei Dunes in Namibia or Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Perhaps the Pyramids in Egypt is on your bucket list. You will also want to taste the varied cuisines from the coastal to inland areas. Or top of your list might be to get up close and personal with some of the unique native wildlife such as the mountain gorillas in Rwanda or the lions, elephants, hippopotamus’ and flamingos whilst on safari.
Some people do go to Africa on a pre-arranged volunteer program. There are a variety of programs available so you could find yourself teaching English in a school. Or perhaps working on a game reserve or helping build water wells in villages to ensure fresh drinking water is available or building huts for the locals to live in. If you have a medical background you may be providing medical treatment. There are many opportunities to volunteer if that is your passion. Unfortunately, not all volunteer programs pay you to volunteer for them, in many cases you are paying them to have a volunteering experience. The cost vary depending on the length of the volunteer period but each experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
Teach English to the locals
Some people find Teaching English positions. Such positions are particularly popular in the Northern African countries such as Morocco. Here you could base yourself to make some money and further your travels within Africa.
For more information on Teaching English get a copy of our ebook Teaching English overseas. It provides information on qualifications required and gives an overview of the different countries to find a job in. It also provides contact details of schools to land a job.
Canadian students may work in South Africa for a 12 month period through SWAP www.swap.ca. Contact SWAP for details.