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 to Africa just travel around and enjoy all the things that Africa has to offer like experiencing the different indigenous cultures (of which there are many), enjoying the spectacular scenery such as the Sahara, Table Mountain in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Sossusviei Dunes in Namibia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or the Pyramids in Egypt to name a few. You will also want to taste the varied cuisines from the coastal to inland areas and 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 while on a safari.
Some people do go to Africa on a pre-arranged volunteer program and find themselves teaching English in schools, working on game reserves, helping build wells in villages to ensure fresh drinking water is available, building huts, providing medical treatment, etc. 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 which can vary in length but each experience allowing you to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
Teach English to the locals
Some people find Teaching English positions in some of the countries situated on the Northern tip of the African continent 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.
Canadian students may work in South Africa for a 12 month period through SWAP www.swap.ca. Contact SWAP for details.