Community Development Experiences

Volunteer in Africa on one of our amazing programmes!

Immerse yourself in the culture of Africa’s most welcoming communities.

We believe that education and community development are the keys to long-term conservation success. Our community service programmes are designed to promote a greater global understanding of the need to preserve and protect our planet’s environmental, wildlife and cultural diversity.

Through cultural immersion and collaborative development efforts, CTA service projects aim first and foremost to effectively address community needs. We believe that by teaching our students to work with local community members to first identify, then plan and finally implement a service project, both our students and our local communities will benefit and grow together.

Community service experiences can be held at a number of locations depending on group focus and any other adventures you wish to incorporate into your trip.

Each experiences focuses on cultural and service-led projects. Itineraries can incorporate all or a selection of the following activities:

Culture
Homestay immersion
Traditional cooking and dance
Local customs and values
Small-scale agriculture and farming

Community Service
Permaculture gardening
Teaching in local schools
Community infrastructure and building projects
Agricultural projects
Sports matches

We work with each school, teacher or student to customise any itinerary or build a completely unique programme that aligns with your vision and school requirements.

Why not consider combining a community service programme with a bush leadership course or conservation experience.

Take a look at the sample itineraries in each of our Community Service Projects below.

Mary S United Kingdom This programme is a fantastic place for anyone who wants to play an integral part in the fight against poaching. You get the chance to be up close and interact with the magnificent rhinos and elephants on a daily basis, but if you want to you also get a chance to play a practical and on-going rol...
Jan H Australia I spent 2 weeks at this amazing place and could move there permanently. Working so closely with the elephants and the rhino was a dream. The awe inspiring community and the projects and long term goals took me by surprise, and as such has left a space in my heart. The people are wonderful and very...
Yvie A United Kingdom I volunteered in Hwange National Park and right from the start I loved landing at Victoria Falls Airport, and then being whisked literally 40 minutes down the road in a no-roof 4x4 vehicle to what felt like the middle of the bush, and being instantly asked to set up my tent for camping! I felt inst...
James G UK We chose this programme because it allowed us to bring our four children aged 8-12, enabling us to volunteer as a family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage with plenty of space and a lovely garden and the food was great - roast beef and yorkshire pudding was a highlight for me! On the old maps of...
Erika W UK So many special moments! Where to start! Amy and I arrived late in the evening in the pitch black. Mike and two other volunteers, Steve and Bryan, stayed up to welcome us – everyone else was in bed! In the morning we woke up early to a strange banging noise, looked out the window and saw t...

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Community Conservation and Desert Elephant Trekking Location: Namibia
How much: from US$1,650 (2 weeks)
The field expedition of a lifetime: work and play while renovating the A.Gariseb Primary School alongside the smiling students who will benefit from your service, then head into the wilderness on a tr...
Rural Schools Teaching and Natural Wonders Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$950 (2 weeks)
Live in the backyard of Victoria Falls and immerse yourself in the smiles and simplicity of one of Africa s most welcoming communities. Teach English literacy and life skills, work on community infras...
Hands-on Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary Location: Namibia
How much: from US$855 (2 weeks)
Help provide a safe refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife! Provide animal care, rehabilitation and enrichment while learning about conservation in this hands-on and interactive environment. Work wi...
Hands-on Rhino, Elephant and Wildlife Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: price on application
Train an elephant to track poachers; feel the rough skin of a black rhino, one of the planet’s most endangered species; follow white rhino spoor through the African bush; horse ride across stunn...

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