If you are keen to volunteer in Egypt then we highly welcome you to the home of the pharaohs. Go Volunteer Africa offers a number of meaningful, life changing volunteer projects in Egypt. Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.
When you sign up to volunteer in Egypt with Africa’s leading and largest volunteer travel organization, you will meet lots of new people from all over the world, at any one time there are hundreds of international volunteers in Egypt working and visiting through Go Volunteer Africa.
Go Volunteer Africa is the perfect way to experience the Egypt or spend a gap year in Egypt. You can do more than just sightseeing by applying to volunteer and help communities, wildlife and the environment. You will get a real feel for the people, culture and country whilst being able to be far more than just a tourist.
Egypt has long been one of the most popular destinations of Go Volunteer Africa with so many meaningful projects, historical places of interest located here, you will be able to explore the riches of one of the world’s oldest civilizations and do something beneficial to communities by working as a volunteer.
Types of projects you can apply for include helping communities, archaeology projects or disadvantaged youth – this is a great way to get an authentic experience working alongside local people and learning more about their culture. If you would like to help refugees in Egypt we also offer this opportunity.
We also offer organic farming volunteer projects in Nuweiba, South Sinai throughout the year. As a volunteer in Egypt you will be able to help with general farm tasks and sustainable living projects. You will need to be able to stay for at least 2 weeks.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country in the northeast corner of Africa, whose territory in the Sinai Peninsula extends beyond the continental boundary with Asia, as traditionally defined. Egypt is bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, Libya to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, across the Red Sea lies Saudi Arabia, and across the Mediterranean lie Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, although none share a land border with Egypt.
Situated on the northwestern tip of Africa, Egypt incorporates the Sinai Peninsula, the only land bridge between the continent of Africa and the rest of the Eastern Hemisphere. In this bustling, colorful, loud, and busy nation are the roots to one of the most ancient civilizations to exist on Earth. There is something for everyone here, whether you’re interested in the Great Pyramids, the crowded markets, the historic Nile River, the fantastic cuisine, or the nation’s vast number of museums. Egypt at its simplest is a study in contrasts: ancient and modern, desert and oasis, crowds and isolation. These pairings make Egypt a compelling travel destination, worthy of any traveler’s top ten list.
What to Do
The Pyramids and the Sphinx: Even if you’ve seen them before, we suggest that you see them again: the pyramids and the Sphinx, both located in the town of Giza, are among the most iconic structures in the history of the world. Some travel agencies offer tickets to a laser show that takes place on the horizon between the pyramids and Cairo, but we recommend that you plan your visit mostly for during the day.
Luxor: Ancient Greeks and Romans themselves flocked to the city of Luxor to see the monuments on the East Bank. Karnak Temple is one of the most beautifully excavated ancient sites we have ever seen, and Luxor Temple comes in a close second. Comprising one of the largest open-air museums in the world, this ancient conglomeration of temples, stelae, obelisks, and hieroglyphs makes for a stunning figurative trip back to ancient Egypt.
Valley of the Kings: Located on Luxor’s West Bank, this archaeological site has been under excavation for almost two centuries, but it was the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922 that made headlines around the world. If other tombs were raided and looted before they were discovered in modern times, King Tut’s tomb, virtually untouched since his death, in 1323 B.C.E., serves as a pristine example of ancient burial ceremonies. Though all artifacts have been moved to the Egyptian Museum in nearby Cairo, the Valley of the Kings is a must visit.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo: This museum has a mimd-boggling accumulation of artifacts from Egyptian antiquity. The sheer volume of pieces, not to mention their physical scale, is astounding. Any tour guide worth his salt will lead you on a tour of the highlights; otherwise, it would take days to see every one of the spectacular items. Featuring collections arranged in chronological order, the museum includes some of King Tut’s treasures, pre-dynasty monuments, artifacts of the Middle and Modern kingdoms, Greek and Roman antiquities, coins and papyri, and sarcophagi.
Alexandria: Less than three hours from Cairo by minibus, Alexandria is home to summer beach lovers, many of whom are escapees from Cairo’s intense summer heat. Walk on the beach and enjoy sites like the Kom al-Shoqafa catacombs, Muhammad Ali’s ancient palace, and the Royal Library of Alexandria, once the largest library in the world.
Egypt’s Bazaars: Your trip to Egypt won’t be complete until you spend an afternoon touring an endless maze of stalls and alleyways in a city bazaar. Bazaars in Egypt are usually divided into Muslim and Christian markets and keep separate schedules accordingly. Confronting an array of home goods, clothes, jewelry, fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, fabrics, musical instruments, and more, you must negotiate the price before accepting a merchant’s initial offer; it’s customary to haggle in this region.
Abu Simbel: Originally carved out of a mountainside, the temples at Abu Simbel were constructed by King Ramses II near the city of Aswan. When a proposed dam construction threatened to flood the temple, UNESCO engineers developed a project to cut the entire site into giant blocks and move it to higher ground in 1964. Today’s reconstruction of the site allows visitors to bear witness to not only an amazing feat of antiquity but an impressive modern achievement as well.
Sailing in Aswan: Observe the Blue Nile’s lush green banks against the backdrop of a desert landscape while sailing on a felucca, a type of sailboat used in Egypt since antiquity. A guide can help arrange a group or private ride, which usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. This is a great time to pick up some handmade keepsakes.
Temple of Horus at Edfu: Situated on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, this temple permits a dramatic peek into the ancient rituals of Egyptian religion, especially if you visit at night. Preserved hieroglyphs adorn every surface of the temple. Guides reenact certain ceremonies for the sake of visitors. Witnessing ancient Egyptian rituals while standing in a room previously reserved for only the highest of priests is an unforgettable experience.
Siwa Oasis:In the western desert near the Libyan border is Egypt’s most remote oasis town. Siwans speak their own language and have an identifiable style of jewelry and crafts, influenced by the Berbers. The natural beauty of this area is what drew us in: travelers can relax in the hot springs and eat local snacks, such as the town’s famed olives.
See the sunrise from Mt.Sinai: If you love hiking, climb Mt.Sinai at night and experience unbelievable starry skies and memorable sunrises. Many tourists from all over the world ready enjoy one of the planet’s most breathtaking sunrise and one of the highest points in Egypt.
The South Sinai: If you are looking for top notch beaches, better diving and snorkeling, sand dunes and plenty of sun, but prefer to get far away from the tourist hoards, go to the villages lining the Red Sea in the South Sinai Peninsula.
Take a desert safari: This is an awesome activity to do in Egypt. Look for a guided desert safari with a few local Bedouin. They will take you out and show you a desert, usually topped off with an amazing star-gazing opportunity and a Bedouin cooked dinner.
Capital: Cairo (Population: 20,484,965)
Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP) $1 = 16 EGP / £1 = 20 EGP / €1= 17 EGP (2019)
Population: 97,738,659 (approx)
Official languages: Arabic (official), English (official).
Area: 1,010,000sq km
International Calling Code: +20
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering and travel opportunities in Egypt from teaching, conservation or healthcare projects. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer and get immersed in the culture, Egypt is an ideal destination.
Egypt links northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza's colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor's hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.
Tourism is one of the leading sources of income, crucial to Egypt's economy. At its peak in 2010 the sector employed about 12% of Egypt's workforce serving approximately 14.7 million visitors Egypt, and providing revenues of nearly $12.5 billion. as well as contributing more than 11% of GDP and 14.4% of foreign currency revenues.
VOLUNTEERING IN EGYPT QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Groups and Solo travelers are accommodated
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 6 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Cairo
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
Egypt welcomes you with its mighty Nile and magnificent monuments, the beguiling desert and lush delta, and with its long past and welcoming, story-loving people. Concerned about your safety as you plan travel to Egypt? We at Go Volunteer Africa, together with our friends, family and colleagues, travel extensively throughout the continent. We welcome you to Egypt.
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Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Egypt at its best. There is a lot to see and do in Egypt.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
EGYPT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Cairo International Airport in Cairo city. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Egypt will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering and touring.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport service numerous international carriers, including the national carrier EgyptAir. Egypt has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN EGYPT
Participants in our programs and tours in Egypt are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouse managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 30-45 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Egypt has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend desert safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: Visitors to Egypt must obtain a visa from one of the Egyptian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries that are eligible for visa on arrival. Visitors must hold passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival to Egypt.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.