Volunteering Eswatini! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Eswatini (Swaziland). The lush and mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, now officially called eSwatini, is Africa’s last absolute monarchy.
This small but scenically beautiful country of emerald peaks, rivers, ravines, rolling valleys, and waterfalls is a hiker’s eden. Nature reserves are the top attraction here, and though only a few host Big Five animals (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), all of them offer an intimate game-viewing experience, lush mountain scenery, and a rich diversity of species.
Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and also known as Swaziland (SWAH-zee-land; officially renamed in 2018), is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and South Africa to its north, west, and south. At no more than 200 kilometers (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west, Eswatini is one of the smallest countries in Africa; despite this, its climate and topography are diverse, ranging from a cool and mountainous highveld to a hot and dry lowveld.
Swaziland also proudly preserves its fascinating culture, customs, and festivals. Travelers are welcome to watch some of the festivities of Incwala, an impressive three-week kingship ritual in December and January, and, Umhlanga, the lively Reed Dance ceremony, which takes place during the last week of August or first week of September.
VOLUNTEERING ESWATINI PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- Coach sports and games
- Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
- Enjoy Mlawula Nature Reserve
- Explore the Mkhaya Game Reserve
- Safari at Hlane Royal National Park
- Work with childcare & medical projects
- Work with our arts and culture projects
- Work with women empowerment projects
- Get involved in our environment conservation project
- Visit the numerous historic and geological sites of the region
With its outstanding scenery and abundant wildlife, the Kingdom of Eswatini is a nature lover’s paradise. One of the world’s few remaining monarchies, the tiny country, which is almost completely surrounded by South Africa, has no shortage of hiking, biking, and horseback-riding opportunities, and its many national parks offer glimpses of everything from rare birds to endangered black rhinos.
Known for being especially friendly and laid-back, the Swazi people are committed to preserving their culture in the face of modernization, which means that traditional customs play a large part in everyday life. Visitors to Swaziland are in for a unique and authentic African experience.
ESWATINI FAST FACTS
Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and formerly named Swaziland is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and South Africa to its north, west, south, and southeast. At no more than 200 kilometers (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometers (81 mi) east to west, Eswatini is one of the smallest countries in Africa; despite this, its climate and topography are diverse, ranging from a cool and mountainous highveld to a hot and dry lowveld.
The population is composed primarily of ethnic Swazis. The prevalent language is Swazi (siSwati in native form). The Swazis established their kingdom in the mid-18th century under the leadership of Ngwane III. The country and the Swazi take their names from Mswati II, the 19th-century king under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified; the present boundaries were drawn up in 1881 in the midst of the Scramble for Africa. After the Second Boer War, the kingdom, under the name of Swaziland, was a British protectorate from 1903 until it regained its independence on 6 September 1968. In April 2018, the official name was changed from Kingdom of Swaziland to Kingdom of Eswatini, mirroring the name commonly used in Swazi.
The government is an absolute monarchy, the last of its kind in Africa, and has been ruled by King Mswati III since 1986. Elections are held every five years to determine the House of Assembly and the Senate majority. The current constitution was adopted in 2005. Umhlanga, the reed dance held in August/September, and incwala, the kingship dance held in December/January, are the nation’s most important events.
The Swazi population faces major health issues: HIV/AIDS and (to a lesser extent) tuberculosis are widespread. It is estimated that 26% of the adult population is HIV-positive. As of 2018, Eswatini has the 12th-lowest life expectancy in the world, at 58 years. The population of Eswatini is young, with, as of 2018, a median age of 22 years and people aged 14 years or younger constituting 35% of the country’s total population.
Our Eswatini volunteer trips starts and ends in Mbabane one of the capital and the second largest city of Mozambique. Projects are based across the country with major locations being Mbabane and Manzini.
Mbabane is a city in Eswatini, and is one of the two capitals, serving as the executive capital. With an estimated population of 94,874, it is located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdzimba Mountains. It is located in the Hhohho Region, of which it is also the capital.
Manzini is a city in Eswatini, which is also the capital of Eswatini’s Manzini Region. The city is the country’s largest urban center ahead of Mbabane, with a population of 110,000. It is known as “The Hub” of Eswatini and lies on the MR3 road.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at King Mswati III International Airport in Manzini. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Eswatini will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house which will be your base for volunteering and adventure This airport services numerous international carriers. Swaziland has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer trip orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Eswatini you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing and the adventures.
VOLUNTEERING ESWATINI OPPORTUNITIES
Go Volunteer Africa is working to provide quality, meaningful and affordable volunteering in Swaziland travel opportunities. We focus on semi-urban and rural communities of Swaziland (eSwatini) and working with disadvantaged children, youth and women, through provision of quality education, healthcare, access to clean water and community development projects.
The volunteering Eswatini program is one of the most rewarding travel experiences you will ever have in Swaziland. If you choose to do volunteer work at our schools, youth center or just to be part of our outreaches, you need to be adaptable, flexible and prepared to face and hear heartbreaking stories of the people’s backgrounds.
Our Volunteer Program in Swaziland is an immersion program customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with the desire to volunteer in eSwatini. The timetable you travel, your project location, and project work you may be involved with are all geared to your skills and interests, and the communities’ needs.
If you are interested in participating volunteering in Swaziland with our program, write to us and we will work with you to identify your best placement options around eSwatini Kingdom. And whether you work in a clinic, school, or children’s centre, participate in building or agricultural projects, or simply assist in the day-to-day tasks. Go Volunteer Africa works closely with each volunteer to ensure comprehensive preparation, including both an understanding of the people with whom you will be working, and all considerations necessary for travel overseas.
Go Volunteer Africa enables people from around the world to share their skills and expertise with needy communities of Swaziland. We facilitate volunteer placements in Swaziland for individual solo travelers and groups, for a minimum of two weeks and we can secure the placement within 24hrs of receiving your inquiry.
We offer volunteer programs in eSwatini that will either utilize skills you hold already or give opportunity to learn new skills. All of our volunteer projects in Swaziland have been formulated by our team, to give our participants the most meaningful of experiences, wherever they may decide to venture.
The main objective our volunteering Eswatini program is to help more people gain the life changing, life affirming experiences that volunteering and responsible tourism can give. We are committed to enabling skill transfer, enabling projects in eSwatini to access different skill sets and to helping volunteers realize the value they can add using the skills they hold.
One of the best ways to really get under the skin of any destination is to actually cover a large amount of ground during your travels. Go where very few get to go and join one of our overland tours and breathtaking safaris.
Swaziland has so much to offer and tourists can benefit greatly from the fact that, with it being so small, every major attraction can be found within just two hours of Mbabane, the Ezulwini Valley or Manzini. Swaziland is known for its civility and peacefulness, despite problems with poverty and one of the world’s worst AIDS crises.
No particular experience required to get involved in our volunteer work in Swaziland. All you need is a desire to make a difference. Volunteers should also be flexible, self-motivated and have a strong willingness to learn and take new initiatives.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on our volunteering Eswatini Program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering opportunities in Eswatini. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
For volunteers participating on our Swaziland trip, accommodation will be provided in beach volunteer house which is basic but comfortable. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared and you have access to a kitchen to prepare your meals. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves nature, marine and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
Visitors to Eswatini unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries can obtain a visa on arrival at all border posts or from one of the Swazi diplomatic missions. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date.
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. Buy here Now
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME
Weekends are free for the volunteer to enjoy their time in Eswatini. In your free time you will have ample opportunity to relax in the camp and surroundings, watch the marine-life, read or sit around the beach socializing with the others and reflecting on the day’s activities.
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
Program Fee Excludes:
- Personal Expenses
- Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here