Go Volunteer Africa is providing adventure combined with meaningful volunteer work in Angola for people taking a gap year, career break, retirement or time out from education or just a mini-holiday throughout the year. Go Volunteer Africa offers many exciting volunteering in Angola experiences, mini-escapes and summer vacations, rural community insights and cultural immersion programs to Angola.
Volunteering in Angola program places volunteer travelers in a variety of projects including teaching, childcare, conservation, construction, healthcare or sports coaching. Our focus is to deliver an enriching and adventurous African holiday for people who also are dedicated to promoting ethical tourism principles.
Go Volunteer Africa provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer placements in Angola. Volunteering in Angola with Go Volunteer Africa is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need. Over 15 volunteers start on our volunteer program in Angola every month, working on an incredible range of social, economical and educational projects.
If you are planning to visit Angola, you are welcome to Go Volunteer Africa- the leading volunteer and travel organization. We are the only organization offering volunteer Angola opportunities and we combine these placements with superb top notch adventure tours to give you the best of what Angola has to offer.
With our volunteer program in Angola, we can help you find a meaningful community development project to suit your skills, interests and time frame. We work hand in hand with local communities and have first hand knowledge to help you choose the right Angola volunteer project.
Our volunteer Angola opportunities offers total cultural experience to traditional ethnic groups and this is a great way for travel and immerse yourself in the country. You can volunteer in Angola with Go Volunteer Africa for any duration from 2 weeks to as much 3 months.
Go Volunteer Africa places volunteers with a number of community development volunteer projects in Angola that provide economic support, education, capacity building for rural people in Angola. Each of Volunteer in Angola program provides a totally different experience, but main activities involve working with local children, youth, women and elderly.
We have volunteer projects in Angola that provide health care, HIV/AIDS prevention and AIDS care, counseling, education, and small business development. Let us know and we’ll figure out a good placement for your skills and interests. Angola has one of the highest infant mortality rates of any country in the world and a half of all children in the country live below the poverty line with just over half of the child population having access to safe water supplies.
If you are just visiting Angola for a short time, then 2 weeks volunteer Angola program will provide the perfect experience. There are a number of traditional village projects where you can spend a few days playing and teaching kids and explore the culture. Volunteering in Angola doesn’t need to take an extensive amount of time and thousands of dollars.
Volunteering in Angola is one of the best ways of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the this amazing little discovered country, as well as an opportunity to find out more about local Angola culture. Go Volunteer Africa programs are the perfect way to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference in deserving communities in Africa.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The exclave province of Cabinda borders the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.
With its 1.600 kilometers of scenic coastline, breathtaking landscapes, a rich and varied fauna and flora, and an exceptional cultural heritage: Angola’s tourist’s attractions are enormous. Go Volunteer Africa offers rare top opportunities for volunteering and traveling across Angola. Volunteer Angola program gives volunteers in Angola a chance to work on projects aiming to improve early childhood, education, agriculture and healthcare of host communities.
If you feel called to make a difference by volunteering in Angola consider Go Volunteer Africa, the leading volunteer and travel organization in Africa and the only organization offering affordable volunteer Angola opportunities. Angola has had a history of slavery and civil wars, but today the country enjoys a general sense of redevelopment and progress. A colony of Portugal for many years, Angola’s unique culture features a mix of Portuguese and traditional African elements.
While visiting Angola, spend a few days exploring the densely populated capital, Luanda, before penetrating deeper to see the country’s numerous beaches, parks, and wildlife reserves. Unlike many other African countries, Angola has few tourists, which means you will have the authentic pleasure of experiencing life in the country as Angolans do. We hope you take the opportunity during your visit to Africa to explore a country undergoing rapid change.
Kissama National Park: Located in northwestern Angola, Kissama National Park was the site of a massive rehabilitation project called Operation Noah’s Ark. In 2000, sixteen elephants were flown from South Africa to the park; they were followed by zebras, ostriches, wildebeests, and giraffes. While the park is still recuperating from years of neglect, it is easily accessible today and is a great place to spend a day exploring. There are accommodations within the park for overnight stays.
Benguela: The Benguela Railway used to connect the city to the Congo and Zambia, but civil wars destroyed the railroad’s infrastructure. While the railroad is slowly being repaired, the only functioning segment is the strip connecting Lobito to Benguela. We recommend taking the train trip and spending a day exploring the streets of Benguela, which boasts colonial Portuguese architecture and sites.
National Slavery Museum: This museum is not large, but it packs a big punch. Located just 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of Luanda, it is housed in a small, 17th-century chapel and tells the story of Angola and its involvement in the slave trade. The most intense experience to be had at the museum is the realization that, in that very chapel, millions of slaves were baptized before being sent across the Atlantic Ocean on slave ships. We highly recommend visiting this small but powerful museum.
Cangandala National Park: It is the smallest national park in the country, but its woodland environment attracts a large number of birds. The park was founded in 1963 to protect the giant sable antelope, but today it is primarily a great place to hike and see some of Angola’s natural beauty.
Kalandula Waterfalls: Also called the Duque de Braganca Falls, these amazing waterfalls are located in the province of Malanje. The Calendula falls are some of Africa’s highest and make for a spectacular photo shot.
Mussulo Peninsula: If you are looking for a good place to stroll along the water and see the fishing culture of Angola, visit the Mussulo Peninsula, where local fishermen work every day. Located just outside of Luanda, the peninsula offers a great escape for a few hours. We recommend packing a picnic, relaxing next to the water, and going swimming for an afternoon.
Santiago Beach: Located 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of Luanda, Santiago Beach bears the nickname “Shipwreck Beach,” because of the massive old ships beached in the shallow water. (One infamous vessel is the Karl Marx.) The ships provide an extraordinary photo opportunity. You can rent a fishing pole and go fishing farther down the coast, where the beaches are pleasant and free of rusty wrecks.
Lubango: Surrounded by mountains and blessed with a moderate climate year-round, Lubango is a great place to stop over for a few days. There are daily flights between Lubango and Luanda; you can also hire a car for the six-hour drive. Shopping and dining are activities that visitors usually indulge in during their stay in this high-up city.
Benfica Market: This Luanda-based market is full of paintings, animal skins, jewelry, carvings, masks, and more. Unlike at many African markets, the vendors are not known for their aggressiveness; still, feel free to haggle before you make your purchase. Be sure to ask vendors where their goods were created, as much of the art on sale isn’t made in Angola itself.
Fort San Miguel: Built in the 16th century by the Portuguese, this former fortress is now a massive tribute to the country’s past. Within the white, fortified walls are ceramic tiles detailing Angola’s history, as well as cannons and old prisoners’ cells. The Museum of the Armed Forces is also within the fort and is definitely worth a visit.
Capital: Luanda (Population: 2.572,000)
Currency: Angolan kwanza (AOA) $1 = 497AOA/ £1 = 640 AOA (2019)
Population: 30,178,000 (approx)
Official languages: Portuguese
Area: 1,247,000 sq. km
International Calling Code: +244
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Angola is a Southern African nation whose varied terrain encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers and Sub-Saharan desert that extends across the border into Namibia. The country's colonial history is reflected in its Portuguese-influenced cuisine and its landmarks including Fortaleza de São Miguel, a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1576 to defend the capital, Luanda.
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Luanda in Angola from teaching, childcare, construction and healthcare projects.
If you are looking for meaningful volunteer projects in Africa for a short or long term stay, Angola is an ideal destination. Programs are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture.
VOLUNTEERING IN ANGOLA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 6 exceptional sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations Luanda
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- We host over 10 volunteers every month across Angola
- 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!
You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Angola and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseeing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
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
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Angola's vibrant cities, rich musical culture, secluded beaches and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Angola.
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
ANGOLA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Angola will meet you on arrival at the airport in Luanda and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Angola has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN ANGOLA
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday.
The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Angola has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in teaching or orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
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 Angola must obtain either a visa in advance from one of the Angolan diplomatic missions or a pre-visa online, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. A tourist visa must be used within 60 days from the issue date and is valid for 30 days, a period that can be extended once for an additional period of 30 days. Passports must have a validity of 9 months and at least 2 blank pages. Since 30 March 2018, Angola began issuing tourist visas valid for 30 days in a simplified procedure to visitors from 59 countries. Visitors must first apply for a pre-visa online with the Migration and Foreigners Service. After the pre-visa is granted, they can then obtain a visa on arrival at designated ports of entry. Visa fee is US$120. In order to obtain a pre-visa, applicants must submit proof of accommodation and subsistence means, a return ticket and the International Certificate of Vaccination
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.