The mystery and beauty of Botswana is perfect for volunteers looking for an adventure. It’s vibrant and welcoming community is also a place for volunteers to make a real difference. Botswana’s landscape is defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Africa with its majestic wildlife, natural wonders and warm locals Botswana is a wonderful place to visit.
Botswana is approximately the size of France but has a population of only 2 million people so the projects we support there are involved in community development, social programmes and conservation initiatives.
One of the newest additions to our portfolio of projects, it’s a wonderful place to learn and grow personally. Interestingly, Botswana is the world’s biggest diamond producing country in terms of value and the second biggest in terms of production. Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.
Accommodation will be provided for you by the project, mainly in safari tents or in volunteer dorms which are both basic but comfortable. 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. Visit our project list for detailed project descriptions.
You will work 5 days a week (6 days in some projects) and have 2 days off. Afternoons are quieter, and if duties are done for the night, you may take the afternoon to explore the area or relax. In your free time, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery or organise trips to local attractions with your fellow volunteers. The projects are in a rural area of Botswana but are accessible from South Africa. Botswana has the largest elephant population on the continent and the best place to see them is at Chobe National Park, so perhaps plan a trip to the park at the beginning or end of your stay.
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering opportunities. These programmes are available in Botswana and we would be happy to chat directly with you to find the project that is best suited to your needs. We will also help with what times of the year are best, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind.
If you are not a native English speaker, you can combine your volunteering experience with an English language course.
It is important that you can communicate well and understand instructions. This is not only important for your safety and those around you, but also important to make your volunteering experience a great one.
The minimum English requirements differ slightly from project to project (see project details), but usually a minimum of Upper-Intermediate [B2] is required.
If your English level is not sufficient or you want to brush up your skills, attending an English language course before you start volunteering is a great option. Our sister company, Good Hope Studies, offers a great choice of courses in Cape Town.
Attending a language course before volunteering also allows you to get used to the country - its climate, food and infrastructure.