AVs gap year and summer programs in Africa leave the guide book behind and take you in to rural communities, away from the luxury hotels or safari camps.
Programs available in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda
The AV Kenya program gives you the opportunity to live and work in a rural part of the country in rural villages on the coast south of Mombasa. Here you will gain an understanding of everyday life with the local people, away from the hotel lined beaches and luxury safari camps; you have the chance to contribute to a community, making a big difference on a small scale.
AV's gap year and summer programs in Malawi are based in communities within 60 kilometres of Lilongwe, and around Zomba in the south. Lilongwe is the capital and has a good variety of shops, banks, Internet cafes and restaurants. Zomba is a small town that was the capital of Malawi until 1975. To the north is the beautiful Zomba Plateau and the surrounding area is famous for tobacco and cotton. In 1994, the Government of Malawi abolished school fees for primary education, resulting in an increase in primary school enrolment from 1.9 million pupils to 3.2 million and an average pupil-teacher ratio of 72. The schools are often under-staffed and lack furniture, text books, sports equipment and stationary. Any help you can give is hugely appreciated by the local communities!
South Africa Program
South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is a stunning and rugged country where a new generation of talent is slowly emerging. The contrasts are extraordinary: first world cities on the one hand and on the other, rural communities and townships, which receive little or no funding or help. Volunteering in South Africa you will see there is a passionate desire for education - in the classroom and on the sports' field.
Tanzanian schools lack furniture, textbooks, sports equipment, stationery and class sizes grow bigger and bigger. Our gap year and summer programs in Tanzania are based in communities around Arusha and Machame (near Moshi). This is Maasai country, a tribe known for their beautiful clothing and beaded jewellery. You will gain an understanding of everyday life, away from the luxury beach hotels and safari camps; and contribute directly to a community, making a big difference on a small scale.
AV's gap year and summer programs in Uganda take place in rural communities around the area of Jinja, on the shores of Africa's largest lake - Lake Victoria, and close to the source of the mighty River Nile.