African Impact

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation operating responsible and sustainable volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Southern and East Africa. Founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, we have 10 years’ experience and have facilitated over 10,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent!

We seek to maximise the positive impact of voluntourism in Africa, both for volunteers and for communities and conservation efforts. To us, volunteering is a two-way thing. It’s not just about the hands-on help and skills that volunteers bring; it’s also about what this amazing continent, its people and its wildlife can give those volunteers in return. We work with charities, community stakeholders and organisations on the ground to ensure that we are providing support where it is most needed, and bring about the biggest possible impact.

At African Impact we take a holistic approach to the implementation and running of our projects. We always aim to integrate ourselves into every level of the community working from grass roots to local governments. We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment for all involved – changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.

African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT)

Founded in 2005 at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe, ALERT is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion by means of a responsible development approach ALERT aims to realise the species’ potential to provide substantial social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits.

ALERT supports the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme developed at Antelope Park by Andrew Conolly. The aim of this programme is to provide a solution to augmenting the sharply decreasing numbers of African lions through the release of wild-borne offspring from rehabilitated captive-bred lions.

The Happy Africa Foundation

African Impact is proud to have been instrumental in the establishment of The Happy Africa Foundation (THAF) in 2007 and continues to be one of the Foundation’s major supporters.

Donations made to support our community and conservation initiatives by private donors as well as by African Impact as a voluntourism organisation are managed and distributed on their behalf by THAF. The Foundation is dedicated to sustainable change and progress for underprivileged communities in southern and eastern Africa.

The Foundation’s ethos is based on building and maintaining strong partnerships with the communities we work in. We work to enrich people’s lives through implementing improved health and nutrition infrastructures, building opportunities for better education, creating safe places for children to play and helping to generate sustainable sources of income for families.

Each community has unique needs and we pride ourselves on striving to understand and address those needs in a sustainable and impactful way.

Lion Encounter

Based in Victoria Falls, Lion Encounter supports the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Programme; Africa’s first genuine programme to ethically re-introduce the offspring of rehabilitated captive-bred African lion back into the wild, helping safeguard the future of the king of the beasts.


ACTS is a Christian organization that is passionate about missions in Africa. ACTS specializes in facilitating logistical arrangements for mission teams and providing effective and authentic Christian volunteer placements in Southern and East Africa.