About Africa

 

About Africa


Find out all about Africa with our 'about Africa' profile pages, everything you need to know to enhance your volunteer work experience from information and videos about the great lakes of the Rift valley, to the major deserts, the Congo Rainforest, the Maghreb and, of course, and extensive history of Africa together with photographs and maps of the African continent. We also provide links to one of our sister sites where you can see live images from Africa's National parks and check out the wildlife.



On this page we provide some data and information about Africa. The graph (above) shows the average temperature across Africa and this can quickly be compared with that of neighbouring Europe. It is not hard tio see how such high temperatures present challenges to every day life in Africa. In fact it can also be a barrier to volunteering as the heat quite literally saps your energy so, instead of palnning long voluntary shifts, consider short 1-2 hour episodes morning and afternoon until you are acclimatised.


About Africa temperatures


Below is a world map of human development, and, as can be easily seen, the majority of Africa, apart from a few countries in the south and north, all represent low human development when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. (2017 data published in 2018.)


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Why not kick off your tour of our 'about Africa' pages by checking out the video below, introducing some of the most prominent features in and about Africa then explore some of the pages below to find out more about Africa.






Africa History

Africa History

Before you travel to Africa as a
volunteer, explore the rich and varied
history of the continent.

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Africa Population

African Population

A table showing the population of each African country in 2012 together with population density.

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Africa Health

Africa Health Expenditure

A table showing health expenditure in Africa by country per capita and where help is needed.

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Islam in Africa

Islam in Africa

A map of Africa showing the spread of Islam together with facts and figures about Islam in Africa.

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Africa Astrology

Find out all about African astrology somplete with a download for your own Africa astrology reading.

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Poorest Countries

Africa is home to most of the
world's poorest countries
with some 86% living in poverty.

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Congo Rainforest

Republic of Congo Rainforest

The Congo rainforest is the second largest rainforest in the world.
Find out more!

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Africa Names

African Baby Names

A list of all the most popular
African boy and African girl names
together with their meanings.

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Pygmy People

Pygmy People

Facts, photos about the African pygmy people of the Congo rainforest and surrounding countries.

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Internet in Africa

Internet in Africa

A table showing facts and data about internet access and use in Africa which
is becoming widespread.

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African Lakes

African Lakes

Videos, information and profiles about some of the major lakes in Africa where you may be volunteering.

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Maghreb Profile
Maghreb Profile

For information, a video and background history about Maghreb where there is some volunteer work.

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Deserts of Africa

About the Deserts of Africa

Information about the largest deserts of
Africa which you may visit
when volunteering there.

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Children's Charter

ACRWC/ Children's Charter

Download a copy of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child operational since 1999.

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Africa Geography

Download a free Africa map game to play offline and check your knowledge of Africa!!

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Take our online Africa trivia quiz
and find out how much you know about
Africa and its history!

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African Photos

African Photos

A fascinating and rare collection of old
photographs showing Africa
during the last century.

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Size of Africa

Size of Africa

A map showing the size of Africa to compare against other countries
and continents.

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Funny Africa

Funny Africa

Africa isn't just a place to visit and volunteer, it's a remarkably diverse and resourceful continent. Check it out!

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African Webcams

African Webcams

Before you volunteer in Africa check
out these live webcams from
around the African continent.

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Main sections of this site:


Volunteer by Country

Details of current volunteer work
opportunities in each of the
countries of Africa.

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Country Profiles

Explore each of the countries of
Africa in our detailed
African country profile pages.

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All About Africa

Discover all about Africa and how to
make the most of your
volunteer experience there.

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Pan-African News
African News

Explore all the latest and breaking
news from across Africa while
you volunteer.

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Volunteer Supplies
Volunteer Supplies

Don't set off on your volunteer experience
in Africa without checking out our
recommended essential supplies.

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Get listed Here!

For a limited period get your
African NGO or volunteer organisation
listed here for FREE!

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Lighthouse Project

A must read novel about the pitfalls
of volunteering in Africa written
by the african-volunteer.net team!

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Sponsor a Child
Sponsor a Child in Africa

Details of how to sponsor a child in
each country of Africa at our
sister site. child-sponsorship.com.

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