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.
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.)
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.
Before you travel to Africa as a
volunteer, explore the rich and varied
history of the continent.
A table showing the population of each African country in 2012 together with population density.
A table showing health expenditure in Africa by country per capita and where help is needed.
Find out all about African astrology somplete with a download for your own Africa astrology reading.
Africa is home to most of the
world's poorest countries
with some 86% living in poverty.
The Congo rainforest is the second largest rainforest in the world.
Find out more!
Facts, photos about the African pygmy people of the Congo rainforest and surrounding countries.
A table showing facts and data about internet access and use in
is becoming widespread.
Videos, information and profiles about some of the major lakes in Africa where you may be volunteering.
about the largest deserts of
Africa which you may visit
when volunteering there.
Download a copy of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child operational since 1999.
Download a free Africa map game to play offline and check your knowledge of Africa!!
Take our online Africa trivia quiz
and find out how much you know about
Africa and its history!
A fascinating and rare collection of old
photographs showing Africa
during the last century.
A map showing the size of Africa to compare against other countries
Africa isn't just a place to visit and volunteer, it's a remarkably diverse and resourceful continent. Check it out!
Details of current volunteer work
opportunities in each of the
countries of Africa.
Discover all about Africa and how to
make the most of your
volunteer experience there.
Don't set off on your volunteer experience
in Africa without checking out our
recommended essential supplies.
For a limited period get your
African NGO or volunteer organisation
listed here for FREE!
A must read novel about the pitfalls
of volunteering in Africa written
by the african-volunteer.net team!