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 images 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 as well as details of how to sponsor children in Africa.



On this page we provide some data and information about Africa. The graphic (below) shows the average temperatures across the continent 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 planning 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.


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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.







About Africa: African History

Africa History


Before you travel to Africa as a volunteer, explore the rich and varied history of the continent from ancient through colonial and modern times.

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About Africa: Africa Population

About Africa: African Population


A table showing the population of each African country together with population density on a continent of some 1,386,161,580 people representing 16.72% of the total world population and projected to rise to nearly 2.5 billion by 2050.

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About Africa: Africa Health

About Africa: Africa Health Expenditure


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

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About Africa: Islam

About Africa: Islam


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

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About Africa: The Maghreb

About Africa: The Maghreb


Information, video and background history about the Maghreb where there is some limited volunteer work.

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About Africa: Main Lakes

About Africa: Main Lakes


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

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About Africa: Poorest Countries

About Africa: Poorest Countries


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

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About Africa: African Astrology

About Africa: African Astrology


Find out all about African astrology and the African astrological signs complete with a download for your own Africa astrology reading.

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About Africa: Congo Rainforest

About Africa: Congo Rainforest


The Congo rainforest is the second largest rainforest in the world. Find out more and about the pople who live there!

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About Africa: Pygmy People

About Africa: Pygmy People


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

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About Africa: Street Children

Street Children


About street children in Africa who have often left home to escape poverty and violence in facts, figures and videos complete with details of projects and programs working with street children in each country.

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About Africa: Children with AIDS in Africa

Children in Africa with AIDS


Facts and figures about children with HIV AIDS in Africa with a statistical breakdown of each country of Africa, map and video.

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About Africa: Internet Use

About Africa: Internet Use


A table showing facts and data about internet access and use in Africa which is becoming widespread and opening the eyes of many young people on the continent to what is happening, and livestyles in other parts of the world for often the first time.

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About Africa: Main Deserts

About Africa: Main Deserts


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

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About Africa: Trivia Quiz

About Africa: Trivia Quiz


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

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About Africa: Old African Photos

About Africa: Old African Photos


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

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About Africa: Size of Africa

About Africa: Size of Africa


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

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About Africa: Funny Africa

About Africa: Funny Africa


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

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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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Sponsor a Child
Sponsor a Child in Africa

Find how to sponsor a child in Africa
with our list of organisations,
charities, programs and projects.

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All About Africa

Discover all about Africa, its tourist
attractions, history, people, culture
and daily life there.

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African Resources

A treasure trove of African
resources from webcams to
free downloads and news.

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