Volunteer Work Mozambique

The country's coastline along the Indian Ocean is known for its stunning beauty and rich cultural heritage but when Mozambique entered independence from Portugal in 1975 it soon after plunged into a vicious civil war that lasted until 1992 killing 900,000 of its then population of some 20m. A quarter of the population was displaced and hundreds of thousands severely disabled from being caught in landmine activity.

Today the country is relatively stable however those years of war have had a profound effect on the psychology and infrastructure of the nation leaving it in 185th place out of 191 countries and territories in 2021 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country (2021).

Life expectancy in Mozambique is just 61.17 years (2020) with literacy running at 47% (female literacy, 28%) far behind that of males (60%). These are well below even sub-Saharan standards. Whilst AIDS in Mozambique hasn't been as endemic as in other countries, there are still 1.5m infected, with 1.4 million orphans and a third of those orphaned through AIDS. Most children who live in rural areas have restricted access to safe water, education and health care. As such most volunteer work programs in Mozambique focus on these areas; building infrastructure including school and safe water projects. There is also a developing volunteer sector in preservation and conservation work. As such those looking to undertake volunteer work in Mozambique may well find themselves working with street children or in medical settings. There are also openings working to empower women and girls as well as working in orphanages and teaching English in schools.

Many volunteer opportunities in Mozambique were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the permanent closure of some volunteer opportunities and restrictions on others. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Mozambique let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Work Mozambique

Volunteer Mozambique

Volunteer Mozambique

Volunteer Mozambique

Volunteer Mozambique



Volunteer Work Mozambique: Kaya

Volunteer work monitoring the condition of the reefs and the wellbeing of the animals that live there.
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Conservation Travel

Volunteer Work Mozambique: Conservation Travel Africa

Volunteer work contributing to the conservation of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.
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Project Vita

Volunteer Work Mozambique: Project Vita

Project Vita's primary focus is improving the lives of people living in poverty in rural Mozambique.
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Volunteer Work Mozambique

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