Volunteer AfricaThe organization Volunteer Africa recruits volunteers from all over the World to go and help out in Africa. The more popular countries where volunteers come from are Great Britain, THe United States, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Holland. All volunteers are over the age of 18 and come from many different backgrounds. Volunteering is always common with people who have occupations that give them long periods of summer vacation – hence teachers and students will always be found on Volunteer camps. If you are interested in doing volunteer work in Africa, please take a look at VolunteerAfrica.org where you can find out how to apply now for work in 2015.

Here are some people who have been working in Africa in 2014:

Jane (Cambridge)

Jane (Cambridge)

Jane from Cambridge UK

Since I left college a long time ago I have been working doing web design work in and around Cambridge, which has been great fun. In late 2013 I got involved with some guys from Motorhome Freedom – a motorhome hire website. As a consequence of this I got to travel about a bit more than I have ever done. At first it was in the UK and then I was going to France, Italy and beyond. My appetite for travel became insatiable, so I looked at doing some volunteer work in Tanzania in the ‘dry season’ which was from May to October. The work was hard and the days were long, but appreciate everything about life so much more now. Although back in the UK everything seems very comfortable and easy, I just can’t wait to go out to Tanzania again. Highly recommended!

africa safariIf you are planning for an African Safari trip, you must make sure you keep it light weight and portable. From clothes to bags, remember to not carry loads with you and keep it simple to avoid complications during your desert escapade.

For a desert safari jaunt, one essential equipment, which is necessary to lug along, is the sleeping bag (Go to this website to compare the best travel backpack). This is in fact the most important desert tool and carrying any other kind of bag will be a big mistake.

You will most probably be spending few nights and day in the desert during the course of your Desert Safari trip, which means you would have to spend time in the outskirts. Be it nighttime or even during the day, sleeping bags are like a blessing, an ultimate boon for a traveler. Not only does it fill in all your necessities and has the ability to carry your whole world along, it proves to be your savior when you are exhausted and need nothing but sleep to help you carry on the next day!

Sleeping Bags are easy to carry, and highly comfortable as well. All that you will have to do is, open it up, lay it and get inside, have a safe contented sleep. It is an important desert safari equipment which is why you should lay quite an emphasis while getting one.

Let us browse through few necessary tips to make sure we are getting hold of the right desert bag along:

  • Make sure when you go to shop ensure you know about the temperature and what would the needs be like. That is the weather condition, size shape, portability, material, quality and so on.
  • The best part about a sleeping bag is, whether a climate it hot during the day or as in the desert cools off during the night, a sleeping bag works just ideal for an African desert weather condition. Your comfort is of utmost priority so make sure you pick the size, which would be most easy for you, to avoid all kinds of future strives.
  • Make sure you carry a breathable one because you will be experiencing hot summer weather, in the African desert. If you carry one, which is thick, you will never be able get a comfortable sleep, as it will get sweaty, dampened, and highly painful for you to lie down for long. So look for a breathable and light sleeping bag.
  • You must also consider quality and material of the sleeping bag that you are carrying along. These bags are made of insulating pads and are foamy to provide you with supreme comfort, hence decide on it wisely depending on the condition you are about to experience during your desert expedition.
  • Bear in mind the tip for the desert is to ‘keep it light’. Never carry huge and thick ones, go for lighter ones.

Remember your comfort must be the prime factor while getting a bag for your upcoming African safari trip. Keeping it light is the mantra and stick to the above rules to have a great desert spree.


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Not many people know the conditions in which their flowers are cut and prepared for them. Nor are they aware of how the workers doing all the work are treated. Often times, flowers are just a symbol of love and affection, while many workers have suffered with abuse and unfair wages in order to get those flowers ready for export. In the past, most of the flowers being bought in the United States were coming from flower farms found in the Netherlands. That’s changing quickly, however, and with that change, a disregard for the workers proving the services. For example, many workers in Kenya and Tanzania are paid less than one US dollar for a full twelve hour day of work.

You may be worried about supporting a broken, unfair system if you buy flowers for your special someone. Luckily, there is a way to work around the growing monster that is the flower industry. Instead of buying any flowers you see, make sure to ask whether or not your flowers are free-trade flowers. This term means that the flowers were purchased from flower farms that are certified to be giving workers the rights they deserve. Below are also some other benefits of buying free-trade flowers:

  • Ensures Fair Wages – Farms must prove that they are treating their workers fairly, meaning that they aren’t working crazy hours, too much, or working for too little pay. In this way, workers are paid fairly for the hard work they put into ensuring your flowers are ready for any occasion you may need they for. To keep the certification, farms must prove they are paying their workers a wage equal or more than minimum wage.
  • Protects Children Workers – Buying certified flowers protects children in two different ways. First, it makes it mandatory for all child works to be over the age of fifteen in order to work. If they are over the age of fifteen and working, they aren’t allowed to do any work that could potentially be harmful to the child or interfere with their education.
  • Keeps Safety First – Being certified as a fair-trade farm also means that the farm must prove that they are always making sure their facilities are the safest and healthiest. They must show that they’re always working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees above all over things.

Buying fair-trade flowers may not immediately end the harsh conditions faced by many workers in many situations, but it will begin the transition to more desirable working spaces in the flower industry. In order to make sure you are armed with enough information to make an informed decision, do your research before you purchase your flowers. Go online and look up all the organizations that are buying fair-trade flowers or who support proper working conditions on flower farms.

By giving these companies your money, you open the door for more businesses to want to make the change to fair-trade flowers only. Together, businesses and people can work to make the lives of workers in Kenya safer and more fair.

Chocolate is one of the most delicious things on the face of this planet. You can buy it in any form, for any purpose, and in any flavor. It’s the solution to a bad day and can calm a lover’s feelings faster than a blinking eye. We may know all these things about chocolate’s seemingly magic powers, but we have nearly no idea where it comes from and how those workers live their lives.

Most of the cocoa used to make chocolate comes from Asia, Western Africa and Latin America. More than half of the world’s supply of cocoa comes from Western Africa—more specifically the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Cocoa is these country’s main export, and so it’s their main source of money coming into the country. Unfortunately, the methods they use to harvest and grow the cocoa are leaving people, specifically children, abused, and misused.

chocolate production africa

Chocolate production in Africa

Cocoa farmers make less than two US dollars a day, which firmly places them under the poverty line. In order to make sure they’re producing enough cocoa to continue living, they’re desperate enough to revert to using children as labor. It’s cheap, easy, and allows the farmers to make more money without spending as much on workers. Often times, child traffickers lie to children who need to work to keep themselves and their families alive. They’re told that the job pays well, and before they know it, are stuck working a harsh and dangerous job. Other children are sold by their families to farms, and thus act almost as slaves to the farmers.

On top of unfair employment, the work is extremely dangerous. These children need to hold the pods in one hand and hack at it with a machete until it opens. A lot of children get hurt, and many have permanent injuries because of this, including missing fingers, cut backs, or even death. Beyond this, children often don’t see their families for a long amount of time—if every allowed—and they are more often than not, denied an education.

While this glimpse into the world of chocolate production seems bleak and horrible, there are still benefits to this system, and more room to grow into something benefitial to the communities in which it serves. Anything that brings money to a group of hardworking people is important. The key now is to make sure that even though the money is coming in, the methods used to get that money are ethical and kind. There are three basic ways to turn this negative situation into a powerful movement:

  1. Do your research – This is extremely important. Look online, read articles, ask around. Find out how companies are getting their cocoa and find out what kind of conditions those kids are working in. If you don’t like it, then you’ve got the power to voice your opinion. Knowledge is power—find companies that get their cocoa the right way.
  1. Use your money – Once you’ve got a list of good and bad companies, put your money where your mouth is and only support those that don’t use child labor and slavery to get their products. You may feel like one drop in the bucket, but drops add up, and so do your dollars.
  1. Educate others – We are all voices shouting into the darkness, but when we band together, our voices are strong and loud. Make your friends and family aware of what’s going on in Western Africa regarding cocoa. Write articles, and contact local organizations. The more people involved, the better. Once the movement starts up, it’s hard to get it to stop. Eventually, more and more people will hear and care about this situation, and companies will be forced to listen.

This article was kindly provided by Sent With A Loving Kiss who make personalized chocolate gifts using ethically sourced chocolate.

African Internation Business Center

African Internation Business Center

African International Business Centre was created as a vehicle to promote and facilitate investment in Africa. Together, its founder Estelle Meyer have more than 30 years of experience in Africa.
Uganda, DRC, Angola, Mozambique, Sudan, Brazzaville (Congo), Zambia and Tanzania are only a some of the major countries in which we have operations.

We always ensure that we have the necessary contact and goodwill of the government and other key role players. Significant time is spent lobbying and networking.

We do not base our analysis solely on what we read in newspapers and UN reports, but rather our network, based at “ground level” that interacts with the community, on a daily basis. This ensures that we get a “feel” for what is actually happening on the ground. Should the need arises, we have the capability to evacuate a client immediately,

Our information is up to date, relevant, reliable and corroborated. We consistantly make site visits to ensure that we keep in touch with our expanding network base and partners.

We have and extensive footprint in Africa.

  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique
  • DRC
    • Kinshasa
    • Lubumbashi
    • Goma
    • Beni
    • Butembo
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya
  • Angola

We have strategically placed partners in

  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Sudan
  • Somalia
  • Liberia


  • Risk analysis
  • Due diligence
  • Assistance with company registration process
  • Assistance with the legal system, procedures and the law
  • Negotiations
  • Lobbying
  • Tender process
  • Contractual requirements
  • Governance

Local Business

  • Links with international investors
  • Due diligence
  • Negotiations
  • Lobbying

Phone +278 46 90 52 53 (international)

African Cultural Centre (ACC)

African Cultural Centre (ACC)

African Cultural Centre (ACC) is part of Humanitarian Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public non profit organization based in Sacramento, California, designed to provide educational, artistic and cultural programs in our community; as well as, opportunities and resources that incorporates the diverse cultures and history of Africa. African-American, Africans and the generations of children who are born in The United States, can connect to their rich heritage. This will enable people from all walks of lifeto come and participate in the great traditional cultural activities of Africa.

There are so many way you can support to success to make the African Cultural Center (ACC) a very successful community place. The ACC is been run be the generosity of different people or group in our community, we would appreciate to having you aboard as a sponsor or a donor.

We are open for any type of donation, ranging from monetary donation to African authentic musical instruments or equipment, books, cloths etc.

The ACC is looking for volunteers with different skills to help support some of our program:
African dance instructors
Mathematics tutors
Science classes tutors
Music instrument teachers
Marketing and sale professional
Facility managers

Doralice Rice

Doralice Rice

Uche Ozoh

Uche Ozoh

Uche Ozoh, the president and founder of Humanitarian Foundation and Doralice Rice are the foundersof African Cultural Center, Doralice (a Cameroonian ) and Uche (a Nigerian) have both passion and vision for building an African cultural center, they both decided to jointly strive their effort together to make it a reality by having an African Cultural Center setup for the local community in Sacramento, California.

The center will serve the community through arts, crafts, textiles, exhibitions, video shows, films, games, and music. A meeting place for community cultural events, promoting cross-cultural events to all residents of the Sacramento and beyond; a source for research on African issues, historyand much more; the Center will maintain a collection of videos, films, games, and authentic African arts, crafts, and fabrics. These items will be available for exhibition upon request.

The African Cultural Center will be a unique treasure created to share with the world the cultures, diversity and spirit of the nations of Africa. In accomplishing this, we will demonstrate and radiate a spirit of love and service which will contribute to the betterment, uplifting and blessing of all who visit this special place.We will draw upon our heritage and traditions to guide us in this work.

In addition to its cultural programs, the African cultural center will also serve individuals and families in the community with social services, language classes, after school programs, tutoring, health and nutrition workshops, dance classes, cooking classes, organizing group travel in Africa and more, and working with other community partners.

For any of your Information please contact the ACC: (916) 897 3411

Travellers coming to Africa are often beset by worries for their safety and health. Our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) usually include:

Q: Is it safe to travel in Africa?
A: The most visited countries in Southern Africa – like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia are really quite safe to visit. If you adhere to basic principles, like: not carrying valuables in plain view, keeping cameras hidden and not go about walking alone at night – you should be safe and sound. Be aware of onlookers and make use of hotel safety deposit boxes. Travellers with tour operators/groups are the least at risk and self-drive clients are advised to plan in advance which routes they wish to travel to and to get all of their destination information ahead of arrival. If travelling by car, make sure the doors are locked at all times and that no bags or purses are left on passenger seats. Avoid picking up hitch hikers.

Q: What about malaria?
A: Malaria is a very dangerous disease, but if you take your anti-malarias, your chances of getting it are extremely slim. Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying the disease and as the insects are more active at night, it is recommended that all travellers wear long-sleeved trousers and sleeves at night; sleep under mosquito netting where possible and take along mosquito repellent.

Q: What visas do I need?
A: For detailed visa information for each of the individual countries, please see our Visa section.

Q: When is the best time to travel to Southern Africa?
A: Southern Africa is a year-round destination, as different regions are at their most spectacular at different times. It is generally winter in most of Southern Africa between May and September. These months are often popular for game viewing, as it is dry and the wildlife is much easier to see. It is also less hot – in summer, the temperature often reaches between 30 and 40°C. However, in many countries, summer is the best time to visit beautiful beaches and coastal resorts. Summer often coincides with the rainy season, resulting in lush, green countryside and lovely scenery.

Q: Is it safe to drink the water?
A: It is safe to drink the tap water in South Africa. Tap water in hotels and at other lodges in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe is also safe to drink, but bottled water is available in shops if you prefer. If you are ever in doubt, stick to bottled water.

Q: What about the food?
A: It is possible to get vegetarian, halaal and most food preferences in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. If you are booking with an operator, let them know in advance what your dietary requirements are and they will be able to cater for you. As a rule, do not eat anything purchased at the side of the road and wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eating.


Malaria: Exists from November to May/June in the northern parts of the country: Boteti, Chobe, Ngamiland, Okavango, Tutume districts/sub districts. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine

Visas: Required by all except the following for stays of up to 90 days: British, Other EU, Australian, Canadian, USA and Japanese; nationals of Commonwealth countries (except nationals of Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who do require visas); nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Uruguay and Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro); transit passengers provided continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft and not leaving the airport.


Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Malaria: Exists throughout the year in the whole country. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine.

Visas: Required by all. Multiple-entry visas: 90 days from date of issue. Transit visas: 7 days from date of issue. Visas can sometimes also be obtained at the airport or in the country.


Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas – or who were in transit through infected areas (unless they remained on board or at the airport)
Malaria: From November to May/June in the northern regions and in Omaheke and Otjozondjupa. Also throughout the year along the Kavango and Kunene rivers. Recommended prophylaxis: chloroquine plus proguanil.

Visas: Required by all except the following: nationals of EU countries (except nationals of Greece who do require a visa); British, Australian, Canadian, USA and Japanese; nationals of Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Iceland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

South Africa

Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas
Malaria: Exists in northern Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park), Northern Province and north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal as far south as the Tugela river. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine

Visas: Required by all except the following : British, Other EU, Australian, Canadian, USA and Japanese for visits of up to 90 days; nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland for visits of up to 90 days; nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Jamaica, Malta, Paraguay, St Helena, Swaziland, Uruguay and Venezuela for visits of up to 90 days; nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Gabon, Guyana, Hong Kong (SAR), Hungary, Jordan, Korea (Rep. of), Lesotho, Macau (SAR), Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Zambia and Zimbabwe for visits of up to 30 days; transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.


Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers coming from infected areas.
Malaria: In all lowveld areas (mainly Big Bend, Mhlume, Simunye and Tshaneni). Recommended prophylaxis in risk areas: mefloquine.

Visas: Required by all except the following for stays of up to 60 days: British, other EU, Australian, Canadian, USA and Japanese; nationals of Commonwealth countries (except nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Brunei, Cameroon, Dominica, India, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenedines, Tuvalu and Vanuatu who do require a visa); nationals of Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Poland, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay.


Yellow fever: No vaccination requirements for any international traveller
Malaria: Throughout the year in the whole country. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine.

Visas: A bonafide tourist, who is travelling on a pre-arranged package tour with a foreign tour operator, in conjunction with a local tour operator in Zambia, will be issued a fee-waived visa for a stay of no longer than 14 days. The fee-waived visa will be issued at any port of entry to Zambia.

In other cases, visas are required by all except the following for stays of up to 30 days: British tourists travelling in organized tour groups pre-arranged through tour operators in conjunction with registered local Zambian tour operators; nationals of Ireland (all other EU nationals do require a visa); Australian, Canadian; nationals of Romania and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro); nationals of Commonwealth countries (except nationals of Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and New Zealand who do require a visa); transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 24 hours provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.
Note: British, Danish and Norwegian children travelling on their own passports do need a visa.


Yellow fever: A vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas
Malaria: Exists from November through June in areas below 1200m and throughout the year in the Zambezi valley. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine

Visas: Required by all except the following: nationals of Canada, Ireland, Sweden and the UK; nationals of Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia; passengers continuing their journey to a third country within 6 hours by the same or connecting flight, provided holding tickets with reserved seats and documents for onward travel and not leaving the transit area.

Note: Nationals of the following countries may obtain visas on arrival in Zimbabwe, provided holding tickets and documents for return or onward travel and sufficient funds for their stay: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cook Islands, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Seychelles, Spain, Switzerland, USA and Vatican City.