STAR4Africa is a UK registered charity dedicated to providing opportunities and support for children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We believe that every child has the right to the full enjoyment of basic rights such as education, clean water and health. Together with our partners in Africa, we work to find ways to help children reach their full potential and enable them to increase their full participation within the local and global community.
STAR4Africa aims to nurture cultural partnerships based on equality and through our programmes we promote the exchange of ideas and communication in and between communities in the UK and Africa.
We operate due to the support of individuals and organisations who share our vision. We hope that you will enjoy exploring our website and find a way to get involved in the work we do. We need your support to make a difference.
Everyone can be a Star for Africa!
Volunteer with STAR4Africa
The aim of STAR4Africa's volunteer programme is simply to link people who want to volunteer their time, with African communities who have identified a need for a volunteer! We believe this makes us very different from the organisations that charge for this service or at worst create 'roles' for volunteers rather than asking the community where they need the help the most. We currently have a number of schools and organisations across Africa who would like to receive international volunteers.
Baharini Pre-School, in the flower farm region of beautiful Lake Naivasha, have asked STAR4Africa to find them volunteers to help with teaching, extra-curriculum activities and improving the school's communication networks. The school’s community was greatly affected by the post-election violence of 2007-2008 but the village is working hard to increase the educational opportunities and healthcare facilities available for their children.
Rongai nursery, located in the suburbs of Nairobi, is seeking volunteers to help with the day-to-day activities of the school and construction improvements. The school is run by a local Kenyan charity ‘Lady of the Garden’
Indeco community school is located in Livingstone, Africa’s adventure capital and the location of Victoria Falls. The school which was started by a local women’s group “Livingstone Women Make a Difference” known more commonly by their acronym LIWOMADI, have asked STAR4Africa to find them volunteers who are teachers, counsellors or construction workers. However they would be happy to have any volunteer who is keen to help with the day-to-day activities of the school or fundraising appeals.
In the industrial Copperbelt where 2/3 of Zambia's population live, the Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP) have asked STAR4Africa to find them long-term volunteers (between 6 months-2 years) preferably in project management or research. However, they are open to alternative suggestions where people think their skills might be of use. CHEP are often mentioned in development journals as an example of an extremely effective indigenous NGO and have been sponsored by big donors like Irish Aid, PEPFAR and DFID.
The Assin Endwa Trust was formed to support the village of Assin Endwa in central Ghana. Every summer the UK side of the charity organises a three week project for volunteers (as put forward by the Assin Endwa community) for approx £410 (including all accommodation, food and activities but not flights). The organisation also offers longer term placements. For more details visit their website www.endwa.org.uk
New Beginnings was started by a group of ex-volunteers from Northern Ireland, to support Kawondwe village in Northern Uganda. The organisation has now established a successful children’s village and are offering a two week volunteer challenge this summer. For more details visit their website www.newbeginningscharity.org
A school and nursery in Bahir Dar in North-Western Ethiopia, which is run by a local Catholic church has requested volunteers from STAR4Africa to help with teaching English and computer skills to their pupils. Additionally, the school would like assistance from volunteers in running and organising extra curriculum activities and writing funding proposals. The minimum and maximum time for this volunteer placement is usually 1 month at a cost of 400 Euros (this includes all accommodation, food and transport whilst at the school).
Joy Community Development in NawKothula which means place of peace, is a community based not-for profit group that is looking after HIV positive people. (Nearest town is the resort of Plettenburg Bay). The organisation works is partnership with Starling Backpackers and more information is available via their website www.starlingbackpackers.co.za or their facebook group.
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