Entries by aoa

5 Phases for Working With Indigenous Communities

There are many misunderstandings and unintentional mishaps that arise between international development workers and local communities. At times, the divide between the project developers (often multinational organizations) and the beneficiaries is so wide there aren’t any long-term benefits for the local communities. When ideas and concepts are out of touch with realities on the ground, […]

113 Reasons to be Grateful!

I sit in the shade of a mango tree with Mr. Tsabedze and Mr. Twala (representatives from the community traditional leadership) to my left and Tjengisa (Manager of Social Projects at All Out Africa) to my right. Before us, an assembly of 4-6-year-old kids, dressed in their best frocks, singing and dancing with varying degrees of […]

All Out Africa’s youth Soccer League Finals 2019

As I made my way to OlymApfrica centre on a cloudy Saturday to watch the under 13s and 15s All Out Africa Football League finals, I was concerned that we would have to cut the games short due to rain. I realized when I arrived at the field that rain, sleet, snow, or tornado will […]

Home Of Hope – South Africa Childcare Volunteer Story

iKhaya le Themba – home of hope. And it’s definitely a home of hope. – for the children, the teachers, and the volunteers. I’ve been there for one month and it was indescribable how many power the children gave me. They welcomed us since the very first moment and included us in their community. Even […]


I’m frequently asked about volunteering overseas, and unfortunately I don’t know much about it. So today, I’m turning the blog over to friend and volunteer tourism expert Shannon O’Donnell from the blog A Little Adrift. She’s been volunteering around the world for years and recently published a book on the subject. She’s the expert, so […]

Tourism & Support For Marine Conservation

My name is Kyle Salek, I am an Environmental Geography student at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. It is my goal to become a Marine Scientist specializing in megafauna. I believe that making scientific data accessible and digestible to the public is an incredibly important role that young scientists must take initiative in, […]

A Family Volunteering Story

  What difference can one person make? Quite a lot, it turns out.   Our family decided to spend the summer holidays volunteering in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Eswatini has the dubious title of having the highest HIV rates in the world. We would be working in Neighbourhood Care Points set up by All Out Africa […]

Mozambican school children explore marine biology in Tofo with AOA Marine Research Centre and Biofund Inhambane

Following the awesome success of our capacity-building AOA funded places on marine field techniques courses for Mozambican university students, we at the AOA MRC thought we wouldn’t stop there.  We partnered with the awesome Biofund initiative to bring school children from all over Inhambane province to Tofo for the day for a marine biology experience […]