Books2Africa International Volunteering Programme (IVP)

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity based in Canterbury (1152599), and a charity in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  The charity is an A rated Tier 5 Charity Worker Sponsor and is able to sponsor international candidates who are accepted unto our International Volunteering  Internship Programme.

Available Roles for Non-UK Citzens

If you are currently residing outside the UK and are not a UK citizen, Books2Africa can sponsor your Tier 5 Charity Worker visa to volunteer with us in the UK on our International Volunteering Programme (IVP) for 6 months or 1 year.

Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa applications

Our International Volunteering Programme (IVP) allows you to gain first-hand experience in the practical operations of an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and provides you the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as teamwork, project management and communication.

Interns on our International Volunteers Programme work primarily at our Processing Centre in Canterbury, in various support roles as Support Officers and are involved in a variety of tasks including but not limited to; processing (cataloguing, sorting and packing donated materials), charity shop sales (valuing and listing donated materials for sale), tech refurbishing, marketing, fundraising. You will also be required to complete a range of tasks and training in project management and community engagement to maximise your experience during the duration of the programme.


  • Age: Applicants must be aged 18 and above to apply.
  • Language: Desirable for candidates to be fluent in speaking, reading and writing in English.
  • Accommodation and Maintenance: As candidates are not permitted to do paid work on this visa, you must either have:
    • A host who will accommodate you within 10 miles of Canterbury, or
    • Pay for your accommodation/utility bills in advance (£3,500 for 6 months or £7,000 for 12 months) and we’ll arrange accommodation for you.
  • Admin and Programme Fee: An admin fee of £300 and a programme fee of £700 are payable on acceptance of your IVP application. The programme fee is refunded if your subsequent visa application is denied.
  • Visa rejected? If your application for the IVP programme is accepted, we’ll have interviews with you to maximise your chances of getting the visa approved. However, if your visa application is rejected, a full refund of your programme fee and accommodation fee (if applicable) will be issued within 30 days. The admin fee is non-refundable.
  • Certificates and reference: Only issued after completing the programme.
  • Shifts: 20 hours per week, 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
  • Location: Unit 2, Barton Business Park, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AA, United Kingdom.
  • Apply: Complete the online application form below.

We have now received enough applications for September 2022 start. We’ll begin accepting applications for September 2023 in May 2023. Thank you.

Volunteering in Africa

We currently have volunteering opportunities at our Distribution Centres across Africa. Contact the centre directly by going to our Africa Offices page.


Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

Fundraising Target


Processing in the UK


Freight from the UK


Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599