Books delivered to students and teachers in Africa

UK Registered Charity No 1152599

A job that makes a difference!

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity (1152599) based in Canterbury, and a charity in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Founded in 2012 by four African students at the University of Kent in Canterbury, the charity has grown from a student society to an internationally recognised non-governmental organisation (NGO) that continues to impact the UK and Africa from the cathedral city of Canterbury. View paid job vacancies below (if available) or check out our volunteering page for unpaid vacancies.

Paid Vacancies (UK Residents Only)

If you are currently residing in the UK as a UK citizen or on a visa (such as a student or spousal visa) you can apply for the following paid roles:

Processing Officer
(Hourly Paid)

Books2Africa is recruiting hourly paid Processing Officers to work 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays), 9am – 5pm starting 5th January 2021 at our Processing Centre in Canterbury. As part of the Processing Team, you will be responsible for unboxing, checking, scanning, cataloguing, sorting donated books and educational resources. You will be using a computer and a barcode scanner to scan/enter the barcodes/ISBN numbers of books, as well as supporting the processing team.

  • Role: Processing Officer (Hourly Paid).
  • Pay: £9 per hour, paid monthly at the end of the month.
  • Shifts: 3 days per week, 9am – 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1 hr unpaid lunch break).
  • Start Date: Tuesday 5th January 2020
  • Location: Canterbury Processing Centre, CT1 3AA.
  • COVID Compliance:You will be working in a COVID secure office. Read our COVID risk assessment.
  • Application deadline: 20th December 2020



  • Good English language skills (reading and writing).
  • Good keyboard typing pace.
  • Comfortable with lifting and safe manual handling (training will be provided).
  • Good understanding of the work of Books2Africa. 
  • Experience working within a warehouse.
  • Reliable and able to commit to weekly shifts.
  • Ability to work with a team to reach targets.


Application Process 

  • Complete the online application below. You’ll need to upload a CV and personal statement.
  • If accepted following the application, we’ll invite you to attend a practical screening lasting 3 hours at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. During the screening, you’ll have a 1 hour training/exercises and have 2 hours to scan books with your performance being observed. You also get to experience the job and decide if it is suitable for you.
  • Based on your performance, you may be offered an hourly paid contract to work 3 days a week from the start date.

Want to volunteer instead?

We currently have volunteering opportunities at our Processing Centre. View UK Volunteering Opportunities.

Books2Africa’s UK Processing Centre is still open during the lockdown and we are still accepting donated items and shipping to Africa. You can still donate or request resources as usual. We’ve also launched our Personal Study Kit to help with home schooling across Africa.


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