Books delivered to students and teachers in Africa

UK Registered Charity No 1152599

We have several Volunteering and Internship opportunities at Books2Africa for people in the UK and abroad.

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). 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. Whether you are currently in the UK or would like to come here on a Tier 5 charity worker visa for our International Volunteering Programme, we would love to have you.

Why Volunteer with Books2Africa?

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IMPACT

Help the environment and improve access to better education
NETWORKING

Meet people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
SKILLS

Develop essential skills in logistics, sales, admin and more
REFERENCE

Get a certificate and reference letters after completing 200 hours

How we engage and support Volunteers

In addition to completing our COVID-19 Risk Assessment and putting in place measures to ensure safe working, at Books2Africa, our volunteers are engaged and supported through various measures tailored towards minimising cost on their part and maximising productivity. These include:

Free Lunch

Volunteers can order lunch from any of their favourite restaurants via Deliveroo during their shift at the Canterbury office (max £10).

Free Ride

Volunteers can order an Uber ride on us when travelling to or from the Canterbury office (max £10). You can also claim back up to £10 if using the bus or driving.

Tracking Hours

Volunteers use the Sign In App to sign in and out during their shift to ensure all their volunteering hours are accurately accounted for.

Team Collaboration

Volunteers use the Slack App to collaborate with fellow volunteers and their line managers for better task/workflow management.

Skills and Training

In addition to a variety of on-the-job trainings, volunteers benefit from our monthly Skills Training Days with guest speakers offering entrepreneurship tips and career advice.

Trips to Africa

Volunteers get to raise money towards a place on our annual trips to Africa where they spend 14 days volunteering at one of our Distribution Offices. 

What do volunteers actually do at Books2Africa?

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Available Roles (UK Residents Only)

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

Tech Support Officer

Volunteer Role in Canterbury

Tech Support Officers work as part of the Processing Team and are trained to test and refurbish donated technology, including but not limited to laptops, desktops, tablets, mobile phones and game consoles. You will also be trained on how to list eligible devices for sale on our online charity shop.

  • Volunteer Officers are required at least 1 day a week until you complete 200 hours of volunteering (or set their own target hours beyond this).

  • Location: Books2Africa Processing Centre, Unit 2, Barton Business Park, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AA. We are open Mondays – Saturdays, 9am – 5pm.

  • Certificates and reference: Only issued after completing 200 hours.

  • Apply: Complete the online application form below or contact us for group volunteering.
Processing Support Officer

Volunteer Role in Canterbury

Processing Support Officers are responsible for checking, scanning, sorting and cataloguing donated books. As part of the Processing Team, you will be scanning/entering the barcodes/ISBN numbers of books using a computer and a barcode scanner, as well as supporting the sales, multimedia and rare books team.

  • Volunteer Officers are required mainly on Saturdays until you complete 200 hours of volunteering (or set their own target hours beyond this).

  • Location: Books2Africa Processing Centre, Unit 2, Barton Business Park, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AA. We are open for volunteers on Saturdays, 9am – 5pm.

  • Certificates and reference: Only issued after completing 200 hours.

  • Apply: Complete the online application form below or contact us for group volunteering.
Fundraising Support Officer

Remote Volunteer Internship

Fundraising Support Officers work remotely as part of our Volunteer Fundraising Committee, with a focus on identifying and completing grant/funding applications to fund large shipments of books via our One Million Book Club, and for Books2Africa’s strategic programmes that enhance the quality of education for learners in Africa.

  • Volunteer Interns are required to commit to volunteering at least 1 day a week until you complete 200 hours of volunteering (or set their own target hours beyond this).

  • Location: Remote working so you must have access to a computer and internet. Team meetings are held on Slack/Zoom We are flexible with remote working hours.

  • Certificates and reference: Only issued after completing 200 hours.

  • Apply: Complete the online application form below or contact us for group volunteering.
Marketing Support Officer (Remote volunteer)

We are in need of Marketing Support Officers to work remotely as part of our Volunteer Marketing Committee (VMC), with a focus on generating content for our social media channels and monthly electronic newsletter sent to the Books2Africa Ambassadors Network. You will be expected to follow up leads and conduct interviews (remotely), transcribe or edit content ready for publication.

  • Casual volunteers can volunteer any day/time of the week and complete any number of hours they set.
  • Interns are expected to commit to volunteering at least once a week and have a target to complete a minimum of 200 hours of volunteering (or set their own target hours beyond this).
  • Certificates and reference: Only issued to both casual volunteers and interns after completing 200 hours.
  • Shifts: Flexible.
  • Location: Remote working. Must have access to a computer and smart phone.
  • Apply: Complete the online application form below.

Available Roles (Non UK citizens)

If you are currently residing outside the UK and/or 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.

International Volunteer Internship Programme

Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa applications now open

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, fundraising and communication.

International Volunteers work primarily as Processing Officers and are responsible for checking, scanning, sorting and cataloguing donated books at our office in Canterbury. You will also be required to complete a range of tasks and training in project management, administration, sales, marketing, fundraising and community engagement with vulnerable young people and people with disabilities to maximise your experience during the duration of the programme.

Eligibility:

  • Language: Desirable but not essential 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) a host who will accommodate you within 10 miles of Canterbury or (B) 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 – 5pm weekdays, or 10am – 3pm on Saturdays.
  • Location: Unit 2, Barton Business Park, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AA, United Kingdom.
  • Apply: Complete the online application form below or email [email protected] for enquiries.

Want to volunteer in Africa instead?

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

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

Volume
Costs
Fundraising Target

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599