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.
Watch Lindsy explain why she volunteers with Books2Africa.
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:
Volunteers can order lunch from any of their favourite restaurants via Deliveroo during their shift at the Canterbury office (max £10).
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.
Volunteers use the Sign In App to sign in and out during their shift to ensure all their volunteering hours are accurately accounted for.
Volunteers use the Slack App to collaborate with fellow volunteers and their line managers for better task/workflow management.
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.
Watch team members explain what they do at our Processing Centre in Canterbury
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:
We are in urgent need of Processing Support Officers who are responsible for checking, scanning, sorting and cataloguing donated books at our Processing Centre in Canterbury. 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.
We are in need of Refurbishing Support Officers who are responsible for testing and refurbishing donated technology, including but not limited to Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Mobile phones, game consoles and other electrical devices at our Processing Centre in Canterbury. As part of the Processing Team, you will also be supporting the sales team. Experience working with technology is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.
We are in need of Fundraising Support Officers to work remotely as part of our Volunteer Fundraising Committee (VFC), with a focus on identifying grant/funding opportunities, supporting the Director of Education to complete and submit 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 learning and teaching for learners in Africa.
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.
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.
Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa applications now open for November 2020. Only 7 spaces remaining.
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.
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.