Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

Books2Africa is a UK based charity in Special Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Volunteer with Books2Africa in the historic cathedral city of Canterbury to gain work experience, develop new skills, enhance your CV, meet new people and make an impact. We have volunteering opportunities for people currently in the UK as well as those coming from abroad on a Tier 5 charity worker visa sponsored by the charity. 

Why Volunteer?

IMPACT

Give someone else the hope of a better future, one book at a time
SKILLS

Develop essential skills in logistics and project management
ENHANCE CV

Impress current or future employers with Third Sector work experience
REFERENCE

Get a certificate and reference letter after completing 200 hours
NETWORK

Join our alumni network of former volunteers who still represent us

Did we mention free lunch on your shift? Meet a group of other inspiring people? Music? Lots of books to borrow and read?

Available Roles

UK Residents

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

Logistics Officers and are responsible for checking, scanning, sorting and counting donated books at our Processing Centre in Canterbury. As part of the Logistics Team, you will be scanning/entering the barcodes/ISBN numbers of books into an online database using a computer and a barcode scanner.

Both Casual and Internship positions are voluntary and have flexible hours. However, Interns have a set target of hours to complete and also carry out additional supervisory and managerial tasks.

Essential Skills: Professionalism, dedication, a willingness to learn and work as part of a team. 

Shifts: Anytime between 9am – 5pm on Mondays, Wednedays or Saturdays.

Location: The Processing Centre, Unit 2, Barton Business Park, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AA.

Apply online below.

Fundraising Support Officers work with the Education Team, with a focus on identifying grant/funding opportunities, supporting the Director of Education to complete and submit grant/funding applications for Books2Africa’s strategic programmes that enhance the quality of learning and teaching for learners in Africa.

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrate an organised and  flexible approach and able to work on own initiative, meet objectives and deadlines, and pay attention to details.
  • Excellent written, communication, research and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with staff/partners based in different countries and time zones.

Shifts: Flexible
Location: Work from home

Apply online below.

We are delighted to work with your school, college, university or company on planning a volunteering day for your students/staff to visit our warehouse and work as Logistics Officers for the day. Adequate training and lunch is provided on the day to ensure your students/staff return more motivated than ever. 

Apply online below.

International Applicants

We 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 

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

Six (6) Months Programme: Payment of £3,500 required to cover your accommodation and utility bills in the UK before visa sponsorship is issued.

Twelve (12) Months Programme: Payment of £7,000 required to cover your accommodation and utility bills in the UK. 50% required before visa sponsorship is issued.

Visa rejected? A full refund of your accommodation payment will be issued within 30 days if your visa is rejected.

Essential Skills: Fluent in the English language (reading, writing and speaking), Professionalism, dedication, a willingness to learn and work as part of a team. 

Shifts: 20 hours per week, 9am – 5pm on Mondays, Wednedays and Saturdays.

Location: The Processing Centre, Unit 2, Barton Business Park, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AA.

Apply online below.

Volunteering in Africa

In July of every year, we organise trips for UK volunteers to visit and work at one of our Distribution Offices in Africa for 2 weeks. People in Africa can also volunteer locally.

When volunteering at one of our Distribution Offices in Africa, you will have the opportunity to witness first hand the impact of donated books for local students and teachers. In addition to helping attend to visitors at the distribution office, you will also be able to visit several projects (schools, universities and community libraries) and interact with the students and teachers that receive support from Books2Africa.

Fundraising Target: You must raise £1,500 by March of each year, to confirm your place on a trip to Africa in July of the same year. This covers your flight, accommodation, food, and the cost of shipping a pallet of books to your preferred distribution office.

Distribution Offices:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria

Signup: A minimum of 3 people must have signed up and raised their money before March for a trip to go ahead. Sign up now and receive approval to begin fundraising. Applicants must be at least 17 years old by the trip date. 

Apply online below.

Volunteer Logistics Officers in Africa are responsible for checking, scanning, sorting and counting donated books at our Distribution Centres across Africa. As part of the Logistics Team, you will be attending to people who visit the office, helping them locate and select appropriate books from the books in stock.

This is an unpaid voluntary position but lunch is provided on the day.

Essential Skills: Professionalism, dedication, a willingness to learn and work as part of a team. 

Distribution Offices: Please contact the distribution office you want to volunteer at directly by following the links below:

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

Volume
  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
Costs
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599