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There are few subjects more fraught with controversy than volunteering in Africa, and recently many organisations have been exposed as having extremely unethical practices. Sadly, many innocent volunteers, who have nothing but the best of intentions, get tricked into being part of something that couldn't be further from their expectations.

   With this in mind, this week's author and experienced volunteer, Carolynne Geary, decided to investigate which organisations are actually promoting good practices by providing wildlife, local communities and volunteers with opportunities that will make a significant difference.

   In this gallery, she celebrates some of the organisations that focus last page of this gallery to learn more about Carolynne Geary, who hopes to have shone some much needed light on a handful of the great places to volunteer in Africa.