We understand the first question you will ask yourself- Is it safe to travel to Chad? – the simple answer is Yes. Chad is not known as a touristy destination, in fact, Chad is not known for anything to do with travel. However Chad is that place where travelers wave goodbye to their comfort zone and say hello to adventure. Picture sublime oases hiding in the northern deserts, stampeding herds of wildlife running through national parks and deep blues awaiting boats on Lake Chad – put simply, Chad is a country and an experience that can never be forgotten.
Chad volunteer tours, run by Go Volunteer Africa is an opportunity of a lifetime to visit, explore and volunteer in Chad. Volunteering in Chad is an opportunity to work with grassroots projects in rural, semi-urban and under development communities to empower their sustainable development efforts.
As a volunteer in Chad, you will experience traditional life and participate in daily activities such as wildlife conservation and environment conservation, teaching children in outside classrooms, assisting in the setting up family gardens, youth health talks, as well as healthcare and medical outreach programs and so many other activities.
Chad volunteer tours are one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences that a traveler can have. Chad itself is one of the most diverse places on the African continent, with everything from deserts to ancient cities to immense and uncharted tropical jungles.
As Chad is so vast and varied, it may be hard for you to zero in on exactly where you want to go and what you want to do. Go Volunteer Africa will do two things- give you a basic level of information about volunteering and traveling in Chad and excite you with the knowledge that you are about to serve in a way that is rewarding without bounds for both you and your host community.
There are many ways in which Chad is a unique volunteer travel environment and sadly, it is often overlooked by volunteers deciding to travel to more popular volunteer Africa destinations.
There are niche travel destinations, there are far-out travel destinations, and there are travel destinations which are so beyond the obvious that you have to seek them on a map to check if they really exist. Chad is one of those places, an African country which sits a long way down on the list of African countries you are ever likely to wish to visit. And yet, for the truly intrepid traveler, there is much to enjoy in a place where the beaten path is just an ethereal concept.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Chad, officially known as the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.
Chad has several regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanian Savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa. The capital N'Djamena is the largest city. Chad's official languages are Arabic and French. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. The most popular religion of Chad is Islam (at 55%), followed by Christianity (at 40%).
Chad is an off the beaten path destination with stunning terrain of the Sahara Desert which is some of the most oddly beautiful in the world. Chad is a central African nation that has been ravaged by war and poverty. Due to these two issues, the country’s population struggles with defaced and damaged public facilities and food crisis. Many organizations like Go Volunteer Africa have set up in the country to help alleviate the suffering and your contribution as a volunteer could be invaluable to their recovery and livelihood.
Go Volunteer Africa recruits and sends volunteers into Chad. The volunteers typically are involved in activities such as community education, environment conservation and health care. Due to civil conflict within Chad, much of the country’s wildlife was killed and currently efforts are being made to replenish game parks. To achieve this Go Volunteer Africa recruits volunteers to help with the conservation work in the country. Volunteers in conservation can work in wildlife reserves such as Zakouma national park and contribute to restoration of a number of species and activities such as tree planting.
Capital: N'Djamena (Population: 1,000,000)
Currency: Central African CFA franc (XFA) $1 = 587 XFA / £1 = 762 XFA (2019)
Population: 15,200,000 (approx)
Official languages: Arabic (official), French (official), and English is spoken.
Area: 1,284,000 sq km
International Calling Code: + 235
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering and travel opportunities in Chad from teaching, childcare, construction, conservation or healthcare projects. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer and get immersed in the culture, Chad is an ideal destination. Programs are perfect if you want to go off the beaten path and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture.
VOLUNTEERING IN CHAD QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Groups and Solo travelers are accommodated
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 4 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being N'Djamena
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. Programs are available all year round and they will give you an opportunity were you can help people and the environment. Volunteering in Chad and helping people in need is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Chadian sahara desert and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Chad.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
CHAD VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at N'Djamena International Airport in N'Djamena city. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Chad will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering and touring.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Chad has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN CHAD
Participants in our programs and tours in Chad are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouse managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 30-60 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Chad has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: All visitors to Chad, unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries, must obtain a visa from one of the Chadian diplomatic missions before entering the country. Passengers with an Entry Authorisation letter issued by the authorities of Chad before departure can obtain a visa on arrival. In August 2019 Chad announced a plan to introduce eVisas. The Government plans to launch the system in September 2019.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.