Go Volunteer Africa provides a safe and affordable tailored volunteer in Guinea Bissau program. Our choice of volunteering opportunities in Guinea Bissau include working with Orphans, Women Empowerment Programs, Health/Medical, Teaching English, Sports coaching and more.
Since 2018, we’ve been sending volunteer groups and solo travelers to Guinea Bissau to make a difference in communities. In Guinea Bissau, we only offer tailored volunteer programs that are perfect for high school students, families, middle-aged couples and seniors – anyone that wants travel with a purpose off-the-beaten path.
Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, is a sovereign state in West Africa. Guinea-Bissau is bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. Guinea Bissau is a small yet vibrant African nation just beginning to take its place on the tourist map. A small but beautiful country with interesting wildlife and vibrant traditions that rival any of its larger neighbors.
You can join our volunteering programs in Guinea Bissau, as an individual, as a group or even choose to volunteer with your family. We offer tailor-made community development volunteer projects in Guinea Bissau. All the volunteer work undertaken on our custom-made volunteer trips directly benefits the local community or environment.
Whether you want to take a group of colleagues, family members, students, or friends on an unforgettable experience, we can make it happen. We operate group trips of any size each month, and are excited to make this a reality for your group! Not only can we tailor our trips for large groups, but we offer customization for families as well. If there is a specific activity that interests you in a given country like Guinea Bissau, just let us know and we will take you there and make your dream a reality.
Whether you are interested in teaching, childcare, construction or medical volunteering, Go Volunteer Africa has volunteer work in Guinea Bissau that is suitable for you. This is a unique and a very rewarding volunteer experience in West Africa, ranging from helping local underprivileged communities to environmental conservation. Projects, provides an opportunity to explore the vibrant country of Guinea Bissau.
Why Volunteer in Guinea Bissau?
Guinea-Bissau is one of the world’s poorest nations. Approximately 69 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and 25 percent of the population suffers from chronic malnutrition. Nationally, nearly 11 percent of households in Guinea-Bissau are food insecure.
Approximately 85 percent of Bissau-Guineans rely on agriculture as their primary source of income. Irregular amounts of rainfall and volatile prices of imported rice and exported cashew nuts have made chronic food insecurity a reality for 11 percent of the population. Food insecurity, inadequate health services and poor water and sanitation have contributed to widespread malnutrition.
The reliance on cashew nuts for economic livelihood leaves nearly two-thirds of the population vulnerable to trade shocks. With a focus on addressing inequality through such means as the enhancement of resource delivery as well as advancements in technology and market support systems, it is the belief of organizations like the IMF and the World Bank that Guinea-Bissau can continue to reduce its poverty rate over the coming years.
You’ll be working with marginalized and excluded people to make their lives better. It might be a rural community to improve on their healthcare, working with orphans to improve their standard of living, building a community school, or just participate in the community outreaches organized by our Coordinators or helping youth with their ventures. Whatever you do, your input will help to shape communities for the future and improve quality of life.
***No matter which volunteer project you chose in which to work on, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. School children will benefit from the knowledge you impart, your conservation efforts will contribute towards protecting local wildlife, and you will be part of preserving some of the extraordinary ways of life in this country.***
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ABOUT GUINEA BISSAU
Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, is a sovereign state in West Africa. Guinea-Bissau is bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. Guinea Bissau is a small yet vibrant African nation just beginning to take its place on the tourist map. A small but beautiful country with interesting wildlife and vibrant traditions that rival any of its larger neighbors. Go Volunteer Africa is the only organization offering volunteer and travel trips in Guinea Bissau.
The Republic of Guinea-Bissau, a small, little-known country in western Africa, is an ideal spot for adventurers seeking off-the-beaten-path travel opportunities. Though it is one of the world’s poorest nations and has limited tourist facilities, Guinea-Bissau has much to be commended, too: gorgeous beaches, ultra-fresh seafood, and a local population known for being especially friendly and laid-back. A visit to Guinea-Bissau practically guarantees an authentic African experience, and adventurous travelers willing to make the trip can enjoy some real finds and relative freedom from tourist traps.
Guinea Bissau contains multitudes – of landscapes, peoples, cultures and plant and animal life. All of it within reach of the capital, Bissau. Faded colonial-era houses sag, from tropical decay and the weight of history. Decades of Portuguese colonisation were followed by a long painful liberation struggle and then cycles of civil war and political chaos.
Guinea-Bissau’s tropical climate means it’s generally hot and humid here, with its rainy season falling between June and October.
Varela: Just south of the Senegalese border, in the Cacheu region, this beach can be a challenge to reach, but its stunning views, pine forests, and remote feel make it worth the trip.
Bolama Town: Bolama Town, on the landward side of Bolama Island, provides a look back at the past grandeurs of the Portuguese empire. Crumbling mansions, decaying colonial buildings, and leafy avenues make a lovely backdrop for an evening stroll.
Praia da Bruce: This isolated beach on the island of Bubaque, in the Bijagó Archipelago, boasts pristine stretches of sand and shady cashew trees. Rent a bike and journey to the beach along Bubaque’s straight, forest-lined road.
Orango: One of the many Bijagó islands, Orango is home to stunning tropical beaches and a population of salt water–dwelling hippos.
Bafata: This small, picturesque town is a good spot for wandering among the red, Portuguese-style houses. Maimouna Kape, a hotel in the town’s center, also has a popular outdoor bar.
Local Fare: Feast on the country’s many specialties, like kaldo branco (fish in white sauce) and grilled king prawns while sipping the national beverage, cashew wine.
Fiesta: Soak up the sights at Bissau’s annual carnival, which takes place in February or March and draws people from all over the country to check out the fierce dance and music competitions.
Local rhythm: Tap into the Bissau-Guinean culture through gumbe, a samba-like type of music that is sung in Crioulo and reflects both indigenous musical traditions and Portuguese influences.
Move It: Seek out a performance of Broxa, the traditional dance of the Balante people. Near Mansôa, in the Oio region, Broxa dance troops travel from village to village dressed as warriors, dancing and playing centuries-old instruments.
Street Market: In Gabú, the country’s most significant eastern town, stroll along the street market in the early evening; there you’ll find everything from locally made crafts to just-picked fruit.
Capital: Bissau (Population: 855,283)
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF) $1 = 592 XOF / £1 = 759 XOF (2019)
Population: 1,936,214 (approx)
Official languages: Portuguese (official), French
Area: 36,125 sq km
International Calling Code: + 245
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Guinea-Bissau is a tropical country on West Africa’s Atlantic coast that’s known for national parks and wildlife. The forested, sparsely populated Bijagós archipelago is a protected biosphere reserve. Its main island, Bubaque, forms part of the Orango Islands National Park, a habitat for saltwater hippos. On the mainland, the capital, Bissau, is a port with Portuguese colonial buildings in its old city center.
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering and travel opportunities in Guinea Bissau from teaching, childcare, construction, conservation or healthcare projects. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer and get immersed in the culture, Guinea Bissau 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 GUINEA BISSAU QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 10 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Bissau.
- 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!
Wedged in between Senegal and Guinea, this former Portuguese colony is well off the tourist trail, but punches above its weight when it comes to cultural riches, biodiversity and wildlife. Few people could find Guinea-Bissau on the map, but those who do discover it experience a country that keeps ancient traditions alive, loves a carnival and can serve up pristine beaches where saltwater hippos wander.
The country’s gorgeous coast is the focus of most tours, and the jewel in Guinea-Bissau’s crown is the Bijagos Archipelago – 80 odd islands where sacred rites and saltwater hippos are among the unusual highlights. Volunteer in Guinea Bissau with Africa's leading and largest volunteer travel organization - Go Volunteer Africa.
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 Guinea Bissau wildlife and cultures. There is a lot to see and do in Guinea Bissau.
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
GUINEA BISSAU VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport in Bissau. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Guinea will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Guinea Bissau has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN GUINEA BISSAU
Participants in our programs and tours in Guinea Bissau are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouse or in a homestay accommodation 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 - 40 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 the Guinea Bissau 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!
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
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.