SENEGAL: Community Volunteer Program

Senegal Community Volunteer Program
Senegal Community Volunteer Program

Go Volunteer Africa provides quality, meaningful and affordable community volunteer program in Senegal. We focus on under developed and extremely poor communities of Senegal and working with disadvantaged children, youth and women, through provision of quality education, healthcare, access to clean water and community development projects.

Our Senegal community development volunteering projects are diverse and include a variety of social and economic development. The Senegal community volunteer program allows volunteers to work with local communities and they make real a difference at a grassroots level in needy communities around Senegal. Volunteer placements are available for individuals, couples, families, and group travelers of all ages and backgrounds.

PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work with our arts and music project
  • Coach sports and games
  • Help support some income generating and skills development project for youth
  • Teach English and other languages
  • Take up a medical care job
  • Get involved in our environment conservation project.

Go Volunteer Africa enables people from around the world to share their skills and expertise with needy communities of Senegal. We facilitate volunteer placements for individual solo travelers and groups, for a minimum of two weeks and we can secure the placement within two days of receiving your inquiry. We offer volunteer programs that will either utilize skills you hold already or give opportunity to learn new skills.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Dakar is the capital of Senegal, in West Africa. It’s an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Its traditional Médina quarter is home to the Grande Mosquée, marked by a towering minaret. The Musée Théodore Monod displays cultural artifacts including clothing, drums, carvings and tools. The city’s vibrant nightlife is inspired by the local mbalax music.

Dakar’s climate is generally warm. Dakar has an ocean-influenced hot semi-arid climate, with a short rainy season and a lengthy dry season. Dakar’s rainy season lasts from July to October while the dry season covers the remaining eight months.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Senegal will meet you on arrival at Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Senegal has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Senegal you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Go Volunteer Africa’ Senegal community development volunteer program has been formulated by our team, to give our volunteer participants the most meaningful of experiences, wherever they may decide to venture. We take pride in all of our volunteer projects in Senegal and wish to ensure that our volunteers will benefit the community in a favorable way while on their once in a life time journey.

Senegal community volunteer program offers participants an opportunity to work in childcare centers, schools, hospitals, sports projects and conservation projects from 1 week to 24 weeks in duration.

Childcare, Education & Teaching Volunteer Programs in Senegal

In some locations especially rural areas the education system has room for improvement and foreign native English speakers are needed all year round. This is a beautiful country to experience as an English teacher and you will find local people and children extremely friendly. On these placements you will get to lead English lessons to classrooms and also individuals, whilst also getting involved with other lessons and activities. Projects can be joined at youth centres, in schools and also you could be placed to help refugees.

Community Volunteer Programs in Senegal

Senegal has a population of around 15.8 million people and nearly half of the Senegalese population – 46.7 percent, to be exact – is living in poverty, you can make a difference and help disadvantaged people. Even though Senegal is a developed country by African standards with a booming tourist industry there are still areas which are underdeveloped and you can help improve infrastructure and facilities for local people. You can also help with sustainable living projects, help conserve nature in the rainforest, work in a medical capacity, help train local people providing them with new skills or work as a cook at children’s centres.

Marine Conservation Projects in Senegal

With the help of international volunteers animals in Senegal can be protected and helped back into the wild through research and conservation programs. There are also educational volunteer projects with focus on education and community development. We have programs where you can learn to scuba dive and help marine wildlife and conservation efforts. You will get to live and work in spectacular settings on the coast either on or close to the beach. Full training and support are provided.

We will match your skills and expectations with those of your host project to ensure your placement is a professionally, as well as a personally, rewarding experience. No qualifications necessary, other than the ability to speak English or French.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Senegal volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Senegal. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house 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. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Senegal require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Visitors must hold passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. Citizens of all other countries except Hong Kong, British Nationals (overseas), Kosovo, Macao and Yemen may obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to a month. Citizens of the following countries can visit Senegal without a visa for up to 90 days: All European Union citizens, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

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.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Senegal 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!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: Families are welcome
Start Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Dakar or Saint Louis
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
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2 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us