Nigeria isn’t often the first country which springs to mind when you are planning your travels or volunteering trip to Africa. People tend to choose more popular tourism and safari destinations in Africa, but if you are looking for an authentic volunteering travel experience there are so many reasons why you will love visiting Nigeria.
If you are considering your next destination, check out top 5 reasons why you might want to consider visiting and volunteering in Nigeria.
If you are thinking about going to travel in Africa a lot of people overlook Nigeria, but they are wrong to do so. Nigeria is a huge diverse country blessed with incredible natural resources, destinations and sunny weather.
There are so many attractions and cultural highlights which will leave you spellbound. Most places are touristy and so you are guaranteed a local authentic experience. For example, the warm and cold water flows in Ikogosi, Ekiti state in the south-west of the country are highly recommended.
This region attracts thousands of tourists every year but mainly Nigerians. You will really love the experience of visiting Nigeria.
Nigeria is blessed with varieties languages including Hausa, Igbo, edo, efik, igala, ijaw, isoko, urhobo, igbira and also local languages. A lot of international tourists visit Nigeria and try to learn, or pick up some of the basics of some of the languages available. Popular languages to learn include Yoruba which is the common language in Nigeria.
One of the main reasons people visit Nigeria is due to the amount of entertainment available in places like Lagos. Popular activities include listening to afro-music, pop, afro-pop and fuji. During seasonal periods like Christmas there are a lot of shows which are popular with tourists including the akpororo vs akpororo and the ay-show. You could also head to the beach!
Nigeria is one of the best countries to visit in Africa in terms of varieties of foods. Popular local dishes include banga and starch, ogbono-soup, pepper-soup, African-salad (jakwu, abacha), ukwa, jollof-rice, porridge-yam, ewedu, egusi and efo-riro.
You will find the people of Nigeria very friendly and very open to outsiders. It is very easy to make new friends in Nigeria as this is a country full of different people who welcome tourists. In every different region of the country you will find different people, cultures and tribes.
In some places people still wear traditional clothing including the buba, agbada, sokoto, kaba, fila, abeti-aja, iborun, iro, gele and traditional beads. Get chatting to locals about sports like football and they will be chatting for hours.
Lastly and more important….
Go Volunteer Africa also offer educational volunteer programs in Nigeria, you can teach and help in classrooms or even work in a management role to train local staff to improve their qualifications. Without international volunteers a lot of projects wouldn’t exist or will not be sustained.
By volunteering in Nigeria with Go Volunteer Africa, you will not only provide services to others, but you’ll also gain from a cultural experience in a unique destination.
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