Volunteer in Chad with Go Volunteer Africa’s Chad volunteer projects. 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, 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.
The volunteer in Chad program is an opportunity of a lifetime to visit, explore and volunteer in Chad. Through Chad volunteer program and Chad Tours, you get an opportunity to work with grassroots projects in rural, semi-urban and under development communities in Chad to empower their sustainable development efforts.
Why Volunteer in Chad?
The United Nations’ Human Development Index ranks Chad as the seventh poorest country in the world, with 80% of the population living below the poverty line. The civil war have scared away foreign investors; those who left Chad between 1979 and 1982 have only recently begun to regain confidence in the country’s future.
An uneven inclusion into the global political economy as a site for colonial resource extraction (primarily cotton and crude oil), a global economic system that does not promote nor encourage the development of Chadian industrialization, and the failure to support local agricultural production has meant that the majority of Chadians live in daily uncertainty and hunger. Over 80% of Chad’s population relies on subsistence farming and livestock raising for its livelihood.
The crops grown and the locations of herds are determined by the local climate. In the southernmost 10% of the territory lies the nation’s most fertile cropland, with rich yields of sorghum and millet. In the Sahel only the hardier varieties of millet grow, and these with much lower yields than in the south. On the other hand, the Sahel is ideal pastureland for large herds of commercial cattle and for goats, sheep, donkeys and horses. The Sahara’s scattered oases support only some dates and legumes. Chad’s cities face serious difficulties of municipal infrastructure; only 48% of urban residents have access to potable water and only 2% to basic sanitation.
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 volunteering is 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 Chad volunteer opportunities 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.***
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS & TOURS IN CHAD
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
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!
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration.
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of USD$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.