Volunteer work in Gabon offer placements in orphanage, teaching schools, medical, construction, day care centers, and wildlife and street children programs from 2 weeks to 24 weeks in duration. Go Volunteer Africa is committed to provide you with affordable and truly amazing volunteer in Gabon experience. Come join our meaningful volunteer work in Gabon and change the way you see the world!
Gabon like many African countries has a large population living in poverty. If you are in medicine or health care consider that in Gabon 1 in 10 children die from malnutrition and preventable disease before age five. The problem is exacerbated by very low surgeon and doctor to patient rations. Every month, Go Volunteer Africa offers medical volunteers with a great opportunity to volunteer in Gabon hospitals and health centers to help alleviate the situation.
In addition to health, Go Volunteer Africa provides volunteering opportunities in conservation projects in Gabon. Volunteer placements in Gabon on conservation include species such as elephants, primates, sea turtles and whales off the coast.
Volunteering in Gabon with Go Volunteer Africa provides a very fulfilling and memorable life experience. If you would like to travel and serve a worthy cause in Gabon, then consider going with Go Volunteer Africa – the leading volunteer and travel organization in Africa.
Gabon is a French speaking country and it has a population of roughly 1.5 million people. Go Volunteer Africa also provides teaching volunteer placements in Gabon, where the education itself is free; its just that the other school expenses such as books and writing materials put it out of the reach of many families, which is why we are working on introducing audio books, this way it is easier to provide every students with the information needed, at the same time is an eco friendly way of learning.
Gabon is beautiful and visitors are bedazzled by country’s natural resources. Scenic white beaches, massive wildlife such as gorillas, elephants, parrots, and panthers find refuge in the bountiful forests of Gabon. We provide volunteer opportunities in Gabon to individuals, groups and we also encourage families to volunteer in Gabon, where the minimum age for children volunteering is eight years old. We also accommodate both large and small groups.
Go Volunteer Africa is the top rated volunteer and travel organization in Africa. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to combine meaningful volunteer work in Gabon with action-packed adventure travel into the ultimate life-changing experience. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to give back to communities in Gabon while exploring the amazing diversity and rich cultural history of this stunningly beautiful country in Africa.
Go Volunteer Africa provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer work in Gabon. Volunteering in Gabon with Go Volunteer Africa is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need. Over 15 volunteers start on our volunteer program in Gabon every month, working on an incredible range of social, economical and educational projects. Go Volunteer Africa programs are the perfect way to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference in deserving communities in Africa.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa. Located on the equator, Gabon is bordered by Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north, the Republic of the Congo on the east and south, and the Gulf of Guinea to the west. Its capital and largest city is Libreville.
Gabon is a beautiful destination known for its lush national parks, which together account for around 10% of the country's total land mass. These parks protect a bounty of rare wildlife – including the elusive forest elephant and the critically endangered western lowland gorilla. Outside its parks, Gabon boasts pristine beaches and a reputation for political stability. The capital, Libreville, is a modern urban playground.
Gabon is stunningly beautiful and has the potential to be one of the world’s top destinations for ecotourism. This is a land of astonishing wildlife, including lowland gorillas and chimpanzees, while endangered turtles and whales ply its unspoilt Atlantic coast. It has fantastic potential for ecotourism and adventure travel, but still has a long way to go in terms of infrastructure.
Visit Loango National Park for its mix of coast and rainforest: humpback whales and turtles can be seen in season; elephants and hippos patrol the beaches; gorillas and chimps are sometimes seen.
Lopé National Park has thousands of gorillas, with a research station, Mikongo, where you can stay. It is also famous for its huge troops of mandrills, with several hundred sometimes seen together, particularly in July and August. If you are looking for perfect photo spots in Gabon, it’s worth your while to include Lopé National Park on your itinerary. The protected rain forest and savanna areas of the park are home to elephants, buffalo, and hogs. Keep your eyes peeled for the colorful and sometimes intimidating mandrills, too. We recommend staying the night at the Lopé Hotel before touring the park.
Mayumba: It is not easy to get to, but the rewards are rich for those who find Mayumba, located near the Congolese border. With its white, serene beaches, Mayumba is a premier resort area in Gabon. From July to September, you can see thousands of humpback whales swimming in the sea and leatherback turtles nesting in the sand, and you can feast on freshly caught fish every day.
Cirque de Léconi: While you are near the border with Congo, you should also check out the Cirque de Léconi, a beautiful, circular, red rock canyon. The best way to enjoy the canyon is to rent camping equipment and spend the night. The view of the canyon in the waning sunlight is unforgettable.
Bateke Plateau National Park: Covering 790 square miles in the southeastern part of Gabon, Bateke Plateau National Park is hard to reach but an amazing site to visit. The ancient volcanic area is full of elephants, buffalo, lions, gorillas, and other animals. Take a walk through the park and cross the large bridges that span the rivers. If you’re going to make an excursion to the park, plan to spend a few days in the area.
National Museum of Arts and Tradition: When in Libreville, we recommend visiting the National Museum of Arts and Tradition (known in French as the Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gabon) for a few hours. A walk through the halls of the museum, which include sections on statues and masks, will introduce you to the traditions and art of Gabon.
Cathedral of St. Michael: Another worthwhile site in Libreville is the Cathedral of St. Michael. The cathedral has 31 carved wooden columns that depict various biblical scenes. (It’s said that a blind craftsman carved the columns.)
Mont-Bouët Market: It’s time to go shopping. The Mont-Bouët market is Libreville’s largest, and exploring it makes for a fun day. Check out the fruit stands early in the morning, and spend the rest of the day admiring fabrics, jewelry, and other goods. One word of caution: the market (or marché, as it’s called in Gabon) is a favorite place for pickpockets. Keep your belongings close to you.
Presidential Palace: Built in 1970, the Presidential Palace in Libreville is a magnificent building that rises from the low-lying landscape of the city. There is usually a crowd outside admiring the ornate building. It’s illegal to take pictures of the building, so be careful if you try to sneak a shot.
Cap Estérias: For a quieter beach experience, you can travel an hour north of Libreville to the Cap Estérias, a perfect spot for water sports or plain relaxation. The route to the beach can be a bit confusing, so we recommend hiring a driver for the day to take you to the Cap Estérias.
Pointe Denis Beach: We love this beach for its versatility: you can remain outdoors from day to night and set up a tent under the stars for an overnight stay. (Hotels are available for those who feel less than comfortable camping.) During the day, hop on a boat to tour the beach’s estuary.
Gabon is a year-round destination. Climate-wise it is hot and humid all year. The dry season is May to September, while December and January tend to be a mini dry season with very little rain. The wet seasons are February to April and October/November. Roads can become impassable during this time, however the parks remain open and offer good viewing.
Gorillas and chimps are most often seen from October to March when there is more food around and they don’t need to travel so far.
Four species of turtle, including leatherbacks, lay their eggs on the beaches from November to March. Humpback whales are seen off the coast from July to September/October.
There are very few sealed roads, so the most comfortable and quick option is to take internal flights or the Trans-Gabon train.
Buses do run between major centres and are very cheap. Car hire is available but you’ll need a 4WD if venturing out of town. Roads can be completely impassable in the rains.
Capital: Libreville (Population: 578,156)
Population of Gabon: 2.100,000 (approx)
Language: French (official)
International dialling code: +241
Currency: Central African Franc (XAF) $1 = 592XAF / £1 = 760 XAF (2019)Credit cards are rarely accepted, even in upmarket establishments. Take cash in euros.
Area: 267,668 sq km
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Gabon offers a spectacular array of wildlife in its dense rain-forests and open Savannah to nature enthusiasts. Add to that superb white-sand beaches, rushing rivers and ethereal landscapes, and you have an Eden-like travel experience in an unexplored part of Africa.
Gabon boasts an exceptional biodiversity and is home to mammals ranging from whales to warthogs and a long list of endemic birds. This is a country where gorillas and elephants can be caught on camera on the same stretch of beach. Gabon is not yet a mainstream destination and therefore is one of Africa’s best places to access the untouched rain-forest. Now is the time to go there – soon the crowds will arrive.
Go Volunteer Africa provides affordable best volunteer Gabon programs in across the country. With a vast variety of volunteer Gabon projects, you will always find a program that matches your needs and interests. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer and get immersed in the culture, Gabon is the real deal. 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 GABON QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 8 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Libreville
- 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 Gabon 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 Gabon wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Gabon.
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
GABON 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 Leon Mba International Airport in Libreville. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Gabon 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. Gabon has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN GABON
Participants in our programs and tours in Gabon 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 10 - 30 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 Gabon 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.
PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a placement booking and confirmation administration fee of USD$180 (solo traveler), USD$150 (2-5 participants p/p), USD$125 (6+ participants p/p). This is charged above the program fee quoted which is paid in cash upon arrival to your host country.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up
Visas: Most visitors to Gabon must obtain a visa in advance, either from one of the Gabonese diplomatic missions or online. Gabon announced the introduction of electronic visas for visitors in January 2015. The e-Visa was introduced from 15 June 2015, and this e-visa system is usable by citizens of any country which requires a visa to visit Gabon. The visa is issued 72 hours after the application and is valid only for those arriving via Leon Mba International Airport in Libreville.
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.