If you are looking to volunteer in Sudan with an organization that really connects and cares about the local communities, the people, cultures and environment. Then you’ve come to the right choice! Go Volunteer Africa offers volunteer in Sudan opportunities to people who would like to visit and serve in Sudan.
Help education and community programs in Sudan. You could coach sports lessons and fun things like music to children working alongside local staff. Poverty and street children are big problem in Sudan and by working and volunteering in Sudan with Go Volunteer Africa you can help give meaningful service.
Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea to the east, Ethiopia to the southeast, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest.
Most people travel to Sudan overland, either from Egypt or Ethiopia. By plane, people tend to come from Cairo, Doha, Dubai or Addis Ababa. Traveling to and volunteer in Sudan is such an enriching experience, due to the multiple, endless interactions with people, whose kindness and hospitality are part of their culture, as much as their language is.
Go Volunteer Africa addresses critical local-Sudanese issues by providing meaningful and sustainable volunteer service to local communities, and investing in the local economies and people. The continuous, year-round service that Go Volunteer Africa creates opportunities for cultural exchange, promotes education, childhood development, and healthy living; encourages domestic volunteering and awareness of community needs; breaks down stigmas and stereotypes; and improves quality of life.
Why Volunteer in Sudan?
In 2010, Sudan was considered the 17th-fastest-growing economy in the world and the rapid development of the country largely from oil profits even when facing international sanctions. However, according to the Corruptions Perception Index, Sudan is one of the most corrupt nations in the world.
According to the Global Hunger Index of 2013, Sudan has an GHI indicator value of 27.0 indicating that the nation has an ‘Alarming Hunger Situation.’ It is rated the fifth hungriest nation in the world. According to the 2015 Human Development Index (HDI) Sudan ranked the 167th place in human development, indicating Sudan still has one of the lowest human development rates in the world. In 2014, 45% of the population lives on less than US$3.20 per day, up from 43% in 2009.
Historically agriculture remains the main source of income and employment hiring of over 80 percent of Sudanese, but most farms remain rain-fed and susceptible to drought. Instability, adverse weather and weak world-agricultural prices ensures that much of the population will remain at or below the poverty line for years.
Sudan is one of the countries that not many people choose to visit. But those travelers who decide to go to this beautiful and historic country always end their trip satisfied for many reasons, mainly because of the hospitality of its friendly people, the beauty of the desert life and the history of its ancient Nubian cities.
Volunteering in Sudan with Go Volunteer Africa is the experience of a lifetime, where you are choosing service as a means of learning about other cultures, global issues, and making a positive impact on communities abroad and at home. But the positive effects of volunteering in Sudan don’t stop when you return home.
***Interested in going to volunteer in Sudan? By applying to volunteer in Sudan you will get to go behind the desert life and live like a local, you can also improve your Arabic language skills and really interact with communities.***
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN SUDAN
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Sudan has a population of 43 million people (2018 estimate) and occupies a total area of 1,886,068 square kilometres (728,215 square miles), making it the third-largest country in Africa. Sudan's predominant religion is Islam, and its official languages are Arabic and English. The capital is Khartoum, located at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.
Much of the Middle East and Africa has a reputation for warmth and hospitality but Sudan is in a league of its own, making it a joy to travel in. It is common to be invited to stay at someone’s home and most rural Sudanese would never dream of eating in front of you without inviting you to join them. Talking the afternoon away over a glass or five of tea is a serious national ritual, which extends to dealings with officials.
Sudan is as geographically diverse as it is culturally; in the north, the Nile cuts through the eastern edge of the Sahara: the Nubian desert, the site of the Ancient Kingdoms of Cush and Meroe, and the land of the Seti. Here, some modest farming and husbandry supplements the staple crop of date palms. The East and West are mountainous regions, and much of the rest of the country comprises of savannahs typical of much of central sub-Saharan Africa.
People in Sudan are actually extremely friendly to all the few travellers who get there. People treat you as friendly as in any other African country, so be prepared to get spontaneously invited to lunch or dinner. Most of the time people are very interested in you and they are often proud to show you their country and their hospitality.
Wake at the break of day under the golden pyramids of godlike kings of old, traverse a searing desert to the place where two Niles become one, and watch a million blood-red fish swarm through gardens of coral. Whichever way you look at it, there's just no denying that among Sudan's sweeping hills of sand lie treasures the rest of the world are only just beginning to discover.
For the few travellers who venture here, Sudan comes as a fantastic surprise. Visitors invariably agree that the Sudanese are among the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. Whether you rush through on a Cairo-to–Cape Town trip, or spend a slow month soaking up the history and hospitality, visiting Sudan is a memorable experience.
Home to historic ruins and more pyramids than Egypt, there’s no doubt: Sudan is out to impress. Sudan is a land of sweeping sand dunes and vast desert; bustling souks and camel markets; where the two Niles meet and become one in the nation’s capital. Venture north to the ancient desert cities that line the unified Nile and unearth a wealth of hidden treasures – pyramids, tombs and ancient ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into the mighty kingdoms that ruled before. Experience Sudan’s legendary hospitality, where just a smile and a few words of Arabic can open doors into teahouses and homes, and see firsthand how the warmth of the Sudanese people is matched only by their arid surrounds.
Getting a visa for Sudan is an expensive hit-and-miss affair, but if you do manage to get in, and you stick to the safe areas, you will probably have a memorable experience. The Sudanese people are very hospitable, and you can visit some awesome tourist attractions without even seeing another tourist.
Capital: Khartoum (Population: 5,534,000)
Currency: Sudanese pound (SDG) $1 = 45 SDG / £1 = 57 SDG / €1= 49 SDG (2019)
Population: 43,738,659 (approx)
Official languages: Arabic (official), English (official).
Area: 1,886,068 sq km
International Calling Code: +249
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa offers mainly teaching and healthcare volunteer projects in Sudan. Sudan is one of the hottest countries in the world. If you really want to enjoy your trip to Sudan, you must go in winter, from November to February. The rest of the year, the heat is just unbearable, especially in summer.
By the way, be aware that, from a religious point of view, Sudan is a very conservative society, Sunni Islam being the main religion. If you really want to enjoy and experience people’s hospitality at its best, you should respect their habits and rules. Outside of Khartoum, you should always wear long pants. Never talk to women, unless spoken to first and, even if they talk to you, don’t dare take a picture of them, without asking for their permission, first. If you are a couple, say that you are married, even if you are not. Otherwise, they wouldn’t understand it, as in their society that would be unacceptable.
VOLUNTEERING IN SUDAN QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Groups and Solo travelers are accommodated
- Very flexible start and end dates (1st or 15th of the month)
- Over 2 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based in Khartoum
- 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!
A fact that is both astonishing and often forgotten is that Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt and more than half of them are still standing. The town of Meroe is home to over two hundred pyramids in various sizes making quite a spectacle. They may look similar to those in Cairo but they are in fact different. They have smaller bases meaning they are steeper than the famous Egyptian pyramids.
Although they may not be as impressive as the ruins in Egypt what makes the experience in Sudan unique is that you won’t have to fight off other tourists for photos, won’t be harassed by postcard sellers and there won’t be any camels insight. In fact, you will be able to enjoy the ancient site in peace and in virtually isolated surroundings.
Marine National Parks
Sudan has two Marine National Parks which are home to some of the world’s most diverse marine tropical habitats. Both Sanganeb Atoll and Dungonab Bay-Mukkawar National Park are famed for their natural beauty. The parks are overflowing with spectacular marine life that moves through breathtaking underwater seascapes. The parks have been referred to as some of the best diving spots in the world.
The White and Blue Nile meet
Both the White and Blue Nile flow through Sudan and just north of the country’s capital, Khartoum, is where the two merges together. The location where the two Niles meet is known as al-Mogran and is one of the geographical highlights of Africa. The White Nile flowing north from Lake Victoria and the Blue Nile flowing west from Ethiopia. The main Nile then continues to flow north towards Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.
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
Day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Sudan at its best. There is a lot to see and do in Sudan.
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
SUDAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Khartoum International Airport in Khartoum city, or Port Sudan New International Airport in Port Sudan city. This depends largely on your project location. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Sudan 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. These airports service numerous international carriers. Sudan has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN SUDAN
Participants in our programs and tours in Sudan 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 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 Sudan has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend desert 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. Have an inquiry?