Volunteer Tours Djibouti through Go Volunteer Africa. Take a volunteer vacation to Djibouti with Africa’s leading and largest volunteer travel organization. Go Volunteer Africa is the only organization offering community volunteer work in Djibouti. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to give back to communities in Djibouti while exploring the amazing diversity and rich cultural history of this small country of Africa.
We specialize in tailor made volunteer tours and group volunteer trips and we combine this with volunteering in Djibouti. Whether you are interested in Djibouti teaching volunteering, Djibouti healthcare volunteering or just culture immersion experience in Djibouti, Go Volunteer Africa has a the best Djibouti volunteer travel package that is suitable for you.
We provide opportunities for international volunteers in a wide range of affordable volunteer travel placements to support humanitarian work in Djibouti. Djibouti is one of those rare destinations in Africa that seems to have the unique combination of natural beauty, intriguing history, and vibrant culture and much of this continent still remains wild and uncharted.
Explore Djibouti while working hand in hand with local communities. With Go Volunteer Africa, you will Travel with a purpose! Go Volunteer Africa allows you to experience a country in a different manner than any other travel opportunity. Go Volunteer Africa provides a fun adventure packed with rich ingredients that will not only make you feel good, but will improve the lives of others.
Go Volunteer Africa allows you to plan your trip in your own preferred way. At Go Volunteer Africa, we don’t offer pre-arranged itinerary, we offer bespoke tailored volunteer holiday packages. Our volunteer tours Djibouti are designed to allow you see and experience new places, to expand your knowledge about Djibouti and help you appreciate the cultural heritage, landscapes, wildlife and most of all the people of this country.
Why choose Go Volunteer Africa’s Djibouti Volunteer Trips?
- Complete itinerary customization
- Available at any level from budget to luxury
- Great local guides, drivers and tour escorts
- Can be combined with your own independent travel plan
- Select your own hotels or use our recommendations
- 24-hour local and head office backup while travelling
- Experienced travel consultants to help you plan
- 12 years experience in tailoring volunteer travel and tours across Africa
- We are the experts in Africa- we are the locals!
DJIBOUTI TOURS & EXCURSIONS
This tiny speck of a country packs a big punch. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty. Few countries in the world, with the possible exception of Iceland, offer such weird landscapes – think salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, sunken plains, limestone chimneys belching out puffs of steam, basaltic plateaus and majestic canyons. Outdoorsy types will enjoy a good mix of land and water activities, including hiking, diving and whale-shark spotting in the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Go Volunteer Africa’s Djibouti tours travel deals will take you to visit the jaw-dropping impressive Lac Abbe, a geological wonder with limestone chimneys belching sulphurous gases, as well as Lac Assal, the lowest point in Africa. A great destination for nature lovers, Djibouti may seem an imposing landscape to traverse at first, but look closer and you can find bright red mountains and dark green fields of lava, live volcanoes and crusted salt lakes whose colours are almost unnatural in their intensity.
DJIBOUTI VOLUNTEER TRIP DATES
Broadly, Djibouti has two seasons: a hot dry season from May to October and a cooler season from November to April. The best time to visit Djibouti and get involved in our volunteer tours Djibouti is from Nov-March; it is too fiercely hot at other times of the year, with the weather heating up from April. During December, January and February expect highs of around 29°C, but in June, July and August temperatures routinely exceed 40°C. The sun shines pretty much year round, even during winter, and the rainfall on the coast usually occurs from Nov-March (Djibouti City gets around 13cm of rain a year); further inland it falls April-Oct.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. Djibouti occupies a total area of 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi). The state of Djibouti is predominantly inhabited by two ethnic groups, the Somali and the Afar people, the Somalis being the major ethnic group of the country.
The country’s Lilliputian aspect belies its regional and geopolitical importance. The capital is the site of a modern deepwater port that serves Indian Ocean and Red Sea traffic and hosts a French naval base. Djibouti city is also the railhead for the only line serving Addis Ababa, the capital of neighbouring Ethiopia.
The landscape of Djibouti is varied and extreme, ranging from rugged mountains in the north to a series of low desert plains separated by parallel plateaus in the west and south. Its highest peak is Mount Moussa at 6,654 feet (2,028 metres). The lowest point, which is also the lowest in Africa, is the saline Lake Assal, 509 feet (155 metres) below sea level.
The often torrid climate varies between two major seasons. The cool season lasts from October to April and typifies a Mediterranean-style climate in which temperatures range from the low 70s to the mid-80s F (low 20s to low 30s C) with low humidity. The hot season lasts from May to September. Temperatures increase as the hot khamsin wind blows off the inland desert, and they range from an average low in the mid-80s F (low 30s C) to a stifling high in the low 110s F (mid-40s C). This time of year is also noted for days in which humidity is at its highest. Among the coolest areas in the country is the Day Forest, which is located at a high elevation; temperatures in the low to mid-50s F (low to mid-10s C) have been recorded.
Despite Djibouti’s relatively harsh landscape, abundances of flora and fauna abound. In the northern portion of the country, one finds the ancient Day Forest National Park and a variety of tree species, such as jujube, fig, olive, juniper, and momosa. To the south and southwest of the Gulf of Tadjoura, the vegetation is similar to that found in other arid regions of Africa, inclusive of acacia and doum palm trees.
Among the types of fauna are a wide variety of bird species, numerous types of antelopes and gazelles, and more limited numbers of carnivores (such as cheetahs) and scavengers (such as hyenas), as well as monkeys, squirrels, and warthogs. Perhaps most spectacular is the extremely rich diversity of marine life found along Djibouti’s coastline and coral reefs, a factor that has made the country a special point of interest for international scuba-diving associations.
Capital: Djibouti (Population: 623,891)
Currency: Djiboutian franc (DJF) $1 = 177DJF / £1 = 218DJF (2019)
Population: 973,560 (approx)
Official languages: French and Arabic
Area: 23,200 sq km
International Calling Code: +253
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Djibouti city is the capital city and is a vibrant city in trade and people. This is the base of our operations and trips across the country.
THINGS TO DO IN DJIBOUTI
Explore its extraordinary landscapes. Little visited Djibouti rewards the intrepid few who make it here with some of Africa’s most out-there landscapes. Highlights are Lac Abbé, with its white salt shores and turquoise waters and Lac Assal where pink flamingos stand out against a landscape studded with limestone chimneys and ripped open by steaming hot springs.
Allow time to explore Djibouti city. Some tours only spend a night here before heading into the interior, but this vibrant capital, which blends African, Asian, Arab and European influences, is worth spending time in. Explore its African Quarter, home to iconic Hamoudi Mosque, discover the stalls of Les Caisses Market and see the whitewashed houses and Moorish arcades of the European Quarter, coming across French legionnaires, be-suited Somali businessmen, Afar tribesmen and local women in brightly coloured clothes.
Combine Djibouti with other countries. This tiny country boasts amazing natural sights, but you’d be hard pushed to spend a fortnight here. Instead, combine Djibouti with neighbouring Ethiopia or Somaliland.
VOLUNTEERING IN DJIBOUTI QUICK FACTS
- The program is open from the month of Nov-March
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the mentioned months)
- Over 4 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based in the capital and sorrounding communities
- Accommodation available at the beautiful guesthouse very close to the city centre
- 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!
THINGS NOT TO DO IN DJIBOUTI
Forget to greet people properly, even if you’re just doing something mundane like shopping or changing money. Greetings are an important formality in Djibouti and using one goes a long way towards good relations. Mug up on some French or Arabic – a simple salaam aleikum will be appreciated.
Photograph local people without asking their permission first. As this is a Muslim country, women should dress conservatively, too, as another courtesy.
If you’re finding the meat and rice that’s served throughout Djibouti a bit dull, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a great meal in Djibouti City. This busy, thriving port has plenty of good hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants and it’s the best place in the Horn of Africa to enjoy a posh dinner.
Underestimate the power of the sun in Djibouti and do keep yourself really well hydrated, to avoid heat exhaustion, or the even more serious heat stroke. Remember that dehydration is already happening by the time you feel thirsty – drink sufficient water so that you’re never parched.
VOLUNTEER TOURISTS REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless visiting with a parent or guardian. All participants 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 discover this less known country. There is a lot to see and do in Djibouti.
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
DJIBOUTI PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport in Djibouti city. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Djibouti will meet you on arrival and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Djibouti has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN DJIBOUTI
Participants in our programs and tours in Djibouti are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouse managed by the local coordinating team in the Djibouti city. 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 Djibouti 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!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: All visitors to Djibouti must obtain either a visa on arrival to Djibouti, an electronic visa online or a visa from one of the Djiboutian diplomatic missions prior to arrival in Djibouti, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Nationals of Singapore do not require a visa for Djibouti. Additionally, nationals of China holding passports endorsed "for public affairs" do not require a visa. A visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and service passports was signed with Kenya in May 2018; however it has yet to come into force.
On 18 February 2018, the government of Djibouti introduced an eVisa system for foreign visitors intended to replace the visa on arrival system. Visitors can apply for a transit visa valid for 3 days or a single entry visit visa valid for 31 days. eVisas are issued only for tourism or commerce purposes. Holders of eVisas can only enter Djibouti through Ambouli International Airport
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.