Go Volunteer Africa arranges a number of meaningful volunteering opportunities in Guinea meant to improve the living conditions of the communities. Our volunteering in Guinea programs and adventure travels provides total experience to explore the diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes of this unknown country while volunteering to improve livelihoods.
Volunteering work in Guinea provides you with a very rare opportunity to get involved meaningful projects like teaching French and English, games and sports and medical work. We focus on needy communities of Guinea and working with disadvantaged children, youth and women, through provision of quality education, healthcare, access to clean water and community development projects.
Guinea is little known for tourism but perhaps its one of the most exciting places in the region, where visitors are still a rarity and experiences uncontrived. Volunteer in Guinea with Go Volunteer Africa. Choose from different affordable meaningful projects like teaching languages, games and sports, construction, medical work or environmental conservation.
Go Volunteer Africa arranges a number of volunteer Guinea programs meant to improve the living conditions of the communities. Our volunteer Guinea programs and adventure travels provides total experience to explore the diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes of this unknown country while volunteering to improve livelihoods.
Volunteer Guinea opportunities offer a meaningful volunteer experience that provide valuable real-world experience. A volunteer in Guinea can choose from our diverse assortment of health, environment and socio-economic projects. Guinea 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 country still remains wild and uncharted.
With Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering in Guinea opportunities, you can experience meaningful travel while working hand in hand with local communities. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to experience Guinea 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. Volunteering in Guinea -Conakry with Go Volunteer Africa provides real work experience that will build skills and offer something substantial to employers.
If you’re looking for a unique volunteer travel experience abroad, look no further! Volunteering in Guinea programs are the perfect way to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference abroad. Imagine seeing the world differently.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a west-coastal country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, the modern country is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries with "Guinea" in the name and the eponymous region, such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.
The country is named after the Guinea region. Guinea is a traditional name for the region of Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea. It stretches north through the forested tropical regions and ends at the Sahel. The English term Guinea comes directly from the Portuguese word Guiné, which emerged in the mid-15th century to refer to the lands inhabited by the Guineus, a generic term for the black African peoples south of the Senegal River, in contrast to the "tawny" Zenaga Berbers above it, whom they called Azenegues or Moors.
Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85 percent of the population. Guinea's people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. French, the official language of Guinea, is the main language of communication in schools, in government administration, and the media, but more than twenty-four indigenous languages are also spoken.
Guinea's economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production. It is the world's second largest producer of bauxite, and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold. With its spectacular landscape and vibrant culture, Guinea is a hidden gem in West Africa. It possesses lush rain forests, breathtaking waterfalls, and pristine beaches. Conarky, the Guinean capital, is a bustling, vibrant, and relatively safe island city connected to the mainland by pier.
Island Hopping: Several picturesque islands are just a short boat ride away from the Guinean mainland. The Îles de Los, ten kilometers southwest of Conakry, are the most accessible. Île de Roume and Île de Kassa also have several good beaches; the latter is accessible by public ferry service.
Mini Safaris: Rent a vehicle and take your own mini safari. Though Guinea has no national parks, abundant wildlife roams its northeastern savannas between the Tinkisso River and the Mali border.
Fouta Djalon Highlands: Still largely undeveloped, the area is populated mainly by herders and farmers. Its hills offer amazing views, scenic valleys, and impressive waterfalls.
East Guinea: Learn about Guinean culture and history by taking a drive through Guinea’s eastern region. The roads pass through many historic towns, some of which still hold remnants of medieval fortresses. The road along the Nimba Range is particularly scenic.
Local Cuisine: Jollof rice, stuffed chicken with groundnuts, and fish with rice are the national specialties, so make sure to eat plenty while you’re in Guinea. Fresh fruit juice is also plentiful.
Nightlife: Conarky contains many theaters, bars, and nightclubs. Some of the most interesting entertainment is found on Conarky’s street corners and open-air plazas. Spontaneous street gatherings are a common venue for dancing, singing, and the playing of traditional instruments.
Valleé de la Mariée: This lush valley is located about 150 kilometers outside of Conarky and is a beautiful swimming spot. The river Sabende plunges down its steep hills, creating a deep pond.
Shop!: Local markets in most cities sell an array of Guinean clothes, traditional woodwork, rugs, jewelry, and local handicrafts. Serious shoppers should visit the enormous market in Gueckedou, whose vendors hawk everything under the sun.
Go Underground: The Kakimbon Caves, located in the Conakry suburb of Ratoma, are a site of great religious and cultural significance. Hire a local guide to explain the local legends and religious rituals.
Capital: Conakry (Population: 2,300,000)
Currency: Guinean franc (GNF) $1 = 9,280 GNF / £1 = 11,934GNF (2019)
Population: 12,920,000 (approx)
Official languages: French (official)
Area: 245,857sq km
International Calling Code: + 224
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Guinea is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It's known for the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, in the southeast. The reserve protects a forested mountain range rich in native plants and animals, including chimpanzees and the viviparous toad. On the coast, the capital city, Conakry, is home to the modern Grand Mosque and the National Museum, with its regional artifacts.
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering and travel opportunities in Guinea from teaching, childcare, construction, conservation or healthcare projects. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer and get immersed in the culture, Guinea 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 GUINEA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 10 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Conakry.
- 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!
Imagine you're travelling on smooth highways, and then get tempted by a dusty turn-off signed Adventure. Well, that turn-off is Guinea. Little known to most of the world, this is a land of surprising beauty, from the rolling mountain plateau of Fouta Djalon to wide Sahelian lands and thick forests.
Overland drivers have long been drawn here for the challenge of steering their vehicles over rocks and washed-out paths. Nature lovers lose themselves on long hikes past plunging waterfalls, proud hills and tiny villages; or by tracking chimpanzees through sticky rainforest. But the best thing about Guinea is that almost nobody else bothers to take this turn-off – meaning you'll likely have the country to yourself.
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 Guinea wildlife and cultures. There is a lot to see and do in Guinea.
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
GUINEA 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 Conakry Gbessia International Airport in Conakry. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Guinea 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. Guinea has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN GUINEA
Participants in our programs and tours in Guinea 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 30 - 40 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 the Guinea 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: Visitors to Guinea must obtain a visa from one of the Guinean diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the countries or territories that are visa exempt. Nationals of the United Arab Emirates can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay up to 90 days according to the media and IATA. Nationals of countries that require a visa can obtain an electronic visa. Electronic visas are available for stays up to 90 days. Citizens of Canada and the United States can stay up to 5 years.
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.