Go Volunteer Africa is looking for volunteers to get involved in our Community Development Initiatives across Liberia. Volunteering in Liberia program offers unique and rewarding volunteer experience, ranging from helping local underprivileged communities to environmental conservation. The volunteers in Liberia will work as part of a team dedicated to a particular project pertaining to one of our main program areas: Education, Women Empowerment, Youth Development, and Environmental Conservation.
Go Volunteer Africa offers in-demand, challenging, and diverse community development volunteering in Liberia opportunities. It’s a rewarding experience immersing yourself in a new culture and empowering communities by helping them achieve success.
The volunteers, who will get involved in our volunteer projects in Liberia, will have the chance to interact directly with the host communities by preparing and coordinating workshops and activities with local counterpart community groups.
These Volunteer projects in Liberia provide participants the unique opportunity to continuously improve program parameters and best practices. The volunteer program in Liberia is constantly enriched by the participation and insight of volunteers with a wide range of experience and educational backgrounds.
As a participant, you will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer projects in Liberia do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and volunteers for both short and long-term placements, are accepted all the year round.
Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in these volunteer projects in Liberia. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
The first few days of your placement will be orientation and adjusting to Liberian life. After this initial period, your placement work will begin. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
One of the advantages of the volunteering in Liberia is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.
Volunteer work side by side the locals’ on-going brick construction and water building projects, youth projects, healthcare outreaches and women empowerment projects in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor jobs working alongside skilled and unskilled local workers.
Some tasks include farming, animal rearing, construction of the volunteer center, expansion, water well building and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Liberia is a country in West Africa, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. On the Atlantic coast, the capital city of Monrovia is home to the Liberia National Museum, with its exhibits on national culture and history. Around Monrovia are palm-lined beaches like Silver and CeCe. Along the coast, beach towns include the port of Buchanan, as well as laid-back Robertsport, known for its strong surf.
English is the official language, but over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, representing the numerous ethnic groups who make up more than 95% of the population. The country's capital and largest city is Monrovia.
Liberia was founded by former American slaves. It is one of only three sovereign countries in the world that were founded by former slaves, the others being Haiti and Sierra Leone, established by Great Britain. The emigration of former slaves was funded and organized by the American Colonization Society (ACS). The mortality rate of these settlers was the highest in accurately recorded human history. Of the 4,571 emigrants who arrived in Liberia from 1820 to 1843, only 1,819 survived until 1843.
Liberia was the first African republic to proclaim its independence, and is Africa's first and oldest modern republic. It retained its independence during the Scramble for Africa.
Liberia boasts golden beaches and blue lagoons lined with coconut trees, the largest rain forest in West Africa, and undulating hills dotted with coffee and rubber plantations. Though the country’s tourism industry collapsed during the civil war and has been slow to reestablish itself, Liberia has much to offer the traveler looking to experience the untouched beauty of West Africa while off the beaten track.
Blo Degbo: This ancient rock formation, located in Paynesville near Monrovia, is shaped like a human face. Find a guide to take you to visit this natural marvel.
Sapo National Park: Liberia is home to 40 percent of West Africa’s rain forest and a large variety of flora and fauna, and most of it belongs to Sapo National Park. Though traveling outside of urban areas can be dangerous, visiting the Liberian rain forest is an unforgettable experience, offering the chance to see monkeys, leopards, chimpanzees, antelope, elephants, and anteaters.
ELWA Beach: Just outside of Monrovia, this beautiful beach has a designated swimming area and is popular with families on the weekends.
Thinkers Beach: The waves are a little rough at Thinkers (pronounced “Tinkers”), not far out of Monrovia, but the sand is clean and warm, and food and drinks are available.
Robertsport: Take a day trip north out of Monrovia and visit Robertsport, known for its beaches and superb surfing. If you love water sports, as we do, this is the place for you. Tents are available on the beach for overnight stays.
Buchanan: Several hours south from Monrovia, this coastal town has peaceful, clean beaches and quaint restaurants and guesthouses.
Waterside Market: This market in Monrovia caters to locals and foreigners alike. Shop for fruits and vegetables, colorful fabric, and hand-carved masks.
Centennial Pavilion: This is a great place for new visitors to better understand Liberia. With all the bright Liberian colours, murals, portraits and statues all around, you can’t help but feel the sense of importance the locals attach to this building.
Wulki Farms: A serene place to unwind. Owned by a former minister in Charles Taylor’s cabinet, where you can ride horses, go swimming or visit the little zoo for a glimpse of ostriches, crocodiles and the occasional rabbit.
Firestone Rubber Plantation: This is the world’s largest rubber plantation. You can observe how rubber is processed and even play a round at the golf course that’s within the premises.
Mt Nimba: This is the highest Mountain in the country, measuring 1362m above sea level. It’s a great destination for hikers, climbers and campers. Be advised that It normally takes a few days to reach the full peak.
Ermita De La Agonía: Put Church of La Ermita La Agonia at the forefront of your travel plans. Dating back to 1866, the church is right in the heart of Liberia. It’s a jewel of beauty from days gone by, which still remains of great significance for the people of Liberia today. A remnant of Liberia’s spirited past, this cultural sanctuary allows you to catch a breath after a day of sightseeing and take in its devotional and inspiring atmosphere.
Capital: Monrovia (Population: 939,524)
Currency: Liberian dollar (LRD) $1 = 211 LRD / £1 = 272 LRD (2019)
Population: 5,232,000 (approx)
Official languages: English
Area: 111,369 sq. km
International Calling Code: +231
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Monrovia and Gbarnga in Liberia from teaching, childcare, construction and healthcare projects.
If you are looking for meaningful volunteer projects in Africa for a short or long term stay, Liberia is an ideal destination. Programs are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture.
VOLUNTEERING IN LIBERIA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 6 exceptional sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations Monrovia & Gbarnga
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- We host over 15 volunteers every month across Liberia
- 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. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Liberia and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseeing 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 explore Liberia's vibrant cities, rich musical culture, secluded beaches and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Liberia.
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
LIBERIA 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 Roberts International Airport in Harbel . A member of staff from our local partner organization in Liberia will meet you on arrival at Roberts International Airport in Harbel 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. Liberia has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN LIBERIA
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house 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.
The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are 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.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Liberia has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in teaching or orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
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: Visitors to Liberia must obtain a visa from one of the Liberian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Yellow fever vaccination is required. A broader visa on arrival for tourists was announced in January 2019. Liberia plans to introduce eVisas from 2019.
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.