Get involved on community development volunteering in Liberia program with Go Volunteer Africa and make a meaningful contribution to the under-served communities of Liberia. Volunteers will assist in serving on the many Go Volunteer Africa community development projects in Liberia.
Go Volunteer Africa is looking for volunteers to get involved in our community development volunteer projects across Liberia. Volunteering in Liberia program offers unique and rewarding volunteer experience, ranging from helping local underprivileged communities to environmental conservation.
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. 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.
Volunteers who choose Liberia volunteering program, will be connected and fully placed in Orphanages, Schools, Outreach Programs, Water and Sanitation projects, Building and Construction projects, Childcare projects, Environment Conservation, Administrative tasks, Crafts projects, women empowerment projects, Youth empowerment projects, Income generating ventures, Micro-finance projects, Teaching placements, Healthcare and medical service and Sports, games, music, dance and drama projects across Liberia.
Why Volunteer in Liberia?
Liberia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Several reasons are behind the causes of poverty in Liberia. The country has dealt with a 14-year civil war, and even after slightly recovering, it is still in a vulnerable state.
Corruption in the government is the major epidemic, infiltrating many of the other sectors of society. Low public sector salaries and a lack of decent training create the incentive for corruption.
The country also fails to utilize its natural resources in a productive way. The country is rich with mineral wealth including iron ore, timber, diamonds, rubber and gold; however, natural resource management continues to deal with corruption and governance issues. If natural resource management can remain uncorrupted, the country can use these minerals as a way to bring in legitimate funding.
Another of the causes of poverty in Liberia is that during the wars, more than 200,000 people lost their lives. Many Liberian children were forced to fight in these wars, and have had few opportunities to adjust back to a normal civilian life. This then results in them turning to crime and a life of poverty.
An estimated 64 percent of Liberians live below the poverty line and 1.3 million live in extreme poverty, out of a population of 4.6 million, according to World Food Program. The country depends on imports, which does not help with its agricultural markets already being integrated poorly.
There is inadequate rural road infrastructures, limited smallholder participation in value chains and restrained institutional capacity of farmers’ organizations. Food security is also affecting 41 percent of the population, making chronic malnutrition high.
Liberia, however, is beginning to benefit from the work of some organizations like Go Volunteer Africa, which is bringing aid to those in poverty. It is providing water, food and teaching locals how to provide for themselves in a developing economy. We are also helping to fix Liberia’s market gaps as well as helping its economy recover. Additionally, Go Volunteer Africa is helping children find better lives after being soldiers.
Liberia is slowly on track to overcome poverty but ultimately needs more help. With transfer of skills and knowledge from volunteers, Liberia can emerge from poverty. 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.
***As a volunteer in Liberia, you will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteering program 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.***
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS & HOLIDAYS IN LIBERIA
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.
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.