Volunteering in Senegal! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization in Africa welcomes you to Senegal. Simultaneously exhilarating and tranquil, Senegal is captivating. Senegal is an excellent destination for anyone interested in exploring and learning about African culture. Visitors will be able to experience a huge range of cultures and traditions in this diverse country.

Volunteering in Senegal

Keen to visit and volunteer in Senegal? You are in the right place. Join inspiring volunteer projects in Senegal where you can help disadvantaged communities, children, wildlife and the environment. Go Volunteer Africa’s Volunteering in Senegal program is in need for volunteers to help all year round – this will be a life changing experience.

Volunteering in Senegal

Sometimes when people are looking to volunteer in Africa, they often overlook Senegal. At Go Volunteer Africa we are offering volunteer placements in Senegal to both English and French speakers. Go Volunteer Africa offers a range of volunteer programs in Senegal to choose from all year round. As a volunteer in our volunteer projects in Senegal you will experience world class modern cities, beautiful beaches and friendly natives.

Senegal Experience


  • Coach sports and games
  • Learn French Language
  • Teach English language
  • Take up a medical care job
  • Work with childcare projects
  • Work with our arts and culture projects
  • Work with women empowerment projects
  • Get involved in our environment conservation project
  • Visit the numerous historic and geological sites of the region


Senegal known as the “Gateway to Africa” is a country in western Africa with an Atlantic Ocean coastline, the country has an area of 196,712 sq. km. The country lies at an ecological boundary where semiarid grassland, oceanfront, and tropical rainforest converge. This diverse environment has endowed Senegal with a wide variety of plant and animal life. It is from this rich natural heritage that the country’s national symbols were chosen: the baobab tree and the lion.

Neighboring countries include The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Mauritania. Senegal’s geography is mostly flat, and the northern border is formed by the Senegal River. The Gambia, occupies a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, which separates Senegal’s southern region of Casamance from the rest of the country. Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde. Senegal’s economic and political capital is Dakar.

Senegal is notably the westernmost country in the mainland of the Old World, or Afro-Eurasia. It owes its name to the Senegal River, which borders it to the east and north. The climate is typically Sahelian, though there is a rainy season. Senegal covers a land area of almost 197,000 square kilometres (76,000 sq mi) and has a population of around 17 million.


Senegal, the westernmost country in Africa, has a population of about 17 million people. Nearly half of the Senegalese population – 46.7 percent, to be exact – are living in poverty. Geographic disparities in poverty exist between rural areas and Dakar, the capital city and largest city in Senegal. In rural areas, 66 percent of residents are considered poor compared to 23 percent of residents in Dakar. Additionally, the general poverty line in Dakar is almost two times higher than it is in rural areas.

Senegal’s economy relies on industries such as mining, construction, agriculture, fishing and tourism, but also heavily relies on foreign aid and remittances. Nearly 75 percent of the population works in the agricultural sector, which is regularly threatened by inclement weather such as drought and other climate changes.

Senegal City Tours

Senegal has a poor economy and, as a result, many Senegalese people emigrate to other countries.  The fertility rate in Senegal is almost 4.5 children per woman. Young people comprise a large portion – 60 percent – of the Senegalese population. Additionally, Senegal has an illiteracy rate of 40 percent and a high unemployment rate of 12.7 percent, both of which provide dim outlooks for Senegalese youth.

Unlike many countries facing extreme poverty, Senegal has one of the most stable governments in Africa and is considered a model for democracy in Africa. Since its independence from France in 1960, Senegal has elected four presidents and has witnessed three peaceful political transitions.

Senegal Teaching Volunteer work

You will make a long term sustainable difference, meet new friends and learn about the country and culture Volunteering in Senegal program has volunteer projects throughout the country and there is a lot of choice depending on your interests. The capital city Dakar is a great place to base yourself for the buzz of city live or for somewhere more tranquil and beautiful you might want to apply for a program in the Saint Louis.

Senegal Childcare volunteer project

Go Volunteer Africa allows you to give back to communities in Senegal while exploring the amazing diversity and rich cultural history of this stunningly beautiful country in Africa. Whether you are interested in teaching volunteer work, childcare volunteer work, conservation volunteer work, construction volunteer work, healthcare volunteer work or sports coaching volunteer work.


There are currently no openings for volunteering in Senegal. New volunteer projects will be announced here when available. We are not accepting volunteers at the moment for this destination and it’s not available as choice in our volunteer application form.

If you have any questions about volunteering in Senegal, simply Make an inquiry here and we will guide! If you are running, know or involved with a meaningful development project in Senegal that needs volunteers’ support, then Go Volunteer Africa is here to help them, visit our host volunteers page.