Volunteering Ivory Coast! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Ivory Coast also known as Côte d’Ivoire. Ivory Coast popular for its beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban center.
Its modern landmarks include ziggurat like, concrete La Pyramide and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a swooping structure tethered to a massive cross. North of the central business district, Banco National Park is a rainforest preserve with hiking trails.
Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering Ivory Coast community volunteering program offers some of the most diverse and rewarding volunteering experiences, providing volunteers to get involved with a huge range of activities from construction, community outreaches and even environmental conservation.
VOLUNTEERING IVORY COAST PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- Coach sports and games
- Take up a medical care job
- Work with our arts and music project
- Teach French, English and other languages
- Help support economic empowerment program
- Get involved in our environment conservation project
- Help support skills development project for youth & women
Whether a volunteer is working in a women’s shelter, youth activities or elderly social centre or with remote bush tribes, community development volunteering offers the chance to discover many different aspects of volunteering and make a truly positive impact on the lives of others.
IVORY COAST FAST FACTS
Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d’Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a country on the southern coast of West Africa. Its political capital is Yamoussoukro, in the centre of the country; while its largest city and economic centre is the port city of Abidjan. It borders Guinea to the northwest, Liberia to the west, Mali to the northwest, Burkina Faso to the northeast, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south.
Its official language is French, and indigenous languages are also widely used, including Bété, Baoulé, Dioula, Dan, Anyin, and Cebaara Senufo. In total, there are around 78 different languages spoken in Ivory Coast. The country has a religiously diverse population, including numerous followers of Christianity, Islam, and indigenous faiths.
- LANGUAGE: French
- DAILING CODE: +245
- CAPITAL: Yamoussoukro
- COUNTRY SIZE: 322,463 sq km
- MONEY: West African CFA franc
- POPULATION: 27,569,286 (approx)
- OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
PEOPLE & CULTURE
Ivory Coast has a rich cultural heritage with more than sixty ethnic groups, the Baoulé, the Bété, Gouro or the Dioula can be cited as examples of ethnic groups found in the country. They can be divided into four main groups: Akan, Gour, Krou and Mandé. Geographically, the Akran group can be found in the South-Eastern corner of the country, the Gour mostly in the North-East, the Krou in the South-Center/South-West and the Mandé in the North-West to North-Center part of the country.
The local communities are very welcoming to tourists and visitors. They offer traditional ceremonies, arts, crafts, food and dances, so that visitors can discover the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Ivory Coast. Western Ivory Coast is extremely rich of its culture and traditions, the dances and masks exhibited in this specific region of the country by the Guéré ethnic group are internationally famous. Visitors can join the traditional Dao sacred mask dances and the Oubi women initiation. In Djouroutou, the ceremony of the Cola nuts is another tradition to be witnessed.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN IVORY COAST
Through the Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering Ivory Coast program volunteers prefer to be helping Ivorian communities move towards a brighter and healthier future. Working within the communities, helping people that are less fortunate, and experiencing traditional Ivorian culture are just some of the wonderful experiences they will take away from this volunteer in Africa program.
You could be working in communities helping build new structures, working to improve healthcare and sanitation, teaching and improving education with children or coaching sports. Local people speak French and it is recommended you learn basic phrases to enhance your stay but you will not need to know the language to apply. There are in-country classes available for you to learn and you will also get free time to travel and see more of this country.
On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best. The type of work, volunteers get involved with will be dependent on their interests, abilities, level of experience as well as their comfort levels. One of the advantages of the Côte d’Ivoire volunteer program is that as a volunteer, you are not limited to one volunteer role and you will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during the placement.
PROJECT LOCATION & SAFETY
There are several locations where you can join our volunteer programs including the city of Abidjan and more rural villages, sometimes you might be working in outreach teams travelling deep into the countryside helping remote communities.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Abidjan. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Ivory Coast will meet you on arrival at airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Ivory Coast has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Ivory Coast you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Ivory Coast volunteering program.
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. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
Visitors to Ivory Coast must obtain a visa from one of the Ivorian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Visitors can apply online for an e-Visa that if approved can be picked up at the Airport in Abidjan. The eVisa is valid for 90 days and is issued within 48 hours.
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. Buy here Now
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Ivory Coast 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!
Ivory Coast is the place to visit if you want to experience really West African villages, beaches, and take amazing photos of African nature in its safaris. Another feature this country offers is the gorgeous ‘Mount Nienokoue’ that you can climb if you’re more of a nature lover.
The 230 meters of trekking will be worth it after you see what it has to offer: it consists mostly of unexploited forests and exotic animals, and you can expect a plethora of breathtaking views along the way. If you want to mingle with the folks, visit Tanu Sakkasu near Bouake and see how the black pottery is traditionally made or visit the Wananiere Village des Tisserands near Korhogo and learn how the traditional cloth is made.
PROGRAM COSTS: (USD$)
Program Fee Excludes:
- Personal Expenses
- Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here