Volunteering Liberia! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Liberia. Liberia’s capital, Monrovia is home to the Liberia National Museum, with its exhibits on national culture and history. Around Monrovia are palm-lined beaches. Along the coast, beach towns include the port of Buchanan, as well as laid-back Robertsport, known for its strong surf.
Volunteer in Liberia with Go Volunteer Africa and get an opportunity to work with grassroots projects in rural, semi-urban and under development communities of Liberia. Whether you are interested in teaching, childcare, construction or healthcare projects, Go Volunteer Africa has a community volunteer work placement in Liberia that is suitable for you. Go Volunteer Africa offers many volunteer opportunities in Liberia that focus on education, healthcare and orphan care.
VOLUNTEERING LIBERIA PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- Coach sports and games
- Take up a medical care job
- Teach English and other languages
- Work with our arts and music project
- Help support economic empowerment program
- Get involved in our environment conservation project
- Help support skills development project for youth & women
As a volunteer, you will experience traditional life and participate in daily activities such as visiting elderly villagers, construction and building, teaching children in outside classrooms, assisting in the setting up vegetable gardens, youth health talks, high school English teaching, feeding animals as well as health outreach programs and so many other activities.
LIBERIA FAST FACTS
Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its northwest, Guinea to its north, Ivory Coast to its east, and the Atlantic Ocean to its south and southwest. It has a population of around 5 million and covers an area of 111,369 square kilometers (43,000 sq mi). English is the official language, but over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, reflecting the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity. The country’s capital and largest city is Monrovia.
Liberia was the first African republic to proclaim its independence and is Africa’s first and oldest modern republic. It was among the few African countries to maintain its sovereignty during the Scramble for Africa. During World War II, Liberia supported the United States war effort against Germany, and in turn received considerable American investment in infrastructure, which aided the country’s wealth and development.
- CAPITAL: Monrovia
- LANGUAGE: English
- DAILING CODE: +231
- MONEY: Liberian dollar
- COUNTRY SIZE: 111,369 sq km
- POPULATION: 5,290,286 (approx)
- OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Liberia
PEOPLE & CULTURE
The people of Liberia are classified into three major groups: the indigenous people, who are in the majority and who migrated from the western Sudan in the late Middle Ages; Black immigrants from the United States (known historically as Americo-Liberians) and the West Indies; and other Black immigrants from neighboring western African states who came during the anti-slave-trade campaign and European colonial rule. The Americo-Liberians are most closely associated with founding Liberia. Most of them migrated to Liberia between 1820 and 1865; continued migration has been intermittent. Americo-Liberians controlled the government until a military coup in 1980.
Liberia’s indigenous ethnic groups may be classified into three linguistic groups, all belonging to the Niger-Congo language family: the Mande, Kwa, and Mel (southern Atlantic). The Mande are located in the northwest and central regions of Liberia and also in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Prominent among them are the Vai, who invented their own alphabet and who, in addition, use Arabic and English; the Kpelle, the largest Mande group, who are also found in Guinea; Loma (also found in Guinea); Ngbandi; Dan (Gio); Mano; Mende; and Malinke.
Kwa-speaking peoples include the Bassa, the largest group in this category and the largest ethnic group in Monrovia; the Kru and Grebo, who were among the earliest converts to Christianity; the De; Belleh (Belle); and Krahn. The Kwa-speaking group occupies the southern half of the country. The Mel group includes the Gola and Kisi, who are also found in Sierra Leone and are known to be the oldest inhabitants of Liberia. These people live in the north and in the coastal region of the northwest.
Monrovia is the capital city of Liberia. Located on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Mesurado. With 30% of the total population of Liberia, Monrovia is the country’s most populous city. Founded on April 25, 1822, Monrovia was the second permanent African American settlement in Africa after Freetown, Sierra Leone. Monrovia’s economy is shaped primarily by its harbor and its role as the location of Liberia’s government offices.
Monrovia is the wettest capital city in the world in terms of annual precipitation. The climate features a wet season and a dry season, but precipitation is seen even during the dry season. Temperatures remain constant throughout the year averaging around 26.4 °C (79.5 °F).
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 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. Liberia 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 Liberia you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
LIBERIA COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Volunteering Liberia program offers a great mix of community social work and environment conservation activities for those volunteers that are keen to take on a challenge and support our ongoing projects in West Africa. Whether you stay with us for 2 weeks, 1, 2 or 3 months, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference through sustainable, life-changing project work that will improve the lives of poor communities.
Volunteers who choose Liberia volunteering program, will be connected and fully placed in Orphans support and childcare project, teaching in local Schools, building Water and Sanitation projects, Building and Construction of classrooms, Environment Conservation project, women & youth empowerment projects, Healthcare and medical service and Sports development projects across Liberia.
The exact nature of volunteering Liberia project work depends on you, what you want to do and the skills and talents you have to share. You could be coaching sports, running after school clubs, renovating school buildings or getting involved in the wider community. We give you the flexibility to make the project your own, to use your initiative and develop your skills whilst helping others.
Liberia is a country with historical ties to the United States. It was founded by freed black slaves during the pre-Civil War antebellum era of the nineteenth century. The capital, Monrovia, was named after James Monroe. Liberia’s flag closely resembles the American flag, reflecting the historical ties of Liberia to the United States.
Liberia, a lush, green, friendly and vibrant land, offers everything from excellent surf spots and shops selling wares by edgy local designers to days spent lolling in a comfy hammock on the edge of the rainforest while listening to tropical birds sing. It’s home to one of West Africa’s best national parks, and still hangs on to a confident American spirit mixed with West African roots. And despite the ravages of the past, it is a fantastic place to travel, full of hope and energy.
We place volunteers in existing projects, working alongside local people. Our volunteering Liberia program is essentially designed to provide independent experiences which promote integration with the local people. You may also be working alongside another international volunteer.
These programs serve the most vulnerable community members of the societies in Liberia. The main focus is providing education and healthcare to hundreds of children and poor dwellers in the communities. This is an exciting meaningful opportunity to be part of a team that is implementing innovative sustainable projects in Liberia.
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 Volunteering Liberia 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 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. The Visa on Arrival facility is available to visitors who may not be able to obtain visa at the Liberia’s Missions or Embassies in countries of residence due to the absence of a Liberian mission.
Also a visa may be issued if necessary to travelers starting their journey from a country that has no diplomatic representation of Liberia on condition that the transporting carrier sends a telex message the station manager in Monrovia. If the confirmation is received from the station manager and the copy of the telex confirmation is attached to the ticket, a traveler may board. A broader visa on arrival for tourists was announced in January 2019. Liberia plans to introduce eVisas from 2019.
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.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Liberia 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!
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
To start the process fill Volunteer application form and submit it for consideration and book your placement. For more information on how to get enrolled for the volunteering experience of a lifetime contact us. Or Give us a call | WhatsApp | Telegram | Viber | Imo at +254-796-786292 to talk to a Program Specialist.