Volunteering Mali

Volunteering Mali

Volunteering Mali! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Mali. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of over 1,240,000 square kilometers. The population of Mali is 19.1 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017.


Go Volunteer Africa supports projects in rural water development, education, healthcare and sustainable agriculture. Go Volunteer Africa is looking for volunteers wish to get involved in our Community Development Initiatives through our volunteering Mali program.

Volunteering Mali

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer work in Mali does not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and volunteers are accepted on a short-term basis all the year round.

The first few days of your placement will be orientation and adjusting to Malian 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.

Volunteering Mali

Please note: Our volunteer opportunities in Mali have been put on hold because of travel restrictions. Hopefully will will open up soon. In the meantime, check out our other volunteering opportunities in Western Africa.


Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Its capital and largest city is Bamako. Mali borders Algeria to the north-northeast, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso to the south-east, Ivory Coast to the south, Guinea to the south-west, and Senegal to the west and Mauritania to the north-west.

Volunteer Work Mali

The sovereign state of Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert. The country’s southern part is in the Sudanian savanna, where the majority of inhabitants live, and both the Niger and Senegal rivers pass through. The country’s economy centres on agriculture and mining. One of Mali’s most prominent natural resources is gold, and the country is the third largest producer of gold on the African continent. It also exports salt.

Present-day Mali was once part of three extremely powerful and wealthy West African empires that controlled trans-Saharan trade: the Ghana Empire (for which Ghana is named), the Mali Empire (for which Mali is named), and the Songhai Empire. At its peak in 1300, the Mali Empire was the wealthiest country in Africa, covering an area about twice the size of modern-day France and stretched to the west coast of the continent.

Mali was also one of the wealthiest countries on earth, and its emperor at its zenith, Mansa Musa, is believed to be possibly the wealthiest individual in history. Besides being an economic powerhouse, medieval Mali was a centre of Islam, culture and knowledge, with Timbuktu becoming a renowned place of learning with its university, one of the oldest in the world still active.

  • OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Mali
  • CAPITAL: Bamako
  • POPULATION: 19,104,209 (approx)
  • LANGUAGE: French
  • COUNTRY SIZE: 1,240,000 sq km
  • MONEY: West African CFA franc
  • DAILING CODE: +223


Although Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa, it has a relatively small population, which is largely centred along the Niger River. The Bambara (Bamana) ethnic group and language predominate, with several other groups—including the Fulani (Fulbe), Dogon, and Tuareg—also present in the population.


At 1,242,248 square kilometers (479,635 sq mi), Mali is the world’s 24th-largest country and is comparable in size to South Africa or Angola. Most of the country lies in the southern Sahara Desert, which produces an extremely hot, dust-laden Sudanian savanna zone. Mali is mostly flat, rising to rolling northern plains covered by sand. The Adrar des Ifoghas massif lies in the northeast.

Mali lies in the torrid zone and is among the hottest countries in the world. The thermal equator, which matches the hottest spots year-round on the planet based on the mean daily annual temperature, crosses the country. Most of Mali receives negligible rainfall and droughts are very frequent.

Late April to early October is the rainy season in the southernmost area. During this time, flooding of the Niger River is common, creating the Inner Niger Delta. The vast northern desert part of Mali has a hot desert climate with long, extremely hot summers and scarce rainfall which decreases northwards.

The central area has a hot semi-arid climate with very high temperatures year-round, a long, intense dry season and a brief, irregular rainy season. The southern areas have a tropical wet and dry climate. In review, Mali’s climate is tropical, with March to May being the hot, dry season. June to October is rainy, humid and mild. November to February is the cool, dry season.


After you have applied, booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Modibo Keita International Airport in BamakoThis is the main international airport in Mali. A member of staff from our local partner organization will meet you on arrival at Airport.


Visitors to Mali must obtain a visa from one of the Malian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Nationals of some countries are eligible for visa on arrival


As of 2022, volunteer programs in Mali are closed. If you have any questions about Mali volunteering, simply Make an inquiry here