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


There are currently no openings for volunteering in Mali. 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 Mali, simply Make an inquiry here and we will guide! If you are running, know or involved with a meaningful development project in Mali that needs volunteers’ support, then Go Volunteer Africa is here to help them, visit our host volunteers page.