Volunteering Sao Tome and Principe! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to the island of Sao Tome and Principe. We’re excited to announce that Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer opportunities in São Tomé and Príncipe will open up early 2023. To register to be a volunteer, or to reserve space on our volunteer team in January 2023, please fill the placement reservation form and submit it.
Sao Tome and Principe is a small island nation off the coast of Central Africa. Often forgotten and difficult to get to, this is one of the more difficult places to visit. If you want to challenge yourself and do something different, think about taking up some of the volunteering opportunities in Sao Tome and Principe.
VOLUNTEERING IN SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
Volunteering in Sao Tome and Principe is a rare opportunity for most of humanitarian travelers. Sao Tome and Principe is a relatively poor country. One of its main exports is cocoa production. Cocoa production has been the mainstay of the economy for decades and local farmers always need help from volunteers.
Volunteering São Tomé and Príncipe – Farm Work: Go Volunteer Africa’s participants work on local farms and support local growers with day to day activities at the farm. This is a great opportunity to explore and get immersed into the local culture and to see parts of the country that few visits ever visit.
Volunteering São Tomé and Príncipe – Healthcare: Like many poorer African countries, there’s a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS here. Efforts are being made by Go Volunteer Africa to promote health awareness and to stop the continuing spread of the disease. If you happen to be studying for a medical qualification, you’ll find even more opportunities to help in local hospital.
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE FAST FACTS
São Tomé and Príncipe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is an island country in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, about 150 km (93.21 mi) apart and about 250 and 225 km (155 and 140 mi) off the north-western coast of Gabon. With a population of 201,800 (2018 official estimate), São Tomé and Príncipe is the second-smallest and second-least populous African sovereign state after Seychelles.
The rich volcanic soil and proximity to the equator made São Tomé and Príncipe ideal for sugar cultivation, followed later by cash crops such as coffee and cocoa; the lucrative plantation economy was heavily dependent upon African slaves. Cycles of social unrest and economic instability throughout the 19th and 20th centuries culminated in peaceful independence in 1975. São Tomé and Príncipe has since remained one of Africa’s most stable and democratic countries.
The people of São Tomé and Príncipe are predominantly of African and mestiço descent, with most practicing Roman Catholicism. The legacy of Portuguese rule is also visible in the country’s culture, customs, and music, which fuse European and African influences. São Tomé and Príncipe is a founding member state of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
There are several locations where you can join our volunteer programs including the city of São Tomé and more rural villages, sometimes you might be working in outreach teams travelling to the island of Principe helping remote communities. São Tomé, city and capital of Sao Tome and Principe. It is on the northeastern coast of the island of São Tomé, situated on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea. It is the country’s largest city and one of its major ports.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at São Tomé International Airport in São Tomé. A member of staff from our local partner organization in São Tomé 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.
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 São Tomé and Príncipe you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
Visitors to São Tomé and Príncipe must obtain a visa online or from one of the diplomatic missions of São Tomé and Príncipe prior to arrival unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Nationals of countries that require a visa may obtain online through an eVisaST system. An eVisa is processed within 7 working days.
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
HOW TO APPLY
Go Volunteer Africa will launch volunteer programs in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2023. If you have any questions about São Tomé and Príncipe volunteering, simply Make an inquiry here