Volunteering São Tomé and Príncipe

Volunteering Volunteering São Tomé and Príncipe

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 soon.

São Tomé and Príncipe

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 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

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.


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.

Volunteering São Tomé and Príncipe

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