Volunteering Tunisia! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Tunisia. From broad sweeps of beach overlooked by a tumble of sugar-cube houses, to grand ancient ruins and the vast, rolling dunes of the Sahara, Tunisia encapsulates everything that is enticing about North Africa.
Go Volunteer Africa is looking for volunteers to get involved in our sustainable educational volunteer program in Tunisia. The volunteer work in Tunisia is mainly teaching English although, and particularly for those who can speak French, there are also development work opportunities. Its very much down to the individual.
Starting 2023 Go Volunteer Africa will be offering a number of teaching volunteer opportunities in Tunisia. To register to be a volunteer, or to reserve space on our volunteer team in 2023, please fill the placement reservation form and submit it.
TUNISIA FAST FACTS
Tunisia, officially the Republic of Tunisia, is the northernmost country in Africa. It is a part of the Maghreb region of North Africa, and is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east; covering 163,610 km2 (63,170 sq mi), with a population of 11 million.
It contains the eastern end of the Atlas Mountains and the northern reaches of the Sahara desert, with much of its remaining territory arable land. Its 1,300 km (810 mi) of coastline include the African conjunction of the western and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Basin. Tunisia is home to Africa’s northernmost point, Cape Angela; and its capital and largest city is Tunis, located on its northeastern coast, which lends the country its name.
In 2011, the Tunisian Revolution, triggered by the lack of freedom and democracy under the 24-year rule of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, overthrew his regime and catalyzed the broader Arab Spring across the region.
PEOPLE & CULTURE
According to the CIA World Factbook, ethnic groups in Tunisia are: Arab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1%. Black Tunisians make up 10-15% of the population and are mostly descended from sub-Saharan Africans brought to Tunisia as part of the slave trade.
Arabic is the official language, and Tunisian Arabic, known as Tounsi, is the national, vernacular variety of Arabic used by the public. There is also a small minority of speakers of Berber languages known collectively as Jebbali or Shelha.
French also plays a major role in Tunisian society, despite having no official status. It is widely used in education (e.g., as the language of instruction in the sciences in secondary school), the press, and business. Italian is understood and spoken by a small part of the Tunisian population. Shop signs, menus and road signs in Tunisia are generally written in both Arabic and French.
Tunisia’s constitution declares Islam as the official state religion—and the absolute majority of its population, or around 98%, report to be Muslims, while some 2% follow Christianity and Judaism or other religions. Although most of the population are Muslims, more than one-third of them identify as non-religious.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN TUNISIA
Volunteers participating in our volunteering Tunisia program who will get involved in our sustainable education project in Tunisia and they will have the chance to interact directly with the host communities and activities with local partner organization.
The first few days of your placement will be orientation and adjusting to Tunisian life. After this initial period, your placement work will begin. The type of work at the school and training centre you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
Teaching abroad as a volunteer is a very rewarding job as you will get to pass on your knowledge and inspire your students to focus on their education. Work with children and young people in elementary schools, high schools or colleges · Learn from and support local teachers as a teaching assistant.
Education volunteers help on a range of programs that improve education practices and processes. Volunteering abroad as a teacher can be a life-changing experience, for both the volunteer and the students. Volunteering abroad as a teacher can be a life-changing experience, for both the volunteer and the students.
PROJECT LOCATION & SAFETY
Tunis is the capital and largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as “Grand Tunis”, has about 2,700,000 inhabitants. As of 2020, it is the fourth-largest city in the Maghreb region (after Casablanca, Algiers and Tripoli) and the sixteenth-largest in the Arab world.
In the past, Tunisia experienced an increase in terrorist threats and border instability that led many governments to declare the country unsafe for travel. However, over the past few years, many foreign governments have declared that Tunisia is safe for tourist travel once again.
Only a few areas are currently advised against for tourism, and volunteers can follow Go Volunteer Africa’s Tunisia travel safety advice to stay secure. While much of Tunisia is safe to visit now, including the capital Tunis and much of the north of the country, much of the south and the western border is still considered dangerous for tourist travel, because of terrorism or military operations.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have applied, booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Tunis-Carthage International Airport. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Tunisia will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Tunisia 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 Tunisia you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
Visitors to Tunisia must obtain a visa from one of the Tunisian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Nationals of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom can enter using a national ID card if travelling on an organized trip and holding a hotel voucher.
Citizens of Canada and Germany can visit visa-free for up to 4 months. Citizens of Bulgaria can stay up to 2 months without a visa. Citizens of Greece are exempt up to 1 month. According to some sources the citizens of the United States can stay for up to 4 months without a visa, while other sources state that the maximum stay without a visa is 3 months.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Tunisia has to offer.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here