Volunteering in Senegal

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMMES IN SENEGAL

Your volunteering in Senegal will be one of the best choices of destination to have that different experience you are looking for. Senegal, a country full of diversity, culture and nature, will capture your eyes and leave you with beautiful memories of an unforgettable and indelible experience.

We collaborate in volunteer programmes in Senegal in teaching, medical, sports, and social orphanage care.

Your participation in one of the projects will be of great help for the educational development of children and young people in the local community in Senegal.


SCHOOL TEACHING AND REVISION IN THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY

Teaching and care are very important, especially in these areas of great need. This project allows you to have an impact in the area of education and care for children in the community.

The volunteer will go to the rural public school. In the school there are 6 classrooms with 50 children each, corresponding to the six primary grades of the Spanish educational model.

In addition, there is also a nursery, where this pre-school area consists of 3 classrooms, with 30 children each. The classes are distributed by age, with children from 3, 4 and 5 years old.

Some of the activities you will do:

  • Review of basic subjects
  • Spelling and handwriting
  • Orientation and analysis of one’s own skills
  • Sport
  • Geographical vision
  • Reading habits
  • Play activities

Open all year round, Monday to Friday, approximately 3 or 4 hours in the mornings. It is possible to give revision classes in the afternoons. Ask us about the projects and areas open for the dates you wish to volunteer.

It is preferable to arrive on Friday or Saturday in order to start on Monday.

  • Minimum age: 18, also possible to travel as a family.
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Sexual Offences Certificate and Basic English
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardians.
  • Video call in advance with local coordinator

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksZone 1Zone 2
2650€590€
3860€770€
Additional210€180€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • Depending on the area where you volunteer, this may include pick-up from Dakar airport.
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL?

  • Flight to Senegal
  • Low cost airport pick-up depending on the area of your volunteer placement
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


EMPOWERMENT WITH GIRLS, YOUNG WOMEN AND WOMEN IN SOUTHERN ZONE

The volunteer has the opportunity to bring education and basic tools to the female population of the community, to give them the basis for autonomous development.

The volunteer will be with the women of the village, most of whom are illiterate, unable to read or write. This makes it difficult for them to progress in their lives. Not knowing how to add up exposes them to cheating at the market where they sell their garden produce. Teaching workshops will therefore be held.

Another activity is the ‘Women’s garden’, next to the nursery and the village school there is a garden where the children, mothers and grandmothers of the children work. It is a cooperative where there are more than 100 women. This is the livelihood of many families as the produce is sold on a small scale at the market in Bignona.

Finally there is a ‘sewing workshop’, in the village there is a small workshop where women and young people can go to sew. They sew small bags and sandwich holders, these products are then taken to Spain and offered at the solidarity markets held for their benefit.

Open all year round, with opening hours from Monday to Friday with approximately 3 or 4 hours in the mornings. It is also possible to work in the afternoons.

It is advisable to arrive on Sunday to join the project on Monday.

  • Minimum age: 18, also possible to travel as a family.
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Sexual Offences Certificate and Basic English
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardians.
  • Video call in advance with local coordinator

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2650€
3860€
Additional210€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL?

  • Flight to Senegal
  • Low cost airport pick up
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


PROGRAMME WITH DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN IN THE SOUTHERN ZONE

Disabled people in Senegal are hidden out of shame. This project we aim to give opportunities to these children. We get them out of the house and allow them to develop their abilities to the maximum. There are approximately 30 children.

The volunteer will be part of the ‘Very Special Classroom’, where they will be able to help develop the skills of children with special needs such as blindness, deafness, autism, Asperger’s, Down’s syndrome and paralysis.

Through the special needs education project, work is carried out through didactic activities and workshops, music classes, dance, art, theatre, among others. Many of these children and young people also receive speech therapy, physiotherapy and support and assistance with emotional problems.

Some of the activities you will be able to do:

  • Follow-up and accompaniment in daily routines
  • Support in the classroom
  • Collaboration in early stimulation, visual, sensory and/or auditory stimulation
  • Participation in outdoor activities
  • Assistance in feeding some students
  • Creation of activities and material for classes

Open all year round, with opening hours from Monday to Friday with approximately 3 or 4 hours in the mornings. It is also possible to work in the afternoons.

It is advisable to arrive on Sunday to start work on Monday.

  • Minimum age: 18, also possible to travel as a family.
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Sexual Offences Certificate and Basic English
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardians.
  • Video call in advance with local coordinator

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2650€
3860€
Additional210€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL?

  • Flight to Senegal
  • Low cost airport pick-up
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


MEDICAL SUPPORT IN SOUTHERN SENEGAL

This project serves the community. It aims to alleviate many health problems while demonstrating a lasting impact and emphasising the importance of prevention. In addition to ensuring that the necessary equipment and utensils are provided in order to be able to practice medicine properly in the centre.

This health programme is different from the rest, as there are so few resources in this community, it is the volunteer who brings ideas, workshops, activities, new methods and initiatives to create projects.

The volunteer must be a person trained in the health field with experience, as their role is very proactive. He/she should be the one who is in charge of running and carrying out workshops, health activities. The health role consists of being in charge and leading certain activities, supporting the needs both in terms of lack of information and coordinating tasks, delivering materials and medicines, etc.

In addition, depending on the area in which the volunteer is working, he/she can carry out activities that consist of curing people as far as possible, participating in deliveries, helping in the preparation and maintenance of patients’ rooms, educating the local population in the prevention of illnesses.

Open all year round, with opening hours from Monday to Friday, 3 or 4 hours approximately, during the mornings. This timetable can be extended as there are many needs in the area.

Please ask us about the area where the volunteer work will be carried out on the dates you wish to go.

It is recommended that you arrive on Friday or Saturday to join us on Monday.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: Yes
  • Qualifications required: Sexual offence certificate, medical clearance, experience in health care setting
  • Video call in advance with local coordinator
  • Intermediate English

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2650€
3860€
Additional210€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Airport pick-up depending on the area of your volunteering placement
  • Accommodation for the duration of your volunteer placement
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL?

  • Flight to Senegal
  • Low cost airport pick up depending on the area of your programme.
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


REFURBISHMENT OF CLASSROOMS AND ROOMS IN SOUTHERN AREAS

In this programme the main objective is the conditioning of the home. Most of the time the community does not have safe spaces for coexistence and education, so we encourage you to come and help in any way you can.

The volunteer aims to improve the classrooms where children with different abilities have their lessons. Activities such as plumbing, masonry, electricity… Thanks to the support of the volunteers, safe spaces are created so that the children can continue their education and continue to grow professionally.
of the volunteers, safe spaces are created for the children to continue their education and to encourage them to continue to grow professionally.

Typical day-to-day volunteer activities:

  • Small-scale reconstruction
  • Maintenance and/or site development
  • Plumbing and electrical
  • Plastering of new structures
  • Painting which also includes murals and images for classrooms

Open all year round, with a timetable from Monday to Friday, approximately 3 or 4 hours in the mornings.

It is recommended to arrive on Sundays in order to join the programme on Mondays.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: Yes
  • Qualifications required: Sex Offences and Proactivity Certificate
  • Video call in advance with local co-ordinator

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2650€
3860€
Additional210€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL?

  • Flight to Senegal
  • Low cost airport pick-up
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


DAKAR MEDICAL PROGRAMME

We support the medical staff in a general medical centre where children and pregnant women are treated. In addition, vaccination work, paediatric activities and pharmacy work are carried out.

All medical and health volunteers willing to help and give their best are welcome to be part of the health volunteering programme in Senegal. They are expected to help in the local centre and in supporting medical care and creating a positive impact.

Some of the activities of health volunteering in Senegal may include:

  • Pregnancy test
  • Blood pressure and hypertension testing
  • Blood sugar tests for diabetes
  • Tests for hepatitis B
  • Rapid diagnostics for malaria
  • Weight and nutrition measurements

Open all year round, with a timetable from Monday to Friday, approximately 3 or 4 hours in the mornings.

It is advisable to arrive during the weekend to join the programme.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: Yes
  • Qualifications required: Sexual Offences Certificate and basic English. Health training completed or in progress
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by parents.
  • Preliminary video call with local coordinator

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2650€
3860€
Additional210€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Airport pick-up
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted from your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN SENEGAL?

  • Flight to Senegal
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Travel or excursions within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


What are the requirements to volunteer in Senegal?

  • Be of legal age
  • Basic knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Respectful of local culture and people
  • Have initiative and be creative
  • Willingness to work as part of a team

For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK IN SENEGAL

Upon arrival at any of the projects, you will be taken to your accommodation. The type of accommodation is a house with shared rooms with bunk beds, with shared bathrooms and use of common areas, it is a type of family house.

These are African houses, with shared rooms, in the house there are towels and sheets. The type of bathroom is with Turkish toilet (at floor level), and the shower is done by buckets.

Volunteer accommodation in Senegal

What is the volunteer accommodation like?

  • Bunk beds in a room shared with other volunteers.
  • Use of common areas
  • 3 meals during your volunteering
  • Bathroom with a flush toilets
  • WIFI connection (internet). You can purchase an internet plan on your orange mobile phone for 9 euros 7 GB.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

If you are volunteering in Dakar or in the south of the country, your arrival should be at the Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS), where you will be welcomed by the local project coordinator and taken to your accommodation.

When you arrive in Senegal, preferably Ziguinchor Airport (ZIG), you will need to complete immigration formalities, you may be asked for the following information which you should have on hand.

Note: Ziguinchor Airport is currently closed and you should look for a flight from Dakar to Cap Skirring, the most beautiful beach area of Cassamance.

There are free shuttle buses from Cap Skirring airport to Zinguinchor.

From Zinguinchor city, you will be picked up to get to the project, in case you want to do it on your own there are buses that take 30 min. to Bignona which is the city where the Djikesse village is located.

VISA IN SENEGAL

For Spanish travelers it is not necessary to have a visa to travel to Senegal, if it does not exceed 90 days. Other countries that do not require a visa are: United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada. It is important that your passport does not expire before 6 months.

SECURITY IN SENEGAL

Senegal is considered one of the safest and most stable countries in West Africa, but we still recommend you to keep these tips in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion, so that he/she can warn you about the places where you will be going.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying available in case you need it.
  • Do not give out information about where you are staying, your project and your companions (volunteers) for safety reasons.
  • We recommend that you do not bring anyone from outside the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Always avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use safe transportation services in the country or services such as Uber or cabs.
  • Do not walk alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never take someone you do not know in an unfamiliar vehicle or in your own vehicle.
  • Do not ingest any drink of which you do not know the origin, the area of M’Bour to be all the bars is where more danger can be concentrated in the country.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration fee, which you will donate to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% which you can deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the programme will go to the partner organisation that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can hand it in directly to the project.
WeeksEducation and Sanitation in Zona SurOther programmes
2590€650€
Additional180€210€

WHAT IS ON OFFER IN VOLUNTEERING

  • Welcome + accompaniment from the airport to the project in Dakar programmes (in Casamance programmes, airport pick-up is not included).
  • Accommodation for the duration of your stay
  • 3 basic meals during your volunteer placement
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING

  • Flight to Senegal or internal flights
  • Visa, if required
  • Excursions or internal transfers
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with covid coverage
  • Beverages, meals and special meals
  • Bottled water

How book my volunteering in Senegal?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form to the programme, we will verify and confirm your place within 24 hours.

STEP 2

You pay the registration fee within 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the family.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, compulsory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.

CLIMATE

The best time to travel to Senegal is the dry season that runs from November to May, it has a pleasant temperature and it is not very hot. This applies to the entire country, with the exception of the Casamance, which can be visited throughout the year.

The main thing is to avoid traveling during the rainy season that occurs between June and October and reach temperatures of 30º C (86º F). Although the rains are permanent, they do not last more than 2 hours and the vegetation of the country during this season is extraordinary.

CURRENCY

The currency in Senegal is the CFA Franc (XOF), which is used in the 14 republics of Africa that comprise the French Monetary Area. Banknotes from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo are also accepted in Senegal.

Equivalence of the currency of Senegal:

  • €1 = 656 CFA
  • $1 = 422 CFA

FLIGHT

The airlines that fly the most frequently from Spain to Senegal are  Iberia, American Airlines and Vueling. 

  • Flights range between €250 and €400 approximately.
  • You can find good flight deals on google flights or skyscanner.

TOURIST SITES

Rose Lake

This lake is located north of the Senegalese peninsula of Cape Verde in the department of Dakar, its pink color is due to the high level of salinity in the water and it can be seen strong in color in the dry season.

Senegal Lago Rosa

Lompoul Desert

Found in the Sahel region, between Dakar and Saint-Louis, where you can take a dromedary tour of the dunes and have a nice bonfire at night. 

Senegal Desierto de Lompoul

Delta Saloum National Park

A World Heritage Site since 2011, it is the second largest natural park in Senegal, where you can see everything from great mangroves to huge dunes and a great variety of wildlife. 

Parque Nacional del Delta Saloum Senegal

Monument to the African Renaissance

Located on the outskirts of Dakar, this 49-meter bronze sculpture was built by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiby.

Senegal Monumento al Renacimiento Africano

How is transportation in the volunteering in Senegal?

There are different means of transport in Senegal such as: 

  • Sept-place cars: vintage cars with a capacity of up to 7 people and fixed prices; it is the fastest and most popular way to get around Senegal.
  • Car rapide: a type of van with a capacity of up to 15 people, they are blue and yellow in color and you usually have to ask the guy at the door in order to stop.
  • Ndiaga ndiaye: white vans similar to the “car rapide” but have a higher passenger capacity (30) and are for traveling from city to city.
  • Taxis: in the capital it is normal to find taxis with which you will have to negotiate the price of your route with the driver.

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