Volunteer in Senegal with Projects Abroad
Senegal, in West Africa, is an amazing destination in which to volunteer. From arid desert land in the north to tropical jungle in the far south; cool breezes along the coast to furnace-like heat in the interior; modern commercial centres to isolated mud-hut settlements, Senegal really is a land of contrasts.
Volunteers can choose from Teaching, Care, Sport, Medicine and French placements in Senegal. These are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Where we are Based in Senegal
Projects Abroad has its office in St Louis, a town approximately four hours north of the hectic capital city, Dakar.
St Louis is perhaps the most ‘French’ of all Senegalese towns, with its colonial architecture, patisseries and shady streets. At the same time, it provides a fascinating insight into the every-day lives of the Senegalese as their country changes and develops.
The main town of St Louis is situated on a long, rectangular island in the middle of the River Senegal, and has outlying districts on the mainland area as well as on a sandy peninsula bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Commerce, fishing and tourism are the lifeblood of the town and its surrounding region.
General Information on Senegal
Senegal is a former French colony and much of the French influence still exists today. It is an ideal location for volunteering if you wish to improve your French language skills or already count yourself as a fluent French-speaker. You will certainly find it hard to return without having taking on some of the Senegalese accent!
Senegalese people are very hospitable, and you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture while you are in the care of your host family. Other friendly Projects Abroad volunteers and members of staff are always nearby too!
Travel and Tourism in Senegal
With national parks offering a variety of animal and birdlife attractions – including one of the largest pelican breeding grounds in the world – sandy beaches, a vibrant music scene, wild countryside and thriving cities to explore, there is something in Senegal to suit every taste.
While you are volunteering abroad in Senegal you can learn or improve your French, immerse yourself in local culture and enjoy the experience of West-African life by experiencing traditional villages and cultural centres. On days off, and when your placement is over, the beautiful tropical beaches will provide the perfect opportunity for you to lie back and relax.
Projects available in Senegal
Volunteer at a kindergarten or drop-in care centre in St Louis and provide help and support to the Talibés. These street children are sent to live with religious leaders at an early age.
Join a Senegalese group of musicians while learning about the culture and history of Senegal.
Volunteers on the Building project in Senegal contribute to the renovation and/or building of houses and school classrooms in impoverished communities to enable an improved living and learning environment.
This project is perfect for pro-active volunteers interested in independent research. There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteers to conduct research within the local community.
Work alongside local doctors and nurses at a public hospital in St Louis. There are a variety of departments within the hospital in which you could work including paediatrics, maternity and ENT.
Work alongside doctors and nurses at a public hospital in St Louis. As a volunteer you can get involved in pre and post-natal care, observe births and gynaecological procedures.
Many medical institutions in Senegal are understaffed and this is why volunteer help is needed. You can volunteer as a Nursing volunteer and gain experience in a variety of different departments.
Teach conversational English in the historic town of Saint Louis. Volunteers work in local schools, universities or sometimes with adult evening classes, with classes ranging from 30-60 students.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Senegal
Have a positive impact on the lives of Senegalese children in kindergartens and centers for street children. Your time will be spent running fun and educational games and activities, and renovating and decorating a local school or community center.
As a volunteer, you can learn French from a qualified language teacher and practice your conversation skills daily with local people in St Louis. You can also give back to the community by getting involved in renovating and decorating classrooms in a kindergarten.