There’s no doubt that one of the best ways to experience, visit, and see a country like Senegal and it’s capital Dakar is by volunteering.
Not only do you get to meet interesting people doing amazing things, it’s also a way to do something good with your time, and improve your own skills and experiences.
Thankfully, there are many good volunteer opportunities in Dakar and Senegal, although often it can be hard to find those volunteering roles if you’re not already living or visiting the country.
That’s where we come in!
We’ve compiled some of the best volunteer roles in Dakar and Senegal – let your volunteering adventure begin!
ALIMA works in 13 different countries, but is based out of Dakar in Senegal. So what do they do? Well they provide crucial medical care to those who need it most, treating two million people since 2009.
In the words of Dr Susan Shepherd, a doctor working with ALIMA: “Millions of children die every year from preventable diseases. This is what motivates us to treat and care for as many people as we can.”
They are often looking for volunteers who share their vision and have the skills to match. While volunteers with medical experience are encouraged to get in touch, ALIMA has said in the past that they’re keen to speak to people with a variety of skills and experience about potential volunteer opportunities.
You can check out their website by clicking the link here.
Animal Rescue League Dakar
Love animals and want to help them in Dakar? Well the Senegalese organization, Animal Rescue League Dakar, often welcomes volunteers into their ranks!
The ARLD needs people to help take animals to and from veterinary surgeries and keep them company. They also need people living in Dakar who can help foster animals until they are adopted.
The best way to get in contact with them is through their Facebook page, which you can get to by clicking here.
CCONG carries out several projects throughout Senegal, focusing on education and development projects, and has a variety of schools and local organizations they work alongside and with.
As a volunteer in Senegal with CCONG you can help out in schools, work on their water projects, or even propose new projects yourself.
To start the volunteering application process, get in touch with the organization at their website here.
Ha Ha Tay
An education NGO, Ha Ha Tay’s mission is to create sustainable education projects in Dakar and Senegal, involving students and the community together.
They are often looking for people who can volunteer in Dakar and Senegal, and who can commit three to six months in the country to help with their mission of bringing sustainable education to those who need it most.
If you have skills that you think will be desirable, you can get in touch with them at their website.
This large hospital in Dakar serves a huge number of people and is a lifeline to many in the country.
The hospital runs art therapy programs and has even had volunteers in to help with sports and other activities for patients.
This hospital, among others in Dakar, has taken on volunteers in the past and if you have relevant skills (particularly in medical or therapy fields) then there could be a role ready for you.
The best way to find out would be to visit the hospital directly, and see what opportunities are currently available.
“A dignity for all” is Tostan’s mission statement, and they carry it out by providing a variety of important programs in Senegal and Dakar focusing on the likes of community empowerment, child protection services, and prisoner rehabilitation.
They even have a solar energy project – these guys do everything!
Headquarted in Dakar, but working throughout Senegal, Tostan often advertises volunteer, internship, and job opportunities with the NGO on their website. You can see that by clicking here.