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Volunteer in Senegal with Projects Abroad

  • Placement location: St Louis
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
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  • Top places to travel: Dakar, Desert of Lompoul, Djoudi National Bird Sanctuary

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Map of Senegal A view of a desert in Senegal, with men riding on their camels

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

Fishing boats in Saint Louis, Senegal where Projects Abroad is based.

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!

An old man walking in a desert in Senegal

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.

Click here if you would like to contact us about volunteering in Senegal.

Projects available in Senegal

High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Senegal

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