Volunteer in Sierra Leone, Freetown, Africa
Volunteer in Sierra Leone, we cherish the skills and experience offered by volunteers from abroad. We provide primary school education to over 300 children every day in Kroo Bay and George Brook - two slum communities in Central Freetown.
Volunteer in Sierra Leone - Quick Checks
Hours & roster: 30 hours a week, we're flexible
What's the cost? We ask for a donation of US $113.75 per a week/7days which covers accommodation & all meals
What’s Not Included? Flights, travel health insurance, visa & pocket money.
Selection process: Message us about your relevant experience, why you’d like to volunteer with us & the dates you would be available
As part of our ongoing school building project, we invite engineering and architecture students, aspiring project management, marketing, accounting and logistics professionals, sociologists and anthropologists, artists and writers and any person who is interested in contributing to a project which will transform the lives of 150+ children. You will be working on:
- Construction, design, engineering and sustainable methodologies.
- Project management training.
- Community engagement and youth development.
- Project documentation, evaluation and reporting (research, writing and reporting as well as artistic studies and project surveillance).
- Partner engagement.
- Specific school improvement projects such as: solar power installation, water trapping and storage, library expansion, information technology development etc.
- Artist in residence – documenting the project in your own, beautiful way.
Hours & Roster
- 30 -40 hours a week. We will draw up an activity plan together upon arrival.
- Minimum stay length is 2 weeks.
- Message us - tell us about yourself, skills and how you can help.
Sleeping: We (WYCF) own and operate our own house. The house has two bedrooms, one living room and one bathroom and serves as our office as well. It is located in Sorie Town, a typical neighbourhood in Freetown which adds to the authentic Sierra Leonean experience. As a volunteer, you will be living with WYCF staff and might be asked to share the bedroom (two persons per room max.). There is no running tap water, but water for personal hygiene is always available in the bathroom. We charge our guests Le 1,500,000 ($350) per month towards the upkeep of the place. Even though it is a modest house, we make our volunteers’ safety and comfort our priority. Breakfast and dinner (traditional dishes) can be cooked by locals for an additional monthly cost of Le 450,000 ($105).
Linen & Laundry: Please bring own sleeping bag and towels. Laundry facilities available nearby.
Eating: See above.
Transport: The international airport serving Freetown is located in Lungi and requires taking a ferryboat between the two locations. Even though the crossover can only happen between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., this should not affect your arrival and departure schedule when booking the plane tickets, as we (WYCF) can provide accommodation near the airport if needed.
Passport & Entry Visa: Foreigners are required to have a valid passport when travelling to Sierra Leone. To apply for an entry visa, travellers must contact the nearest Sierra Leonean Embassy or Diplomatic representation. The passport and visa’s validity must exceed the visitors stay in the country.
Vaccinations & Health Care: We advise all our guest volunteers to book a Travel Medicine appointment at least 4 -6 weeks prior to their trip and get proper counselling on all the necessary precautions before travelling to Sierra Leone. Yellow Fever vaccination is required to enter the country and other immunization such as Typhoid, Hepatitis and Meningitis are recommended. Anti-Malaria treatment is essential as well.
Travel Insurance & Emergency Contact Details: Our volunteers must get insured for health care expenses and emergency medical assistance, travel delays or cancellation, lost luggage & property damage / loss / theft. Before the arrival of our volunteer guests, WYCF has to be given all the insurance details and two emergency contacts.
Amenities & Preferences
- Accommodate up to 2-4 volunteer at any one time.
- Any volunteers from any country with no barriers to age, sex or colour.
- 18 + age preference.
- Internet access available.
Response Rate 100%
Response Time Within 10 days
Minimum Stay 2 weeks +
Positions Available 2
Available DatesAsk us