Senegal is a wonderful place to spend time volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad. Our volunteers work with disadvantaged children in kindergartens, care centers, and organizations for street children. Despite Senegal being one of the most stable and democratic countries in Africa, there is widespread unemployment with over half of the population living below the poverty line. This, among other issues such as HIV/AIDS, has left many of Senegals children on the streets, sometimes with no family members to care for them. We hope you will join us and help make Senegal a better place!
Food, Accommodation, in-country Transportation, Travel & Medical Insurance, Constant Support of Full-Time Staff.
Why did you decide to volunteer with Projects Abroad in Senegal?
Elisa: Projects Abroad was recommended by a friend who had gone with them to Ghana. PA had a presentation about their programs in their office in nyc, so it was convenient for me to attend and ask questions in person.
Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.
Elisa: I would take a taxi downtown where the school where I was teaching was located. I assited the English teacher with the lesson and interacted with the students. Sometimes I would bring my camera to class and take pictures; students loved to be photograph and see themselves on the camera screen. Midweek Projects Abroad had a social event for the volunteers and that was a nice opportunity to go out and mingle. And every other weekend we had an overnight trip or a single day trip out of town and that was also fun.
How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?
Elisa: Well, my resume looks a lot better now that I have listed my responsibilities as a volunteer in Senegal. I also mention it in my cover letter. I feel that it gives my resume a boost for job searches. Personally, it was a dream come true to be in Sub-saharan Africa contributing a little bit of my time to a very vulnerable population.
About the provider
Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast variety of programs geared towards those taking a gap year or a career break. Visit the Projects Abroad website for more details on volunteer, teach, study and internship programs abroad.