Care and Education Volunteer

founded in 2011
Aider Sans Frontières
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Coordinator | Adama
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Make a critical difference in the life of Senegalese street children by helping in our drop-in care centre
Contribute to the street children's healthcare, education and happiness by playing games with them, reading or making food for them
Experience the warming culture of the beautiful country of Senegal, with stunning beaches, wildparks and breathtaking nature!
Make memories you will always remember, together with other volunteers on your weekend and free-time trips!
Gain international experience in the very safe and beautifull country of Senegal, West-Africa
Work in a drop-in care centre for street children, run by knowledgeable locals, and help to care for and educate young children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Work in a drop-in care centre for street children, run by knowledgeable locals, and help to care for and educate young children.

The Care and Education project addresses the Talibé problem with a social approach.
Talibé children (Senegalese street children) often experience precarious conditions and little affection in their daily life. For this reason, the aim of the Care and Education programme is to offer the Talibé children a safe and protected environment in which they can rest and play, and also experience appreciation and care.

The programme combines primary health care with games and creative activities. At the same time it includes educational elements that are taught in a supportive
and playful way. In this programme, volunteers work together with local Senegalese experts in the drop-in care centre in St. Louis, where Talibé Children are welcome to spend time during the day. The centre also provides the children with a good meal every day.

Typical day

A typical day of a volunteer in this project would look as follows. You wake up in the morning at your host-family's house, where you have your own bedroom. You have a typical West-African breakfast with your very welcoming and homey host-family. After breakfast, you walk to your project location, which is at a walking distance from your host-family's house. At the centre, you meet with your supervisor. You start with your volunteering work at 9 in the morning bij tidying up the care-centre and preparing everything for when the children arrive. Today on the schedule is English class in the morning. The children come in, and you help with setting up the classroom for the English class. When all the children are seated and welcomed in, the English class starts. Today, the children will learn about the English alphabet. So you and your supervisor and another volunteer go through all the English letters of the alphabet, and the children repeat them after you. After learning about the alphabet, you read a children's book to the kids in English. At 12:30 PM,  you get to enjoy a long afternoon break, where you can have a nice West-African lunch, go to the beach, the market or swimming pool, or just relax with your fellow volunteers. From 16:00  untill 18:30 in the evening, your project continues, you for example help  with the primary care of the Talibé children who are injured. You assist a medical professional of ASF with their work. In the evening, you can have dinner with your host family or for example go to a restaurant with other volunteers, and afterwards enjoy a nice bar or do other fun activities. 

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can explore Senegal or other neigboring West-African countries with other volunteers! In Senegal, you can visit the beautiful beaches of Saint-Louis or Cap Skirring, the Lompoul desert, the Pink Lake, the Seashell Island (Joal-Fadiouth), or Ile de Gorée which has a very intriguing history of slave-trade. Also, you can visit several wildparks with exotic animals or beautiful bird-parks. Besides, the city of Saint-Louis is a very vibrant and lively city, with lots of art, beautiful architecture and history, and a vibrant nightlife with various clubs, good restaurants, and bars.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak French (basic level) or English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Aider Sans Frontières
Aider Sans Frontières is a non-profit organisation, so all costs go towards your project, accommodation and food. Prices include accommodation, food, water, staff support and transfer to and from the airport. Flights and insurance are NOT included in the price. Transparency is an important value to ASF so for a breakdown of costs please contact us for further explanation.
Airport Pickup at Blaise Diagne International Airport
Transfer to and from the airport is done by one of our experienced and very friendly staff members. The drive to and from the international airport in Dakar to Saint-Louis, where ASF and your host family is based, takes about 3.5 hours. However, this is optional and volunteers can decide to organise it on their own.
Our standard accommodation included in the price of your project is host family accommodation. We will match you with a local family who will look after you and give you three meals a day included in the price.  Our families are friendly, very welcoming and fully checked. Host family accommodation is clean but not luxurious. You can have your own room, or either choose to share a room with other volunteers if they are present at the same time as you.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Prices include food and water, which means you get breakfast, lunch and dinner, so three meals a day. Any special food requirements, such as vegetarian meals, is often no problem at all! 
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) in Dakar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Senegal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Senegal provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Senegal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Senegal.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers can join this program throughout the whole year, ASF is very flexible and wants to anticipate on volunteers' wishes. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$259 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Aider Sans Frontières will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Aider Sans Frontières during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Care and Education Volunteer

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