Street Child

NGO Communications Assistant

Makeni, Sierra Leone show on map

Non-profit | Street Child

Make a critical contribution to our organisation by reporting stories that will bring to life our work in order to engage our existing and potential supporters!


Street Child's aim is to create educational opportunities for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We began our work in 2008 in Sierra Leone working with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 100,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. In 2017 we launched ​our ​first ​project ​in ​Nigeria ​helping ​children ​impacted ​by ​conflict ​in ​the ​North ​East ​of ​the ​country. Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world. 

Our research indicates that there are around 50,000 children relying upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival. During the Ebola crisis, Street Child supported close to 18,500 orphans with humanitarian aid and rehoming support. By empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school – and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there – Street Child is one of ​the ​most ​impactful ​charities ​working ​in ​the ​region ​today.


This placement is a unique opportunity to make a critical contribution to an organisation that is setting up and scaling its efforts to enable out of school children in Sierra Leone to access meaningful ​education, while learning about the development sector through an immersive experience, and to make a lasting contribution to the organisation and its aim to offer educational access to out of school children all over ​the ​world. 


The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in austere conditions when required, and to travel independently to urban, rural and remote project sites. The applicant must be able to manage his or her work plan and report ​regularly ​to ​the ​team ​on ​progress, ​and ​will ​be ​considered ​a ​valued ​member ​of ​the ​team.

Typical day

Working ​alongside ​the ​Street ​Child ​of ​Sierra ​Leone ​team, ​key ​responsibilities ​will ​include: 

  • Collating ​case ​studies ​from ​the ​various ​Street ​Child ​projects ​in ​rural ​and ​urban ​Sierra ​Leone 
  • Building the visual media library of Sierra Leone, including photographs and film footage for marketing purposes 
  • Training ​local ​staff ​on ​case ​study ​writing ​and ​photography 
  • Collecting, ​consolidating ​and ​analysing ​data ​from ​the ​field 
  • Collaborating ​with ​local ​partners ​and ​stakeholders 
  • Liaising ​between ​local ​and ​international ​partners 
  • Drafting clear and effective written content for the Street Child website to build awareness of the work of Street ​Child ​of ​Sierra ​Leone 

Usual working days are from Monday o Friday from 9AM to 6PM

Free-time activities

Explore beautiful West Africa and its beaches, we highly recommend:

  • Banana Islands
  • Tiwai Island
  • Bunce Island
  • Outamba-Kilimi National Park
  • Sierra Leone National Museum
  • Kangari Hills Forest Reserve
  • Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Journalism, marketing, media studies, or other at University level
Required Documents
CV and motivation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in photography is desirable
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct
Independent and capable of proactive work plan management with minimal support
Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a start-up environment
Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn
Culturally responsive and respectful
Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 18:00

Suitable for


Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Street Child.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Street Child (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Street Child

Flights and food are at the applicant’s own expense. Accommodation will be provided by Street Child at a fixed cost, and will require sharing rooms with another volunteer of any gender. 

 A fundraising commitment will be required of the successful applicant, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK staff. 

Accommodation and transportation is included in the fee.

Airport Pickup at Lungi International Airport
From airport to the project location, the pick up time will be agreed before arrival with the volunteer. 

Shared room with other volunteers in a StreetChild provided compound.

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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lungi International Airport (FNA) in Freetown. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sierra Leone.
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 Sierra Leone provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Sierra Leone you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Sierra Leone.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Makeni/Sierra Leone between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Street Child will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Sierra Leone.
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 Street Child during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Western Africa Sierra Leone  Makeni, Magburaka Road

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