All our programs in Senegal include free weekend sightseeing. You can also join us in the other subsequent four to five (4-5) days sight seeing .
Are you ready this season to volunteer? With STAESA this time is going to be possible. Let's go to Senegal and touch lives! Break the box, role up your sleeves and hit the air to Senegal, touch lives of the orphans, get yourself immersed in the culture of the people and learn the language.
From the very first day of your arrival in Senegal till you leave back home, STAESA will always be there for you. STAESA's orphanage program in Senegal provides you a great opportunity to work very closely with children aged 1 month to 17 years, most of whom are abandoned, lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, being neglected, abused and poor! Because of poverty many of these kids become street kids.
The big smiles and love of these children towards volunteers/interns leave lots of memories, hence making it difficult to depart from them at the end of the program. The community is welcoming, project location very safe and the kids are very lovely.
Together with local volunteers at the orphanages, our volunteers/interns work very closely with the children. Activities include: games, drawing, feeding, washing the children and other creative activities. Other subjects can also be taught if you have knowledge or experience in those areas.
STAESA's orphanage program is located in Senegal and its surrounding villages. The program also include food parcel for the poor communities. STAESA extends your program to the poor in the villages where you have the opportunity to give a plate of food to someone. There are lot of benefits awaits you for joining us in Senegal. Contact us for these benefits.
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Other Information and locations!
As a group or individual volunteer together with STAESA you will be helping full time in the orphanage. The kids include orphans, street kids, need kids, poor kids. There is really great need at the orphanage.
The locations of our programs are well picked hence your safety is rest assured. You will be making tremendous impact in the lives the kids from the age of 0 to 17 years. The total population of the kids in the orphanage is 40 and above. The program provides an opportunity for you to work directly with the kids and the staff at orphanage.
Dakar - Near the ocean. Its traditional Médina quarter is home to the Grande Mosquée, marked by a towering minaret. The city’s vibrant nightlife is inspired by the local mbalax music.
Ziguinchor - Near Casamance River.
Saint-Louis - Near Saint-Louis Senegal River. It’s known for its colonial architecture. Place Faidherbe has well-preserved buildings, including the Governor’s Palace and the neoclassical cathedral
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Generally volunteers work from 08:00.-12:00 a.m. and 13:00-16:00 p.m. However, your exact working hours are adjusted according to the activities at your work place. You´re permitted to take a day off once in a while. On week-ends are free time for all our volunteers. The orphanage is open during the weekends also. you can choose to go and help if you want.
Your schedules in the orphanage include the following below and many more that will be discussed with you upon arrival.
1 Teach Basic conversational English, Alphabets, Numbers, Face painting, Coloring in the books, clay work, and art work on the wall.
2 Any indoors and outdoors games, football, volley ball, basketball, music and dancing, helping in the kitchen to prepare food for the kids, renovation work, fixing the doors, windows, doors. health education, Entertainment. You can also help on the farm.
Other Information and locations!
When does the project run? All year round
How long are the placements? 2wks min-1y max
Any requirements? Not needed
Working hours? Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Name of the airport? Blaise Diagne International Airport
Types of accommodations? Host family, Independent, on site
Accommodation Location? Very close to the projects
Accommodation facilities? water/light/bed/toilet/bathroom, kitchen,
How to get to Work By public transport
Cost of transportation(return) Less than one dollar
Laundry? Self laundry by hands
Is Food provided? Yes! food is provided
How many meals per day? Three meals (Lunch mostly at work)
Visa required? Yes! Visa is required
Cost of visa? Volunteers can call the embassy
Types of visa? Tourist visa (Multiple visa)
Local sim card? Local sim card is provided
Internet: Internet modem provided and return after the program.
Vaccinations or medications? Yellow Fever (Compulsory) Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria are not necessary though. We recommend that you contact a travel clinic near you at least 3 months before you plan to travel.
Safety in Senegal
No worries!! Senegal is known for being a safe country, and while visitors — especially female solo travelers — should take the typical precautions you would when traveling alone, visiting solo here shouldn't present any big problems. The locals are friendly, and robberies and violent crime against tourists are pretty uncommon.
But to be honest, the most annoying issue will be all the unwanted attention that you will receive as a single young, white female or male traveler. A lot of this attention will be preferential, with people being extra kind or extra helpful. But you will also receive countless marriage proposals daily. Never be rude and just accept it as the playful offer that it is intended to be. If you are not married, you can avoid a lot of this by telling unwanted suitors about your " husband" and the "three children" you have with him.
Working hours and reponsibilities!
The people of Senegal are very friendly. The citizens are not only friendly but very hospitable. In Africa, they are probably the most polite people. But, there is real poverty in Senegal and you will soon realize that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of your house, just take some precautions.
Weather in Senegal
The climate of Senegal, a West African country between the Tropic and the Equator, is tropical, with a long dry season (which runs roughly from mid-October to mid-June in the north, and from early November to mid-May in the south) and a rainy season (approximately, from late June to early October in the north, and from late May to late October in the south) due to the African monsoon, which in summer arrives from the south. Hence, in the south, the annual rainfall is more abundant
When to go
You can join us anytime in the year! Anytime in the month! Anytime in the week
Kind of clothes you should pack for your trip to Senegal
Jeans and Trousers: blue jeans, cotton trousers, khaki trousers, Light Shirts and Blouses: T-Shirts, short sleeve shirts and long sleeved shirts to protect you from insects and even sunburn. Shorts also for your free days. Socks and underwear: Once again it is best that they are made from natural fabrics since again it is the heat and this way you have less of a chance for heat rash. Shoes: Good leather shoes, sandals, and a lightweight pair of Hiking boots if you will doing some hiking.
Kind of luggage you should take
It all begins with the right suitcases or suitcase. It also depends where you coming from. If you are coming from North America you get to bring 2 suitcases and 50 pounds each, from Europe it is almost half that. It means one has to be practical and take in mind what your plans are once you arrive in Africa, where you will be going and what you will be doing while here.
Keep all essentials like the pill, malaria pills, essential medicine, debit and credit cards, camera and your toothbrush in your hand luggage. Also put one set of clothing if the unthinkable happens that your luggage is temporarily lost. Money Belt: One that will allow you to carry your passport also. Do not wear your money on the outside of your clothing.