Benin people are caring and welcoming. They welcome tourists, volunteers and foreigners to their country as they help them settle well. Kindness and happiness are attributes of Benin's people. But, like Ghana and Togo there is real poverty in Benin 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 Benin
The climate of Benin is tropical and its all year round and there are two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. North of Benin experiences its rainy season from March to November while South Benin experiences its rainy season from April to mid-November. The tropical climate of Benin is relatively mild for its latitude. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows in north-east Benin from December to March, lowering the humidity and causing hot days and cool nights in northern part of Benin
PROGRAMS IN BENIN
Date of commencement - all year round!
Duration of program - 2 weeks to 1 year! You can join us anytime.
Age - 15 years and above
Program location/language - Lokossa(Fon, Yom and Yoruba ) Cotonuo (Fon, Yom, Yoruba) Abomey (Fon, Bariba, Yoruba and Dendi )
Official language - French
Visa - Visa/vaccines required
Currency - CFA Franc (XOF)
Accommodation - Host families / Volunteers homes. You share room with no family member
Food - local food / Vegetarian
Sight seeing - Free weekend sight seeing
Airport pick up - We pick you up at the airport
Family volunteering enables families with children to join volunteer projects. This way they they can share the volunteer experience and help the community or the environment together with their loved ones by their side. Volunteering is the act of dedicating time to a project that is focused on improving the circumstances of a community or the environment.
STAESA’s combo volunteering program allows you to explore so many countries in Africa while impacting lives and immersing oneself in the unique culture of Africa. You as individual or with your family or with your friends can choose to volunteer in more than two countries and still pay very less program fees. Together with our volunteers we design the program.
My Gap year
STAESA’s Gap year volunteer program is a semester or full year academics break while pursuing experiential learning that equips you with valuable life skills and encourages personal development . This program enables you to discover yourself and consider what kind of education or carrier you want to pursue, while having a positive impact on the people you meet.
STAESA’s group volunteering involves activity as a group, whether with friends, family, colleagues. acquaintances or companies. Our program involves a specific new project with a set time frame, or with our ongoing commitment. At the end of the program you will build upon your personal relationship with people, networking, brainstorming. getting things done.