Volunteer Djibouti

Djibouti, with its population of just 800,000, isn't a country many would choose to visit and its lifeline is the presence of the US military base, Camp Lemonnier, not just to bring in investment but also to protect Djibouti from the military ambitions of its neighbours. Djibouti itself has scant natural resources and its land is so desertified that it is reliant on outside foodstuffs to feed its population. In fact it can only produce just 5% of its own food needs. It can't even really afford those imports either, with humanitarian organisations like the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières operating food, water and malnutrition programs to the increasingly drought stricken country.

Given the small size of its population, outside those humanitarian programs there is little volunteer work available in Djibouti. Some have arrived and worked in a few scattered orphanages only to turn up one day to find them closed and the children dispersed and there are the odd pockets of volunteer work often run by nuns and missionaries but these are discovered on the ground rather than being better known and advertised.

There are some openings in the education sector for French speakers but under 30% of all children actually attend school in Djibouti. Again, such volunteer work as there is, needs to be found on the ground. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Djibouti let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Volunteer Work Djibouti: Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières operate health care programs in Djibouti to tackle malnourishment.
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Volunteer Djibouti

If you are considering undertaking a period of volunteer work in Djibouti check out our Djibouti profile pages to explore the country before you visit and learn how to make the most of your volunteer work in Djibouti.

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