Volunteer Guinea

 

Volunteer Guinea


Guinea (pop 12.77 million 2019), also known as Guinea-Conakry in order to distinguish it from Guinea-Bissau, is essentially a basket case after years of economic mismanagement and repressive rule, leaving it as one of the poorest countries in Africa standing at 178th place out of 189 countries and territories in 2019 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. The situation since 2006 has deteriorated further with education in particular suffering as sending children to school is considered a poor investment when they could be out working and earning money. In fact the literacy rate of Guinea is one of the lowest in the world and, whilst primary education is compulsory for 6 years, most children do not attend for so long, and many do not go to school at all. In 1999, primary school attendance was 40 percent. Children, particularly girls, are kept out of school to assist their parents with domestic work or agriculture, or to be married with Guinea having one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Child trafficking is also a major issue in Guinea Conakry with thousands of street children in the capital being taken to Mali, Sierra Leone or the Ivory Coast for exploitation. For those who remain life is also grim with tens of thousands of AIDs orphans and overall just under one in ten children have been abandoned or orphaned and there are increasing levels of poverty. Against this backdrop there are few volunteer work opportunities in Guinea Conakry ~ its as if the world has turned it back on this unstable and impoverished country. In fact the world pretty much has.


Please note that the few volunteer opportunities in Guinea have been put on hold because of travel restrictions related to the COVId-19 pandemic. Hopefuly they will be back up and running soon. In the meantime, if you run or know of a volunteer work project in Guinea, please let us know by contacting here. We look forward to hearing from you!




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CECI

Volunteer Work Guinea: CECI


CECI places volunteers in schools, colleges and continuing education centres in Guinea Conakry.

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Project Primates

Volunteer Work Guinea: Project Primates


Volunteers help run and maintain the Centre de Conservation des Chimpanzes in Guinea.

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Medecins Sans Frontieres

Volunteer Work Guinea: Médecins Sans Frontières


MSF works with the Ministry of Health on malaria prevention and treatment in Gueckedou, Guinea.

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Guinea Espoir

Volunteer Work Guinea: Guinea Espoir


Volunteer work in Guinea dedicated to promoting youth development in health and education.

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Red Cross

Red Cross


Providing health and emergency relief services to communities throughout Guinea-Conakry.

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Friends of Guinea

Volunteer Work Guinea: Red Cross


Friends of Guinea are always on the look out for short or long term volunteers to develop their projects.

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Guinea Profile

Guinea Profile


Find out more about Guinea Conakry, its people and what daily life is like there in our Guinea Conakry profile pages.

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