Volunteer Mauritania

Chances are you'll never get to undertake any volunteer work in Mauritania ~ even the Peace Corps who had been there for some forty years recently pulled out as security deteriorated after al-Qaeda developed a presence in the area.

Mauritania itself only has a population of three million many of whom live nomadic desert lifestyles although recent famines and droughts have led many of the 70% of the population who live in the desert to go to urban areas such as Nouakchott in search of food, water and work placing pressure on already limited infrastructures such as housing and medical centres. The country is also affected by locust swarms which devastate what

little food output there is. Volunteers who have worked in the country need to be Arabic, French, Hassynia, Pulaar, Soninke or Wolof speaking and historical projects, apart from the valiant work of the Red Cross who have mobilised food and water parcels during the recurring droughts and famines, have focussed on empowering girls and women in a state where modern day slavery and domestication of females is considered the norm. Other volunteer work programs include building water projects, health care and developing sustainable farming techniques to maximise yield. Mauritania is also one of the Africa's newest oil producers so it will be interesting to see how the country develops over the coming years if it somehow resolves al-Qaeda operations.

If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Mauritania let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Work Mauritania

Volunteer Mauritania

Volunteer Mauritania

Volunteer Mauritania

Volunteer Mauritania


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Volunteer Work Mauritania: Red Crescent Mauritania

The Red Crescent continues to assist those affected by recurring droughts and famines in Mauritania.
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Volunteer Mauritania

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