There was a time when Guinea-Bissau, with its population of 1.968 million (2020), was championed as a showcase of how a fledgling African nation could and indeed should be run. However years of political and social unrest have left it impoverished, massively in debt and reliant on foreign aid to prevent its total collapse as a nation state. The majority of the population is illiterate, with just over 30.77% of females being able to read and write, over one hundred thousand children have been orphaned or abandoned (about 5% of the country's entire population) and these and other children are at risk of being trafficked to Senegal in exchange for cash so their poverty stricken families can survive.
Despite all of this, there are few volunteer work opportunities in Guinea-Bissau and what there are tend to focus on health care, and disease prevention together with education and working with orphans. Please note that many volunteer opportunities in Guinea-Bissau were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the permanent closure of some volunteer opportunities and restrictions on others. Hopefully things are now beginning to return to normal. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Guinea-Bissau let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!
In a shameless bit of self-promotion, read this novel by the African Volunteer Network team about volunteering in Uganda. "Well worth the read especially for those working with non-profits abroad. In fact, it should be required reading."
West African Vocational Schools offers a range of volunteer work experiences in Guinea Bissau.
Providing humanitarian aid and relief as required in Guinea-Bissau.
Working in Guinea-Bissau since 1998, MSF continues to address ongoing health concerns in the country.
A UK charity working to resolve issues surrounding gender-equality, unemployment and the environment in Guinea-Bissau.
You can help orphaned and abandoned children in Guinea-Bissau in the following areas: Youth empowerment, child care support, children shelter support and infrastructure improvements.
ADPP Guinea-Bissau is a national organization operating in the country since 1981 with interventions focused on rural areas, the most vulnerable and those most affected.
Another way to volunteer in Guinea-Bissau is to do so by sponsoring a child there. Details of how to sponsor a child in the country with Guinea-Bissau child sponsor organisations, charities, programs and projects.
In another of our African country profiles, find out all about Guinea Bissau in a series of information articles, latest daily news, videos, and images together with volunteering and child sponsorship opportunities.
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