Volunteer Work Mauritania

Chances are you'll never get to undertake any volunteer work in Mauritania ~ not least because following independence from France in 1960 the country's history has been marked by successive coups, ethnic clashes, and terrorist attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafes and restaurants visited by foreigners, creating a constant state of tension. Despite this in the 2019 presidential election, Mauritania witnessed its first peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next, albeit the military’s influence remains strong within the authoritarian regime. Mauritania itself only has a population of 4.615 million (2021), 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.

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!

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Volunteer Work Mauritania

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