Volunteer Work Niger
Niger, officially known as the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country located in West Africa sharing borders with Libya to the northeast, Chad to its east,Nigeria to its south, Benin and Burkina Faso to its south-west, Mali on its west and Algeria to its north-west. You know that there isn't going to be much volunteer work in Niger when you hear that even the Peace Corps pulled out in 2011 having had a presence in the country since 1962. It was simply too unsafe for them to work following a succession of unstable governments since independence, rebellions in the north of the country and a general state of unlawfulness particularly in rural areas. It will therefore come as little surprise Niger is ranked in 189th place out of 191 countries and territories in 2021 in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with a life expectancy of 61.45 years (2020).
In the unlikely event you were ever to volunteer in Niger you would find a country where thousands live in slavery, diarrhoea and typhoid fever are rampant due to a virtually non existent water and sanitation system and ill health is rife. Most of Niger's population live in poverty and their homes are small, over crowded, mud brick huts. Previous work projects in Niger have focused on agriculture, business development, education, environment, health and HIV/AIDS and well as youth projects, however pretty much the only volunteer organisation on the ground in Niger at present is the ever robust Red Cross.
What limited volunteer work opportunities there were in Niger were affected by COVID and continue to be disrupted by violence in the country. As such, right now probably isn't the right time to consider being a volunteer there. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Niger let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!