The need for English teachers all over Africa is big, and specially in Senegal. Resources are limited and classes are large in size, making the situation difficult for many teachers. As a teacher’s assistant you will help by minimizing this problem and making of a better education for the children.
Volunteer at a school in Senegal
Project fee from EUR 1,480
Your Role as a Volunteer
As a school volunteer, you will work both in public and private schools. Each of the schools are made up of simple but large classes, requiring children to often share benches, pens and paper. Below are examples of things you might do as a volunteer teacher’s assistant. The below list is merely an example of what you might do as a volunteer and does not include everything that you might be involved in.
- Assist the local teachers in the teaching of English, French, mathematics and basic computer skills.
- Create a playful environment and encourage children’s creativity through educational games, songs, games and sports.
- Together with local teachers develop appropriate training materials at a low cost.
Volunteers can choose to either teach in a low, middle, junior or high school in Dakar and the vicinity. Please note that schools in Senegal are closed from late July to early October, Christmas and over Easter for 2 weeks. The minimum time for volunteering with this project is 4 weeks. Volunteers work during the week and have weekends off.
The Project’s Mission
The aim of this project is to produce cultural exchanges, develop skills and expand your horizons. Additionally, the project aims to use you to provide a scare resource in Senegal, as a teaching assistant, helping teachers do their job better.
All projects in Senegal are run in cooperation with a local NGO, a non-governmental organization founded in 1994, which started in Ghana. Thanks to this cooperation Volunteer Travel can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer in Senegal.
Language Course in French or Wolof
Senegal is a French speaking country; therefore knowing a bit of French is very helpful. The local language in Senegal is Wolof, spoken by the majority of people in Senegal. As a volunteer you can do an intensive language course in either French or Wolof. This intensive course is not included in your tour price and is an additional $ – The course costs 520 US dollars.
Other courses you can participate in are a drum course together with African dance. You can book and pay for these courses on arrival. Please be sure to speak to your Volunteer Travels agent if you would like to know more information.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
The program begins with your orientation in Dakar, which will last about 3 days. Your orientation will include teaching about Senegalese culture, to try assist you in dealing with the initial culture shock. This will include information about how to deal with culture clashes and various issues you might come up against during your time in Senegal. Other issues such as health, money, food and local transport will be discussed during your orientation. Additionally, you will receive a language lesson to assist you in being able to communicate with people who are not very good with English. Your orientation will also include a bit of sight seeing in Dakar, showing you the places where you can visit during your stay in Senegal.
Accommodation and Food
During your time in Senegal you will be staying with a local Senegalese family, where you will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner will be eaten with the family, as well as lunch on the weekends. You might need to get bottled water depending on where you are staying; however, this is not hard to come by. The families’ house where you will stay will not necessarily have running water, but there will always be a bathroom where you can wash yourself.
When you are not working, you are free to explore Dakar on your own. There are many good markets, restaurants and nightlife. Dakar is located on the sea, providing fantastic beaches and islands nearby. St Louis lies just north of Senegal, and is one of the more well-known locations in Senegal. There are also a few national parks you can visit as well if time allows it. Local transport is very easy to use making many places accessible for you to travel to.
Senegal shows a mixture of colonial heritage together with modern Africa. The cities are reminiscent of the French colonial era, with beautiful houses and wide avenues. National parks promise the opportunity of seeing crocodiles, hippos, a large diversity of birds and rare flowers. Senegalese people call their family “Tera Gans”, meaning country of hospitality. Social life in Senegal is extremely important and as a volunteer you will have a chance to become part of the extended family. Both Dakar and St. Louis lie in the north and boast rich cultural life, with lots of dancing and music.
Your flight tickets are not included in the tour price. Once you have booked your time in Senegal you will receive a flight ticket option from one of our travel agent partners. If you are interested in their proposal you can respond to them, or research for a ticket yourself. Please make sure that your ticket is booked for you to arrive in Dakar on either Saturday or Sunday the weekend before the project starts. If you arrive earlier than your project date starts you will be responsible for paying for your accommodation and transportation. If you decide to return home straight after your project time ends make sure to book your ticket for either Saturday or Sunday, following finishing on the Friday. Make sure that your tickets correspond with your project start and finish dates.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
As a volunteer in Senegal you will be responsible for getting insurance to cover illness, injury and theft while traveling. The agent providing a quote on your flight will be able to sell the insurance that you need while volunteering. Included in your tour price from Volunteer Travels, is a liability insurance, covering damages if you unintentionally hurt someone or damage someone else’s property.
You should contact your general doctor or vaccination centre for advice on what vaccinations you need to travel to Senegal. Hepatitis A and B is always recommended along with tetanus.