A group hands out food while they volunteer with children in Senegal.

Volunteer with Children in Senegal for Teenagers

Travel to West Africa with other teenagers and help children learn through play and support the community

At a glance

Spend your summer volunteering with children in Senegal with other teenagers. You’ll help support talibés (street children) at a care centre run by Projects Abroad, or work at a disadvantaged kindergarten. This is a wonderful way for you to travel safely, give back, and gain experience, all at the same time!  

In Senegal, you’ll team up with teenagers your age and focus on helping kids learn through play. Your goal is to make learning fun, and help them practice English or French. You’ll do this through activities like games, arts and crafts, teaching, and more. You’ll also do light renovation work, like painting, to help improve the kids’ learning environments.

You’ll live and work with your group in St Louis, and stay with a local host family. From the moment you step off the plane, all of your work and activities will be organised for you. And through it all, our staff will be by your side to guide you.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during school holidays

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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


This project is only for 15-18 year olds

Is volunteering with children in Senegal for teenagers right for me?

This community volunteering project for teenagers in Senegal is perfect for you if you enjoy working with children and want to team up with people your age to travel in West Africa and help others. You’ll work together to support children and improve their learning environments. Together, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot during your short time in Senegal.

You don’t have to worry about organising anything in Senegal, as you’ll follow an itinerary. From the moment you arrive at the airport, we’ll plan everything. You’ll have a full schedule of volunteer work, cultural and social activities, and a weekend trip. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be there for you.

You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll support the work of local staff, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know. A Projects Abroad supervisor will also be there to provide advice and ideas at all times.

This is a great way to actively make a difference, and gain experience for your CV at the same time. It will help you stand out in applications and interviews. This is especially useful if you’re interested in working with children in the future.

Our Childcare & Community High School Special in Senegal runs over fixed dates during the summer. You can choose the dates that best fit your schedule. We’ve designed the programme specifically for teenagers, so you’ll have constant guidance from staff, and the companionship of teenagers your age.

A volunteer works with children in senegal on a project made for teenagers

What will I do on the Childcare & Community Project in Senegal?

In Senegal, you’ll work with your group at a centre for talibé children or at a kindergarten. You’ll be involved in the following activities:

  • Organise educational games and activities to help kids learn through play
  • Teach basic English or French classes
  • Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities
  • Work with teenagers from around the world and explore Senegal together

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Organise educational games and activities to help kids learn through play

At our placements, you will be part of our efforts to support children's development. You'll do this by helping children learn through play and doing fun activities with them. These activities include things like playing educational games, sports, and reading. You’ll also encourage the children to practice good hygiene every day.

Teach basic English or French classes

For children to succeed, they need to be equipped with important life skills during their early childhood years. One of the most important skills is knowing how to communicate in the country’s most prominent languages. You’ll assist with basic English and French lessons that cover vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills. You can make the lessons fun by introducing flashcards, role play games, and sing-alongs.

Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities

In the afternoons, you will work to renovate and decorate a local school or centre. With the help of your team, you’ll be able to transform the building in a short space of time. This will provide a fresh and colourful environment for the children to learn and grow. You’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished with many hands working together in a short time!

Work with teenagers from around the world and explore Senegal together

In Senegal, you’ll live and work with other teenagers from around the world. Use this opportunity to build friendships that can last a lifetime.

Exploring together is part of the fun. Your supervisor will take you to explore Senegal. This includes:

  • A trip to the desert
  • A hike through the national park
  • A stop at one of the many historical villages

You’ll learn how to paint glass and dance like a local, all while enjoying your fill of Senegalese food.

Where in Senegal will I work?

St Louis

When you do volunteer work with talibés in Senegal for teenagers, your group will be based in St Louis. It is a city rich in history, and you’ll find it’s quite different from home. On many days, you’ll see goats and sheep wander through the streets. Colourful decorated wooden fishing boats docked around the coast are something you’ll see frequently.

With your Projects Abroad supervisors by your side, you’ll volunteer at a kindergarten or a care centre for talibés. These placements have basic facilities. The staff here don’t always have time to give each child individualised attention. This is why your help is needed.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Senegal Arrival Procedures page

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The main aim for this project is to bring young people together to help support disadvantaged children in St Louis. This includes talibés living on the streets, and children who attend under-resourced kindergartens in the area.

There are a large number of children in Senegal who live on the streets. They don’t go to school and they’re forced to spend most of their day begging for food and money. To provide these children with a safe place during the day, Projects Abroad set up a talibé centre. Here, we give the kids basic education, hygiene, healthcare and weekly meals. We rely on volunteers like you to keep the centre going.

The kindergartens we work with in Senegal don’t have resources and they’re overcrowded. This means the teachers are under a lot of pressure to give each children enough attention in the classroom. With your help, you’ll relieve some of that pressure by helping small groups of kids learn through play.

Join our Childcare & Community High School Special in Senegal and support disadvantaged children living in the city of St Louis.

A volunteer works with Talibe boys as part of his volunteer work for teenagers in Senegal

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in St Louis. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Senegal and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

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