Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa and a vibrant country with huge potential. Yet despite being the largest economy in Africa, there is poverty amid the plenty.
A booming youth population brings its own challenges. Nigeria needs to create at least 2.5 million jobs every year for next decade if it is to meet the needs of its growing workforce. It’s vital that young people receive skills and training, yet across the country 10.5 million children are currently out of school.
We believe Nigeria’s young people are its greatest resource, and seek to put them at the heart of our programming. Some of our most exciting projects bring together Nigerian youth with UK volunteers participating in International Citizen Service, to empower young people as global citizens and agents of change.
The first 5 volunteers began work in Nigeria back in 1960. Since then, over 2,000 international volunteers have lived and worked here, supporting local communities, partner organisations and state structures in their efforts to fight poverty.
In fact, Nigeria has the distinction within VSO of hosting the largest number of international volunteers in one year (Over 270 volunteers in 1971)!
We would love another record-breaking year, so if you are interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you.
Forty years on: A former volunteer’s return to Nigeria
"In these days of questioning the effectiveness of volunteering and international development, it is encouraging to learn that an individual can make a difference."
Youth volunteering in Nigeria
People aged 18-25 can apply to do fully-funded placements lasting three months in Nigeria, through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
VSO ICS volunteers work in communities in the south, west and central parts of Nigeria.
In Kwara volunteers work closely with schools to engage children in extra-curricular activities. They also work with nomadic communities to improve adult literacy. In Kwali volunteers work with the local education authority to help teachers make maths and science more accessible to young people. All activities aim to develop Nigeria’s active youth network.
If you are from the UK, please apply directly through the ICS website.
Lucia Balonwu – Country director
Anand Kishore Das - Head of Programs
Questions about volunteering in Nigeria? Please get in touch with us via email, we look forward to hearing from you.
Youth/ICS programmes: +234 902 968 4229, +234 902 968 4230, +234 902 968 4228, +234 708 300 2524
Other programmes: +234 701 683 4494 (North), +234 812 063 8114 (South)
PO Box 2452
Location: 9 Sangha Street, Off Mississippi Street, Maitama, Abuja