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Volunteer in Sierra Leone


VSO is working with partners to establish a response to the fatal flooding in Sierra Leone.

On 14 August 2017 Sierra Leone experienced heavy rain, causing flooding and mudslides.

The death toll is currently over 300, with 1,000 people estimated as missing and 1,000 homes covered in deep mud from which people have only just been rescued. As is often the case in disasters, women, children and those living in poverty have been the hardest hit.

This has occurred while the country continues to face the legacy of the deadly Ebola outbreak.

VSO Sierra Leone staff and volunteers are safe and on alert to respond to any emergency. The weather forecast predicts more heavy rain.

The biggest concern will be the impact on public health as usually arises after extreme flooding, particularly in areas of high humidity when sewers and drainage canals will likely overflow. The risk of a disease outbreak is high.

VSO continues to liaise with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and partners to understand the situation. The Office of National Security is leading the humanitarian response. VSO is coordinating the psychosocial counsellors trained during the Ebola crisis to provide support to those affected and working with Engineers Without Borders UK to see how to best deliver water, sanitation and hygiene relief.

Rajeev Vishwakarma, Head of Programmes Nick Adie ©VSO

Rajeev Vishwakarma, Head of Programmes

Welcome and greetings from Sierra Leone.  I would like to make sure you're well prepared for a wonderful placement in our beautiful country.

There are two seasons determining the agricultural cycle. November to April is the dry season and the best holiday weather. May to October is the rainy season.

There is also the Harmattan period of during the months of December to February when very dry winds arrive from the Sahara, along with a haze of dust, and the night time temperature seldom dips below 16 °C. 

There are no restrictions on clothing for men or women, with casual attire such as sleeveless shirts, flip flops and sandals the norm. Lightweight and light-coloured cotton clothing is recommended due to the hot and humid climate.

During the rainy season it is advisable to wear wet-weather clothing, while a light jersey or jacket may be needed in the months when the Harmattan winds blow.

Abass Koroma shows off the wax made from his bees. As a beneficiary of VSO partner organisation CCYA (Centre for the Coordination of Youth Action), Abass as been given support to set up his bee keeping business

Our country has beautiful green forests, hills and beaches which are situated in the capital city Freetown and other interesting places can also be found in the hinterland.

We look forward to welcoming you in our beautiful country sweet Salone!  

Rajeev Vishwakarma


Even the loftiest of mountains begins on the ground - tree planting with students at Samson Primary School in Mulanje, Malawi Dexter Barnes ©VSO

Even the loftiest of mountains begins on the ground - tree planting with students at Samson Primary School in Mulanje, Malawi

Sierra Leone is one of the three states in the Mano River Union in West Africa that suffered the recent outbreak of Ebola.

The disease has been eliminated and brought to zero case infection.

The country is in the recovery stage and lots of input from government and agencies are being put in place to make sure we remain Ebola-free.

VSO conduct a risk assessment prior to volunteer placements and use qualified professional doctors. There is an agreement with West African Rescue Association (WARA), in collaboration with International SOS, to evacuate volunteers in times of health emergencies.

Stories from Sierra Leone

Throughout the Ebola outbreak, people wary of health centres stopped accessing the services on offer with tragic consequences – including a 30% increase in maternal deaths and a 24% increase in newborn deaths.

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We are sending our first volunteers since the WHO declared Sierra Leone to be Ebola-free, this July. To stay updated on upcoming vancies in this country and others, subscribe to our newsletter by filling in the form below.

Thinking of volunteering in Sierra Leone?

Below is a list of all our current volunteer opportunities. Some of these jobs are available to nationals only. Others are available for candidates from anywhere in the world.

The application process at a glance:
Simply search for a role, click on the title and fill in our application form. Once we’ve received your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email explaining next steps.

Please note that our capacity does not allow us to accept CVs via email or to contact unsuccessful applicants personally.

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