Volunteer Benin


Volunteer Work Benin


Benin is another African country with serious issues for its population but with no real volunteer work sector at the present time. It would be great to believe that's because it doesn't need one, but that's not the case as Benin is one of the world's poorest countries. With a life expectancy of just 61.47 years, half of the population live on less than 60p a day and just under a third of children are clinically malnourished. Benin is in 158th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2019 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country.



The greatest danger to children in Benin is not lack of food, its the flourishing child trafficking trade in which tens of thousands of children, mostly girls, are taken and sold to neighbouring countries for domestic servitude, working in the fields, selling goods on the street or working in quarries. This trade is facilitated by the fact that 40% of all children in Benin have no birth certificate so they are simply not asked for documents when crossing borders.


Volunteer Benin


Volunteer work in Benin often focuses on health, education and orphans. Health, because there is often one doctor for every one hundred thousand patients and over 10% of all children die before their fifth birthday through health related issues; orphanages because 42,000 children have been orphaned through HIV/AIDS. Please note that many volunteer opportunities in Benin have been put on hold because of travel restrictions related to the COVId-19 pandemic. Hopefully they will be back up and running soon. In the meantime, if you run or know of a volunteer work project in Benin let us know by contacting here. We look forward to hearing from you!




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Volunteer Work Benin: Build a Better Benin

Volunteer Work Benin: Build a Better Benin


Build a Better Benin works to improve education and health practices for children and communities in Benin.

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Volunteer Work Benin: Hands Around The World

Volunteer Work Benin: Hands Around The World


Hands Around The World aims to get poor rural children in Benin into school, many of them are orphans.

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Volunteer Work Benin: Red Cross Benin

Red Cross Benin


Helping tackle rampant disease and emergency situations and relief in Benin and its neighbours.

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Volunteer Work Benin: Caritas

Volunteer Work: Benin


Volunteer work in the protection of children and vulnerable orphans & access to basic social services.

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Volunteer Work Benin: SYTO Benin

Volunteer Work Benin: SYTO Benin


Volunteer work in the fields of education, social, environment and health staying with host families.

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Volunteer Work Benin: Child Sponsor Benin

Child Sponsor Benin


Another way to volunteer in Benin is to do so by sponsoring a child there. Details of how to sponsor a child in the country with Benin child sponsor organisations, charities, programs and projects.

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Volunteer Work Benin: Benin Country Profile

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In another of our African country profiles, find out all about Benin in a series of information articles, latest daily news, videos, and images together with volunteering and child sponsorship opportunities.

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