Volunteer Liberia

With a population of just 3.5 million, Liberia was a relatively peaceful nation until 1980 when the president William R. Tolbert Jr. and most of his cabinet were executed in a military coup headed by Master Sergeant Samuel Doe. A civil war erupted that saw the newly installed President Doe later captured, tortured and killed by one Charles Taylor. In 2006 Taylor himself was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to fifty years in prison. The life sentence he left behind for Liberia was much more severe.

250,000 lives were lost, infrastructure destroyed, 84% of its population living in poverty and Liberia itself being ranked in 174th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 in

terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Today the after effects of the long civil war are still being felt with one in ten of the entire population being an orphaned child in a country where there simply aren't enough adults to care for them, and a country where serious mental health problems as a result of the war are epidemic. This is hardly surprising when you consider that 87% of all children in Liberia had witnessed a family member killed, 60% had seen other children beaten to death whilst 84% reported that they had experienced being "surrounded by, lying underneath or stepping on" dead bodies. As one girl reminisced "When I close my eyes, all I can see is the war. I often think about taking my own life."

There are many volunteer work placements in Liberia focusing on education, mental health and orphan care however we would recommend that only older, experienced volunteers go there. Yes Liberia is much in need of volunteer help, but the challenges there are so severe they can be overwhelming for a volunteer not used to such conditions.



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Volunteer Liberia

Volunteer Liberia

Volunteer Liberia

Volunteer Liberia

 


Second Chance

Volunteer Work Liberia: Second Chance Africa

Looking for experienced volunteers only with specific skills in mental health and capacity building.
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Project Hope

Volunteer Work Liberia: Project Hope

Volunteers provide care and training to health workers at JFK Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.
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Yes Liberia

Volunteer Work Liberia: Yes Liberia

Volunteer work to create better lives in Liberia especially for children and their communities.
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Volunteer Liberia

Volunteer Liberia

If you are considering undertaking a period of volunteer work in Liberia check out our Liberia profiles pages to explore the country before you visit and learn how to make the most of your volunteer work in Liberia.

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