Not to be confused with its much larger neighbour, the Republic of Congo ~ and often referred to as Congo Brazzaville after its capital city ~ is home to some 5.381 million people and was ruled as a Marxist state after independence until its economy collapsed along with its infrastructure. Abandoned by the then collapsing USSR, Congo Brazzaville has never enjoyed much stability nor peace. The Republic of Congo today is ranked in 149th place in 2019 out of 189 countries and territories in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Life expectancy in the Congo is 64.57 years (2019) with unemployment at over 50% and most live on under 60p a day.
Suspicion of outside interference means that the volunteer sector isn't well developed in the Congo even though it faces many challenges as a country not least addressing the needs of the thousands of orphaned or abandoned children who flock to the capital to exist on the streets where they live side by side with others who have made their way across the Congo River from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo to escape the ongoing instability there. Anyone looking to volunteer in the Congo will need to speak French and that is very much a prerequisite as it's the national language and if you don't speak it, you can't communicate! Volunteer work in the Congo mainly focuses on delivery of health care, rolling put HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs as well as looking after lost, orphaned or abandoned children.
Please note that many volunteer opportunities in Congo Brazzaville were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the permanent closure of some volunteer opportunities and restrictions on others. Hopefully things are now beginning to return to normal. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Congo Brazzaville let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!
In a shameless bit of self-promotion, read this novel by the African Volunteer Network team about volunteering in Uganda. "Well worth the read especially for those working with non-profits abroad. In fact, it should be required reading."
Located in Brazzaville the Congolese Red Cross addresses emergencies and health issues.
A range of medium to longer term conservation volunteer work with chimpanzees in the Congo rainforest.
A faith based hospital volunteer project for volunteers with medical knowledge and skills.
Another way to volunteer in the Republic of Congo is to do so by sponsoring a child there. Details of how to sponsor a child in there with Congo Brazzaville sponsor organisations, charities, programs and projects.
In another of our African country profiles, find out all about Congo Brazzaville in a series of information articles, latest daily news, videos, and images together with volunteering and child sponsorship opportunities.
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