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Volunteer in Nigeria

Nigeria is the heart of West Africa and the most populous country on the continent. Partly due to an incredible diversity of cultures - there are over 450 ethnic dialects - Nigeria has never succeeded in becoming a truly unified and stable state. Though currently run by a democratically elected government, underlying ethnic and religious tensions remain. Widespread poverty is at the root of many of Nigeria’s current problems.

Volunteering in Nigeria is a challenging but rewarding opportunity for those who want a genuine experience of modern Africa. Safety is a key factor - only projects in a safe location have been chosen. Participants work alongside their local counterparts on a range of vital projects, gaining hands-on experience and an understanding of life in Nigeria. Read comments from a recent volunteer to Nigeria.

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Nigeria

Arrival and Orientation

You will arrive in Nigeria at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos where a SYTO Representative will meet you. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive by 3 p.m. in order to make the trip to Ibadan for orientation on the same day.

The orientation will be for five nights/six days. There will be a series of visits and discussions on health issues, cultural orientation, local language lessons and more. You will be given a city tour and be shown how to use the public transport, use the telephone, post office etc. At the end of the orientation, all participants will be transferred to their accommodation and work placement.

Accommodation and Workplace

SYTO will make arrangements for housing during your volunteer project, which is usually an approved home stay with a Nigerian family. Occasionally, an organization may make accommodations available for participants on the work site or within the work site area. The accommodation usually has basic furnishings; in some instances, there may be no running water, electricity, or it may be sporadic. We make every effort to find a placement that is suitable and based on your areas of interest and qualifications. Volunteers who are flexible and open minded will be rewarded with the warmth and appreciation of their new Nigerian friends.

Program fees 2014*


Length of Stay Cost
4 weeks US$ 1465
6 weeks US$ 1550
8 weeks US$ 1640
12 weeks US$ 1815
16 weeks US$ 1990
20 weeks US$ 2165
24 weeks US$ 2340

*Note: The published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.

What is Included

What isn't Included**

**NOTE: We encourage participants coming to Nigeria to arrive by 3 pm. in order to enable us to make the road travel to Ibadan for orientation on the same day. Participants arriving after 3 pm will be charged an additional 60 USD to cover the cost of an overnight stay before orientation.

Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee. The balance of the program fee is required 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation after acceptance and prior to placement confirmation – the deposit is forfeited. Cancellation after confirmation of placement – 50% of the program fee is forfeited. No Show or Early Departure from Program – 100% of program fee is forfeited.

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