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What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Big with all the NGOS and CDC here. Morale...varies. Tons of dedicated NGO workers, missionaries, mostly single. Embassy community is changing to younger families. Singles have met future spouses here, I have. But then, it can be pretty lame for a young couple. Also, the embassy management is not strong so the basic things that would really benefit morale here, are not in place (you can't get around without a car, housing maintenance is poor). Ebola is over, long over, the country is bouncing back, I expect things will improve. You can't change the entire local culture though or lack of work ethic among local staff. Find your friends, find your sports/yoga/hobbies that keep you sane during rainy reasons, focus on work. - Sep 3, 2017
You have to make a decision to like it, and then you will. There are always social events and beach camping trips going on, you just have to ask and join. - Sep 9, 2014
The community is small but people are pretty happy overall, there are of course outliers who can't stand it but most brought their sense of adventure and sense of humor. Work at the Embassy was a challenging environment. Local staff do not have access to good schooling and some (but thankfully not all) have a poor work ethic. - Jun 19, 2014
Fairly decent. Many embassies are present. - Aug 12, 2013