Asmara - Post Report Question and Answers

What volunteer opportunities are available locally?

It's not possible, usually-- In my opinion, there is a lot of government suspicion of aid groups and "volunteers." What groups do exist here would be putting themselves in trouble allowing an expat to volunteer. - Apr 2021

Some of the international schools look for volunteers. - Dec 2019

See above answer. Not a great deal of formal opportunities, but opportunities may come up serendipitously. You might lead a book club or discussion group at the American Center. I know of a qualified music teacher who volunteers teaching advanced instrumental performance at the music school. People willing to be organizers of community events, hikes, bike rides, snorkeling trips to the Red Sea islands, house concerts, art shows, lunches, dinners or house parties, will always be appreciated. - Feb 2019

Not formally, but there is a French and American cultural center, as well as the Sudanese club if one speaks French, English or Arabic and wants to organize language clubs. - Sep 2018

Not really. The host government does not actively seek and sometimes does not allow American involvement in charity or community service, etc. However, there are families who can use clothing, etc. so you could always bring in stuff and give it to the orphanages, etc. - Dec 2016

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