Volunteers in Nigeria get a glimpse of the challenges and successes of this up-and-coming nation. As the country with the third-largest democracy in Africa and the largest population in Africa, Nigeria is uniquely poised as one of the strongest regional powers on the continent. Nigeria is blessed with hundreds of miles of glorious coastlines, national parks that create a haven for wildlife and endangered species, and ancient sites that bring fascinated travelers from the world over. The street market in Lekki, with colorful jewelry and intricate wood carvings – all handmade, is a popular spot for volunteers to visit along with Dalla Hill and the Lekki Conservation Center. Nigerians are one of the most educated and enterprising populations in Africa, as evidenced by Nigeria’s position. However, keeping Nigeria united is a growing challenge.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Nigeria, you will be hosted by ICYE Nigeria, ICYE’s Nigerian partner organization. ICYE Nigeria is staffed by former volunteers who offer a firsthand perspective on the volunteer experience.
Volunteers work with children from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds, including rescued child laborers, street children, disabled children, children from troubled families, and orphans. Volunteers assist local organizations with fundraising, supervise the children’s playtime, develop activities and workshops, and support families from some of the country’s poorest areas.
This conservation centre has been around for over 20 years. You can learn a lot about the animals living in the centre as well as similar environmental centers and projects.
From colorful jewelry and clothing to intricate stone and wood carvings, there are countless things for you to see and purchase in this market. You will also get the chance to experience what kinds of usual things go on in the city as well as the market.
Use the 999 steps that are built into the hill to get to the top. Once you are there, you’ll have a great view of the city of Kano. This is a perfect spot to have a picnic and sample some delicious Nigerian food like Suya or Kilishi.
Nike Davies-Okundaye is one of Nigeria’s mist important artists. If you visit the gallery on the right day, Nike may be there to greet you herself. The gallery is full of contemporary and traditional pieces, all of which are beautiful examples of Nigerian culture
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$7,775||$11,175||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$7,775||$11,175||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.