A staff member takes volunteers of a tour of Senegal.

Senegal Arrival Procedures

Airport pickup, flights, and visas for your trip to Senegal

We have all the information you need to know for your trip, from helping with visa queries to walking you through a placement induction on your first day in Senegal. Our hassle-free approach means you can concentrate on what really matters, making a difference at your placement.

Arrival airport and pickup in Senegal

Upon arrival at Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS), you will be met by a friendly Projects Abroad staff member. You’ll then be taken to a nearby hotel for a good night’s rest. The following morning, you’ll travel by taxi to Dakar's busy bus station, and then take a shared taxi to our base in St Louis.

A member of our staff will accompany you throughout this five hour journey. The cost of your airport transfer is included in your project fee.

Booking your flights to Senegal

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Visas requirements for your volunteer project or internship in Senegal

One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we give you. We have a dedicated visa team who have up-to-date information on visa requirements for all of our destinations around the world. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa queries, big or small, and we will talk you through the process. Once you apply, you’ll also get a link to your own MyProjectsAbroad webpage, which will include all the necessary visa information.

Your induction and orientation in Senegal

Our local staff will provide you with plenty of support and help you settle in to your new home. You’ll be given a tour of the surrounding area, and taken to buy a local SIM card or exchange money. Our staff will also explain how to use the public transport.  

You’ll get to visit our local office, and find out more about how our projects in Senegal are run. We will also give you an induction pack, which contains useful information such as maps and contact details.

Your first day at your volunteer or internship placement in Senegal

On your first day, a Projects Abroad staff member will travel with you from your host family to your project placement so that you can learn the way. You’ll be shown around and meet the different people you’ll be working with. This is a great way to get a feel for how things are run, and ensures you’re prepared for day two, when your project work begins.

Support, safety, and backup

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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