What will I do on the Micro-finance placement in Senegal?
With the support of your supervisor, you’ll be involved in a variety of tasks to assist entrepreneurs. Here are some of your main tasks:
- Manage and coordinate small-scale, interest-free loans
- Conduct workshops to teach vital business skills, encouraging long-term success
- Help with developing marketing strategies to establish a customer base
- Select entrepreneurs to support and assess their business plans
When entrepreneurs are selected for the programme, their interest-free loans need to be managed. You’ll be involved in coordinating loan payments and repayments. You’ll record what’s been paid and calculate what’s outstanding. You’ll also be involved in arranging additional loans for businesses that need further support after repaying their initial loan.
Our workshops are valuable to small business owners. They provide talibés with business advice and teach them the basics of running a business. You’ll help with running workshops and presentations to support talibés in their business ventures. Through knowledge sharing, you’ll help ensure the long-term success of their businesses.
Develop marketing strategies
Marketing is a vital aspect of running a business. You can help with brainstorming marketing strategies for small businesses, helping them develop a customer base.
Help with selecting entrepreneurs
With the help of your supervisor, you’ll evaluate business plans and choose entrepreneurs to support. This can involve doing house visits and conducting interviews with entrepreneurs so you can hear their vision first-hand. You’ll also be able to advise them on how to improve their business plans.
Where in Senegal will I work?
Our Micro-finance placement in Senegal is based in St Louis. This city is north of the country’s capital, Dakar. It’s located along the coast, near the Senegal River mouth.
You’ll be working in disadvantaged communities. Buildings will often be rustic, and facilities are basic. This makes your role providing support even more important. You’ll also spend time working in our Micro-finance office. Here, you’ll have access to resources like computers, the internet, printers, and meeting rooms.
St Louis has a lot to offer in the way of natural beauty. During your free time, you can explore this breathtaking region. The white-sand beaches along the coast are perfect for sunny, summer weekends. You can also go birdwatching in lush marshes or the National Park of the Birds of Djoudj. The city itself has colourful markets, and museums and monuments rich in heritage.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in St Louis. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Senegal and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Senegal is a beautiful, vibrant West African country. There’s plenty to do in the evenings and over the weekends during your volunteer trip.
Our offices are based in St Louis, a coastal city bordered by white-sand beaches. It’s here that you’ll see colourful pirogues, which are wooden fishing boats painted in cheerful colours and patterns.
You can also take a trip to the Langue de Barbarie or the National Park of the Birds of Djoudj. These are both ideal locations for leisurely afternoon bird watching.
While you’re in Senegal, be sure to browse through some of the local markets. You can sharpen your bartering skills and buy tasty snacks and souvenirs. The many cafes are also perfect for enjoying local dishes.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Senegal with you, so you can also spend your free time bonding with them. This is a chance to make connections with like-minded people from around the world, as you explore together.
Safety and staff support
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.
Meet the team in Senegal
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