Volunteer Travel to West Africa (Sierra Leone & Liberia) – Episode 272

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Guillebeau from the Art of Non-Conformity about his years volunteering in West Africa with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Mercy Ships.

Chris and his wife volunteered with this organization in Sierra Leone and Liberia which gave them a very different view of West Africa.

For those not familiar with Mercy Ships, they provide medical services in under-served areas of the world from their floating hospital ships. Chris was in Sierra Leone shortly after the end of its costly civil war. This episode is not about travel to lie on the beach and work on your tan (although Chris does recommend bringing your sunscreen) but about life-changing travel. And no, Chris is not a doctor.

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Show Notes

Chris Guillebeau
The Art of Non-Conformity
Mercy Ships
Sierra Leone


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Volunteer Travel to West Africa (Sierra Leone & Liberia) – Episode 272”

janet fonseca


Please could someone direct me to the resources need to volunteer in Africa? I do not qualify for the bigger groups as the peace corp or mercy ship due to age and medical history. I am ready to devote my life to volunteering in Africa..preferably sierra leone or nigeria. Any help would be appreciated. thank you in advance!

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