Volunteers in Benin stay with local host families. ELI truly believes that this is the best way to fully immerse in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community with at least one family member who speaks English. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom with secure storage (volunteer must provide own padlock). Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
Orientation begins every Monday. Volunteers should arrive in Accra, Ghana or Cotonou, Benin (depending on the details of your program) on a Sunday.
The official language of Benin is French. Volunteers can take a 2 or 4 week French course in Cotonou in addition to their time volunteering. Classes are also available in African dance and drumming. Please contact us for details on these courses.
After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.