Mali Travel Guide, Gap Year Volunteering and Tours
Mali has a population of around 12 million people and there are over 10 languages spoken throughout the country. There are on going issues in the country with internal fighting and you will need to check latest travel safety information before booking a holiday here. We have adventure and small group holidays in Mali which can be booked all year round. A lot of international travel operators have paused activities and packages but should open them once the situation in the country is more calm. View more information on our guide to traveling in Mali.
Activities, Travel Packages, Gap Years & Eco Holidays in Mali
Plan a trip to Mali with our travel ideas, gap year programs and cultural holidays.
Mali Travel Guide
- Capital: Bamako
- Government: Republic
- Currency: CFA Franc (XOF)
- Country Size: 1.24 million km2
- Population: 11,717,000 (approx)
- Language: French (official), Bambara + local languages
Types of Programs Available
There have been well highlighted problems in the country in recent years and most volunteer organisations have suspended volunteer programs for international participants until further notice. Thousands of people have given service in Mali over the past decades through organisations like Peace Corps and the UN helping educational, environment, agriculture, health and business programs.
Most programs have an emphasis on helping people which have suffered a lot due to the unrest in recent decades. You could be working in communities helping build new structures, working to improve healthcare and sanitation, teaching and improving education with children or coaching sports. There are several locations where you can join volunteer programs including rural areas where help is most needed. Local people speak French and it is recommended you learn basic phrases to enhance your stay but you will not need to know the language to apply.
How to Apply
To find featured organisations use our advanced search and contact them direct. We also hope to see more projects up and running again soon, check back for more information or search all of our Africa volunteer programs.