Welcome and greetings from Sierra Leone. I would like to make sure you're well prepared for a wonderful placement in our beautiful country.
There are two seasons determining the agricultural cycle. November to April is the dry season and the best holiday weather. May to October is the rainy season.
There is also the Harmattan period of during the months of December to February when very dry winds arrive from the Sahara, along with a haze of dust, and the night time temperature seldom dips below 16 °C.
There are no restrictions on clothing for men or women, with casual attire such as sleeveless shirts, flip flops and sandals the norm. Lightweight and light-coloured cotton clothing is recommended due to the hot and humid climate.
During the rainy season it is advisable to wear wet-weather clothing, while a light jersey or jacket may be needed in the months when the Harmattan winds blow.
Our country has beautiful green forests, hills and beaches which are situated in the capital city Freetown and other interesting places can also be found in the hinterland.
We look forward to welcoming you in our beautiful country sweet Salone!
Sierra Leone is one of the three states in the Mano River Union in West Africa that suffered the recent outbreak of Ebola.
The disease has been eliminated and brought to zero cases of infection.
The country is in the recovery stage and lots of input from government and agencies are being put in place to make sure we remain Ebola-free.
VSO conducts a risk assessment prior to volunteer placements and use qualified professional doctors. There is an agreement with West African Rescue Association (WARA), in collaboration with International SOS, to evacuate volunteers in times of health emergencies.
Rebuilding health services after Ebola
VSO volunteers have returned to Sierra Leone after ebola and are working to rebuild health services after such a huge trauma.
Justice for women who face violence in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone domestic violence tends to be seen as a 'private issue'. In Kenema, VSO has been supporting local organisation FINE Salone to raise awareness of women's rights and the law, change attitudes, and support survivors to prosecute their perpetrators.
Throughout the Ebola outbreak, people wary of health centres stopped accessing the services on offer with tragic consequences – including a 30% increase in maternal deaths and a 24% increase in newborn deaths.
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