Mali Volunteer Venture Overview
The Tandana Foundation is looking for a small group of dedicated and open-minded people to join an excursion to Mali, where we will spend time working with a village on a project that the village in assembly has designated a priority. We are looking for volunteers willing to come get dirty with us, live in local villages, and be amazed at the generosity and hospitality of new friends. Before and after our work, we will be rewarded with a tour of Mali’s spectacular and diverse countryside, meeting all kinds of people along the way, from fishermen to nomads, wood carvers to textile producers. This trip is an excellent opportunity to visit a remote, magnificent region, and simultaneously to give back by supporting local efforts.
What you may do on this trip:
- Help a village build a grain bank
- Participate in daily life alongside villagers
- Travel by pinasse on the Niger River and sleep under the stars
- See the mosque at Djenne, the world's largest mud-brick structure
- Learn about and experience local arts such as mudcloths (bogolan) and dance
Cost: $2600, does not include airfare to Bamako, Mali but includes all in-country transportation, food, lodging, and activities.
Sample Itinerary for Mali Volunteer Venture
Arrive in Bamako on an evening flight.
Sleep in, orientation, drive to Segou.
Drive to Djenne, see the market.
See Djenne's famous mosque, visit artisans, and make our own mudcloths, drive to Sevare.
Drive to the village of Sal-Dimi, meet our hosts, and celebrate being together.
Work with villagers on the construction project. After work, relax with villagers, drink Malian tea, and learn about local culture.
Travel to the village of Kansongho, meet our friends there, and celebrate being together.
In Kansongho, help the women build a latrine for their cotton bank. Visit past Tandana projects. Water the fruit trees in the orchard.
Bid farewell to friends in Kansongho, drive to Sevare, and enjoy a nice dinner.
Visit the Mopti port and board a pinasse on the Niger River, travel upriver and sleep under the stars.
Continue the pinasse trip to Diafarabe, drive to Segou.
Drive to Bamako, final dinner, depart on late flight.