I had planned to do some long term volunteer effort, working for an NGO in Dakar. I have a couple of different options, based on my skillset (IT background). However, in talking with an associate who lived and worked in Dakar a few years ago, he indicated that people that are "volunteers" aren't really taken seriously vs. those that are doing "paid" work. (e.g. working for business, NGO, etc.)
Since I don't really know the culture, it's curious to me. But, I love to get some feedback as I assess my options. Thanks in advance!