Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa, sharing borders with Liberia and Guinea. It’s one of the smallest countries in Africa with currently counting 7 Million habitants. According to the Human Development Index it’s one of the poorest countries in the world (ranking 179 out of 188). The Sierra Leonean Republic is still struggling with the aftermath of a long-lasting civil war (1991-2002) as well as corruption and indebtedness. Additionally, the ebola crisis in 2014 affected the country and caused almost 4.000 deaths.

Freetown is both the capital and biggest city of Sierra Leone. It is located on the northwest and counts more than one million habitants.


English is the official language spoken in schools and administration. Next to English, Krio is widely used. Krio is a tribal language that evolved out of English and several native tongues and is spoken by the majority of the population. It is also used to communicate among tribes that differ in their language.