Monrovia - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

The expat community is enormous, and everyone knows everyone (which is helpful for emotional support I believe). I did like how everyone sticks together and tries to find things to do together (although that mostly just consists of parties and the beach). Morale is dependent upon the individual. - Oct 2021

Do not have a good answer for that. The American community is the largest. Many Americans do not move out of the Embassy community which is unfortunate. Social life here is what you make it. We play bridge with people from the IMF. Have a poker group with people from the German, British and Irish community. Will travel with local friends. There are a few resorts you can go to for a weekend. We have traveled to neighboring countries with fellow Americans and met friends in Europe. Most everyone realize that resources are limited and are will to share in any experience they find or introduce new friends to old friends. - Aug 2019

Good morale within the Embassy community. - Aug 2019

Maybe around 500 in the city? Morale is excellent despite the daily challenges of living in Monrovia. - Aug 2019

It's a small community, working in what can be quite a challenging environment. It therefore attracts the adventurous type so morale is usually good. - Nov 2017

Fairly large expat community (particularly for a town this small) between the diplomatic community, UN agencies, and NGOs. - Jun 2016

There is a large NGO community as well as a handful of multinational mining, oil, and logistics companies. But there are only a handful of places that most expats socialize, so in a way, it's a very small town. - Aug 2015

Small to medium. There are some who make the best of it and have some fun. Most try to get out regularly. I've certainly met folks that HATE it here, but most, I'd say, are finding folks with common interests to get together with now and then. Certainly not as thriving as other places I've been, even within Africa. - Dec 2013

Good sized. Aside from having a decent-sized embassy, there is also a large Peace Corp and UN mission here. - Dec 2012

Smallish. There are not many other embassies in the country. You have to make an effort to meet other expats from other missions/organizations but they are out there. - Aug 2010

The expat community is about 25,000, due to the significant UNMIL and NGO presence. The diplomatic community is very small - only 14 missions. - Jul 2009

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