There are very few opportunities for paid employment in the Congo and the work that is available is likely to be poorly paid and dangerous. There are, however, numerous initiatives available that offer accommodation in return for voluntary work; a good way to experience the Congo and make a difference to those whose lives have been ruined by the violence and disease caused by civil war. Volunteers for peace has an extensive directory of opportunities across the Democratic Republic of Congo offering various short-term projects that have arisen from grassroots needs.