Gambia is a small country in West Africa, which is surrounded by Senegal. Although most people are Muslim, they have religious freedom. WEC has been engaged in various social projects in Gambia since 1965 but nowadays is primarily involved in ones regarding the education system, translation of the Bible and literature. As a result, WEC also works in close partnership with the local church (ECG).
Project: In order to support the missionaries in the Gambia, we are looking for a volunteer who is willing to teach a handful of kids (grade 2, 4 & 6) in the academic year 2022 / 2023. An American home schooling programme with clear guidelines and materials is provided.
Besides this, you can also be involved in running a kids club, media ministry, church related ministries, etc. as time allows.
Tasks: Supervise the children in their studies, correct their work and give them the support they need.
Activities: Due to the very young population, there are multiple opportunities for children and youth work . You can either participate in existing work or start your own program. The local church has a mission team, which you can support in many different ways.
Leisure activities: As Sukuta is close to the sea, free time is presumably spend mostly at the beach! But travelling in-land is also possible, with overnight stays in travel lodges, for example.
Team: The team is made up of around 30 WEC members, who all work closely with the local church.
Churches: The ECG (Evangelical church of Gambia), which was founded by WEC some years ago. The majority of churches are found along the coast and offer various programs.
Challenges: In Africa, things do not always go as planned – or are not planned at all. You will need to learn to be flexible and spontaneous, but also willing to help with things, you didn’t expect to do. The climate is very humid and hot in the rainy season (July – October).
Special benefits: Gambians are extremely welcoming and hospitable people, with whom you can quickly feel at home (if you adapt to and respect their culture and dress code!). Also, Sukuta is not far from the sea and offers wonderful beaches to relax and unwind. Through the work with the kids, you can directly support the missionaries onsite and be of great help, as well as get to know and love the local churches and Christians.
- You are ready to stay for at least 10 months
- You love to work with children
- You are proficient in English
- You are ready to take on responsibility, but are flexible to deal with the different aspects of the task
More info: www.wecgambia.com