Abéché is the last – and very rural – big town before the Sahara.
It lies east of Chad and is home to around 70,000 people, inclusive of numerous refugees from the suffering area of Darfur.
Tasks. Volunteers work as English- or computer teachers. A class consists of 8 to 15 students. The students are adults and mostly men. At four days in the week they are taught in the afternoon and evening. Besides teaching there is time to build up relationships and to learn Arabic.
Other Activities. Becoming friends with nomads. There is the possibility to play Volleyball or Basketball with locals in the evening, which is a good possibility to build up relationships.
Regular meetings with the WEC team and with other missionaries in the city.
Project. Centre de Connaissance: is a facility with a library, which offers English and computer courses. The center is a place to meet people and to build relationships. The idea is to offer education with Christian characteristics. For example to be thought provoking in English classes with predominant Muslims students.
Team. 5-8 Missionaries (Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, America, Brasil, Fiji, Switzerland) Short-timers: depending on availability. (There is space for 1- 4 short timers.)
Churches. Various churches from ethnic groups (French speaking) from the South of Chad; a small Arabic-speaking church, in which the WEC team is involved.
Challenges. Very hot climate, health, reduced standard of living (for example limited running water, no fridges etc), cultural differences, learning the language(s) namely Arabic and French. Living in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Special benefits. Visiting migrants gives a totally different picture of the world. Initial success with Arabic. Lots of time, which people in Europe do not always have. Community life in the team- you are reliant on each other!
Free time. The opportunity for trips is very restricted, and in principle there are no ´going-out´ opportunities. Lots of opportunities for sport and one free day per week.
Queries and questions.
More Info: www.chad.wecinternational.org
Previous volunteers are available to give further details:
Sarah Theresa Krug: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Feyler: email@example.com
Sven Haase: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jannis Koliopoulos: email@example.com
Mininum 6 months