Cote d’Ivoire Project

Dates
January 30, 2020 - February 11, 2020
Location
Cote d'Ivoire
Participation Fee
$1,995
What's Included

Overview

Join Maranatha on the first project in Cote d’Ivoire! This country in western Africa (formerly known as Ivory Coast) is predominately Muslim and the Adventist Church leadership have requested Maranatha’s assistance in providing much-needed churches and schools so they can continue to spread the message of Christ.

Volunteers on this project will be working at the Abebroukoi Church which is located in a suburb of Abidjan that is densely populated and significantly Muslim. The congregation currently meets in a porch-like structure that has a roof, but is otherwise open to the elements, and the children meet under a very basic wooden pole structure. The congregation has plans to operate a small two-room school on the property as a ministry to the neighborhood.

Volunteers will help with the block construction of the church and school. Depending on the volunteers who join the team, the group will also conduct local community outreach and children’s programs.

Watch a video about the Abebroukoi Church and Maranatha’s work in Cote d’Ivoire.
Mission: Cote d’Ivoire

Scope

Masonry Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Karen Godfrey,
Project Coordinator
Peter Thomas,
Construction Superintendent
Jan McRoberts,
Health Education Coordinator
Teresa Owens,
Interactive Health Program Coordinator
Jose Augusto Xavier,
Head Cook
Itinerary
Thursday, January 30
Evening arrival in Abidjan
Friday, January 31
Work
Saturday, February 1
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 2
Work Days
Saturday, February 8
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 9
Local Excursion - Assinie Beach
Monday, February 10
Local Excursion - Assinie Beach
Tuesday, February 11
Departure from Abidjan
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (airport code ABJ) in the evening, after 5:00 PM, on Thursday, January 30, 2020.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (airport code ABJ) on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project, but due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Abidjan.

More information is available in an information packet available for download above.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Assinie Beach

At the end of the project volunteers will get a chance to enjoy some of the beauty of Côte d’Ivoire by visiting one of the nearby beach towns. On the way to Assinie, the group will stop in Grand-Bassam which once was the capital of French Ivory Coast. At one time, the town was full of elegant Parisian mansions and colonial municipal buildings, but it is now crumbling with age. Some of the old buildings have been restored, and some are left in ruins. Volunteers will get a chance to see the little town and stop at a market where they can purchase souvenirs. Then the group will continue on to Assinie.

Assinie is one of Côte d’Ivoire’s most laid back beaches. The group will stay at a nice hotel with plenty of areas to relax. The hotels are located on the edge of a lagoon. Shuttle boats can take hotel guests across the lagoon to the southernmost strip coastline where the waves break on the beach. The water during this time of year is calm and quiet, like in the Caribbean, so you can wade and swim in the water. There are also jet skis and other beach activities available for an additional cost. In the afternoon there will be a trip out to a nearby island where Maranatha has been requested to build churches. Volunteers can choose to join this trip or they can just relax at the hotel. On Tuesday, the group will return to Abidjan for afternoon and evening departures.

Cote d’Ivoire Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Yamoussoukro (Political Capital)

Abidjan (Economic Capital)

POPULATION

26,260,582 (July 2018)

LANGUAGE

French, 60 native dialects

CLIMATE

Tropical along coast, semiarid in far north

RELIGION

Muslim 43%, Catholic 17%, Evangelical 12%, Christian 3%

CURRENCY

West African CFA Franc

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of arrival
  • Tourist Visa
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.

 

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