Cote d’Ivoire Project

Dates
December 3 - 13, 2020
Location
Cote d'Ivoire
Participation Fee
$1,250
What's Included

Overview

Join Maranatha in the western African country of Cote d’Ivoire and work at the Niangon Adventist Secondary School!

The Niangon Adventist Church began in the 1980s in the Yopougon neighborhood of Abidjan. The church began meeting in a rented shop, but the congregation grew so rapidly they quickly outgrew the space and acquired a plot of land for a new building. When the congregation acquired the land, they also had plans to have a school on the same property, but have not been able to acquire the funds needed to start construction. Adventist Education is a top priority for church leaders, and Maranatha has agreed to build several classrooms and laboratories to meet their need. Their goal is to have space for nearly 400 students.
Volunteers on this project would be the first volunteer team to serve on the campus. The group will build the masonry block walls for one of the buildings as well as reach out into the community through activities like children’s ministry programs and health education.

Scope

School Masonry Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Sheena Smith,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Thursday, December 3
Arrival in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Friday, December 4
Orientation and first work day
Saturday, December 5
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, December 6
Work days with mid-week excursion
Saturday, December 12
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, December 13
Departure from Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (airport code ABJ) on Thursday, December 3, after 5:00 p.m.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 Sunday, December 13, in the afternoon.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Cote d’Ivoire. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. Due to travel time you may need to leave your home a day or two before the project start date.

More information will be 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

 

Excursions
Assinie Beach

During the project, the group will take a day off of work and travel to Assinie, one of Côte d’Ivoire’s famous beach towns about two hours from Abidjan. The group will spend the afternoon at a beach hotel located on the edge of a lagoon. Shuttle boats can take guests across the lagoon to the coastline where the waves break on the beach. There are jet skis and other beach activities available for an additional cost. The group will enjoy lunch at the hotel. On the way to Assinie, the group will pass through Grand Bassam, which was once the capital of French Côte d’Ivoire. At one time the town was full of Parisian mansions and colonial municipal buildings. Today, some of the old buildings have been restored but most are left in ruins.

Chocolate Factory

During the week, volunteers will break early from work one afternoon and have the opportunity to take a short tour of a local chocolate factory in Abidjan. Chocolate is one of Cote d’Ivoire’s most profitable exports, and visitors will have a chance to see how the chocolate bars are made and taste the various forms of chocolate. If they wish, volunteers can upgrade the tour for an additional $17 and make their own chocolate bar.

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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