Cote d’Ivoire Project

March 11 - 21, 2021
Cote d'Ivoire
Participation Fee
What's Included


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 team 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.

Update (Jan 2021): As countries continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations change regularly. At this time Maranatha is moving forward with the preparation for this project. Those planning on joining this project should go ahead and register and we will update registered volunteers if there are any changes to the status of the project.


Masonry School Construction

Loretta Spivey,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Thursday, March 11
Arrival in Abidjan
Friday, March 12
Orientation and first work day
Saturday, March 13
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, March 14
Work days with mid-week excursion
Saturday, March 20
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, March 21
Departure from Abidjan
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (airport code ABJ) on Thursday, March 11, 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, March 21, in the afternoon or evening.
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 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

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


Assinie Beach

Assinie is one of Côte d’Ivoire’s famous beach towns about two hours from Abidjan. The group will spend the final night at a nice hotel with plenty of areas to relax. The hotel is located on the edge of a lagoon, and 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.

Yamoussoukro Basilica and Chocolate Factory

During the project volunteers will take a day off to travel north to Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire, to visit the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Basilica. It was constructed in the late 1980s, and the design of the dome and plaza are inspired by Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It is one of the more popular destinations in Côte d’Ivoire, but it does require a drive of about four to five hours, round trip.

During the week, volunteers will also have the opportunity to break from work early one afternoon to take a short tour of a local chocolate factory in Abidjan. Chocolate is one of Côte 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.

Cote d’Ivoire Facts & Figures


Yamoussoukro (Political Capital)

Abidjan (Economic Capital)


26,260,582 (July 2018)


French, 60 native dialects


Tropical along coast, semiarid in far north


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


West African CFA Franc

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of arrival
  • Tourist Visa
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine
  • COVID-19 Requirements
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.