ESL Teacher and University Connector
August 8, 2017 to December 8, 2017
2 students needed (Male or Female)
(Includes cost of airfare, housing, food, insurance, visa, local transportation. Does not include cost of passport and innoculations)
Teaching English is a great way to meet, engage, and share the gospel with young adults in Bamako. You’ll have the opportunity to reach the heart of our city by teaching at the ESL program at our urban community center. Young adults come from all across Bamako to learn English. The center provides a relaxed and safe environment for learning English and exploring the claims of Christ. You’ll build relationships and be able share the gospel as you do life together. You’ll also be able to connect with fellow university students through our partnership with Bamako University. They are eager to practice English and learn about American culture. So you’ll have no shortage of topics, and opportunities to share the gospel will be plentiful.
Bamako is Mali's largest city. It boasts some industry, university campuses, parks, markets, modern buildings and highways, yet most neighborhoods don’t have paved roads. Much of the culture reflects traditional ways but is urbanizing. Lightweight clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. Men wear long pants and women wear skirts or modest dresses reaching at least mid-calf. Shorts are only acceptable in the home or when playing sports. Local tailors make clothes at reasonable prices.
Mali is located in the Sahel region of West Africa that stretches from the Sahara Desert in the north to savanna in the south. The climate ranges from hot and dry to hot and humid. The rainy season runs from June to September. Mali is made of a variety of people groups including the Bambara (the largest), Bozo, Dogon, Malinke, and Soninke to name a few. An estimated 95% of the population is Muslim with less than 1% Evangelical Christian.
Concrete block housing is readily available in Bamako. Most roofs are either aluminum or flat concrete. Certain additional items will be allowed in order to meet a minimum standard for adequate housing, such as adding a water tower in areas where water cuts are common. Expect indoor plumbing, water filter for drinking, screens on windows and doors. The exact location will be determined by team strategy and could be either a house surrounded by a wall or an apartment.
Conditions are dusty/dirty. Much of the work will be done at the center. However, air pollution could be a problem for some. Malaria is endemic. Yellow fever shot required for entry into Mali. Other shots needed: Typhoid, rabies, Hep A and B. Walking will be required, so a moderate level of fitness is mandatory. The local diet is mainly rice and sauce but western food is available, including some special dietary items at a cost.
Please note that if you have ongoing needs or medication management or counseling related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, or sexual abuse, these resources are generally unavailable and you should consider applying at a later time.
Equipment to Bring:
An unlocked, quad-band cell phone will be necessary for making calls. One that can hold a micro-SD card is ideal. Laptop computers or tablets are welcome. A sturdy water bottle, sun protection and a good hat are essential.