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NT: Walk with the Village People

Project #: 114475
Country: Mali
Dates: June 7, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Length: 58 Days
Team Members: 4 students needed (2 Males / 2 Females)
Minimum Education: College Sophomore
Cost: $909.00 + airfare
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Job Description:
The Bambara team is short-handed. People are eagerly waiting to hear & learn about God but no one is here to teach them. Work with our national partners to reach those who do not yet believe. Primary job will be to live in Fasa village sharing stories with those open to listen and who are interested. You will accomplish this goal though using two story sets completed in the heart language of the people. Stories are recorded and you will play them then ask a series of questions. National partners will work together with you to further spread the message and disciple new believers in Fasa village and this area. You will be doing life-on-life in the village with the people, which in itself speaks volumes to them. Your first stop will be a joint orientation with other Nehemiah Teams. Learning skills needed to carry out your summer assignment will fill these first few days. At the end of the summer you will return for a join debrief, sharing all that God has done.

Cultural Information:
The Bambara region is a very traditional area, and the evidence is readily seen in the surrounding villages. The influence of African Traditional Religion is greater in this area than in many other areas. Many villages have no mosque but that is changing. Islam is making substantial inroads into this largely animistic region. Men will be comfortable in light-weight pants. Women will need to wear calf-length skirts. Most Bambara women wear head wraps.

Geographic Information:
You will be based out of Bamako, the capital city, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Don't be fooled, even with much progression, you are still living in a third-world country. Most of the Bambara live in rural agricultural areas located outside of Bamako. You will spend 5 days in the village and 2 days in the capital. The majority are subsistence farmers, raising corn and millet as staple foods, and cotton as a cash crop. There are three seasons: hot dry, rainy, and cool.

Available Housing:
Much of your time will be spent in villages. You can receive cell phone service in many of our villages. Village life is much different than city life. You will experience getting water from a well, bucket baths, no electricity, using a latrine, sleeping in a tent, and the many sounds of the village at night. You also get to experience worshiping with villagers and just doing life with them which is one of the best parts of living here. In the city, you will experience more American-like life.

Health Considerations:
Good health is a must! Mali is hot most of the year and very dusty from November to February. Those with respiratory problems beware. Be ready to walk long distances. Malian roads are notoriously rough and can aggravate back problems. Malaria is a dangerous endemic in Africa that is transmitted by mosquito bites. It can be controlled with a prophylaxis, and successfully treated if the prophylaxis fails. Typhoid is also common.

Field supervisor should be made aware of any pre-existing conditions before arrival on the field.

Equipment to Bring:
A good breathable tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, battery operated fan. Specific packing list will be provided online. Team members will be issued a duffle bag/backpack which will be used for their checked luggage.