Sierra Leone Partners (Health and Education) is recruiting individuals for teams this coming January and February to work with United Methodist Church health and education leaders in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as they grapple with life issues in delivery of health care or primary education.

Fifteen-day trips (with options of a shorter 10-day experience) will leave Indianapolis on Thursday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 29. The cost for the 15-day team is $3,400* and the 10-day trip is $2,900* to be paid in installments between registration and Dec. 31.

  • Schedule: (Includes 3½ days travel via London or Brussels)
  • Team Sierra: Jan. 15-30 and Sierra B: Jan. 22-30
  • Team Leone: Jan. 29-Feb. 14 and Leone B: Feb. 5-14
  • Lodging: Hotels or guest facilities with air conditioning, electricity and hot and cold water at least part of the time.

*Cost is dependent upon air fare and may be adjusted. Payments are refundable until tickets are purchased.

Fees are all-inclusive except for meals in transit, personal items, souvenirs, etc., immunizations and medications required for tropical areas.

The health team will work with staff of Kissy UMC Hospital in Freetown and possibly an outpatient clinic up-country to provide training and patient care. Needed are volunteers with teaching experience as nurses, hospital/practice administrators, physicians, ultrasound and lab techs and other allied health care professionals.

Also needed are those with experience in medical equipment and facilities maintenance.

The education team will focus on the establishment of two primary school libraries up-country at Mokonde, near Njala University and Waterloo, near Freetown. At both sites, the team will lead primary teacher workshops on using curriculum and supplementary resources to help students increase science, language and reading skills. Currently, Sierra Leonean education relies almost exclusively on oral and echo reading. Most teachers and students study without books.

For registration procedures and/or further information contact: