West Africa Trekking Internship

West Africa Trekking Internship

West Africa
Education | Health | Community Development | Outreach
Mid-Term | Short Term

An internship opportunity is available in rural West Africa mentored by cross-cultural workers with 25+ years of experience.

The team works in a large geographic area focused on community- level grass roots evangelism. This involves visiting remote villages by foot, meeting with community leaders, praying for people’s physical and spiritual needs, and distributing scripture to those who are interested.

Additional aspects of this holistic ministry include: health education, women’s health advocacy, burn care, and economic development education.


Love for the Lord Passion for the unreached Teachable spirit Posture of service Physically healthy*

Willing to…
o Be flexible
o Be mentored
o Be content with not seeing many short term results
o Be open to engage and discuss new ideas o Be challenged to defend your thoughts and actions (Biblically, logically, and strategically) o Be uncomfortable (linguistically, culturally, physically, and spiritually)
o Be isolated from normal support structures o Live in rustic conditions (no running water, indoor plumbing, and limited electricity)
o Live in a remote location (without quick access to medical facilities, shopping centers, coffee shops, etc….)
o Embrace challenges (physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional)
o Value people above tasks
*No/few food allergies, no major health issues, and able to walk several miles with a heavy pack.

Learning Experience:

Interns can expect to work, walk, pray, and learn alongside the long-term cross-cultural workers in their daily life and ministry. This includes accompanying a senior mentor on multiple, one day to two-week stints away from the home village visiting and staying in various remote villages. The walking ministry is patterned after the model of Jesus sending out the disciples two by two in Mark 6:6b-10 and Luke 10:1-11. The intern’s role is primarily focused on prayer, learning, observation, note taking, and carrying scripture (up to 40-60lbs).

Time between trips is spent debriefing, preparing for future trips, mapping, cataloging notes, planning, correspondence, and administration.

Time spent in the home village involves reading about and discussing missiology and development theory, as well as learning culture and language, and participating in times of team prayer, worship, intercession, and discernment. Expect significant amounts of manual labor for basic life functions.

Note: The holistic nature of our approach provides a range of possible internship focuses tailored to the intern’s specific interests, as well as long-term/career positions. We have experience in hosting university internships and providing documentation for credit.

If you think you might be a good fit for this team, get in touch with our office team to find out more.

Not exactly what you’re looking for? Pioneers has hundreds of cross-cultural mission opportunities available – far too many to list on our website. Get in touch with our mobilisation team to find an opportunity that’s right for you!

The missionary will need to raise funds to join this ministry.