Boarding Program Staff for Sahel Academy

Niamey, Niger

Founded in 1986, Sahel Academy is a K-12, English-language, internationally accredited Christian school that primarily exists to meet the educational needs of missionary families serving in West Africa. The RCA currently has two mission coworker families with six children at Sahel Academy. Sahel Academy now includes more than 180 students from 23 nations, including some English-speaking non-believers from Niamey’s international community.

Volunteer quote:

“I have never been more stretched and challenged as I have been in coming to Sahel, but I have also never been shown grace in such a real way. The grace of our Lord has been made evident in the love the students have shown me, the patience the staff has granted me, and the joy I have been given in service to both.”

Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

Sahel Academy operates a limited boarding program for children ages 12 and older whose parents are serving in remote mission posts or in parts of West Africa where English-language education is not available. House parents and supervisors are needed to create a home-like atmosphere for these students and to provide them with emotional support and encouragement during the school year. These positions can be single- or multi-year commitments. 

See a list of current job openings at Sahel Academy.


House parents and dorm helpers will live on campus with the students. RCA mission coworkers in Niger will assist volunteers in other roles with finding housing. 

Cost notes: 

The Volunteer Engagement team will help individuals determine the cost of their specific trip based on dates and activities. Individuals will need to raise support to cover costs.

Nearest airport: 

Diori Hamani International Airport


While teaching certificates are strongly desired, they are not necessary for every position. Knowledge of French is useful for living in Niamey, but not for working at the school.

Contact information: 

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.