Who are you going to influence this summer?

By March 5, 2009

USA (MNN) — World Hope International says that one of the most powerful tools in reducing global poverty is education. With the global economy in "crisis mode," education has become a vital necessity.

WHI's Hope Corps provides workshops for teachers in developing nations to expand their skills, and you could help. Teachers with at least three years of experience can help improve the quality of education for children overseas.

"Through the teacher mentoring experiences, our world has been enlarged," say Scott and Valerie Jensen, fourth grade teachers who spend their summers as part of WHI's Teacher Mentoring Teams. "We thank God and World Hope International for the blessing this has been to our lives."

The couple reports that not only were they able to impact the lives of others, but after each trip, they were the ones who walked away changed. The Jensens have participated in six developmental workshops for Haitian teachers.

"During these visits, we've been able to see various parts of the country, experience the variety of foods, and learn various words and phrases of the Haitian language," they said. "Even more special were the times of sharing ideas with fellow teachers and participating in fellowship and worship with brothers and sisters in Christ."

A Teacher Mentoring Team consists of teachers organized by WHI to travel overseas and lead workshops for teachers in developing country. These workshops help local teachers improve teaching skills and make the quality of education better for their students. This summer, Hope Corps teams will travel to Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia and Liberia, among others.

WHI's Hope Corps program connects volunteers with ministry projects that are specially suited to their skills. Short-term outreach opportunities are available to professionals, college students, families and individuals.

Hope Corps was designed to accommodate the growing interest in service projects among youth and adults. Projects are offered on a continual basis in various countries across Africa, Central America, Asia and the Caribbean, and can range from one week to a year.

For a complete list of summer locations, times and agendas, or to learn more about the Hope Corps program, click here.

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