“They are a model to us!” – Testimonial from Chad

Hanna has come from Switzerland to do a short-term assignment in Western Africa.

Tell us, how did you get the idea to do a short assignment?

Chad is my second home. Since I grew up there, I always wanted to go back one day. I wanted to see the country and the people again. But it’s not so easy to go to Chad as a tourist. Moreover, I wanted to stay longer and tackle a meaningful task. That’s exactly what I found.

What exactly do you do?

My main task is to take care of the family’s children so that the parents have time to learn the language. From time to time I help around the house. I also like to go with them to the market or on visits.

What challenges you?

Often in this culture I don’t know what is expected of me. And then, of course, there is the language barrier. This is a new situation for me and sometimes I get frustrated.

What do you miss?

The cool temperatures, wifi, the washing machine, sometimes my family and friends….

What else would you like to tell our readers?

My culture is completely different from the Chadian one, and the risk of misunderstanding is great. I believe that the first step towards rapprochement is to step back into the role of observer, not jumping to judgment too quickly. The Chadians are a role model for us Westerners when it comes to friendships and maintaining relationships. I also see how important Wycliffe’s work in literacy is, because education is the gateway to the world.

Thank you so much, Hanna!
(Interview, October 2017)