Transform Africa.

West African Vocational Schools is a Christian non-profit that works with people like you to help transform Guinea-Bissau, a largely overlooked part of the world struggling with poverty, drug smuggling and human trafficking. We believe education and job training are long-term solutions.

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Sponsor a teacher

Click here to learn how you can be a part of transforming Africa by sponsoring a teacher. When you sponsor a teacher, you're sponsoring a whole classroom.

Have a birthday?

We thought so. This year, let your friends know what you really want – a better world. Click here for a fun and simple way to turn your birthday into a day of change for the people in Guinea-Bissau.

'Truck for Christmas' campaign a success

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Last month, we asked our supporters to pitch in to help purchase a much-needed pickup truck for the WAVS School in Guinea-Bissau. Thanks to their amazing generosity, we exceeded our goal and raised $10,816 from 34 donors.

Thank you to everyone who contributed for making the ‘Truck for Christmas' campaign a success so that our students and staff can expand their work in 2014. We greatly appreciate your continued generosity, prayers and encouragement.

Highlights from the 2013 dinner banquet

About 150 friends of WAVS from all over the West Coast gathered at a Fresno winery on Oct. 25 for an incredible night of wine tasting, live music, authentic Guinea-Bissau food, a live auction and a special presentation about the work of WAVS in Guinea-Bissau. Together, we exceeded our fundraising goal for the night and were able to raise $14,000 to construct a water tower for our teachers and students.

Thank you to everyone who came and all the volunteers and donors who made this night possible.

Check out this 1-minute video with highlights from the night

Mario's story: He used to fear sharks

This is the story of how Mario went from being a fisherman in one of the world's smallest and poorest countries to becoming an English teacher with a promising future. His biggest fear used to be sharks. Now he dreams of helping develop his hometown.

1 lbs of coffee = Hope for one student

Thanks to our special partnership with a top independent coffee roaster, Lanna Coffee, you can enjoy great coffee and at the same time help bring hope and opportunity to one of the world's smallest and poorest countries. For each pound of Lanna Coffee purchased (only $12.99 plus shipping), $5 goes toward subsidizing a student's education for one month -- making it possible for a young man or woman to afford critical job-training classes that can change the course of their lives. Order your Lanna Coffee today!

"Investigating Tinkebell: A Case Study"

WAVS has just released its first mini-documentary, "Investigating Tinkebell: A Case Study of Charity in Africa" -- view the 9-minute short here and offer your feedback at info (at) WAVSchools.org.

New video: A teacher's message

If you haven't had a chance already, watch this 2-minute special video message from one of the WAVS English teacher, Belinda. It's a great example of how WAVS is training its students to become future teachers!


How to speak Guinea-Bissau Creole

The primary language spoken in Guinea-Bissau is a Portuguese-based Creole. It’s a language unique to just Guinea-Bissau and its island neighbor Cape Verde. WAVS now has an audio-guided primer and a video lesson for learning some basic greetings in Creole. Click here to check out the audio-guided primer. Below is the video.

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