David and Jessica Oldenburger approached World Renew in the fall of November 2014, after seeing an advertisement in their church bulletin looking for a graduate with a BA in French, and experience in health; with the combination of David’s background as a Registered Nurse, working to complete a Masters in Global Health, and Jessica’s BA in French and experience in teaching, they asked the Global Volunteer Program of World Renew if they could volunteer together. Married in July 2014, they both saw this as a unique opportunity God was calling them towards that allowed them to work together, and grow spiritually, as they develop as newly married couple.
After applying and being interviewed by the World Renew staff in Burlington and country advisor Esther Kuhn in Senegal, they were accepted to participate with a planned departure date of December 2015. Departing December 4th, 2015, David and Jessica will volunteer as health educators, working with local community members, World Renews, and its partners to help strengthen an adolescent health education program being taught in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal, communities throughout the country, and outside Senegal, including Nigeria and Mali.
David and Jessica both members of Dundas Calvin CRC, and previously lived in the downtown Hamilton area.
David Oldenburger brings his nursing background and Masters of Science in Global Health focusing on Global Health Management. As well, David has experience with helping in providing medical assistance and health education in the Dominican Republic for the past 5 years, an instructor for St. John Ambulance, and as a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve in Hamilton since 2010.
Jessica Oldenburger graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and History from McMaster University. After which she was the education director at Waterdown’s Oxford Learning Centre where she evaluated childrens’ learning levels, developed tailored education plans, and managed day-to-day operations at the centre.