Teaching Chess Abroad

May 23, 2017, 3:41 PM |

Hi all,


I'm new to the blogs; I only just activated my account. I'm travelling to Rwanda (the site of the 1994 genocide) on missionary work and I'm a pretty good chess player, so one of my co-travellers suggested that I teach the children at Africa Bright Future School to play chess. The librarian at my school told some people in the ICA about my little endeavor, and they actually donated enough money to purchase 30-something tournament sets (amazing, right?) for me to take along with me. 


I have some experience teaching children to play chess, but not through a language barrier. Their English will be good enough that they'll be able to understand me most of the time, but they might not know what a "castle" or "knight" is. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs. The basics. Does anyone have any experience or questions with teaching something this complex to children through a language barrier? In the posters and booklets I'm making for them, I'm trying not to be too verbose.


I leave on June 1st. If I can figure out how, I may put up some blogs posts with pictures of the children once I'm back.


Any advice would be very, very appreciated!


God bless,


Nathan Phipps (chess.com username: nathan_s_phipps)