posted on January 1, 2023
aXcess: Teaching English in Montevideo, Uruguay
This opportunity involves serving on a team that is starting a vibrant community of faith among the professional class in or near Montevideo, a highly atheistic and agnostic population that tends to be suspicious of religious institutions and outsiders. Consequently, this endeavor requires being a positive presence in the community by meeting societal needs and building relational bridges that can support the weight of the gospel. This couple/single will be expected to contribute by teaching English classes, further developing and leading the English programs started by the Montevideo Rambla team, developing relationships with Uruguayans, and finding other creative inroads into Uruguayan society through English.
- Teach English
- Develop and lead English clubs, English camp, and Adventure Club programs
- Actively participate in ministries and the life of El Estar Alliance Church
- Build and develop relationships with Uruguayans
- Live out and share the love and hope of Jesus
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 20
- Degree and experience in TESOL
- Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in the local church
- Skilled in administration and curriculum development
- Extroverted and outgoing
- Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
The work and living environment is a modern city of 1.4 million along the coastline with all the advantages of an urban setting. The arts, athletics, travel, and education are highly valued. Public transportation is safe and inexpensive, although the cost of living is quite high. Montevideo has the standard amenities of an urban setting. It is a relatively safe and beautiful city in which to live.
Joshua Project – Uruguay
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
Language learning is accomplished by attending a one-year, on-site program at the Spanish Language Institute in San José, Costa Rica. Second year language study requirements are fulfilled on the field through formal tutoring, reading requirements, videos, cultural events, and constant interaction with Uruguayans in the city of Montevideo.
Quality health and dental care are readily available. There are no major health risks. The level of health and dental care in coastal cities is lower than in the capital city.
Expectations for Spouse:
Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.
It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, serving in the local church, with the team, and in the community.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
There are many quality bilingual options readily available within Montevideo for children of all ages. In conjunction with our regional educational consultant and conversations with current workers in the area, a recommended plan for families with school-age children will be developed.
The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
Applicant(s) should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.