posted on September 1, 2021

aXcess-Vocational Track: TEACHING ENGLISH/ETERNAL OUTCOMES

The Alliance is looking for someone who is passionate about teaching and passionate about building meaningful relationships

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess – Vocational Track
  • Discipleship
  • ESL/TESOL
  • Evangelism
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

The applicant(s) will teach English to students and young professionals excited to learn English. They will develop relationships with students outside of class and help lead more programs targeted toward outreach and discipleship with the students, such as special English events, Bible studies, etc. Also, when possible, seek opportunities to serve in the local community and local church.

Responsibilities

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Biblical Characteristics Desired

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

Our country has a long and proud history and deep cultural roots that traditionally include ethnic and religious tolerance. These values have been challenged recently as ethnic conflict opened the door to international terrorists basing themselves within the country’s borders. A number of attacks have directly affected places where Westerners congregate (hotels and bars), and the U.S. State Department recommends against travel outside of the capital. In spite of that, we feel safer here than we would in most large cities and have policies in place to increase security and avoid risky places.

Advantages of our city include neighborly people, a major river, the National Park, and interesting restaurants and shopping.

Disadvantages include heat, heavy traffic, dirty air, and infrastructure issues.

Language Expectations

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language study, followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

The first term would involve language study in both French and the local language (1+ year(s) per language). We find that knowing these two languages build bridges with people and fosters cultural adaptation. Those staying less than two years would mix part-time study with their other work after an entry-level crash course in the local language.

Health Considerations

Our city poses some difficulty for people with allergies, especially dust during the dry time of year. If someone is especially sensitive to heat, they should be prepared to develop coping strategies. Malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever are three diseases that an expatriate resident should either be vaccinated against or take prophylactic medication to avoid. Good medical care is available locally and at a Christian hospital with a mix of local and expatriate personnel.

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.

If a couple, both spouses are expected to serve in roles on the team. When young children are part of the household, creativity is necessary for balancing family life with language study or ministry involvement. Both spouses can be involved in this aXcess MOD of teaching English or, if the husband is looking at this MOD, his wife may want to look at the Women’s Ministry CAMA MOD that is also available for this team. If the wife is looking at this teaching English MOD, the husband may consider the Church Planter aXcess MOD/clergy track that also is available for this team.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options

Current options used by IWs in our city include private schools based on the French system, international schools, and homeschooling. A boarding school in the region is also an option for high school boarding students.

Compensation

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 and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Important Clarification:

Applicants 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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]

Whole-Life Health

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during the application process.

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