posted on September 1, 2021
aXcess-Vocational Track: TEACHING ENGLISH IN MONTEVIDEO
The Alliance is looking for someone who is ready to take on the challenge of being a light in a highly atheistic and agnostic population that tends to be suspicious of religious institutions and outsiders
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 requires being a positive presence in the community by meeting societal needs and building relational bridges that can take the weight of the gospel.
The applicant(s) will be expected to contribute by teaching English classes, expanding the development of the English programs started by the Montevideo Rambla Team, developing relationships with Uruguayans, and finding other creative inroads through English into Uruguayan society.
- 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”
- Make and develop relationships with Uruguayans
- Live out and share the gospel on a regular basis
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
- Degree and experience in TESOL
- Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
- Administrative and skilled in curriculum development
- Extroverted and outgoing personality
Biblical Characteristics Desired
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
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.
The work and living environments are in a modern city of 1.4 million along the coastline, with all the advantages of an urban setting. The arts, athletics, and education are highly valued. Public transportation is safe and inexpensive, although the cost of living is very high. Montevideo has the standard amenities you would expect in an urban setting and is a relatively safe and beautiful city to live in.
CIA World Factbook – Uruguay
Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project – Uruguay
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.
Language learning is accomplished by attending a one-year, onsite program at the Spanish Language Institute in San Josè, 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. In coastal cities, the level of health and dental care 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.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options
Within Montevideo, there are many quality, bilingual options readily available for all ages of children. In coastal cities, there are usually good options for children, grades K-5th. Middle- and high-school options are limited in coastal and interior cities.
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.
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.
Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]
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.