posted on January 13, 2022

CAMA: Support Minority Women Through Small Business in Southeast Asia

Work alongside the local staff of a self-sustaining business to improve the sales and marketing of the handicrafts they produce. This business helps women support their families through handicraft production, which are sold in local and foreign markets to generate income. This acts as an aid to community development and preserves and encourages traditional skills and handicraft.

Position Type

  • CAMA worker or intern
  • Creative-access country (CAC)
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple
  • Minimum one-year commitment

Work alongside the local staff of a self-sustaining business to improve the sales and marketing of the handicrafts they produce. This business helps women support their families through handicraft production, which are sold in local and foreign markets to generate income. This acts as an aid to community development and preserves and encourages traditional skills and handicraft.

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics:

Timeline for Deployment:

Spring/Summer 2023. Once appointed, and fundraising 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.

General Information:

This is a developing country with limited access to Christian witness. There are government-sanctioned churches in the capital as well as informal fellowships. While workers should use caution when openly discussing their faith, private opportunities in relationships are frequent.

You will join a team in the capital city and make occasional trips into rural areas. The city is modernizing rapidly, but strong traditional roots permeate urban culture. A range of housing options are available. There is electricity, running water, and a great variety of local and foreign restaurants. Public transport is not widely available, so applicants must be prepared to drive, motorbike, or cycle. The people are friendly and have a welcoming posture toward foreigners.

The weather is hot and humid year-round with temperatures consistently over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in April and May and a monsoon season from May to September.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know the language, a period of intensive language study is provided in accordance with the length of term commitment, with the option to continue part time after that. The goal for long-term workers will be to speak, read, and write the local language at a functional level to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Health care is limited in the capital city. Serious health problems are typically handled in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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 team objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children’s needs, etc. 

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There is a growing number of accredited and non-accredited elementary schools in the capital that can adequately prepare children for a continuing Western education. Education for higher grades can be a combination of homeschooling and one week per month as part of a modular study group (MSG) in the city. Boarding schools in Thailand or Malaysia are also an option for high school students.

Compensation Package

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.

Important Clarification

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.

Questions?

Please email Lisa Ramsey at [email protected]

Whole-Life Health

CAMA Services is the relief and development specialized structure of Alliance Missions. 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.

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