posted on January 1, 2024
Envision: Site Associate in Guinea
Responsibilities would include hosting teams, interns, residents, visitors, and members of the local community. In this role, the applicant would invest in building relationships with people from the local community, contribute to the ministry of the English center, participate in events, and possibly teach classes, if time allows. The associate(s) in this role would also help other teammates with needed maintenance and regular site up-keep.
- Help with hosting teams
- Help disciple and develop short-term participants (teams, interns, and residents)
- Help host guests from the local community
- Participate in language learning
- Help with maintenance of the property
- 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
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Fall 2025/spring 2026. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying.
The capital is a sprawling, developing third-world city offering limited services but extensive opportunities for growth. Applicants would live in a semi-urban area with some high-rises, but most recently constructed homes are in small courtyards. Homes are nice, but many do not have a continual supply of water and electricity. This can be remedied with a water tower and solar electric back-up system or generator. Primary roads are in fair condition but are often congested. Local shopping options are limited, but essentials are available in local markets. Some imported goods are available at certain locations around town, including international grocery stores.
World Factbook – Guinea
Joshua Project – Guinea
Basic health services and medications are available here, but the country lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions that require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to maintain here. We are continually monitoring the medical situation to ensure the safety of international workers. Please check the CDC website for all other health suggestions and requirements.
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.
One year of language study in French is a must, but you will continue to learn and grow your language on a daily basis once you are working in Guinea.
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.
We would expect both spouses to fulfill language requirements and be an active part of the team based on their giftings. If you have small children, we do understand the responsibilities may look different for each individual, but we will require clear communication and investment in the team.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
A school co-op, offering K–8 grade, operates at the mission headquarters in the capital. This is run by Dakar Academy in Senegal, which provides and resources a teacher to live in our city for the co-op. There is also a French school that provides quality education and classes for both elementary and secondary levels. This school now includes a bilingual program option in which students split their studies equally between French and English. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy) beginning in grade 8. Homeschooling is also an option, and there is a homeschool library and resource center available at the mission headquarters. Lastly, there is an American international school that offers K–12 grades.
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.
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.
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].