Early Childhood teacher

Arab World / Education / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1592

Established in 2015 as an umbrella project of the Baptist Church, the Centre is a holistic response to the unique challenges faced by the most at-risk communities. At the Centre, we provide a safe space for women to come together to learn, grow and share their experiences, making our work essential to the local community. An average of 700-1000 visits are made to the centre every month. The programs and safe space that we offer make a difference to each and every one.

Our work involves improving the lives of locals, including refugees and vulnerable nationals. Our mission is to provide a safe community, equipping through education, counseling and mutual support. We operate an informal pre-kindergarten to prepare children for the classroom environment and are in urgent need of Early Childhood teachers to train our local staff.

Good English skills and relevant qualifications and experience in the field are needed. Some Arabic is vital. We need empathic people with a servant heart. You need flexibility, a love for people, and a desire to share Christ in word and deed.

Special Needs teacher

Arab World / Education / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1593

In September 2017 the Centre received funding to begin a Special Education Program in the Kindergarten. We decided to name our program in honor of a former student who was a pioneer in our efforts in working with special needs children. We have served eight children by providing them with basic education from a qualified special education teacher and assistant. Two of these children have now graduated and been able to start attending public school. Before enrolling in this program, all the beneficiary children were out of school.

These children (ages 4-6) receive plenty of individual attention from their teachers, which allows them to thrive in their learning environment. They are provided with a healthy breakfast each day, receive behavioral support, follow an exercise routine, and learn about hygienic practices, such as how to brush their teeth. We plan on incorporating some educational toys and games to give the children more of a Montessori approach at learning. We also plan to assist each child in keeping a notebook which will help them and their parents to track and support their learning progress. The Special Needs Team also wants to place more of a focus on communicating with parents and having frequent meetings with them so that they will understand better how to help their children at home. We welcome people who can train our teachers in further Special Needs Education.

Good English skills and relevant experience and qualifications in their field are needed. Some Arabic is vital. We need empathic people with a servant heart. You need flexibility, a love for people, and a desire to share Christ in word and deed.

Aerobics Instructor

Arab World / Medical / Health / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1591

Established in 2015 as an umbrella project of the Baptist Church, the Centre is a holistic response to the unique challenges faced by the most at-risk communities. At the Centre, we provide a safe space for women to come together to learn, grow and share their experiences, making our work essential to the local community. An average of 700-1000 visits are made to the centre every month. The programs and safe space that we offer make a difference to each and every one.

Our work involves improving the lives of locals, including refugees and vulnerable nationals. We provide vocational skills such as hairdressing and literacy to create empowerment and self-sufficiency. We also offer counseling and lectures to equip beneficiaries with coping mechanisms to deal with stress and for the integration of refugees into the host community. We would like to begin providing vocational skills for men also. Our mission is to provide a safe community, equipping through education, counseling and mutual support. We welcome volunteers who can pass on skills such as English teaching and handcrafts. Other classes offered by the centre include gardening, aerobics and soap-making. We are particularly in need of Early Childhood and Special Needs teachers, aerobics instructors, social workers, Funding Proposal and report writers, Business Strategists for handicrafts marketing, product development, social media and marketing specialists.

Good English skills and relevant experience in their field are needed. Some Arabic is vital. We need empathic people with a servant heart. You need flexibility, a love for people, and a desire to share Christ in word and deed.

Community Centre worker

Arab World / Community Development / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1506

Established in 2015 as an umbrella project of the Baptist Church, the Centre is a holistic response to the unique challenges faced by the most at-risk communities. At the Centre, we provde a safe space for women to come together to learn, grow and share their experiences, making our work essential to the local community. An average of 700-1000 visits are made to the centre every month. The programs and safe space that we offer make a difference to each and every one.

Our work involves improving the lives of locals, including refugees and vulnerable nationals. We provide vocational skills such as hairdressing and literacy to create empowerment and self-sufficiency. We also offer counseling and lectures to equip beneficiaries with coping mechanisms to deal with stress and for the integration of refugees into the host community. We would like to begin providing vocational skills for men also. Our mission is to provide a safe community, equipping through education, counseling and mutual support. We welcome volunteers who can pass on skills such as English teaching and handcrafts. Other classes offered by the centre include gardening, aerobics and soap-making. We are particularly in need of social workers, Funding Proposal and report writers, Business Strategists for handicrafts marketing, product development, social media and marketing specialists.

Good English skills and relevant experience in their field are needed. We need empathic people with a servant heart. You need flexibility, a love for people, and a desire to share Christ in word and deed.

Studies in the Middle East

Arab World / Education / 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1444

This theological seminary serves several Protestant churches in the Middle East. It offers a one-year introduction to the Middle East. A great place to get orientation in local culture, Islam and Middle Eastern Christianity. Courses can be taken for credit or just audited. There are also ample opportunities for language-learning.

Student

Single people can stay on campus. Couples need to find accommodation off campus.

Volunteer Coordinator

Arab World / Education / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1123

Our Learning Center meets the needs of refugees by running an urban school for over 500 primary and high school children. It desires to train refugee teachers to become competent teachers.

A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to generate appropriate volunteer opportunities and role descriptions based on the needs presented by the teachers. The role involves recruiting volunteers and ensuring they are appropriately matched and trained for a position; organizing and providing orientation of the school; and monitoring and recording the attendance of volunteers and their work.

The person needs to be a dedicated Christian person with good social communication skills.

English teacher(s)

Arab World / Education / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1128

A Christian NGO has a vision of showing God’s love by empowering individuals who otherwise would not have the opportunity for development. The English Department offers courses from beginner to advanced level. We aim to offer affordable education to people from all nationalities and backgrounds.

We employ native speakers of English who come from a variety of countries and backgrounds but all seek to create a lively and friendly learning environment.

Applicants should be native speakers of English who are patient with the students. He/She is expected to be passionate to serve but no experience required (Will have in-house training)

School Director

Arab World / Education / 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1380

A Learning Center meets the needs of refugees by running an urban school for over 500 primary and high school children. It desires to train refugee teachers to become competent teachers. It is an English-medium school.

The school director is responsible for all aspects of the school operation, manages staff contracts, assigns tasks and ensures that all supplies are on hand when needed. He will partner with the CEO of this school and manage the school when the CEO travels out the country.

The person has to have good social and communication skills, must be flexible and able to handle stress well.

Feeling frustrated and fruitless?

It is a strange relief to find that I am not the only one working cross culturally who feels it is often fruitless and profoundly frustrating.

Things never work as planned: ‘amazing potential’ always feels within reach but, because of our own intercultural incompetence and local resistance to ‘outside things’, the impact of our work never seems to reach anywhere near its potential. Culturally conditioned as I am to take at least some of my identity and worth from my success at work, it has at times been a crushing journey that has frequently tempted me to pack it in. At my worst, the crushed expectations have driven me further into workaholism, with a subtle but inherently selfish Babel-like agenda to “make a name for myself” (Gen 11:4). That at least would validate why so many people continue to so generously support us!

I have fought discouragement from fruitlessness for over 10 years and perfection-driven workaholism for over 20 years, so I wish I had read Tim Keller’s book Every Good Endeavour earlier and taken his advice that “the key is to accept fruitlessness”! This book helped me discover what hope there is for work and how I can look past the deep problems and realise God’s purpose and plan. As Keller says, it all starts with being clear on one sure fact: nothing will be put perfectly right “until the day of Christ” at the end of history (Phil 1:6; 3:12). Until then, all creation “groans” (Rom 8:22) and is subject to decay and weakness.

et all is not lost. The disappointments of cross-cultural work have given me ample opportunities to get my identity from what God has done for us and in us and to constantly check that I am not making any good thing that work might offer into an idol. There is no shortage of toil, often more than I seek or expect, but my challenge now is to be one who “find(s) satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God” (Ecc 3:13).

Keller’s idea that we view all work as cultivation was new to me: as gardeners we work to rearrange the raw material of God’s creation to help the world in general, and people in particular, thrive and flourish. His question, “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of greatest service to other people, knowing what I do of God’s will and of human need?” has helped me focus on where to be working/gardening. I run a business here and the heart of my ‘gardening’ is to sow in peace. I’m praying for a “harvest of righteousness” (Jas 3:18)—creating the space for individuals to get right with each other and, ultimately, with God.

As I seek to work as a peacemaker, I must first use my talents as competently as possible. Even if my job is not, by the world’s (or my) standards, exciting, high paying and desirable, reframing it as fundamentally a way to love my neighbour has been a great way to find job satisfaction. My daily work is ultimately an act of worship to the God who called and equipped me, no matter how fruitless and frustrating it can get! The act of worship that God asks for in our work and everything else is to be a “living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1); as Keller says, “to be continually in the rhythm of dying to your own interest and living for God”. Please ask that all Partners serving cross culturally would “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord” (Rom 12:11).

Paul is a long-term Partner working in business in the Middle East.
Names have been changed.

University professors

Arab World / Engineering / 12-23 months / Job ID: 1569

An American university in this country has openings for a Postdoctoral Associate and a Research Engineer.

There are openings for Postdoctoral Associate with Ph.D. in Electrical or Computer Engineering–focus in haptics, Robotics, or Human Computer Interaction. Also 1 research Engineer w MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering Rapid prototype and Hardware design skills. Due to start Jan 2020.

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering