Accountant donor relations

Arab World, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1125

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.

We are seeking people who are able to assist us with promotion and fundraising. This would involve making grant applications developing relationships with people within and beyond our country and writing reports. We would like the person to take care of the school accounts too.

.Donor Relations person requires skills in grant writing in English donor reporting and organizing fundraisers. Accounting skills are also desirable..

Marketing/Advertising

Arab World, Other, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1651

Adult education centre offers English and Arabic courses to adults.

This job involves overseeing marketing and advertising for a non-profit school. You need to be willing to connect with businesses in person here and pursue leads with embassies and other for-profit companies who offer employees language training in order to get contracts for students.

Experience in a cross-cultural or multicultural environment would be best (though not required). You should be willing to connect with businesses and embassies in person and be willing to learn and be flexible in a cross-cultural setting with limited resources. Stamina flexibility and patience are required.

Refugee Centre Volunteer

Asia, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years, Consultant / Job ID: 1374

The international church in our city operates a community centre for the many thousands of people living here as refugees. By using a trauma-informed approach which focuses on welcome and life-giving relationships we seek to be an expression of love and care for those who are here seeking safety.

Our community centre is an inclusive space and we have volunteers from a wide range of ages and nationalities. There are currently opportunities to assist with programs and activities including language clubs (spoken English and the local language) a therapeutic art club for women (especially with child care) administrative duties and hospitality for our friends who are refugees. Positive relationships are the cornerstone of our work being friendly and open to appropriate cross-cultural friendship is vital. While not strictly necessary spoken Arabic or Persian (Dari/Farsi) would be extremely helpful. Note that in order to maintain an environment of predictability short-term volunteers must be prepared to serve for a minimum of six months (preferably twelve months).

Volunteers at the community centre will be eager to reflect the character of Christ as they interact with people from often-conservative cultural and religious backgrounds. The needs and lives of these people can be unpredictable so personal flexibility and a willingness to help out in whatever capacity that is needed is essential. Some understanding of the psychological and emotional issues that forced displacement and trauma can produce will be very helpful as are strong self-care skills. All volunteers should be prepared to work within a multi-ethnic team.

Supporting the Country Team

Asia, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1642

The team working in this country is growing and now includes several families with young children young couples and also singles working in a variety of fields across three major cities.

We place a high value on ensuring each person on our team is well cared for and supported. We are seeking a loving team grandma or grandpa who would be willing to come and provide support and care to the individuals and families serving in this country. This would be a perfect fit for an individual who is of retirement age as being a retiree in this country is a socially acceptable position and would enable this individual to have a positive social identity here.

This person or couple would have gifts in good communication skills including listening and asking open questions plus strength in hospitality/helps. They would need to be comfortable with travel to visit the cities where team members are serving.

Librarian

Asia, Other, 1-11 months / Job ID: 1554

The aims of this organization are to make the Bible available in a language people can understand and at a price they can afford. They continue to work on Bible translations for all of the people groups in this nation to have Gods word in their own language. Their translation policy ensures translation guidelines acceptable to the Catholic Protestant and Orthodox Churches.

A librarian (or library science student) with skills in cataloging is needed to set up a library system for the national organization for its many Bibles and books in multiple languages collected over the last 200 years. In the collection are many rare and first edition books of historical significance. This person should be able to design and implement a cataloging system for current and future books and set up the library.

A person with a heart for integrating their skills in library cataloging and organization with a calling to spread the Good News. A willingness to work cross-culturally with the Director who is a local citizen and believer. Creativity passion and flexibility are all good characteristics for this person.

English speaker

Asia, Other, 1-11 months / Job ID: 1375

Those in cross-cultural service need English to communicate well within their organization and beyond. Yet some from new sending countries have only minimal English and feel handicapped by this. They desire to improve through conversational English and daily practice but need a native speaker to come and work with them and their children.

You would work directly with these cross-cultural workers on English language skills with emphasis on speaking and listening and vocabulary building run conversational English groups personal times with each adult play learning for the children (songs games etc). It involves doing life in English each day together sharing not just language but friendship and partnership in the work.

A person is needed who can embed within the team and help these workers (and their kids) practise and improve their English. Patience creativity people-awareness sensitivity to other cultures and a servant heart are all needed.

English Club Table Host

Asia, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1602

The international church is a typical city congregation of expats but with Korean Farsi and Turkish congregations in addition to the English one. Elder-led the church is broad evangelical and community-oriented. It has existed for nearly 30 years with a strong focus on refugee work strengthening the national churches and cooperation and unity among Christians.

The English conversation clubs are a new outreach of the church and provide a natural way for social encounters shared experience telling ones story and building friendships with locals. Table hosts engage with local participants from the community sitting on a table with a small group and modeling and encouraging them to further their conversational skills. These table hosts are guided by the ESL Club Facilitators and therefore are not expected to plan the activities. Currently the program runs 2 evenings a week.

The ideal person for this role will have a good grasp of the English language good communication skills be able to talk in a group and encourage conversation enthusiastic and positive. An ability to work cross-culturally with other expats and with local citizens creativity passion and flexibility are all key characteristics.

Counsellor

Asia, Other, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 561

This ministry was started by some of our partners in 2014 to address the long-term impact of childhood abuse which is rampant in the local and refugee communities. This is a non-official group including a few licensed counsellors.

There is need among the expatriate national and refugee communities for counsellors. This country has a high attrition rate among its expatriate workers and counsellors can help stem the flow. There are also enormous needs in the local community which could be addressed by a qualified counsellor. This job could be done through the local or international church or independently.

We are looking for a short-term licensed counsellor who can help with English-speaking expats and nationals or a long-term counsellor who can learn the language and get involved at a deeper level.

English Club Facilitator

Asia, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1643

The international church is a typical city congregation of expats but with Korean Farsi and Turkish congregations in addition to the English one. Elder-led the church is broad evangelical and community-oriented. It has existed for nearly 30 years. An English conversation club is being held at the church for locals interested in developing their English conversation skills. This church is located in a suburb where locals are accepting of the presence of foreigners and many are interested in learning English.

The English conversation clubs are a new outreach of the church and provide a natural way for social encounters shared experience telling ones story and building friendships with locals. This short-term position is for a native English speaker interested in participating and encouraging discussion at an English conversation club. This individual should preferably have completed a TEFL course but this is not essential. The club is held two nights a week and aims to create meaningful activities to encourage conversation amongst the participants and native English speakers. The Facilitator would be responsible for planning interesting activities to engage the local participants in conversation to assist in the development of their English conversational skills. As a facilitator he/she must also be able to respond when help is needed (vocabulary grammar pronunciation etc).

We are looking for a native speaker with a good grasp of the English language who can develop creative and engaging activities to encourage conversation. An ability to work cross-culturally with other expats and with local citizens creativity passion and flexibility are all good characteristics.

Archaeology is my love language

When we think about how God’s love motivates us to love others, it can sometimes be hard to imagine how we can do this. How do we love our neighbours? Even harder: how can we love people scattered across the world? For me, doing my job as an archaeologist is a way to love Central Asians – by helping them understand the story of Christianity in their own countries.

Why does history matter?

The Bible is a history of the people of God. God is always reminding Israel of where they came from and where they are going. It reminds them of who they are:

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we travelled. And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.” (Joshua 24:16-18)

The history of God’s love and salvation for Israel is what makes them want to serve him. And for Christians, the story of how God loved and saved us through Jesus is what gives us our new identity in Him! This history of faith is central to our knowledge of who are.

History is our story too

History is often only seen as the stories of important people or events. But archaeology and history also have the potential to uncover the stories of the everyday lives of ordinary people. We already know the power of personal stories: we share the testimonies of God at work in our lives and the stories of others who have gone before us. For the Christians of Central Asia, archaeological research on the church in this region helps them appreciate the history they can own for themselves. Making a decision to follow Christ is usually seen as a betrayal of family and heritage. Yet archaeology has the power to show that Christians have been there for hundreds of years and Christianity has a legitimate place in contemporary society as it has had in the past. Being a Christian does not conflict with being Central Asian.

Archaeology sounds romantic and full of adventure. In reality, it is hard outdoor work, long research hours, and getting very sunburnt! If that stills sounds fun to you, a career change could be in order! Each day I begin excavating around 5am. We set up to shelter ourselves from the sun and throughout the day we shift our shelters to make sure we keep enough shade to protect us. I spend most of the day hunched over a grave site, carefully and slowly excavating the soil. I work in dust, dirt and mud, and the sun blares over us as the day goes on. The afternoon is spent processing artefacts and getting enough rest before the next day.

We go through this hard work because we know it is worth it, not just because we love it. We love others because God loved us. We want to unearth stories of the God of love at work in people who have gone before. We want to demonstrate the continuity of a community of faithful Christians in this region reaching back into history. This can also show people of other religions that they are loved by God. Archaeology is one way to love others so, well, hand me my trowel!

Victoria served her short-term placement at an archaeological dig in Central Asia.
Names have been changed.