Most of our neighbors have never met a follower of Jesus. They are influenced by works and rituals with an absence of power and no promise of salvation. The area includes a significant population of those who claim to be Muslims or Buddhists. Although technology and modern conveniences are common, our focus people group continues to be involved with the supernatural world by seeking help and protection through rituals and various beliefs. Most neighborhoods struggle with dysfunctional families, substance abuse, and low paying jobs. This unreached people group is a minority group that is looked down upon by the majority, but they are proud of their own culture and stick together.
You will contribute to the vision and mission of the team by living and working incarnationally among the Unreached People Group. While working in the city, you will be also be involved in sharing the good news of life in Jesus, making disciples and praying in order to kindle movements of Jesus-followers among our Unreached People Group.
What is it like to live here? This tropical climate in a big city is crawling with cars, motorbikes, street vendors, and most modern conveniences. Urban sprawl has created areas of suburban/urban mix that has engulfed formerly agricultural areas with expensive housing developments. Many people lack the education and opportunities to keep up with the developing economy, so they live in simple or cramped living conditions.
- After initial language study, work at a primary or secondary school as an English teacher.?br>- Build relationships with students and teachers in the workplace
- Build relationsihps with neighbors where you live in the broader community.
- As part of the local team, be involved in sharing the love of Jesus.
Initially engage in an extensive full time language study course, followed by part time language while working. We want our team members to be skilled in the language and culture of the people before beginning full-time English teaching. Therefore, full time work can begin after passing Thai language level 2, which normally takes about 2 years
The mentor will be away from June 2016 until July 2017 so we will not be able to take new applicants who would arrive at that time.
- 4 year bachelor's degree in a non-religious field of study
- TESOL or CELTA teaching certificate
- Some experience teaching English to non-native speakers
- For 3+ year committment, some Bible School.
?trong desire to learn another language well, and understand their culture. You will generally not be able to communicate meaningfully with local people in English.
?njoy working on a multinational team
?ove: evident love and respect for God, others, and especially those from the Unreached People Group.?br>
?umility and flexibility: it can be overwhelming to come to a place where everything is new and unknown, where plans change at the last minute.
?erseverance: it's challenging to hold on to values of incarnational living and adapting to a lifestyle that the minority group can relate to, especially in a large urban environment where the materialistic values of the West are easily accessible. Language learning can also be a long journey.
?hysical health: among other things, the ability to deal with a hot, humid climate
?ble to balance a full-time job while also reaching out to people around you
We have a language and culture learning system in place.
We have an initial 2-week orientation program on first arrival.
There is a year-long syllabus for basic exposure to key ideas, skills, and experiences.
Candidate will participate in field-level training events including the annual field conference.
Weekly meeting with mentor
Weekly worship/fellowship time
Weekly meal with a team family
Previous 1-year interns have established a group of local friends to hang out with when you arrive.
Needs to be very mature and responsible with his/her time, behavior, daily habits, interaction with opposite sex.
We aim to place English teachers in a private school, with teachers and students who are 100% from our focus people group.
Schools expect teachers to sign a 1-year contract that spans the school year. Usually teachers have 10-20 teaching hours per week. Including preparation, transportation, and other school events, this is a full time job. The school provides a salary.
Therefore, the first few years will be intense langauge learning before beginning work at a school.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only