Could you use your TEFL skills to build relationships, share the Gospel and plant churches with a team on Clove Island*?
*Real location name not used for security reasons.
Our organisation has been serving on the islands for about 40 years, meeting the country’s development needs by providing volunteers who serve in areas such as medical work, education, indigenous language resource development, and agriculture. In the last decade the approach has moved towards using teams to increase our impact on communities.
Vision and Strategy
We want to see reproducing, indigenous churches throughout the Indian Ocean Islands. We want to see these built through relational seed-sowing, intentional transforming discipleship, and empowerment of the local church. On Clove Island* we hope to realise this vision through working in towns across the northern coast of the island.
Ministry and type of work
Teaching English is the primary way that this team serves their community and is building relationships.
We approach this ministry as a team. A team is the incarnation of the body of believers, a collection of individuals with different talents contributing towards a common goal: the glory of God on the Islands. Teams fortify and sustain our faith, model Christ-centred communities that worship together, and achieve goals that lone individuals cannot.
This team helps us to grow together in knowledge, wisdom and maturity through the weekly study of a curriculum, good discussion and accountability. Towards this end, the team will pursue a “medium” intensity curriculum of study together.
Experience & Qualifications
The most important characteristic for team members is of a life abiding in Christ with clear evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in their daily interactions. We value this above all others.
All team members are required to have either professional teaching experience OR have completed a TESL certificate with at least 12 hours observation or experience. We can provide recommendations of online courses as needed.
Ideally it would be good if you also had:
- Prior experience working among Muslims
- Prior experience with a church planting team or other types of ministry teams
- Prior experience working on the Indian Ocean Islands
- Knowledge of other languages especially French, Swahili, or other Bantu languages
Language learning is often a step than can be completed during workers’ preparation to go to the field, although any language skills you have already will beof benefit to you and the team.
When can I join? Anytime from now onwards!