Bulgaria is a wonderful, beautiful, and fascinating country. Tucked into the southeast corner of Europe, it is a crossroads and melting pot for people from the entire eastern hemisphere. The Bulgarian people are warm, hard working, and especially kind to foreigners, as they consider it a duty to care for strangers in their midst. Bulgarian culture is rich in tradition, their cuisine simple yet delicious, and Bulgarians never tire of sitting with friends over a cup of coffee or tea.
Yet the needs in this country are vast. Communism devastated Bulgarian society. In the post-communist era, Bulgaria has struggled to right itself and advance into the 21st century, but resource shortages, flight to countries offering better life opportunities, and crumbling local institutions have left Bulgarians facing many serious social and economic problems. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union, with average wages only half those of the next poorest country, and less than 20% of the EU average. Schools are failing. The healthcare system is falling apart. Ninety percent of Bulgarian children are what we in the west would describe as "at risk."
In the midst of these social problems, Christians have an opportunity to live and work among Bulgarian people in such a way as to demonstrate how following Jesus leads to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. As an English Teaching Assistant, you will assist public school teachers with lesson plans, educational resources, classroom teaching, after school English clubs and summer English camps.
Are you an aspiring teacher? Do you love children? Would you like to develop your skills in a cross cultural setting? If so, then his might be the perfect opportunity for you.
Native English speaker
Excellent communication skills
Desire to work with children and/or teenagers