Djibouti is a unique context for life, work, and ministry. Djibouti lays at the crossroads of Asia and Africa. This multi-linguistic, multi-ethnic, blend of Muslims from the Horn of Africa have a strategic location along the entrance to the Red Sea and major shipping lanes. Being relatively peaceful in comparison with neighbors Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, Djibouti has been able to make strides in economic and social development over the last 20 years.
Djibouti’s linguistic struggles are a primary area of development aid and partnership for our organization. As a francophone country in the midst of economic partners who use English, employers, government, and development actors are looking to strengthen linguistic competence in English. This, together with the lack of quality educational institutions prompted the government to request us to launch the International School of Djibouti (ISD) with assistance from a couple of other non-profits. ISD is our main project in the country and serves as a launching place for staff volunteers to make forays into other sectors of the population as well – in relationship, partnership, and development.
Goers who join our team will be exposed to both work and ministry opportunities. Part of their time will be given to participate in the school community through assistant teaching, leading activities for youth, English teaching, or as support staff. Then, they will work to develop our outreach to government and other private partner institutions. You’ll receive training in development, language learning, culture, and cross-cultural ministry from our long-term staff who have worked with the people of the Horn for over 20 years. The initial commitment of two years includes language study and our organization’s apprenticeship training program.
•Required: Passion for working in a pioneering context. Adaptability is a must. Good grip of spiritual disciplines.
•Preferred: Experience working with children, teaching degree / experience, ESL certification, or other experience that would make a contribution to delivery of the educational program of a school.