South America, Colombia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Assignment Includes:Facilitate the processes of teaching English in the four main skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, responding to the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia (IELCO) need to incorporate the training of English as a foreign language in schools.
Interact in an elementary school (boys and girls 6 to 12 years old), and in a secondary school (adolescents 13-18 years old)
Plan, prepare and deliver lessons to a variety of classes and age groups. Prepare and establish tests, exams, and exercises
Provide appropriate comments on oral expression, language, spelling, and writing, and writing work, produce new materials, including audio and visual resources.
Organize and participate in social and cultural activities (sociocultural community organizing), such as sports competitions, school parties, musical activities, dinners and excursions to facilitate interaction with the English language, with a perspective of sociocultural community organizing seeking community development and cultural promotion.
Attend and contribute to the training sessions.
Participate in marketing and promotion events for the English programs
Prepare information for inspection visits and other quality control exercises.
To carry out administrative tasks, such as maintaining student records and attendance records.
Interact and collaborate with Colombian teachers at school and with the management.
Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.
Colombia is a country fighting for the construction of a society that overcomes the consequences of more than fifty years of armed conflict. After the signing of peace agreements with FARC guerrillas, one of the biggest challenges for the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia (IELCO) is to contribute to reconciliation and conflict resolution at the national, regional and local levels. A missionary serving in this context can contribute to IELCO's mission and learn a lot about the community and its achievements in regaining trust, healing memory, rebuilding the community, and resolving and overcoming conflicts through the schools that the church operates.
IELCO is a member of the church of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). IELCO has about 4,000 members in 15 congregations, most of them in and around Bogota.
Bachelor´s degree minimum required
Proficiency in Spanish required
Cultural sensitivity, tolerance, intercultural patience are required
Classroom experience helpful
ESL/TEFL/TESL certification helpful
Excellent planning and organization skills in educational activities
Creative skills and ideas for the preparation of practical and theoretical lessons
Excellent human relations skills, friendly and reliable
A flexible approach to work
Ability to establish empathic links and community participation
The capacity of active and didactic listening in teaching processes
The capacity of respect and understanding for others
Ability to use Accompaniment Praxis as the hermeneutical key for work
Terms and Conditions
This position is supported under the terms of a Global Mission Two-year (GM2) contract. Those provisions include: international transportation, transportation related to work assignment, pensions and major medical coverage, housing and cash salary which is adjusted according to the goods and services differential for Colombia. This position does not include provisions for dependent spouse nor children.
General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel
Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA