by Angela Voskuil, Missionary Associate, OP Uganda Mission (June 2017)
Men, women, couples, college students! Do you like to teach, and desire to serve on a short-term basis on a foreign mission field? Short-term visiting teachers are needed in Uganda year-round to assist with the Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO) project!
When the Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO) project was started by the OP Uganda Mission (OPUM) four years ago, Missionary Associates (MA) and short-term visiting teachers were doing the teaching and the local Karamojong teachers were doing the translating.
Now, the Karamojong teachers do all the teaching in their native language!
The Missionary Associate’s role is to manage the school and its 20 employed Karamojong teachers.
The day-to-day tasks of running the school include
- administrative work
- solving personal matters, conflicts, and behavioral issues
- insuring accountability in job performance among our staff whenever possible
- training teachers
- interacting with/loving on/assisting in the education of the children!
Short-term visiting teachers will assist the MA with:
- managing KEO
- working with the Karamojong teachers to educate the local children in literacy, numeracy, health, and the Bible
- teaching the children songs and Bible verses
- teaching children in the nursery school
- taking the school to three neighboring villages to teach children there
Qualifications for short-term visiting teachers:
- Interested in making the best out of not-always-perfect situations
- Not fussy or dogmatic
- Willing to take initiative and follow through on plans
- Willing to patiently and compassionately train local teachers who have little education themselves
- Bonus qualifications:
- Experience and/or training in education
- Anyone who is good at sports – especially soccer!
- The local children have really appreciated the young men who have come to work with us!
- All teaching is done in the native tongue of Karamojong
- Anyone willing to try to learn to communicate using the local language (with the help of the missionaries and teachers) would be an asset to us!
- Short-term visiting teachers can come for varying lengths of time any time during the year
- KEO teachers, like other short-term missionaries, must raise their own support
- Costs vary considerably from person to person depending on how long one stays and current airfare rates
- Contact Angela Voskuil, below, for more details.
About Uganda and KEO:
- The comprehensive OPUM Website includes a carefully detailed Visitor’s Handbook which is must-reading for anyone considering serving in this remote region of the world
- Visit the KEO Webpage
- Visit KEO on Facebook
- Angela Voskuil, Missionary Associate, OP Uganda Mission
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit Angela on Facebook