English Improvement Program Coordinator - Rwanda


Job Type

Full Time Contract

Salary

Minimum: $750.00
Details: Salary negotiable depending on experience

Published:

03/30/2018

Address

Bicumbi
Eastern Province
Rwanda

Description

ENGLISH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR - ECOLE TECHNIQUE SAINT KIZITO MUSHA (ETSK), Colline Musha, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Dates: Sep’t 1. 2018- Sep’t 1, 2020 (Exact dates flexible)



Imagine improving the lives of 320 highly motivated students who are hungry to develop their English-speaking skills, while you get a unique international experience in the heart of Africa. Visit our website to learn more about ETSK: etsk.org


JOB DESCRIPTION

-Run the student learning center (library and TV room):

-Weekends (8-12 hours/week)

-During the week on afternoons/evenings (15-20 hours/week)

-Conduct English class for teachers and students (5 -10hours/week)

-Conduct annual one-week English immersion program for teachers prior to end-Jan. semester start.

-Educate teachers and students on learning technologies (computers, tablets, TV room and Rachel Plus)

-Supervise usage of TV room and week-end movies to enhance English literacy

-Assist current English teachers at ETSK in the classroom (5-10 hours/week)

-Duties are subject to change based on needs of teachers and students

-Reports to Dean of Students and head of “Education Expansion” Committee.


For training purposes, this position will overlap with the current (American) Director of Computer and English Improvement, who leaves Dec 1, 2018.


BACKGROUND

The Technical School of Musha (officially Ecole Technique St. Kizito de Musha: www.etsk.org) is a private, rural boarding school for 320 students founded in 2008 to respond to the need for trade education at the high school level. Students are motivated to learn the skills necessary to find employment or continue on to university. ETSK is currently ranked in the top 10 of all Vocational and Technical schools in Rwanda.


Current specialties are in: building; culinary arts; and computer maintenance and repair. All courses are taught in English (according to Rwandan law), despite the fact that English was declared the official language of Rwanda less than 10 years ago and is often the third language of Rwandans, after Kinyarwanda and French.


Due to the recent change to English, language levels of many students (and teachers) lag behind what would be expected for their education level, motivating the creation of a special program at ETSK to use native English speakers to assist in their education.


The school exists on a relatively modern campus, surrounded by beautiful hills and lakes in a safe, rural setting, an easy one-hour car or bus ride west to the modern capital of Kigali. Rwanda is a clean, well-administered country working hard to modernize its economy after putting behind it the disastrous civil war of 1990-94. The people of Rwanda are incredibly friendly and welcoming. At 5000’ elevation, the climate is close to ideal, with year-round sunshine, highs in mid-eighties and overnight lows in low sixties.


The school was financed by funding from private sources in Italy, Germany and Lithuania. It is next door to a village for youths in need: Hameau Des Jeunes: http://www.barabbas.it/site/?s=9&s2=5 It was established by a Salesian monk, Father Herman Schultz, in 1978, who also rebuilt the youth village after the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The youth village houses 120 children and also helps support 400 families in the adjoining hills through work programs. After attending local public schools, many of the children graduate to ETSK and subsequently go on to be university graduates.


ETSK has no religious affiliation.


After an intensive visit to the school in Jan. 2017, an American and Italian couple formed a “Committee for Education Expansion” and recommended to the school administration the establishment of a temporary position, to improve the computer and English literacy of the school.


Initial screening of candidates will be done by the current Director of English and Computer Improvement program. Qualified candidates will be passed on to the heads of the Committee for Education Expansion for further interviews. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. It is the goal of the Committee to identify and secure a candidate for this position by June, 2018 in order to begin preparation for your arrival in Rwanda in Sep’t 2018.


QUALIFICATIONS:

-Native English speaker with clear pronunciation and ability to teach proper diction,

-University graduate,

-Minimum one year experience teaching English,

-Self-starter that is capable of working independently,

-Proficient in computer and internet use, especially research skills,

-Self- starter that constantly looks for ways to improve our teaching programs,


ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-Experience teaching English as a second language a plus,

-Experience living in or traveling in developing countries,

-A teaching certificate from a recognized institution is sometimes required for granting of a 2-Year visa.

Benefits

  • Payment of all travel, visa, and innoculation expenses,
  • Housing (with hot water and electricity) located adjacent to the school,
  • Housekeeping, washing, and meals provided,
  • Health Insurance, including catastrophic insurance,
  • Coverage of other reasonable expenses,
  • ~10 weeks of vacation time per year.

Level of Language Proficiency

English - Native Speaker

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

pvleck@gmail.com

Please send your resume, any relevant certificates or credentials, a writing sample (optional), and a cover letter explaining your interest in the job and how you believe you would be able to help the students and staff at ETSK.


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