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                          Opportunity to Minister and Teach in Ghana, Africa

           

Joy2theWorld International Preparatory School

Our Mission Statement

 Our mission is to foster growth and development through a rigorous Christian academic environment. We aim to inspire active and creative minds through a challenging learning environment and promote values of compassion, courage, respect and leadership through teamwork and global participation.

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 The opportunity of quality education in a privately supported school will develop the future of the community and the global economy.  Future teachers, doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers, politicians and entrepreneurs will graduate from Joy2theWorld Christian Academy and pursue higher education and the development of their communities. 

 

Joy2theWorld Christian Academy (J2WCA), located in Ghana, West Africa is seeking the assistance of two (2) primary level teachers.   The position needed will include the very basic training at 1st grade level (ages 6, 7, 8).  The students will be successful graduates of our KG2 program.  While all of our children live in loving homes, most of our students are living in dire poverty and do not have the structure of support they need.  Parents are illiterate and have little or no educational support at home. 

             We focus on instructional leadership and teachers are partnered with the principal and administrative staff to develop the very best education for our student.  Regular professional development days are included for state-of-the-art teaching strategies.

 Equally important, the teacher must consider this position the opportunity to teach Christian values and to demonstrate the love of Christ daily.

 The opportunity is to teach children living in poverty; those who might otherwise not get an education.   The end to poverty begins and ends with education.  

The Intention of this program:

            The intention is to identify and support two U.S. Christian teachers willing to spend one full school year living in Ghana, West Africa.  Two local (Ghanaian) teachers will be working side by side.  We hope to integrate the education values and experience of both teams.  We believe the learning opportunity for both the local teachers and the U.S. teachers has incredible value.

            While we promote the education and training of the U.S. teachers, the cultural activities and Ghanaian patriotism can be endorsed through the local educators.

What is needed:

  •   Close relationship to Christ and the Word of God.
  •   Love for children and desire to teach in a loving environment.
  • Ability to adapt to the cultural differences in a foreign country.
  •   Degree in Education-Early Child Development (preferably) and/or School Administration.

 What you can expect living in Ghana:

  • Ghana is primarily a Christian (83% of the population) country; however, all religions basically live together, respecting each other’s beliefs.  There are Christian churches of every possible denomination nearby.  There are many here who have never heard of Christ and are eager to learn more when they hear about the good news of Christ’s love and redemption.
  • English is spoken and taught to children in Ghana, however, in the rural areas many speak the local dialect.
  • Internet access is available for communication.
  • Ghana is a politically safe environment and is considered one of the safest countries in Africa.
  • Weather varies from hot to very hot!
  • J2WCA is located in a rural community outside of Accra, the largest city and capital of Ghana.  Life in the rural community is very simple and the costs of living are relatively low.  There is electricity, however, it is not always available.  There is clean water available (arranged and purchased in advance). 
  • Local travel is very efficient and inexpensive.   In addition to the local transportation called “trotros”, local use of taxis or simply walking is common.
  • Despite the media reports, concern over the spread of diseases is nominal.   Health for our children is a universal concern.   Training in personal hygiene will be a natural conversation in the classroom. 
  • Information regarding travel, vaccine requirements and general living conditions will be provided further in the process.
  • Because this is a missionary commitment, it is expected that the teacher be prepared to pay for their own flight, cost of living and any other financial concerns.  Applicants will need to raise the funds through their churches, friends, family or other creative methods.

 

                Here are the general financial expectations (in U.S. dollars):

Travel (RT-flight) East Coast, U.S. to Accra $1200

Preventive medical/vaccinations                               500

Room and board               (per month)                            200

Personal living items  (approximate)                    100

Moderate sightseeing (1X/quarter)                                       200

 

These amounts are approximate and can be confirmed upon detailed agreements.   The usual school year is September – July, 2013.  However, this first year for the school will begin May, 2013 and end August 2013.   The first (short school) year will be to develop school habits, learn basic education and English.   The first FULL school year for J2WCA will begin September 2013 through July, 2014.

Travel

$1,200

$1,200

Medical

500

500

R&B

2400

2400

Personal

200

200

Sightseeing

 

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            While in Ghana, we want you to have a full experience of mission work here.  In addition to teaching (and the initial 7 months will include a bit of administration as we build our school), there will be opportunities to volunteer at a local Christian orphanage and/or disciple with our local Missionaries on the weekends. 

            Of course you will make new friends and perhaps want to include some sightseeing to beautiful areas of Ghana.   That is why a modest amount is added into your budget for a quarterly trip and, of course, this is up to your discretion.

            Additional international travel funds would be necessary if you require a break/added round-trip to the U.S. during semester break.

 Supervision and support will be provided by Joy2theWorld, Inc. (www.joy2theworld.org).  Kathleen Gibbs is Founder and President of Joy2theWorld since 2007.   The Christian academy has been a dream since 2009 and the early development has been in negotiations and development for over 3 years.

Kathleen Gibbs has retired and lives full time in Ghana.  She lives very close to the school and will be available on a daily basis.  Any questions regarding this program should be forwarded to Kathleen at hmkathleen@joy2theworld.org.

 

If you are seriously considering this calling, please notify Kathleen and you will receive a full application and response to any additional questions.