|ASO/MCC: ESL Teacher - Chad*|
|Moundou, southern Chad|
|Climate: Chad's climate is very hot and dry. Peak temperatures of 45°C to 50°C (120°F to 130°F) are reached in N’Djamena during the hot season of March - July. Rains begin sporadically in June and fall heavily in July and August, tapering off through September, leaving long dry season from October through May. November - February is the relatively cooler season when nights cool off and daytime temperatures peak around 30c (90F). Loose cotton clothing is essential.
Health: Remaining healthy in Chad requires appropriate personal hygiene combined with prudence. Yellow fever vaccination is required to enter the country. Typhoid, cholera and malaria are common but with appropriate precautions can be avoided. Malaria prophylactics are optional, with Doxycycline and Mefloquine now available locally. Malaria cures are readily available, and treat most cases. Mosquito nets are recommended for sleeping. The air can be very dusty much of the year, a consideration for those with asthma or respiratory illnesses. Local Chadian hospitals are not typically recommended, but there is a modern, European hospital which is adequate. An excellent clinic staffed by European doctors is also available within N’Djamena.
Diet: The traditional diet is high in starch but also includes many nutritious, locally produced vegetables and is often fish or meat-based when people can afford it. Seasonal fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, bananas, guavas and watermelons are available throughout the year. Imported foods (such as cheese) are available in N’Djamena but are quite costly.
Cultural Expectations: Spending a lot of time visiting is "good form" in Chad. Extensive greetings, (particularly with Arabic people), conversation, and sweet tea are part of proper social behavior. Appropriate attire for women includes long skirts, and/or long, loose fitting pants, and tailored shirts for men. Public displays of affection are minimal and often frowned upon. Women and men often socialize separately.
Infrastructure: Most middle-class houses are one-story, concrete structures within private walled compounds. MCC service workers (SW) are provided with a high quality water filter which is necessary for all drinking water (unless bottled water). Extra precautions (washing all fruits/vegetables in bleach water) are necessary in food preparation to prevent illness. Although N’Djamena is the capital city of Chad, electricity and water supply are not always reliable. Generators or solar are often used for secondary power supply. Voltage regulators are required to protect all electronic devices. Roads are generally poor quality.
Religion: Chad’s population is about 53% Muslim, 35% Christian, and 11% animist. Christians are 24% Roman Catholic (Chad being a former French colony) and 14% Protestant almost exclusively represented by 8 evangelical denominations, the largest being the EET (Evangelical Church of Chad), the ACT (Assembly of Christian Churches of Chad/ Plymouth Brethren roots) and the EFLT (Evangelical Lutheran Brethren). There are no Mennonite churches in Chad, although MCC has a 40 year history in the country and is highly respected. Service workers are expected to regularly attend a congregation of their choosing. Past MCCers have found joining the church choir or other church group provides an active social network. The diversity of worship styles in the Protestant/evangelical churches is limited (mostly contemporary music with dancing) and services are usually 2 hours or more. There is an International Christian Fellowship of N’Djamena which meets twice each month, and is run in English. There is also a weekly women’s Bible study, and monthly men’s prayer breakfast based out of this international fellowship.
Transportation: Service workers' primary modes of transportation in town are walking, mid-sized taxi buses, which are numerous and inexpensive, and a moto or, if needed due to family size, a vehicle. Mid-size buses also provide transport to other Chadian cities, and a large bus with air conditioning is available for travel to and from Moundou, where other MCC workers and partners are located. Air France and Turkish Airlines have regular flights throughout the week out of Africa. Other airlines provide access within the continent.
|Jan 04, 2021|
|yes (though not able to accommodate arrivals in late July - September)|
|minimum of 2 months|
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.Anabaptist Service Opportunities Expectations: Living expenses (food, lodging, in-country transportation, etc.) are provided by MCC. The short term volunteer(s) would cover travel expenses to and from assignment, carry their own health insurance. Applicants for this position must be legally eligible to be employed in the U.S. (Preference is for candidates age 55 and up.*)
* This position is also open to candidates seeking an internship or sabbatical opportunity who are under 55 years of age and legally eligible to be employed in the U.S.
- Ability to understand, speak, read and write in English. French language skills preferred.
- Experience in teaching preferred
- Experience working in a cross cultural environment
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- The ability to work in a team
- The ability to work alone, unsupervised.
- The ability to cope with pressure and challenges.
- Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
|The ESL teacher will work with an MCC partner, CENTRAM, teaching English as a second language in Moundou, Chad. Mornings will be free, as classes run in the afternoons and evenings, and sometimes on the weekends. The teacher will be responsible for teaching a small class, usually 5 – 10 adult students. The students will be either intermediate, or advanced in English.|
|Extreme Heat; High levels of pollution; Long distance biking/walking required; Limited dental care available; Security issues; Limited mental health services available; Limited internet connectivity; Limited dietary options; Use of public transit required|
|The ESL Teacher will teach English to Chadians at the Centre of American English in Moundou (CENTRAM) in Moundou.
Tasks may include:
- Preparation of class work and grading outside of class time.
- Teaching a small class of adult learners.
- Preparation of testing as necessary
- Represent the mission and vision of MCC Chad
Typically, there is also a SALT (Serving And Learning Together) Teacher placement at CENTRAM.
The ESL Teacher will be a member of the MCC Chad team, and is accountable to the MCC Representatives based in the capital city of N’Djamena. The entire team - including Rep family, young adults in the SALT (Serving And Learning Together) program, other service workers and the program staff member - meets together 4-5 per year, including a country retreat. The ESL Teacher will live independently in Moundou, in an apartment or home setting, and will commute to CENTRAM, the English language center. The work schedule will be determined upon arrival in coordination with CENTRAM staff.
- Loose cotton clothing is imperative, as is adapting expectations based on reduced energy levels due to hot temperatures.
- Appropriate security of money and material goods is advised. In N’djamena, the crime rate is usual for a large city, but international workers are not typically targeted.
- Chad continues to experience some violence along its eastern borders, but this is far from the current work of MCC. The terrorist group, Boko Haram, remains active in northeast Nigeria, which occasionally effects Chad, mostly in the Lake Chad region. Local partners are very conscientious in offering precautionary advice for MCC.
- Local communication by cellphone is universal, but internet connections can be expensive, irregular and slow, limiting social networking.
- Day-to-day challenges may include but are not limited to technology malfunctions, power cuts, broken electronics or air conditioners/fans, leaking water or flooding after the rains, dust storms, flat tires. Good self-awareness and self-care are imperative.
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