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Position Title: Elementary Teacher Call ID: SSD.TAIS.2019.07
Request Num: SR20487 Date Call was Listed: Aug 14, 2019
Status: Inactive Last Updated: Aug 14, 2019
Number of Positions: Requested Pending Filled Available
  1 0 0 0
Position Description
Country: East Timor
Calling Organization: Timor-Leste Adventist International School
Position Type(s): Teaching – Elementary, Teaching – Other
Length of Service: 10.5-24 months
Who makes Final Decision:   Calling Org
Beginning Date: Aug 29, 2019 
Ending Date: Jun 4, 2020
Urgent? Yes
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Cancel call if not filled by: Dec 31, 2019
Duties:     PURPOSE: To demonstrate God’s love to and establish positive relationships between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the people of Timor-Leste through teaching elementary school at the Timor-Leste Adventist International School (TAIS).

SPECIAL NOTE: Looking for a real "mission adventure"? This is it! This is the 13th Sabbath Mission offering project from 3rd Quarter 2015! Prepare for a trail-blazing position in this school just opened in September 2015 in a country only 16 years old and in a Seventh-day Adventist Mission which is only 8 years old. It requires a cheerful, pioneering person with special commitment, enthusiasm and patience. See for more school information.

1. To be an example of Jesus' love and teachings to others through your personal life, dress and relationships;
2. To mentor others to grow in their relationship with God and to make a decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
3. To be involved in all aspects of teaching elementary school including: lesson planning, instruction, Bible-based spiritual education, English-language instruction, classroom management, supervision, extracurricular activities, grading, and administration;
4. To possibly teach English language (ESL) classes or other classes to children as needed.
5. To regularly attend, participate in the local SDA Sabbath School and Worship Services;
6. To be prepared to participate and lead in ministry and in programs of the local SDA Church;
7. To visit and train others in the outlying districts of Timor-Leste; and
8. All other duties as assigned.

Please note: as this is a new school, annual enrolment is still being determined. As such, specific grade-level assignment will be made just before the beginning of the school year when you arrive; you may end up teaching different/additional classes than first thought. Flexibility is needed!
On-site Orientation Provided? Yes
Stipend during Orientation?  No
Orientation Date: Jul 18, 2019
Voice tape/phone interview required? Yes
Institution requires signed agreement?  Yes
Acceptable Dress: Modest attire. Teachers are required to wear a uniform 4 days a week. The other days teachers must dress as described below. WOMEN: Work—modest blouse/collared shirt, dress pants (NO JEANS)/loose fitting skirt/dress below the knee; Church—modest blouse, loose fitting skirt/dress below the knee. [Please wear slips under skirts and dresses.] Recreation—modest knee-lenth shorts, T-shirts; shorts & shirt required for swimming. MEN: Work—collared shirt, long professional pants (NO JEANS); Church—dress pants, collared dress shirt. Recreation—modest shorts/T-shirts, modest swimwear.
Unacceptable Dress:  Tight and/or short shorts, clothing with low cleavages, short/sheer blouses or dresses, T-shirts with negative slogans/logos, bikinis or revealing swimwear. Jewelry, dreadlocks, piercings, visible tattoos, extreme haircuts/styles. Please do not bring jewelry.
Lodging   (Requests for a specific gender or age must be related to accommodation issues, maturity, safety or culture.)
Lodging:   Shared accommodation in concrete building. Includes basic furniture, shared AVS kitchen, shared AVS bathroom, fridge, stove, fans or A/C, 220V electrical. One set of towels and one set of bedding is provided. Basic cooking and eating utensils are provided. Basic housekeeping supplies are provided. Beyond these things, the volunteer is responsible to bring or purchase anything else he/she may want or need.
Gender: Either
Age Preference: 20+ years
Marital Status: Either
Child Accommodation Available: No
Housing Restrictions: Special arrangements need to be made for married volunteers prior to approval as there is currently no married volunteer housing.
Qualifications   (Legally, "experience required" must be related to specific duties of position.)
Experience Required:   Previous experience in working with children and leading some form of children's program or ministry is required. Previous experience teaching elementary school and/or English as a Second Language to children is preferred.
Languages:  English(Fluent) Required, Indonesian(Fluent) Optional, Portuguese(Fluent) Optional
Minimum Education Preferred:  2 Years College/Univ
Concentration: Elementary education preferred.
Currency: Dollars, United States of America
Finance Type: Regular (Shared Funding)
Expense Responsibility Terms/Comments
Visa   Shared   Volunteer pays for all expenses up to and including entering Timor-Leste, TLM pays work visa expenses after arrival.  
Medical / Inoculations   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Travel to/from Location (Volunteer)   Volunteer/Sponsor   Including travel to AVS orientation and to Dili, Timor-Leste.  
Travel to/from Location (Spouse)   Volunteer/Sponsor   Including travel to AVS orientation and to Dili, Timor-Leste.  
Local Travel   Calling Organization   Reimbursement for required local travel.  
Travel (Children)   N/A    
Excess Baggage   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Insurance   Calling Organization   For Long Term and Short Term positions: Accident, Sickness & Personal Effects & Baggage (PEB) Insurance Protection for Volunteers. For international volunteers serving in NAD: Short-Term Travel Insurance.  
Accommodations   Calling Organization    
Utilities   Calling Organization    
Food / Meals   Volunteer/Sponsor   Volunteer purchases/prepares own food from monthly living allowance.  
Monthly Living Allowance   Calling Organization   USD $250  
Other   N/A    
Additional terms/benefits or comments: Volunteer needs to raise funding to cover travel and expenses for both the required AVS orientation AND travel from the AVS orientation to Dili, Timor-Leste (unless the volunteer has committed to teaching at TAIS for 2 full school years). The monthly allowance is enough to cover food and other monthly expenses if the volunteer chooses to live simply and eat primarily a local diet, rather than buying all the imported food, eating out regularly, or spending a lot of money/time on internet. It is optional to fundraise an additional $100-$150USD/month for more comfortable living.

Volunteers with an under-graduate degree, teaching degree, or willing to stay for a longer term will be given an increased monthly allowance. Please enquire for more information (
Travel and Visa
Destination City: Dili, Timor-Leste
Airport: DIL
Travel from Airport to Destination: Picked up by TAIS/TLM representative
Required Inoculations Consult Center for Disease Control recommendations. ( — click Travelers' Health / Destinations / Timor-Leste)
Other Medical Recommendations
Visa Required? Yes           Visa Type: Visitor's Visa
    Who Applies: Volunteer (visa on arrival - USD$30)
Work Permit Required? Yes  Who Applies: TLM/Volunteer (after arrival)
Police Clearance Required: Yes
HIV Clearance Required: Yes
Child Protection Clearance Required:   Yes
Send papers to: Scan all documents and email to
Bring the originals with you.
Deadline: Jul 1, 2019
Visa/Travel Details: Be prepared to pay for travel expenses from home to Timor-Leste, including any excess baggage costs not included in the flight cost. Original criminal record check and health clearance letter MUST be acquired shortly before departure in home country. Volunteers may be required to have a physical exam to receive their work visa in country—this includes blood test (including STDs and HIV) and chest x-ray. To acquire a work visa, you will also need to bring all original diplomas and certificates you have (high school diploma, training certificates, undergrad degrees, etc.), as well as, an authenticated/notorized copy of your passport, criminal record, and medical report.
Requesting Organization
Organization Name: Timor-Leste Adventist International School
Calling Division: Southern Asia-Pacific Division
Calling Union: Attached Fields to SSD
Calling Conference:
Country: East Timor
Supervisor: Whitty, Mai-Rhea
Title: AVS Coordinator-TAIS
Additional Information
The Southern-Asia Pacific Division requires attendance at the AVS orientation at the Thailand Mission, 12 Soi Pridi Panomyong 37, Sukhumvit 71 Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand (July 18-23, 2019). School preparation begins July 29, 2019 in Dili, Timor-Leste.
Approved By:   Raymond House, TAIS Board Chair (& TLM President) for Timor-Leste Adventist International School on Mar 24, 2019. Entered by: Whitty, Mai-Rhea