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Middle East University
Beirut, Lebanon
12 months
On site

Responsibilities

The primary focus of this position is service learning: planning service learning opportunities for students that are contextually relevant, prioritizing serving the local community and other off-campus space in each activity, connecting with and maintaining positive relationships with community leaders, area NGO’s, and local ministry leaders for collaboration on projects and activities, and empowering students to lead service learning projects and activities.  A secondary focus of this position is to provide career services to students including helping students to prepare CVs or resumes, helping students to look for internships, and helping students to apply for graduate school.

Qualifications

  • Spiritually mature
  • Flexible, previous cross-cultural experiences a plus
  • Organized
  • Ability to work well with limited supervision. Proactive. 
  • Communicates well with leadership.  Gets appropriate approval well in advance of each activity and for other plans. 
  • Team-oriented and supportive of the values of MEU
  • Experience working with youth
  • Good communication skills in English, additional languages a plus (especially Arabic or French)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-year commitment

Attire

Acceptable Dress: Modest, casual clothing. More formal clothing (dress/skirt, dress shirt/tie) for church services. Most people in Lebanon wear typical European-style clothing.  Pants are acceptable for women in most settings. Lebanon is a four-season country with cold, wet winters (Nov-Mar) and hot, dry summers (May-Sept), so bring clothing for all seasons.

Unacceptable Dress:  Revealing, transparent, tight, spaghetti strap

Accommodations

Will be arranged by the institution. Maybe a dormitory room (possibly shared with another AVS volunteer) or maybe an apartment shared with other AVS volunteers.

Living There

Lebanon is a beautiful country on the Mediterranean Sea.  It is known in the Middle East for its natural beauty and mountains.  It is often highlighted that you can snow ski and swim in the Mediterranean on the same day during some seasons.  There are three main languages in Lebanon:  Arabic, English & French.  There is also range of religious faiths including both Shia and Sunni Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Maronite Christians, Druze, and a small population of Protestants.  Middle East University is the only Protestant university in Lebanon and the only Adventist university in the MENA Union, serving 20 countries.  We have a very multicultural staff and student body.

Included

Insurance: AVS standard insurance

Living Allowance: $50 for personal expenses

Visa

Utilities (AC and heaters may be restricted due to the energy crisis in Lebanon)

Not Included

Airfare

Compensation

This is a sponsorship position.  The volunteer will need to raise sponsorship funds of $7500 to help defray the cost of their accommodation, food, insurance, personal expenses, visa, and stipend.  (This does not include the cost of airfare to and from Lebanon.)

Living Allowance: $50 for personal expenses

Additional

This is a sponsorship position.  The volunteer will need to raise sponsorship funds of $7500 to help defray the cost of their accommodation, food, insurance, personal expenses, visa, and stipend.  (This does not include the cost of airfare to and from Lebanon.)

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