Djibouti is a unique context for life, work, and ministry. Djibouti lays at the crossroads of Asia and Africa. This multi-linguistic, multi-ethnic, blend of Muslims from the Horn of Africa has a strategic location along the entrance to the Red Sea and major shipping lanes. Being relatively peaceful in comparison with neighbors Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, Djibouti has been able to make strides in economic and social development over the last 20 years.
Djibouti’s linguistic struggles are a primary area of development aid and partnership for our team. As a francophone country in the midst of economic partners who use English, employers, government, and development actors are looking to strengthen linguistic competence in English. This, together with the lack of quality educational institutions prompted the government to request our team to launch the International School of Djibouti (ISD) with assistance from a couple of other non-profits. ISD is our main project in the country and serves as a launching place for staff volunteers to make forays into other sectors of the population as well. One of the new endeavors by our staff is an entrepreneurial business program.
Applicants who join our team will be exposed to both work and ministry opportunities. Part of your time will be given to participating in the school community through assistant teaching, leading activities for youth, or as support staff. There are opportunities for primary and secondary teaching, ESL teaching, and special education teaching. You will also work to develop our outreach to government and other private partner institutions.
You’ll receive training in development, language learning, culture, and cross-cultural ministry from our country leaders once in Djibouti, as well as extensive pre-field training.
Bachelor’s degree or higher – liberal arts, education
Passion for working in a pioneering context
Adaptability is a must
Good grip of spiritual disciplines
Teaching experience preferred
Working in sports and extracurricular activities
Passion for working with children and collaborative attitude to work with teachers and director to meet their needs in the classroom and in after-school activities
Experience with ESL teaching
If special education: experience working with a variety of disabilities over a wide range of school children