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ETSK
Coline Musha, Foreign/Other

Category: Program officer
Field of Interest: Education

Job Description:

ENGLISH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM DIRECTOR - FOR A LEADING RWANDA TRADE HIGH SCHOOL – www.etsk.org

Dates: Feb. 22, 2019- Nov. 22, 2019, renewable for an additional year

Imagine improving the lives and job skills of 350 highly motivated students who are hungry to develop their English-speaking skills, while you get a unique international experience (and pocket $1000/mo. after expenses) in beautiful and safe Rwanda, a country many believe to be THE development model for all of Africa. See: www.etsk.org

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Run the new student learning center (library and TV room):
    • Weekends (8-12 hours/week)
    • During the week on afternoons/evenings (15-20 hours/week)
  • Supervise locally-hired library assistant;
  • Conduct English class for teachers (5 -10 hours/week)
  • Conduct one-week English immersion program for teachers (ideally for IELTS Certification)
  • Educate teachers and students on learning technologies (computers, tablets, TV room and Rachel Plus)
  • Supervise usage of TV room and week-end movies to enhance English literacy
  • Teach a remedial English class for students in library (5 hrs/wk)
  • Assist in turning ETSK into an English-Only-Speaking campus
  • Duties are subject to change based on needs of teachers and students
  • Reports to Dean of Students and head of “Education Expansion” Committee.

BACKGROUND:

The Technical School of Musha (officially Ecole Technique St. Kizito de Musha: www.etsk.org) is a private, rural boarding school for up to 350 students founded in 2008 to respond to the need for trade education at the high school level. Students are motivated to learn the skills necessary to find employment or continue on to university.

Current specialties are in: building; culinary arts; and computer maintenance and repair. All courses are taught in English (according to Rwandan law), despite the fact that English was declared the official language of Rwanda less than 10 years ago and is often the third language, after Kinyarwanda and French. Due to the recent change to English, language levels of many students (and teachers) lag behind what would be expected for their education level, motivating a special program at ETSK to use native English speakers to assist in their education.

The school exists on a relatively modern campus, surrounded by beautiful hills and lakes in a safe, rural setting, an easy one-hour car or bus ride west to the modern capital of Kigali. Rwanda is a clean, well-administered country working hard to modernize its economy after putting behind it the disastrous civil war of 1990-94. The people of Rwanda are incredibly friendly and welcoming. At 5000’ elevation, the climate is close to ideal, with year-round sunshine, highs in mid-eighties and overnight lows in low sixties.

The school was financed by funding from private sources in Italy, Germany and Lithuania. It is next door to a village for youths in need: Hameau Des Jeunes: http://www.barabbas.it/site/?s=9&s2=5 

The Youth village was established by a Salesian monk, Father Herman Schultz, in 1978 (and rebuilt after the Rwandan genocide of 1994). The youth village houses 120 children and also helps support 400 families in the adjoining hills through work programs. After attending local public schools, many of the children graduate to ETSK and subsequently go on to be university graduates.

ETSK has no religious affiliation.

After an intensive visit to the school in Jan. 2017, an American and Italian couple formed a “Committee for Education Expansion*” and recommended to the school administration the establishment of a position to improve the English and computer proficiency of students and teachers.

Screening, hiring and training of candidates will be done by Rick Jay from the Committee for Education Expansion*: rickjay40@gmail.com

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Native English speaker with clear pronunciation and ability to teach proper diction
  • University graduate.
  • Minimum one-year experience teaching English
  • Proficient in computer and internet use, especially research skills.
  • Self-starter that constantly looks for ways to improve our teaching programs

ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • IELTS or TOEFL Certification a big plus
  • Experience teaching English as a second language a plus
  • Experience living in or traveling in developing countries.
  • A teaching certificate from a recognized institution is sometimes required for granting of a 2-Year visa

COMPENSATION:

  • $1000/mo ($750/month +$250/month completion bonus)
  • Payment of travel, visa and inoculation expenses
  • Private living quarters on campus, with hot water and shower.
  • Housekeeping, washing and meals provided (dinners are made by “Mamma,” our wonderful cook and served around an international table of Father Hermann’s guests)
  • Monthly (150,000RF) living allowance for meals and cleaning service.
  • Health insurance, including catastrophic insurance.
  • Generous holiday time

*WHY THE COMMITTEE'S EMPHASIS ON HELPING THIS HIGH SCHOOL?

There are lots of good causes to work for. Then why are we focusing so much effort on just one school in Rwanda? Because a major worldwide source of poverty and refugee populations comes from Africa and foreign aid has largely failed to help. Because Rwanda's rural areas are among the poorest remaining in Africa and because, in our minds, the greatest hope is education, particularly in useful trade skills. Because we are backed by an enlightened Rwandan government that has its priorities right. Because we are directly helping 350 students develop the job skills most important in Rwanda. And because we can wrap our hands around this project and make it happen- with our management experience and your work. That's why.