Assistant to school director | Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Latin America
  • Location: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Ministry category: Education, Community development, Hospitality

Help develop and improve the educational program of Bezaleel, a Mennonite boarding school for rural K’ekchi’ youth in grades 7–12. Assist with administrative duties. School year starts in January. 

Regional vision
To form of a school of discipleship and missions for the churches of Central America; to send more short-term mission groups to serve with local churches.

Responsibilities
Upon arrival at Bezaleel school, the assistant to the school director will:

  • Work with the director of the school and the school board to improve implementation of the spiritual and educational goals of the school
  • Train education staff in new teaching methods
  • Strengthen administrative structures and procedures
  • Develop new courses of study that respond to the needs of the community

All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service.

Environment
The political situation in Guatemala is fairly stable, but violence and crime are a reality in the area. Bezaleel school is situated in the beautiful green hills of the rural department of Alta Verapaz, which is steeped in traditional, rural K’ekchi’ culture. The students, coming from Catholic and evangelical homes, have mainly come from rural farming backgrounds, and many need to adjust to the opportunity for getting an education and developing a broader worldview. 

Supervisors and colleagues
The assistant to the school director will work daily with the school staff. The worker will be supervised by the school director, the education committee, and EMM Regional Representative Steve Shank.

Skills and experience
A master’s degree is ideal, but applicants who hold a teaching degree and also have a background in high-school-level teaching and/or school administration will be considered as well. Applicants must be willing to work toward proficiency in Spanish and probably K’ekchi’. Applicants must possess the patience and creativity to work for change within existing structures. Leadership abilities are important, but they must be implemented from behind the scenes, advancing and respecting existing leaders. The worker will be expected to participate in a local Mennonite church.