Teacher/student life coordinator | Lezhë, Albania

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Europe
  • Location: Lezhë, Albania
  • Ministry category: Education, Hospitality

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Work with students at the Lezha Academic Center, a Christian secondary school staffed by American and Albanian teachers. Plan events and ways to connect with students relationally, or work as a teacher.

Regional vision
Workers who long to see the kingdom of God flourish in this region will come to East/Central Europe and invest in relationships, realizing they may not see fruit for some time. As people in the region connect with Jesus and churches begin to grow, Christians will have a life-giving impact on this area.

Responsibilities
Build relationships with students at the Lezha Academic Center, either through teaching or serving as student life coordinator. The latter will serve in ways such as:

  • planning social events to build relationships
  • mentoring and discipling students
  • participating in the local church
  • engaging within the local community
  • Contact Jimm Derksen to look into current job opportunities.

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
A relatively stable Eastern European country, Albania is considered one of the less-developed nations in modern Europe. Many Albanians have the desire to modernize; common aspirations include joining the European Union and, on an individual level, receiving higher education — a goal many have not had the opportunity to achieve.

Historically tribesmen and clansmen, Albanians’ heritage is still a deep influence on everyday life. Unwritten codes of law and conduct are upheld by a large majority of the population, such as the belief in revenge that can perpetuate family feuds for generations, and the desire for personal autonomy that makes Albanians a freedom-loving people. Nearby Turkey also has a strong effect on Albanian culture.

Albania is a Muslim-majority country with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical minorities.

Supervisors and colleagues
The teacher/student life coordinator will be working with teachers and staff at Lezha Academic Center, receiving supervision from principal Klementina Shahini. This worker will also work alongside local church leaders. Regular check-ins will be scheduled with EMM Regional Representative Stacy Nofziger.

Skills and experience
College degree required, especially for a teaching position. Applicants must be willing to pursue proficiency in the Albanian language. Heart for discipleship and mentoring essential; enjoyment in working with youth important.