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Timor-Leste - Timor-Leste Adventist International School

To demonstrate God's love to and establish positive relationships between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the people of Timor-Leste through teaching elementary school at the Timor-Leste Adventist International School (TAIS).

Timor-Leste Adventist International School (TAIS) is located in the capital city of Dili, situated right on the coast. TAIS currently has 135 students from Kindergarten to 8th grade and is hoping to expand into high school in the coming years.. Serving in a developing country such as Timor-Leste comes with its challenges –occasional power outages, limited available resources, and cultural differences, to name a few. On the positive side, there's fantastic snorkeling and diving, whale-watching, pristine beaches, and stunning mountains to explore. However, the best part of serving at TAIS is the daily opportunity to share Jesus with His children! If you have a passion for children and an adventurous spirit, consider coming to serve at Timor-Leste Adventist International School!

More Info
  • Average Fundraising Goal: May vary. ~$3,100. See Student Missions Office.
  • Timeline: 10-12 months (Potentially flexible)
  • Location: Dili, East Timor Check-out the location on Google Maps
  • Living Accommodations: Shared accommodation in concrete building. Includes basic furniture, shared kitchen, shared bathroom, fridge, stove, fans or A/C, 220V electrical. One set of towels and one set of bedding is provided. Basic cooking and eating utensils are provided. Basic housekeeping supplies are provided. Beyond these things, the volunteer is responsible to bring or purchase anything else he/she may want or need.
  • Language: Must be fluent in English, Indonesian and Portuguese are extremely helpful and teachers are needed who speak these languages.
  • Food: Volunteer responsible – food costs will be covered by a monthly stipend.
  • Requirements: Visa, 2 years of college education preferred.
Position Info
  • Teacher – Responsibilities include: To be an example of Jesus' love and teachings to others through your personal life, dress and relationships. To mentor others to grow in their relationship with God and to make a decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. To be involved in all aspects of teaching elementary school including: lesson planning, instruction, Bible-based spiritual education, English-language instruction, classroom management, supervision, extracurricular activities, grading, and administration. To possibly teach English language (ESL) classes or other classes to children as needed. To regularly attend, participate in the local SDA Sabbath school and worship services. To be prepared to participate and lead in ministry and in programs of the local SDA church. To visit and train others in the outlying districts of Timor-Leste. All other duties as assigned.


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Interested in Timor Leste?

Apply for your preferred position at least four months before you plan to serve, though spots may be available up until a month before departure.