Saturday, June 3, 2017

Needed: Homeschool Teacher for 2018-2019 School Year

by Stacey

Megan and Makyra (8)
We are looking for a lady (young or not-as-young) to come to Cameroon with us in August 2018 to homeschool our children for the 2018-2019 school year. Please help spread the word because the application with our mission agency, World Team, would need to be in by August 25, 2017 (details below).

The Opportunity: Mutually Beneficial

Bonnie with two silly girls (Zoey and Makyra)
Coming to Cameroon to be a homeschool teacher is beneficial both to Dave and I as Bible translators and it would also be beneficial to you as the homeschool teacher. It is beneficial to us because we will be starting translation and literacy this next term and really need to spend our time pulling our hair out over translation issues. Our work is very hard and very technical and it requires hours of silent concentration. We have found that juggling linguistics and 2nd grade times-tables makes it so that we do not go a good job in either role. We really need someone who can devote their time to being our kids' full-time educator. 

Also, it would be beneficial to you because you would get to see the missionary life up close. You would live in our guest house, eat your meals with our family, pray with us for the Bakoum people, and hear all that we are learning about the language and the culture. You would be living in a village in Africa and you would see a part of the world that would be completely foreign to anything you have experienced living in the States. For you, this wouldn't only be a year of travel, but it would likely be a year of long days, possible sickness and loneliness. If you come, you will understand, in many ways, what life on the field as a missionary is like. It won't be a picnic, but it will be rewarding.

Details 

Where we Live: 
We life in a small town in Eastern Cameroon which is next to a tropical rain forest. The people speak a local language called Bakoum although French is used as a trade language.

Our Kids:
We have four children, all adopted from Ethiopia: Kaden (8), Makyra (8), Elias (7) and Zoey (7). Although they are a year apart, we are currently keeping them all in the same grade (starting in August 2018 they will be entering 3rd grade). They come with lots and lots and lots of energy and zeal for everything, including learning. We are looking someone assertive and firm who will be able to control the classroom and channel their energy well (this is no small task).

Curriculum:
This year we will be joining FES (Field Education System of SIL in Cameroon). You will be working with this program in order to receive curriculum and we will also be attending their joint learning sessions where they kids will have an in-classroom experience. You will need to do lesson planning, but there is curriculum to help you navigate through teaching the kids. 
Our House

Housing:
We live in a good-sized house outside of town which includes a school room where the children are homeschooled. We also have a separate “guest house” in our back yard, complete with a bathroom, which serves as the lodging for our home school teacher. Meals would be eaten with our family. We most often have electricity and (hot and cold) water. 

Job Description
  • Homeschool the kids, including working one-on-one with them outside of class in areas where they struggle. 
  • Prepare daily individual lesson plans from the suggested lesson plans available. This can be work intensive. 
  • Be responsible for checking out all curriculum materials, taking care of them and checking them in at the appropriate time.
  • Be willing to watch the Hare kids when Dave and Stacey both need to attend language / Bible translation committee meetings (this happens rarely).
Qualifications:
  • A strong walk with the Lord and a life committed to the practice the personal spiritual disciplines. Our work is very much pioneer work and therefore you would not reap the benefits of a good church and small group. You would need to mainly feed yourself through your own personal study of the word (bring sermons!)
  • A teachable spirit. We are looking for someone to come as a learner of the culture, our family, ministry, and so on. 
  • A robust knowledge of the Bible (as our children are known for asking lots of hard Bible questions!)
  • A strong recommendation from your local church.
  • A love for and experience working with kids of this age. 
  • You do NOT have to have any experience as a teacher (although that would be a welcomed bonus) but we ask that you come with a willingness to learn and to work hard to ensure they receive a good education. 
  • Must come willing to love and pray for our children. 
  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Must apply through our mission agency, World Team, and be willing to raise funds to support yourself for your 9 month stay.
Cost
You would be responsible to raise approximately $300 USD/mo plus one-time costs (airfare, immunizations, visa and passport fees, a trip to World Team’s Support Center for an interview / introduction to the agency ($100), etc). Personal expenses (buying gifts, souvenirs, etc) are not included in this figure.

The Process 
Please contact me at stacey.hare@worldteam.org so we can begin initial conversation, answer any questions you may have and give you an idea of what it is like to live with our family. If you seem to be a good fit for our family and if we seem to be a good fit for you, you would then begin the application process with our mission agency, World Team.

If you would like to talk to one of our kids' former homeschool teachers, you can contact them at: bonnie.marcum2@gmail.com (Bonnie) or meganmauterer@gmail.com (Megan).

World Team would require an initial application, phone dialog, references, and so on. If everything is approved, you will be invited to come to the main office for their orientation / application week. Please visit the website at www.us.worldteam.org/get-started to fill out the initial application. 

This needs to be filled out by August 25, 2017.


From the Mouths of Previous Homeschool Teachers

From Bonnie (2015-2016):
I am so thankful to have had this opportunity with the Hares because I was able to participate in authentic, everyday life with missionaries on the field. I loved being a part of the real joys and struggles that missionary families experience and I believe it has helped me become more faithful in prayer, compassion, and endurance.
One joy of being a homeschool teacher was simply to watch the kids learn and to see things anew from their perspective. The Hare kids get excited to discover new things! Teaching is definitely hard work and requires lots of patience and perseverance, but spending the time to get to know and understand the kids was totally worth it. I grew in my walk with the Lord, especially in prayer, as a result of the constant realization of how inadequate I was for the task set before me. But God was faithful!
Bonnie in the backseat with all the kids

The Hare kids absolutely love learning! It was such a joy to hear them chatting after school was over about a history book we read or discussing the solar system or even reciting their addition facts. They are each unique in the way they express themselves and relate to others. They have their own strengths and weaknesses, which were both difficult and a pleasure for me to discover. Some days they would try my patience like nobody’s business, and others they would persevere with difficult math problems or spelling words and encourage each other towards obedience and joy. It was a year well spent as the Hare’s homeschool tutor! 

From Megan (2016-2017):
I am extremely thankful God granted me the opportunity to teach for the Hare family. The children are sweet, energetic kids who absolutely love learning. Together, we had a wonderful time singing our way through the curriculum, writing creative stories, and discovering fascinating animals and plants in science. Of course, there were times in which the children had difficulty controlling their tongues and energetic bodies, but overall the experience teaching them was wonderful. I really treasured seeing the missionary life in Cameroon firsthand and the role these children played in their parents’ journey to translate the Bakoum Bible. I will definitely miss seeing their smiling faces each morning, hearing their infectious laughter, and watching their countenance light up as they understood new concepts. Teaching the Hare children was a real joy.