CAMA TCK Elementary Homeschool Co-op Teacher

Teaching third-culture kids (TCKs) allows the opportunity to combine impacting the next generation through educational and spiritual training with the opportunity to join a dynamic team working in a challenging creative-access setting.

Posted on June 19, 2015


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Position Type

  • CAMA Worker
  • Creative Access Country (CAC)
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Ordination not required
  • Single or couple

As a team member, this individual will participate in the elementary school education of children of workers and nationals. Four to six students are in the lower elementary grades; this individual will be responsible to help these students fulfill the educational requirements for their respective grade levels. There is potential for this role to expand into teaching bilingually and include local children.

Required Qualifications:


  • A recognized bachelor’s degree in elementary education
  • Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Two or more years of teaching experience at the preschool/elementary level
  • A Missions Perspectives Course


  • Previous experience in cross-cultural TCK ministry or life overseas
  • Experience in ESL or TEFL
  • The ability and motivation to learn Indonesian


  • Make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
  • Learn the local language
  • Plan and supervise the educational progress of each student in his/her respective grade level
  • Build relationships with people from the local culture and expat volunteers
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the team leader

Timeline for Deployment:

Fall 2018 for language study; teaching responsibilities to begin August 2016. Once appointed, fund-raising begins.

General Information:

See The World Factbook page on Indonesia

This area was the center of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which resulted in the death of approximately 80 percent of this city’s population and approximately 250,000 throughout the province. CAMA began working here within days of the tsunami and has continued its work in the province as one of the few remaining NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

Work and Living Environment:

This is a small, rural city on one of the most beautiful stretches of pristine coastline in Southeast Asia; there are few foreigners or believers. Indonesians are famous for their gentle, warm hospitality, and the people in this area are of no exception. A history of conflict stretching back to colonial times has earned locals a reputation of being more forthright and independent.

Housing will be a rented home in a strategic location. The applicant must be willing to live in the local community with all the unique joys and challenges this brings. Many dry goods and a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, seafood, poultry, and occasionally beef, are available in local stores and markets. Many Indonesian dry goods are locally available, and some imported food stuffs (such as cheeses, dried pasta, peanut butter, etc.) are available in the capital (approximately a 2.5 hour car drive up the coast). Many Indonesian kitchen and household furnishings as well as some electronics are available locally. A broader selection of household items, including imported/Western goods, is available in the capital.

Status of Christian Witness:

See the Joshua Project Web

Language Expectations:

Expectations for learning Indonesian, the national language, depend upon the length of term:

  • Long-term applicant: One year of language study followed by on-site language and cultural acquisition studies
  • Short-term applicant: Six months “survival” language study followed by on-site language and cultural acquisition studies

Health Considerations:

Beginning March 2015, the team will have an ER registered nurse who can assist with immediate medical needs. This city has several small pharmacies with a good selection of medications available, but outside medical consultations for prescriptions would be necessary for anything needed beyond basic care. The hospital is quite basic; the quality of care is inconsistent. Better care is available in the capital but remains below international standards. International quality care is available in Penang or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which are a 1.5 hour flight from this city.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the husband’s and wife’s gifts, abilities, training, and needs of the team and as family commitments allow.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

If the teacher hired for this position has grade school-aged children, they will attend the same school with the other TCKS. Currently, the homeschool co-op is the only available U. S. college preparatory education option in the city. Junior and senior high school boarding options are available at Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia.

Compensation Package:

This is a partially funded position with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise 75 percent of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development arm of the C&MA. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to Biblical holism. We are first committed to model holism and then reflect holism in how we carry out our work. Because of this commitment, part of the required qualifications include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.


Please write Pat Altemose at

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