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Missionary Kid Teachers

Serving Those Who Serve

Across the globe, Serge missionaries are working to advance the kingdom of God. But in some areas, educational resources are scarce.

When missionaries do not have education options for their children, they often have to leave the field prematurely or pull back significantly in their ministries.

To support our missionaries, Serge fields teachers to provide high-quality education for “missionary kids” and enable missionaries to focus on their ministry. 

Teaching MKs is a unique opportunity to serve missionary teams in a vital way and to make a massive impact on the academic, personal, and spiritual development of these children.

If you are passionate about teaching kids (and caring for third culture kids in particular), flexible, adaptable, collaborative, and excited to be in a close-knit community of MKs and their families – we want to talk with you!

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As a Missionary Kid Teacher, You Will…

Teach in a Unique School Setting

Serge’s Missionary Kid Teachers juggle multiple grade levels and subjects and student needs, creating a one-of-a-kind classroom experience not found in traditional schools. In remote areas, MK teachers are encouraged to think outside the classroom, using the surrounding landscape as an educational tool.

One former MK teacher in Africa stated,

“I loved taking my students on community field trips to see how cocoa was harvested, fermented and dried. We did nature journals following the cycle of the mango tree in our schoolyard. We took walks to the river and collected local clay for an art project.” 

As a MK Teacher, you will –

  • Work in a unique school setting where you can give individualized attention to discipling and educating children
  • Develop curriculum and lesson plans
  • Instruct children in academic studies, differentiating instruction to help each child master the academic content presented
  • Prepare homework assignments and assessments; oversee standardized testing
  • Maintain student records
  • Maintain teaching credentials and participate in professional development activities
  • Participate in ministries with people from the local community as interests and gifts direct and time allows

Ideally, candidates would have at least 1 year of U.S. teaching experience, but teaching experience is not always required.

Impact Young Hearts With the Gospel

MK teachers provide high-quality education to missionary kids, but MK teaching is about so much more than that! Some of the greatest teaching occurs not when you’re standing in front of the chalkboard, but when you’re helping point your students’ toward their true identity in Christ. You can help point these precious children to the love and hope found in Jesus. And the support you provide directly impacts their parents’ ministry.

One former Serge Missionary Kid teacher says:

Ultimately, I want to always be pointing [these third culture kids] to Jesus, the one who left his home for them. In him, they never have to be alone. They never have to be homeless. He is their identity, their home, their companion wherever they go.”

Provide Vital Support to Your Team’s Ministry

Missionary Kid teachers help missionaries focus on their ministries, instead of homeschooling their own children, helping them spread the Gospel and demonstrate God’s love through tangible acts of service.

As one Serge Missionary puts it: 

“In many ways, our MK teachers are the backbone of our team, allowing children and families to thrive in this difficult place and enabling other parts of our team to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to Burundians through medical care and education.”

How the Work Gets Done

We Work in Teams

Missionary Kid teachers are invaluable members of our mission teams. Being part of a team provides you with a meaningful social life, shared prayer and worship, and the strength of working cross-culturally together. In addition, MK teachers often collaborate with families in the education of their children, to tailor curriculum activities to their particular needs and challenges.

We Provide Personalized Support

We are dedicated to supporting our teachers in ways that meet their unique experiences. We work closely with teachers before deployment, resourcing them while they are on the field, and as they transition back to the United States.

This support includes:

  • On-the-ground teaching training and coaching by seasoned Serge staff
  • Assistance with curriculum development
  • Connection to a large network of physicians, teachers, and psychologists in the US for specific challenges
  • Resources and tools for guiding “third-culture” kids academically, emotionally, and spiritually
  • Unlike other support-raising missionary jobs at Serge, in some cases, this position may be partially subsidized by generous donors.

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