We are looking for a homeschool teacher for our four 7th grade children for the 2021-2022 school year.
A Mutually-Beneficial Opportunity:
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 are full-time linguists/Bible translators and really need to spend our days pulling our hair out over translation issues. Our work is very intensive and technical and it requires hours of silent concentration. We have found that juggling multiple languages/Bible exegesis/literacy programs along with elementary math 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.
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 Kwakum 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 be 9 months of tourism, but it would likely be a school 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.
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 Kwakum although French is used as a trade language.
We have four children, all adopted from Ethiopia. Their names (along with the ages they’ll be in 7th grade) are Kaden (12), Makyra (12), Elias (11) and Zoey (11). Although they are a year apart, we are currently keeping them all in the same grade (starting in August 2020 they will be entering 7th grade). They come with lots and lots and lots of energy and lots and lots of talking. We are looking someone assertive and firm who will be able to control the classroom and channel their energy well.
We already have all the curriculum you would be using in hand. You will need to do lesson planning and grading but there is curriculum to help you navigate through teaching the kids.
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 backyard, complete with a bathroom, which serves as the lodging for our home-school teacher. Meals will be eaten with our family. We have electricity and hot water most of the time.
- 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.
- Be responsible for checking out all curriculum materials, taking care of them and checking them in at the appropriate time.
- Keep track of the children’s grades.
- Be willing to watch the Hare kids when Dave and Stacey both need to attend language / Bible translation committee meetings (this happens rarely).
- 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.
- 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.
You would be responsible to raise approximately $350 USD/month plus one-time costs (airfare, immunizations, visa and passport fees, a trip to World Team’s Support Center in March 2021 for an interview / introduction to the agency, etc). Personal expenses (buying gifts, souvenirs, etc) are not included in this figure.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.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 our kids’ current homeschool teacher, Madison, please write me and I will give you her contact information.
World Team requires an initial application, phone dialog, and references. If everything is approved, you will be invited to come to the main office for their orientation / application week in March 2021. Please visit the website at https://us.worldteam.org/get-started to fill out the initial application.
From one one of our kids’ previous homeschool teachers:
“Working as a tutor with the Hare Family has been hands down the most challenging but rewarding experience of my life. The job description is for a tutor, but the reality is, you will be exposed to many other roles and tasks throughout your time, both voluntarily and involuntarily (i.e. helping deliver a child). But the best part about all the expected and unexpected events is that God uses them for the benefit of His Kingdom and for His glory. I have come away with so many new and unforgettable experiences, things that I never could have learned from America.
The food, the lack of conveniences, and the culture are hard to overcome, but the new friends, the great memories, and my personal spiritual growth made all the difficulties worth it. The Hares are probably the most kind and genuine people I have ever met, and through every up and down, they were there to help comfort, console, and encourage me. Their passion for the Lord and the Kwakum is contagious. I know that because of them, my life has been changed for the better. Being a tutor for their children is a simple and practical way to help aid in Kingdom work.” – Hunter