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Teacher, Kindergarten

  VF88S5 Adventist Volunteer Service
  Timor-Leste Adventist International School


  • 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 Saviour. 
  • 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; and
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Previous experience in working with children and leading some form of children's program or ministry is required. Previous experience teaching kindergarten/elementary school and/or English as a Second Language to children is preferred.
  • Speak Fluent English
  • At least 2 years College
  • Early Childhood or Elementary Education prefered


Modest attire. Teachers are required to wear a uniform 4 days a week. The other days teachers must dress as described below. WOMEN: Work—modest blouse/collared shirt, dress pants (NO JEANS)/loose fitting skirt/dress below the knee; Church—modest blouse, loose fitting skirt/dress below the knee. [Please wear slips under skirts and dresses.] Recreation—modest knee-lenth shorts, T-shirts; shorts & shirt required for swimming. MEN: Work—collared shirt, long professional pants (NO JEANS); Church—dress pants, collared dress shirt. Recreation—modest shorts/T-shirts, modest swimwear.

Unacceptable Dress: Tight and/or short shorts, clothing with low cleavages, short/sheer blouses or dresses, T-shirts with negative slogans/logos, bikinis or revealing swimwear. Jewelry, dreadlocks, piercings, visible tattoos, extreme haircuts/styles. Please do not bring jewelry.


Shared accommodation in concrete building. Includes basic furniture, shared AVS kitchen, shared AVS 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.

Living There

Please note: as this is a new school, annual enrolment is still being determined. As such, specific grade-level assignment will be made just before the beginning of the school year when you arrive; you may end up teaching different/additional classes than first thought. Flexibility is needed!


  • Local Travel
  • Insurance
  • Accommodations
  • Utilities
  • Monthly Living Allowance  -  $250.00
  • Visa - Shared, Volunteer pays for all expenses up to and including entering Timor-Leste, TLM pays work visa expenses after arrival.  

Not Included

  • Visa - Shared, Volunteer pays for all expenses up to and including entering Timor-Leste, TLM pays work visa expenses after arrival.
  • Medical/Inoculations
  • Travel to and from location
  • Food/Meals  


Monthly Living Allowance  -  $250.00 USD

Additional Information

Volunteers with an under-graduate degree, teaching degree, or willing to stay for a longer term will be given an increased monthly allowance.

Be prepared to pay for travel expenses from home to Timor-Leste, including any excess baggage costs not included in the flight cost. Original criminal record check and health clearance letter MUST be acquired shortly before departure in home country. Volunteers may be required to have a physical exam to receive their work visa in country—this includes blood test (including STDs and HIV) and chest x-ray. To acquire a work visa, you will also need to bring all original diplomas and certificates you have (high school diploma, training certificates, undergrad degrees, etc.), as well as, an authenticated/notorized copy of your passport.

Volunteer needs to raise funding to cover travel and expenses for both the required AVS orientation AND travel from the AVS orientation to Dili, Timor-Leste (unless the volunteer has committed to teaching at TAIS for 2 full school years). The monthly allowance is enough to cover food and other monthly expenses if the volunteer chooses to live simply and eat primarily a local diet, rather than buying all the imported food, eating out regularly, or spending a lot of money/time on internet. It is optional to fundraise an additional $100-$150USD/month for more comfortable living.

The monthly allowance stated above is for volunteers that have not yet completed an under-graduate degree, and is the amount that they will receive after tithe, tax, and housing costs have been deducted. Volunteers with an under-graduate degree, teaching degree, or willing to stay for a longer term will be given an increased monthly allowance. Please enquire for more information ([email protected]).

The Southern-Asia Pacific Division requires attendance at the AVS orientation at the Thailand Mission, 12 Soi Pridi Panomyong 37, Sukhumvit 71 Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand (July 16-20, 2020). School preparation begins July 27, 2020 in Dili, Timor-Leste.

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Looking for a real "mission adventure"? Try this trail-blazing position in this new school just opened in 2015.

Dili, Timor-Leste

On site

11-24 Months

July 2020-June 2022

Age 20-60

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