Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Maranyundo School Teaching Job Vacancy in Rwanda

The Maranyundo School is a school of excellence, providing 180 middle school girls with dedicated, degree-qualified teachers, small classes, a first rate curriculum and a vibrant and safe residential community in which to learn and grow. It offers tuition support to over half its students in order to provide economically vulnerable girls access to and expectations for academic excellence.

The Maranyundo School opened in 2008 and in the first three years it ranked third, second and this year FIRST, in the O Level National Exams. This is a remarkable achievement for a school dedicated to providing opportunity to the economically vulnerable and is testimony to the hard work and commitment of these young girls and their teachers.

The Maranyundo School was founded by a still active group of supporters in Boston. It is now owned and led by the Benebikira Sisters, a Rwandan order of Roman Catholic nuns, highly respected for their commitment to academic excellence and their unwavering compassion and heroism during the genocide. Under their leadership, and with the help of dedicated teachers from Rwanda and Uganda, the students are taught the full National Curriculum, with an emphasis on developing the self-confidence, knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life. The Maranyundo School community has high standards, believing that all students, no matter their personal background, can succeed at the highest level.

We are looking for two college graduates who are self-confident, independent and passionately committed to making a difference in the world. As a Teaching Fellow, you will spend at least one year at the Maranyundo School, providing support to teachers and assistance to students in learning to speak and write English. You also will be expected to offer tutoring in particular subject areas, including science, math and technology. As a constant English speaker on campus, you will have the opportunity to be a role model to the girls – a supportive presence both in and out of the classroom -- offering help with academics and providing leadership in clubs and sports. Additionally, you will be expected to help the Head of School arrange and lead tours for English-speaking visitors to the school and to use social media regularly to keep the Maranyundo Initiative Board, and thus our donors and friends, updated on activities and daily life at the school.

Maranyundo Teaching Fellows will be present on campus full time during the teaching week, which runs Monday thru Saturday. You will live together on campus in the "Faculty House", a simple -- but safe and beautiful -- residence where you can prepare meals, work together and share your experiences.

Teaching Fellows are required to:
  • Spend 10 hours per week in a classroom supporting and learning from the teachers and gaining knowledge of the curriculum so as to better assist the students.
  • Spend 10 hours per week working individually or in small groups with students who need extra help.
  • Lead after school activities including sports, debate club, book club or other activities designed by the Fellow in consult with the Head of School.
  • Meet regularly with the Head of School who will supervise and review all activities.
  • Communicate regularly with the Maranyundo Initiative to provide updates and helpful information important to donors and friends of the school.
  • Help with issues of technology on campus or in the classroom.
  • Plan and lead tours of campus to visiting English-speaking groups.
You must:
  • Hold high expectations for each student.
  • Believe in the power of education to change lives.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of English suitable for ELL instruction.
  • Demonstrate strong personal values of kindness, compassion, flexibility and good humor.
  • Create and foster a positive learning environment with students.
  • Maintain professional personal appearance both on and off campus.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Demonstrate the cultural sensitivity and willingness to learn that is essential to live and work in a foreign culture.
  • Demonstrate the maturity, independence and responsibility required to live on a rural campus, a 50-minute bus ride from the capital, Kigali.
Compensation & Benefits:
  • One round trip airfare to Rwanda for every 8 months at the school
  • Room and board (some things will be stocked in the Faculty House and additional items will be purchased by the Fellows)
  • $200/month stipend
  • Health and evacuation insurance
Professional Requirements:
  • Bachelors degree and experience in teaching or assisting teaching in Science, Math, Technology and/or English
  • Experience and/or deep commitment to working with students in a developing nation who come from different social and economic backgrounds with varying primary school experiences

How to apply

We are now accepting applications for the 2013 and 2014 school years. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply NOW. You will be interviewed by someone from the Maranyundo Initiative and the Head of School.

All interested applicants should visit online at for additional information. Please contact Meagan Livergood at for an application.

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