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Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village English ESL Fellow

Jill Elias
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Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village English ESL Fellow

Location: Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda

Duration: 12 months: December 2017 - December 2018

Organization Overview:

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a residential community for orphaned and vulnerable adolescents in Rwanda, and is home to over 520 youth and 150 staff. The Village is designed to care for, protect, and nurture Rwanda’s most vulnerable teens. In addition to an exemplary secondary education, Agahozo-Shalom offers enrichment programs in sports, arts, and culture, and provides a healthy environment that helps the teenagers grow both emotionally and intellectually. Agahozo-Shalom is a place where traumatized teens “dry their tears” (Agahozo) and “live in peace”

(Shalom). They gain skills necessary to become leaders, continue to rebuild this promising country, and make the world a better place. Visit for more information.

Village Fellows Program Overview:

The Village Fellows program of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village places 8-10 international volunteers (“Fellows”) at our site in Rwanda. Fellows spend 12 months living and working in the Village; they are placed into professional roles and work together with Rwandan staff to support existing programs and help develop new systems and programs. They become an integral part of the staff team that enables the Village to fulfill its goal of providing a nurturing home and exemplary formal and informal education to our kids.

In addition to their professional role, each Fellow joins a family and serves as a mentor to 16-24 teenage students who are in their first year of living in the Village. Fellows (in this role called Cousins) work hand-in-hand with Family Mothers and Counselors to create a loving and supportive family and home environment for our teens. Additionally, Fellows lead and support many of the Enrichment Programs and Special Events offered in the Village after school and during the evenings.

General Qualifications & Requirements*:

Before applying, please review the following requirements: 

Each candidate should possess an undergraduate and/or advanced degree, have experience with youth development and multicultural/international programs, and must be willing to devote 12-months to living and working in the Village, understanding that work days include evenings and weekends. 

An ideal candidate would have the following qualities:

·        Excellent communication and organizational skills

·        Fluency and proficiency in spoken English

·        Ability to balance various jobs and tasks

·        Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or guidance

·        Interest in working for a development project and collaborating with local and international staff

·        Ability to adapt to different cultures and work styles

·        Strong sense of responsibility and integrity

·        Flexibility, patience, resilience, determination, strong leadership

·        Ideological affinity with the mission, goals and philosophy of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Specific Position Description: English ESL Trainer – The English ESL Trainer will support the Village’s English Language Learners (ELL), providing English Language Enrichment at the Liquidnet Family High School and support for teachers on skills to expand English Language Literacy in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Duties will include teaching daily English lessons for “Enrichment Year” students, designing assessments to track student progress, and collaborating with LFHS staff to design comprehensive English instruction. Fellow will manage the two Village libraries and work to create an overall culture of English enrichment. Fellow will also work with Programs Assistant to serve as the Advisor for the Student Government. Experience teaching or tutoring English language learners is preferred. Candidates with TESOL certification and/or formal teaching experience are highly encouraged to apply.

This position will comprise approximately 50% - 80% of a Fellow’s time. The remaining time will be dedicated to the following:

1.    Mentoring a family of 16-24 teens in the Village and serving as their “Cousin”

2.    Leading after-school activities

3.   Tutoring students in English or other subjects

4.    Assisting on other projects and tasks as needed

* Note: Please include additional qualities that would make you an ideal candidate in your cover



The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village provides all Village Fellows/Cousins with room and board, a monthly stipend, comprehensive medical and evacuation insurance, Rwandan Visa, and round-trip airfare to Rwanda. Fellows/Cousins are responsible for all other costs not listed above (ie. passport, immunizations, etc.).

To initiate the process, please send a resume and a 1-page cover letter to Eligible candidates will go through an interview process. As a second step in the process, applicants will be invited to complete an application online. Due to a high volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 



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