The Project

The Diocese of Maliana in Timor Leste has requested the assistance of a qualified and experienced English teacher to develop local teachers’ capacity to deliver the Diocesan school’s language programs.

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The Location

Maliana is the capital of Bobonaro district, Timor Leste, located near the Indonesian border. The town is approximately 150km from the capital, Dili. Maliana experiences a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season.

The Challenge

Education providers in regional areas of Timor Leste have identified foreign language skills as critical to the success of their graduates. Integrating quality language classes into the school curriculum gives students broad career possibilities in government, civil society organisations, international organisations and private sector management. Students are also able to apply for higher education opportunities overseas.

Students in these regional areas have fewer opportunities than their peers in the capital to engage with native English speakers. Attracting English speakers to these areas for a length of time that facilitates genuine language development is a challenge.

About You

The Diocese has requested a suitably qualified and experienced English teacher. The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • A degree in education or certificate in teaching English as a second language
  • Proficiency in Portugese and a willingness to learn Tetum (local language)
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Cultural sensitivity and openness to working within a different cultural context
  • Willingness to work in Maliana for 2 years, with limited resources and facilities
  • Willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.


How You Will Help

The successful candidate will work alongside local teachers for two years to:

  • improve the existing English language program in the local Parish school,
  • develop the capacity of teachers in the school to implement improved language programs, and
  • strengthen relationships between the school and international visitors.

This role is part of a five-year plan. It is expected that this role will establish sustainable mechanisms for the continued engagement and enthusiasm of local staff for the English language and international engagement programs.

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