Central Europe Teacher

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-793004
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 13, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: July 18, 2022
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Job Description:

Central Europe Teacher


  • Slovakia and Poland

Assignment Includes:

  • Teach in a bilingual junior/senior high school or elementary school. Emphasis is for conversational English teachers but math, science, religion and geography teachers are needed also. All instruction is in English language.
  • Interpret and implement national and school mandated curriculum through personalized lesson plans.
  • Prepare students for the end-of-school-year comprehensive final exams.
  • Participate in a mid-academic year review to assess performance.
  • Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters and blogs to ELCA congregations and members.

All ELCA Global Personnel participate in mission interpretation.

Site Information

ELCA Service and Justice volunteer teachers serve in Central Europe in partnership with the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic and the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. These national churches, as well as their national governments, have set English language learning as a high priority. In partnership with the national churches, the ELCA volunteer teachers prepare the students for a future in the church and in society as well. Typical class size can range from 8 to 20 students. There are currently 3 small-town sites and 2 urban sites in Slovakia, and 1 small-town site in Poland.

Experience and Skills:

  • BA/BS is required
  • Teaching experience is preferred

Terms and Conditions:

  • While not employees, Central Europe Teachers of the ELCA are understood to be global personnel of the ELCA. As such, this position is supported by the ELCA with the following provisions: international health insurance and fees related to visas. Central Europe Teachers are provided accommodations at no cost and receive a modest financial salary. Teachers raise their own support to cover travel expenses and the first 8-12 weeks of out-of-pocket expenses. Student loans are deferrable. Potential candidates should be prepared to participate in a weeklong ELCA missionary orientation in the summer of 2022, and once deployed, a weeklong orientation in August in Bratislava for their specific teaching assignments.
  • Service period is from mid-August through June 30th, 2023, and candidates serve for one academic calendar year with the possibility of a one-year extension.

If Candidate is Married:

Both must complete an application for this position, even if the spouse will not be fulfilling a specific role in the ministry.  In the context of global mission service, a spouse is seen as a representative of the ELCA and of the receiving church regardless of their actual role.  It is important for the ELCA that both members of a couple understand the role of missionary and are comfortable with that reality.  In addition, an accompanying spouse receives an appointment to service by the ELCA and the support package for mission personnel includes compensation for an accompanying spouse.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel:

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA


Competitive Benefits