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Children's Holiday Club Worker - Australia

Join a team of four or five workers to run a programme for 10 children and 11 teenagers while their parents attend the branch conference in early October. You will come fully prepared to lead and run all the programme content.

These are opportunities for missionaries' children to have a break from intense cross-cultural experiences, and to holiday and enjoy socialising with other Western children from their parents' home culture.

Your role is to enhance that experience for them. Before or after the conference you may have an opportunity to spend time with a missionary in their ministry setting.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

Fluent English speaker, experience working with children and teenagers, whether a school teacher or kids club leader or other youth worker. You enjoy putting together a lively fun programme which helps them engage with God and with Bible teaching.

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About Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia in Oceania, comprises the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. The capital city is Canberra, and its largest urban area is Sydney.

Before the first European settlement, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who spoke around 250 different languages.

The current population of around 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia has the world's 9th largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 26% of the population.

Australia has one of the world’s most highly urbanised populations with the majority living in metropolitan cities on the coast.

Landscape and biodiversity
Australia's size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with tropical rainforests in the north-east, mountain ranges in the south-east, south-west and east, and dry desert in the centre.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, lies a short distance off the north-east coast and extends for over 2,000 kilometres (1,240 mi).  

Although most of Australia is semi-arid or desert, it includes a diverse range of habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognised as a megadiverse country. Fungi typify that diversity; an estimated 250,000 species – of which only 5% have been described – occur in Australia.  

About 85% of flowering plants, 84% of mammals, more than 45% of birds, and 89% of in-shore, temperate-zone fish are unique to Australia. Among well-known Australian animals are  the platypus, the kangaroo, koala, and wombat, and birds such as the emu and the kookaburra.  

Arts and leisure
Indigenous Australian rock art is the oldest and richest in the world, dating as far back as 60,000 years and spread across hundreds of thousands of sites. Traditional designs, patterns and stories infuse contemporary Indigenous Australian art, its exponents include Emily Kame Kngwarreye.  

About 24% of Australians over the age of 15 regularly participate in organised sporting activities.

Religion
Australia has no state religion: the Australian Constitution prohibits the federal government from making any law to establish any religion, impose any religious observance, or prohibit the free exercise of any religion.

[Source: Wikipedia. Read more about Australia here].

Australia currently hosts a total of 183 people groups, 20 of which are considered unreached.

The largest religion is Christianity at 66%. Of these the evangelical population is around 14.5%.

[source: Joshua Project]

Please pray for:
the church in Australia
ministry among students
youth and childrens' work
ethnic minorities and peoples
the indigenous Aborigines
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]

Pray with Operation World for this land

WEC Australia’s vision to see Australians and their churches passionately involved in strategic roles so that multiplying churches are planted among unreached people groups.

WEC Australia come alongside local churches to help them understand cross-cultural church planting, providing vocational training, so that they can see first-hand what is involved, and work with sending churches to provide effective member care for Australian missionaries.

Check out WEC Australia for more about their projects and goals.

Details

Position Type
Youth & Children
Sports & Outdoor Pursuits

Contract Type
0-3 months i Ideal commitment is 3 months or less

Location
Tasmania
Australia
Pacific
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