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English or Portuguese Language Teacher in Timor-Leste

Could you teach English or Portuguese to young adults and teenage students?

Language teachers are required to expand WEC's Esperança project in Dili to teach young adults and teenagers (from 15 years and over).

There are many opportunities, outside of a part-time teaching schedule, to get involved in children's ministry, outreach and prayer ministry too.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

For teaching English a teaching qualification or experience is important, unless a mother tongue English speaker.

A teaching qualification or experience is important, ideally a mother tongue English or Portuguese speaker. Some kind of training certificate is required for a long-term visa.

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About Teaching English

Fluency in English provides students with a vital skill. By teaching English you have a chance to build relationships with students, and can provide opportunities to share the gospel.

You can use your TEFL or TESOL training on a short-term mission experience with WEC. Have an opportunity to travel and experience a new culture.

TEFL training: You can study English Teaching online, or gain qualifications with one of our partners, ChristianTEFL.org

Every year there are opportunities in Brazil to teach our trainee missionaries. Here's a taster:

Jacquie taught English in Guinea-Bissau on a short term mission with WEC. Read Jacquie's story.

Get in touch with our UK Short Term team about our latest opportunities.

About Timor-Leste

Timor Leste (East Timor) is one of the newest nations of the world having gained its independence in 2002.

East Timor was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor.  In 1974 civil war broke out between different parties in East Timor, and in 1975 Indonesian troops came and declared it to be the 27th province of Indonesia.

East Timor's two official languages are Portuguese and Tetum. English and Indonesian are sometimes used, and are designated as working languages.  

The culture of East Timor reflects numerous influences, including Portuguese, Roman Catholic and Indonesian, and, Timor’s indigenous cultures.

The Portuguese influence and early Catholic missionaries has resulted in more than 90% of the population being nominally Catholic, and Timor Leste becoming one of only two Asian nations with a Catholic majority. However, this is often only a veneer over traditional animistic practices. Most people live in constant fear and bondage to evil spirits, and do not know of the freedom that Jesus can bring.

[Sources: Wikipedia and WEC. Read more about Timor-Leste here].  

Timor-Leste has 23 people group, including the Bulak, Fataluku, the Hakka Chinese (observing traditional religions) and Indonesians (predominantly Muslim).

The largest religion is Christianity at 91% (of whom 93.8% are professing Roman Catholic and only 2.5% evangelical).  

[Source: Joshua Project]  

WEC in Timor-Leste

The door is open for more workers to join us, both long- and short-term. We are looking for anyone with a heart to serve the peoples of this land.  

Currently there is a need for: -people to be disciples and make disciples: to start churches where there are none -a co-ordinator for Short Term workers and teams -those able to teach English, Portuguese, computing, music and sports -youth and children’s workers -those gifted in film-making, book and Bible translation, and Bible studies production

Join us - we need you!

Pray with us for:
-peace and reconciliation for all the peoples after decades of bitter occupation
-the social challenges of poverty, poor health and illiteracy
-wisdom for church leaders
-the Timor peoples
-youth and children
-servants to go and make disciples
-Bible translation
-use of the JESUS film
[Source: Operation World, 2010 print edition and Prayercast]  

Please also use Operation World’s online resources.  

You can also watch Prayercast video for Timor-Leste here.  


Position Type
Youth & Children
Education & Training

Contract Type
3-12 months i Ideal commitment between 3 months and 1 year, but with options to stay longer, if willing to undergo training as required.

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