School teachers and staff in Senegal
Do you enjoy working with children? If so, this is an opportunity of a lifetime! Come and be part of an exciting school community which enables families to serve God in West Africa.
Missionaries' children have a refreshing worldview, and teaching them at Bourofaye Christian School would be an experience you will never forget! BCS provides an international standard education, and a safe, inspiring, Christian environment for children of missionaries, enabling their parents to fulfil their calling.
This year there are opportunities for both Primary and Secondary Teachers, especially ICT and EAL, a Special Needs Teacher and Assistant, a Speech Therapist, Teachers who can educate in Korean, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch. We also need a School Director, Finance, Manager, Dormitory Coordinator, Dorm Parents, Dorm Helpers, a Maintenance Worker, a Nurse, a School Chaplain, and a Children's Counsellor. Resources and teaching materials are provided.
Teachers who serve for two years or more help us to maintain consistency and stability to the school community, from one academic year to the next.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
A teaching qualification is preferred, and any experience of teaching would be useful.
You are an English speaker with a good educational level up to university. Senegal is a French speaking country, so French fluency is necessary for long-term staff, but not required for short-term staff.
An understanding of Third Culture Kids who grow up outside of their parents' home country is important, but we can prepare you to connect with their worldview. Come for one year, and then stay on because you love it!
All staff of BCS live on site and are housed in a fully furnished apartment with one or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and lounge area.
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About Bourofaye Christian School, Senegal
Bourofaye Christian School (BCS) is situated outside Dakar, providing a safe, inspiring, Christian environment for children of missionaries. The school is located in a rural area 30km from Thies and 200km from Kaffrine. With the school just a 30-minute drive from Thies, it offers the possibility of day school for children of missionaries working in the area.
By providing accommodation and a community for the children, WEC enables their parents to fulfil their ministry in more remote areas of West Africa where a western curriculum schooling is not available.
For example, some families are living in rural areas among the Wolof people, perhaps doing literacy or translation work, or they may be working with street children, or helping with development projects.
Read why BCS is somewhere to belong.
Ruth is teacher at BCS - read why Ruth loves here job!
Visit the BCS School website
Senegal is a country in West Africa. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest. Senegal also borders The Gambia and Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde.
The name “Senegal” comes from the Wolof “Sunuu Gaal” which means “our boat”. Senegal has an estimated population of about 15 million.
Senegal's capital of Dakar is by far the largest city in Senegal, with over two million residents. The second most populous city is Touba, with half a million people.
Senegal has a tropical climate with pleasant heat throughout the year.
Senegal became independent in 1960 and Léopold Sédar Senghor was Senegal’s first president.
Senegal has a wide variety of ethnic groups and, as in most West African countries, several languages are widely spoken. The Wolof are the largest single ethnic group in Senegal at 43%; the Fula and Toucouleur (24%) are the second biggest group, followed by the Serer (14.7%), then others such as Jola (4%), Mandinka (3%), Maures, Soninke, Bassari and many smaller communities (9%).
About 50,000 Europeans (mostly French) and Lebanese as well as smaller numbers of Mauritanians and Moroccans live in Senegal, mainly in the cities.
Senegal is a secular state. Islam is the predominant religion, practiced by approximately 94% of the population; the Christian community, at 5% of the population, are mostly Roman Catholics. 1% have animist beliefs, particularly in the southeastern region of the country.
A majority of the Muslims in Senegal are Sunni with Sufi influences. Islamic communities in Senegal are generally organized around one of several Islamic Sufi orders or brotherhoods, headed by a khalif.
Culture, arts and food
Because Senegal borders the Atlantic Ocean, fish is very important. Chicken, lamb, peas, eggs, and beef are also used in Senegalese cooking, but not pork, due to the nation's largely Muslim population.
Peanuts, the primary crop of Senegal, as well as couscous, white rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, black-eyed peas and various vegetables, are also incorporated into many recipes.
Arts, music and sport
Senegal is well known for the West African tradition of storytelling, which is done by griots, who have kept West African history alive for thousands of years through words and music.
Senegal is known across Africa for its musical heritage, due to the popularity of mbalax (the national dance). It has been popularized by Youssou N'Dour, Omar Pene and others.
Sabar rhythm-drumming is especially popular. The sabar is mostly used in special celebrations like weddings. Another instrument, the tama (talking drum), is used in more ethnic groups.
Wrestling and football are the most popular sports in the country.
[Source: Wikipedia. Read more about this nation here].
There are 56 people groups in Senegal and nearly 50% are considered unreached with the good news of Jesus.
The largest religion is Islam at 91%. Ethnic religions make up 4.2%. Professing Christians are 4.5% and of those 0.5% are consider themselves evangelical.
[Source: Joshua Project]
Pray with us for:
continued freedom of religion
the growth of the church
Young people and students
work among the Talibé street boys
Dakar - a strategic location
unreached people groups such as the Wolof
[Source: Operation World, 2010 print edition]
You can also pray for Senegal using Operation World’s online resources.
Or pray using a Prayercast video here.
The vision of WEC Senegal is to see every people and language group of Senegal knowing, loving and worshipping Jesus.
We believe we will see this happen as we commit to workers sharing the good news of Jesus creatively, sensitively and abundantly amongst the people in urban centres and rural areas, reaching both adults and children.
We want to see groups of disciples emerging and communities of disciples belonging to Jesus formed who understand and obey the great commission.
As well as church planting, another essential ministry in Senegal is Bourofaye Christian School (BCS) for missionaries’ children. The school serves Christian workers in many West African countries and provides quality schooling for children aged 8-16.
Read Ruth’s story – a teacher at BCS.
Read more information about WEC Senegal