About the organization
Abaarso School is a non-profit boarding school for boys and girls, grades 7-12, and is located 18 km west of Hargeisa, Somaliland. Our student body is comprised of 272 students (42% girls, 58% boys), all of whom are boarders. Abaarso holds its students to extremely high standards of academics and character, reflecting the school’s values of Integrity, Tenacity, and Reasoning. Before Abaarso, it had been decades since Somali-educated students had earned scholarships to study in the United States. Graduates of the school learn that the privilege that an Abaarso education provides leads to the expectation that they will return home to become leaders in their country, and on the world stage.
The job duties at Abaarso fall into two main categories: as an educator, and as a member of the Abaarso community. As an educator the main duties include lesson planning, teaching and managing the classroom, along with assessing and providing feedback to students. All teachers will also take part in some form of extracurricular activity. This may be physical (like running or football) or non-physical (like debate club). Teachers are expected to attend regular meetings: including faculty-wide meetings, grade-level meetings, and departmental meetings. As a member of the Abaarso community, you will be asked to take on the role of an advisor to a group of 4-10 students. You would help advise these students on areas that need improving and generally support them through their educational journey. Finally, you will be asked to take ownership of select domains of Abaarso life. These areas are not necessarily academic. They could be more operations-oriented, such as organizing teacher trips to the capital city, or focused on leadership-building. Things change frequently at Abaarso causing job duties to sometimes shift. The universal job duties, though, are those mentioned above.
Abaarso teachers work long hours in a boarding school environment, as they are expected to fully immerse themselves in the school’s mission. They forge lifetime connections with grateful students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity of a world- class education. Abaarso is looking for individuals interested in dedicating at least one year to training top high school students. Applications are welcome for English, social studies, math, and the sciences, including computer science. Experience teaching or working with youth is desirable, but not required.
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