de Desarrollo Económico y Social
Nur University in Bolivia was founded some fifteen
years ago in the semi-tropical region of Santa Cruz
de la Sierra. In those fifteen years, the University
has grown steadily both in student population and
reputation. As well as being the first university
in the country to have a postgraduate college, it
now has offices in the major cities in the country.
Núr University is the first authorized private
school in Bolivia. It is also the first graduate
school to be opened there . www.nur.edu provides
information on this university in both English and
3. School of Nations
School of the Nations was founded in 1980 in the
capital city of Brasilia and has experienced steady
growth in the last several years with increased
student enrolment (from 190 students in 1994 to
550 students today); various construction projects
including two two-story classroom buildings, covered
sports court, library expansion, new administration
building and a lower school arts center; and the
addition of a secondary school programme which saw
its first graduating class in June, 2000. Future
plans include a new
two-story gymnasium, auditorium, environmental education
center and a teachers' college or university.
The school's diverse student population is comprised
of approximately 70% Brazilians with the remainder
represented by 44 other countries, many of whom
are children of diplomats, government officials,
employees of international non-governmental agencies
and multi-national companies. The school is particularly
committed to the principles of Unity in Diversity
and Excellence in All Things.
Volunteers required at the Maxwell School in British
Maxwell volunteers have to be Canadians....
It's the law of the land.
Volunteers must be at least 19 years
of age, able to speak and understand
directions in English and have a
real spirit of service. There is often a need for
short or long term help in the Maintenance Department
including painters and carpenters, and a whole variety
of work from mopping floors and cleaning toilets
to language tutors, computer technician,
drama/dance/theatre support, library and academic
assistants. Kitchen staff and bus drivers tend to
be older volunteers. Maxwell International Bahá'í
School is a middle and high-school college prep
institution and is co-educational, with 240 students
from about 38 countries and a staff from all over
the world. Also located on campus is the Maxwell
Community Service Institute, dedicated to social
and economic development, which trains young people
to participate in various types of community service,
eg, stream keeping, nature trail building, work
with children, youth, elders and First Nations peoples.
One tribe is trying to save their language from
extinction by recording the last two fluent speakers.Maxwell
School is a dynamic learning community committed
to scholarship, to the development of spiritual
ideals, to achieving excellence in moral and ethical
behaviour, and to the enhancement of personal character
through service to humanity. Maxwell admits students
of all religious, ethnic, and national origins who
share these values, and provides a learning environment
that helps students to think seriously about the
world and their own contributions to its growth.
Administration Office Receptionist
need excellent public relations skills, personable
phone voice at the Front Desk and switchboard. Sort,
send, and distribute mail and faxes; photocopy for
all departments. Must work independently with initiative.
Order supplies, photocopy, send and distribute mail
and faxes. Assist Finance Department by accounting
for personal phone, fax and postage bills; make
public address announcements.
Admission's Assistant need excellent
oral, written communication and public relations
skills, personable phone voice, excellent computer
skills, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office 97.
Computer Services Instructor qualified
to teach computer studies. Must have a Teaching
Certificate or Degree, assist in Computer Lab and
knowledgeable in Novell Network management.
Computer Services Technician Trouble
Shooter, repair hardware and install software. Knowledgeable
in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office 97, and Novell
Network if possible.
FINANCE & PERSONNEL SERVICES
Year of Service Coordinator Organization
and direction of procedures for recruitment, screening
and selection of volunteers, need excellent oral,
written communication and public relations skills.
Work independently with flexibility and initiative
as well as ability to participate in a team approach
to development of school community. Computer skills
necessary. Familiarity with the Bahá'í
Faith, its Institutions and principles of Bahá'í
Finance and Personnel Clerk General
help in Finance Department. Knowledge of accounting,
bookkeeping and computer skills in a multi-task
environment, experience in handling confidential
Academic Office Assistant Serves
to provide clerical services to the Coordinator,
Academic Office and Vice-Principal. Is expected
to work effectively with staff, students and their
families, as well as visitors to the school. Must
have excellent oral and written communication and
public relations skills, Computer skills, familiarity
with network data management. Familiarity with Bahá'í
Faith. Work independently, collaboratively in a
high activity, multi-task environment. Experience
in handing confidential matters.
Academic Office Receptionist Serves
to provide personal and telephone contact services
and is accountable for the reception operations.
Manage Student Supplies Shop. Provide photocopy
services, including ordering of supplies, maintenance
and trouble shooting. Deliver Daily Bulletin. Locate
students or staff members on request. Must have
excellent oral and written communication and public
relations skills. Familiarity with Bahá'í
Faith. Work independently, collaboratively in a
high activity, multi-task environment. Demonstrated
good health for this physically demanding position
Teaching Assistants - Foreign Languages,
Humanities, Art, Maths. Will provide assistance
to classroom teacher by working with select groups
of students, maintaining availability of resources,
and cooperating with classroom teacher in individual
Library Assistant File, alphabetically
and numerically; good computer skills and accurate
typing; understand basic research, be familiar with
Dewey Decimal system; be flexible, take initiative,
good communication skills preferably English as
a first language. Love books.
Maintenance Those with some or all
of the following skills are encouraged to apply:
- carpentry: simple cabinet making, repairs to doors,
windows, drywall repair and minor renovations -
plumbing: repairs to toilets, faucets, small renovations
using pvc, abs and copper - electrical: trouble
shooting, repairs to light fixtures, switches, outlets,
small appliances - painting: interior and exterior
repaint and maintenance of drywall, stucco and wood
Custodial Daily duties include cleaning
of bathrooms in all buildings including dormitories,
sweeping, mopping and vacuuming of floors in common
areas and trash collection. Occasional waxing of
floors, washing windows, spot cleaning, and responding
to emergency situations as they develop. Possibly
some weekend and evening work.
Security Work nights from midnight
to early morning. Duties include lock and secure
all buildings, make regular rounds of all buildings
and grounds. While there is a need to protect the
campus from intruders, there is also the need to
insure students remain safely in their rooms after
Drivers It is preferable that the
driver be qualified to drive 40 to 50 passenger
school buses with air brakes (Class 2), however,
we also have openings for drivers with a license
that allows them to drive a school bus with less
than 24 students (Class 4). Those who have a regular
license, sufficient experience and are prepared
to upgrade their licenses once they arrive are also
encouraged to apply.
Grounds Duties include mowing grass,
preparing, planting and weeding gardens, landscaping,
composting, use of machines such as mowers, weed-eaters,
etc. While some experience in gardening or as a
landscape technician is desired, a willingness to
learn and an ability to engage in physical labour
is sufficient qualification.
Laundry Duties include washing and
drying all resident's personal laundry and on- campus
laundry. Requires individuals who are well organized
and detail oriented, and in good health for this
Max Shop Duties include store management,
selling school supplies, and uniforms, etc. Keep
records, bookkeeping and ordering of supplies. Knowledge
of cash register procedures. Knowledge of sewing
and alterations. Must have good student relations.
Health Centre Assistant Clerical
help, driver for students to appointments. Must
be mature individual and have experience in handling
Dorm Assistants Assist Dorm Supervisors
with student's wake-up, room check, cleanliness,
uniform inspection. Help to supervise, provide mentoring,
guidance and support to students. Develop recreational
activities after school & weekends in concert
with sports and recreational program.
Food Service Assistant Dish washing,
vegetable and salad bar prep, general cleanup. Cleanliness
imperative. Mature, punctual, self motivated, well-organized,
demonstrated supervisory skills.
Room and Board are provided for
volunteers as well as a small monthly stipend of
$60.00 Cdn. Most volunteers are less than 25 years
old, but several older or retired folk make a huge
difference. There are fantastic Holy Day celebrations
to participate in, as well as choir, jazz band and
other performing arts.
Contacts - CIPTT email@example.com
CANADA, No category. Sylvan
Alberta, Canada is the home of the Sylvan Lake Bahá'í
Conference and Training Centre. This centre is "dedicated
to the spiritual development of all people and the
fostering of community life based on the Teachings
of Bahá'u'lláh. It is especially dedicated
to the spiritual education of children and the nurturing
of the family: the foundation of civilization."
The Centre has a half-mile front on Sylvan Lake
and also contains a marsh and a bird sanctuary.
Along with the various classes, there are many recreational
activities, including canoe rentals.
Sylvan Lake often welcomes volunteer
assistance, especially in the summer. More information
Sylvan Lake firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILE, Category 2. Faizi
The Faizi School in Chile is a rural, government
recognized academic school, owned and operated by
the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís
of Chile, offering education to Chile's native inhabitant
Mapuche population in the 9th region of the country,
about 740 Kms. south of Chile's capital of Santiago.
Set in an agricultural environment, the school opened
its doors in 1981 with 1st through 4th grades and
30 students. Its 1995 enrollment totals 90 students
through the 8th grade, including a self-financed
boarding facility for 25 girls. The school receives
a monthly stipend from the Chilean government to
help cover teachers' salaries. However, structural
investments and maintenance depend on contributions
from both Bahá'í and non-Bahá'í
organizations. The school also receives the voluntary
services of Bahá'í youth from the
world over as part of the year-round youth service
program of the NSA of the Bahá'ís
of Chile. As have all the development projects run
by the NSA of the Bahá'ís of Chile,
the school has received much recognition for its
excellence, dedication of its staff and clear contribution
toward the preservation of the Mapuche culture.
Some of this recognition has been manifested by
awarding the school with technical assistance and
government educational aid in the way of supplies
and equipment. Being in the same region of the country
as Radio Bahá'í de Chile, the school
has collaborated with its adult literacy program
sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
What has attracted the most attention
both by the authorities and individual contributors,
is the school's "Garden Project" which
not only provides nutritionally improved meals to
the boarding facility and teachers, but also has
been a model for innovative organic gardening techniques
such as pest control, worm breeding and composting
as well as the centre for experimental horticulture
on a self-supporting, family-size level. These techniques
are also recognized as part of the student's curriculum
at the school. Assistance welcomed.
CHILE, Category 2. Muhajir
The Muhajir School in Chile is a rural, government
recognized academic school, owned and operated by
the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís
of Chile, offering education to Chile's native inhabitant
Mapuche population in the 9th region of the country,
about 700 Kms. south of Chile's capitol of Santiago.
Set in an agricultural environment, the school opened
its doors in 1982 with 1st through 4th grades and
32 students. Its 1995 enrollment totals 85 students
through the 8th grade.
The school receives a monthly stipend
from the Chilean government to help cover teachers'
salaries. However, structural investments and maintenance
depend on contributions from both Bahá'í
and non-Bahá'í organizations. The
school also receives the voluntary services of Bahá'í
youth from the world over as part of the year-round
youth service program of the NSA of the Bahá'ís
of Chile. Asssistance welcomed.
CIPTT email@example.com -
CHILE, Category 2. Nur
Colegio Núr has been in operation for over
17 years and teaches students from kindergarten
through high school. There are also two rural Mapuche
schools, the Muhajir School and the Faizi School.
All these include formal curriculum for the study
of the Bahá'í Faith, and all are approved
by the Ministry of Education. One other Bahá'í
educational institution is the Labranza Training
Institute, which is located within the Radio Bahá'í
de Chile complex. It serves not only the academic
needs of the surrounding community, but its agricultural
needs also. Assistance welcomed.
Category 2. Townshend
The Townshend International
School is a co-educational, residential and daily
attendance secondary school established and run
on principles inspired by the Bahá'í
Faith. The school is situated in the Czech Republic
and accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education
as a six-year Gymnasium (Grammar School). All subjects
are taught in English. It draws its students from
the five continents. The school also runs a small
Primary school for locally resident international
students. The school generally needs people with
teaching experience and qualifications, a fluent
knowledge of English, a comprehensive understanding
of content, resilience, resourcefulness and initiative,
good communication and organisational skills and
a commitment to the Bahá'í and school
ethos. The vision of Townshend is the creation of
a moral and ethical environment in which, through
guided interaction, students can learn to respect
and appreciate people of different cultures and
backgrounds and to show that respect in communication
and consultation. Through challenge and discipline
they must learn to take responsibility for their
own lives and be of service to their environment.
Teacher Exchange Opportunities available
for professionals wishing to gain a different type
of teaching and learning experience in a friendly
and professional environment with a unique philosophy
and vision. The Exchange Programme includes 5 weeks
intensive training in:- Basic human capacities and
their development, School philosophy, Discovering
potential, Co-operative Discipline, Conflict resolution,
Planning, Motivating ourselves and others, Creating
an environment of growth, Teaching (16 contact periods,
45 minutes each, per week) and Day visits (10 days
in total) to nearby cultural centres. Free accommodation
and meals, and a weekly allowance provided. Subjects:
Physics, Visual Art, Fine Art, History, Geography,
Drama, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Science,
English, German, French, Spanish, World Religion,
Music, Computer Science.
Duration: Scheme 1: Full academic
year (Mid-August to the end of June). Scheme 2:
Mid-January to the end of June.
Please see Situations Vacant for
current job openings at Townshend.
Zunuzi School, Haiti, established in 1980, is a
K-9 primary and secondary school, serving 232 students.
The student population is mostly from no to low
income families, and most students are only paying
minimal or no fees to attend the school. Located
in one of the world's poorest nations, per capita
gross domestic product is $370. Only 40% of 1.3
million eligible children actually attend school,
about 47% of the population is illiterate. Zunuzi
School has an excellent academic curriculum, and
is well-recognized for its ongoing teachers' training.
It is presently expanding to add a computer lab.
The cost to educate one child is $20 a month. Donations
welcome. Volunteer services required in areas of
- Staff Development; Agricultural expertise; Youth
Year of Service; Administrative support.
Zunuzi firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
HOLLAND, No Category. De Poort
De Poort Bahá'í Conference Centre
often needs help with a variety of tasks, such as
maintenance, janitorial, restaurant/kitchen and
housekeeping. Accommodation provided at the centre.
De Poort firstname.lastname@example.org
HONDURAS, Category 2. Bayan
Bayan Hospital, Palacios, Honduras, acts like a
spring board for the general social and economic
development of the region. Bayan also holds regular
teacher training workshops for rural students. All
sorts of service can be given here but conditions
The 7 - 10,000 people who inhabit
the isolated region live along inland waterways
that cut through the jungle-like coastal marshland.
There is no road from the rest of Honduras; access
is possible only by boat or plane, and there are
no telephone lines. Because of economic difficulties
and the sense of isolation, the medical needs of
the region are great. In 1985, a pair of Baha´'í
doctors and their wives established Hospital Bayan.
Their goal was simply to serve the people of the
area - and to provide a starting point for other
forms of social and economic development. Today,
more than ten years later, Hospital Bayan has a
small operating theatre, an examination room, an
X-ray unit, a pharmacy, a laboratory, four adult
beds, two paediatric beds, and a waiting room. Volunteers
often welcomed. See the Website www.escalix.com/freepage/bayan
Category 2. El Abha
The Escuela e Instituto Bilingue El Alba (The Dawn
Bilingual Primary and Secondary School) in Siguatepeque,
Honduras, was established in 1976 and is located
in the small-medium sized community of Siguatepeque,
in the central highlands of Honduras, an area of
mountains and pine trees - and much Bahá'í
activity both in the town and in outlying villages.
Siguatepeque has an active Local Spiritual Assembly
and its own Bahá'í Centre and is a
hub of teaching activity for the central area of
Honduras. The school is a K-12, founded and owned
by Bahá'í pioneers, with a standard
curriculum in accord with criteria of the Honduran
Ministry of Education and the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools.
General Requirements: flexibility
and willingness to work within a Latin American
culture; creative and innovative (willing to use
co-operative hands-on and other child-centred teaching
techniques). Benefits: competitive salary, paid
airfare, free housing (private apartment), substantial
tuition discounts for teacher's children, other
benefits. Instruction is in English. It is not necessary
for the teacher to speak Spanish though most English
speaking teachers pick it up quickly.
El Alba email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Category 2. Tierra Santa
The Tierra Santa Orphanage in Honduras was opened
in 1986 by Santiago Martínez whose vision
for the children is that each one be well educated
and rise up to serve their community and country.
He does not believe that they should only be recipients
of charity but rather should be serving members
of society. One of their service projects, for example,
is to run a regular soup kitchen in the village.
Some of the girls, after completing high school,
have obtained scholarships to study overseas, and
many do typing, textile and computer courses, etc.,
to learn skills which will help them become financially
Emphasis is placed on reward for
good behaviour rather than punishment for poor behaviour.
Each older girl has a younger one to care for and
they all participate in the daily tasks around the
Home which increases their sense of being useful
members of society. Creativity is considered very
important, particularly dance and drama and the
orphanage has its own traditional dance troupe.
The number of girls ranges from 120 to 200 (following
Hurricane Mitch). There are also some boys. Tierra
Santa webpage with photos, or http://www.monafoundation.org
BASED UK www.baseduk.org/
The Bahá'í Academy, Panchgani, established
in 1982, is a Centre dedicated to advanced higher
studies of the teachings of the Faith and training
teachers, pioneers, administrators and future scholars
for the Cause of God. It offers a number of short
and long Courses every year on different themes,
each geared to training a particular human resource.
"Learn & Serve": One year at the Bahá'í
Academy. The Bahá'í Academy welcomes
applications from young and enthusiastic Bahá'ís
who wish to spend a year of "Learn & Serve"
at the Bahá'í Academy. Selected candidates
will get the opportunity to attend a number of courses
and serve at various departments of the Academy
depending on their aptitude and talents. The aim
of this one year programme is to prepare a number
of experienced and disciplined human resources that
could assist in running institutes, classes or Bahá'í
offices in various communities.
Bahá'í Vocational Institute For Rural
Women, established in 1985, located in Indore, India.
The Institute trains rural and tribal women from
villages around Indore and empowers them with the
knowledge of their true selves and give them the
skills, knowledge, and information needed to improve
the quality of life for themselves, their families
and their communities.
Female volunteers are needed who
are willing to share in the lives of the girls.
The institute is especially interested in volunteers
with crafts and/or art skills which can be passed
on to the girls, as well as someone who is capable
of assisting with curriculum development and office
skills. Free accommodation with own kitchen and
bathroom/toilet. Volunteers may share meals (all
vegetarian) with the girls in the dining room for
3. New Era
New Era School, Panchgani, Maharashtra, India might
be considered as the grandfather of modern Bahá'í
development efforts. Founded at the end of World
War II in August 1945, the School was one of the
first education projects started by Bahá'ís
outside of Iran. Its first class consisted of some
16 students, aged four to eight, and they gathered
in a small rented house in this scenic and temperate
hill station town. In the years since, the School
has grown and flourished, becoming a highly respected
private academy, drawing students from all over
the world. It currently offers a complete programme
of study for grade levels from kindergarten through
high school, and has an enrollment of nearly 1,000.
Students are required to perform service in and
around the campus, as well as to undertake various
short-term community service projects. "Although
we are a very good academic school, our primary
aim is to build a citizenry that is well developed
in terms of moral values and an attitude of service".
New Era High School is an international,
Bahá'í, co-educational institution
which aims, through moral and academic excellence,
to produce promoters of social transformation imbued
with the spirit of service to mankind. The school
endeavours to develop and maintain high moral and
academic standards, in a close-knit family atmosphere
that inculcates self-discipline in studies and campus
life. New Era provides a unique environment in which
children gain spiritual and character guidance under
the care of capable staff. Dawn prayers and moral
classes are part of the school routine. Assistance
CIPTT email@example.com - New Era firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website www.nehsindia.org
The Rabbani School, established in 1977 near Gwalior,Madhya
Pradesh in central India, is designed to meet the
objectives set for it by the National Spiritual
Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India:
to train a new generation of rural Indian youth
with high moral standards, academic and practical
skills for rural development, and a love for service.
The faculty and students are drawn from a variety
of religious and economic backgrounds from India
and Nepal, and learn to work together harmoniously.
Hindi is the language of instruction, and English
is also spoken. More than 200 boys from rural India
study in the high school, and more than 600 children
study in village primary schools assisted by Rabbani
staff and students. The campus is a 72 acre farm
where students help to grow some of their own food
and practice agricultural skills. The Rabbani School
program offers a full range of academic subjects
and is developing its vocational curriculum. In
addition, music, drama and sports are vital parts
of the programme. There is a strong emphasis on
helping students understand current events, and
on character building, so the students will learn
to take initiative in creating peaceful, productive
Short-term courses offer skills
for rural development to Rabbani students and others,
in such areas as literacy, primary school teaching,
community health, poultry farming, commercial forestry.
Vegetable farming, crop production, dairy farming
etc. Another major undertaking of Rabbani School
is the training of Bahá'í village
tutorial school teachers and co-ordinators from
all over India, and the preparation of religious,
health, and English instruction materials and activity
resources for use in these schools. Neighbouring
village communities are encouraged to identify their
own needs for development, and the Rabbani School
assists them to learn consultative and co-operative
skills and to gain access to knowledge and resources.
The aim is to increase people's self-reliance and
dignity and to avoid creating dependency. Help sometimes
required. For more information please contact; Principal,
Rabbani School P. O. Box 19, Susera Kothi Gwalior-474001
Madhya Pradesh, India.
CIPTT contact email@example.com
Daystar International School in Kumamoto, Japan,
is a co-educational school that teaches grades from
kindergarten through high school. Its aim is not
only to prepare its students to be productive members
of society but to enable them to envision a better
world. It has been in operation since 1990.
CIPTT firstname.lastname@example.org - Daystar Daystarpn@aol.com
KIRIBATI, Category 3. Na'ia
Primary School Teachers needed for Bahá'í
primary school on Na'ia Island. This is a collaborative
project between National Assemblies of Kiribati,
Australia and New Zealand. Subsistence wage supplied.
Living conditions are very basic. Long and short-term
pioneers would be welcome. Short-term pioneers will
need to pay their own return air fare.
The School of the Nations seeks teachers for kindergarten,
primary and secondary. The school needs new teachers
every year to increase the total staff due to the
growth of the school as well as to replace teachers
who leave. The school was established in 1987 and
now has a staff of over 45.
With approximately 410,000 inhabitants
and occupying only 7.5 sq. miles Macau is a cultural
and social "island city" on the southern
coast of China. Macau provides little overt variety
of experience for youth growing up here. As a strictly
urban environment there are no real opportunities
for contact with nature. The diversity of experience
actually available is almost unperceived by the
youth just as a fish is unaware of the water it
swims in. Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese and English
are all heard on the streets and people commonly
speak two, three or more languages. Portuguese and
Chinese political and economic systems are blended
in everyday life. Traditional Chinese medicine is
practiced side by side with western medicine. Buddhist
and Christian customs and practices are perceived
all around. Travel to China, Southeast Asia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan is common. In this
milieu the school was established as a non-profit
institution offering an international standard of
education to the population of Macau. Inspired by
Baha'i principles, the school is dedicated to preparing
the children and youth to participate in the new
world society emerging around us. Subject to stringent
restrictions of space the school's primary and secondary
sections occupy the 4th floor of a residential building
where 8 apartments have been converted into an academic
environment. The pre-school section, in a similar
condition, occupies the first floor of a different
building. Additional space in yet a third building
is used for computer and science labs. With no facilities
for outdoor or sports activity our curriculum concentrates
on character and intellectual development. Education
is carried out in both English (the dominant language)
and Mandarin Chinese. Approximately 90% of the students
have some language other than English as their mother
tongue. Currently our 270 students represent approximately
35 different nationalities. However 80% of the students
are from Macau itself. Of the over 50 schools of
Macau, the School of the Nations is now recommended
by the Education Department as first choice for
an English medium education.
At the primary level, about 70%
of the time is devoted to English medium education,
while the other 30% is devoted to the study of Mandarin.
At the secondary level, the proportion changes to
about 80% and 20% respectively. The English medium
curriculum has been adapted from materials coming
from Singapore, United Kingdom, United States and
Hong Kong, while the Chinese curriculum comes from
Taiwan and China. Students are expected to become
fluent in both the oral and written forms of these
two languages, gaining the ability to pursue higher
education in either one. For the time being no other
languages are offered. Academically the program
is now directed towards the necessary preparation
for the presentation of the Cambridge IGCSE exams
in Form 5 (year 11). The program for Forms 1 - 5,
focuses on the major subject areas of English, Mandarin,
English Literature, World History from 1800 to the
present, Geography, Combined Science (integrating
Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Math (through pre-calculus)
and Art. The teaching materials and methods represent
a blending of East and West. This blending process
is on going at the SCHOOL OF THE NATIONS as staff
is recruited from all of the major English and Chinese
speaking countries. Currently the 35 teachers represent
over 15 countries with no one country standing out.
Due to limitations of space and time no significant
extra-curricular activities are offered. Similarly,
in the community in general there are few organized
opportunities for extra-curricular experiences.
To over come some of the limitations
inherent in Macau, the school is breaking new ground.
With a strong emphasis on developing a spirit of
social service and co-operation it is the only school
in Macau that is seeking out opportunities for students
to give of themselves for the benefit of others.
At the moment these opportunities, incorporated
into the regular schedule, include: in-school cross-age
tutoring, collaboration in homes for the elderly,
participating in a government sponsored program
for home help, working in government sponsored nurseries
serving the needs of working mothers, assisting
in programs for the mentally challenged and raising
awareness of environmental concerns. These experiences
greatly enrich and broaden the students intellectual
development overcoming the limited possibilities
for extra-curricular activities. All secondary students
are required to devote two to three hours a week
to these activities. Academic marks are reported
on a percentage scale for students from Primary
4 and up. For the calculation of marks greater emphasis
is placed on class work, projects, presentations
and on going quizzes and short tests than on major
exams. Marks are reported four times a year. As
defined by the Macau government, diplomas are offered
for the completion of Intermediate Secondary Education
(Form 3), General Secondary Education (Form 5) and
Pre-university Secondary Education (Form 6). Students
leaving Macau have readily transferred to primary
or secondary schools around the world. For further
education a significant proportion aspire to attend
the University of Macau . However a number of our
students have successfully applied to universities
The school is an educational institution,
inspired by the Baha'i teachings and dedicated to
the liberation of the spiritual, intellectual, and
physical potential of the students it serves and
to the fostering of a new world society. At the
same time it serves as a developmental centre for
design of appropriate educational and administrative
processes conducive to the academic, moral and emotional
formation of children and youth who will dedicate
themselves to the welfare of their fellow beings.
These future adults will express their humanness
through "service (to) the entire human race"
becoming "the cause of the education, the development,
the prosperity and honour of (their) fellow-creatures."
In its role of designing educational
programs the School of the Nations is now working
on two projects. One is to systematize and expand
its program for character development at the primary
level. The second program is to enhance in the secondary
students their ability to establish and maintain
healthy, mature and strong relationships at all
levels. The school is also preparing to establish
a program for teacher training that will prepare
teachers to take advantage of the most recent scientific
research in learning and teaching. This Program
will then be offered to teachers of other schools,
youth interested in a career in education and new
teachers coming into the School of the Nations.
The school is working with the government of Macau
to acquire new facilities. We are seeking to acquire
facilities with science laboratories, larger classrooms,
art rooms, specialized rooms for music, video production
and small group work, as well as indoor and outdoor
sports facilities. However due to the uncertainties
of the process it is not possible as yet, to say
exactly when new facilities will be available. Teachers
of all religions are welcome, however study of the
Baha'i writings during staff meetings and training
sessions is a common practice. The attempt to apply
Baha'i principles and values to education requires
a re-questioning of our own cultural assumptions,
background and understanding of education. This
is not an easy or necessarily comfortable process.
To facilitate this process consultation is widely
used while decisions are made at the level of the
administration of the school. We are seeking dedicated
teachers who will adopt a learning posture and be
able to identify and question their assumptions
about their cultural values, concepts of education
and learning. Our goal is to create a "learning
community" where not only the students are
expected to learn but also the staff. Salaries for
teachers hired from overseas vary from approximately
US $1.300 to about US $1,800 per month. Teachers
are paid twelve months a year which includes one
month paid vacation. The salary varies according
to educational background, experience and family
situation. The Macau government also pays a small
monthly subsidy to teachers that varies between
US $100 to $220 depending on educational background
and years of experience and instructional level.
This subsidy is paid from the time of registering
with the education department; a process that may
take 5 to 7 months from arrival. The school offers
airfare for each teacher to come and a return fare
at the end of three years of service. Unfortunately
the payment of airfare cannot be extended to other
family members. In addition the school offers a
50% reduction in fees for children of staff attending
the school: (for staff members this results in annual
fees of between US $1,600 and $2,300 depending on
the age of the children).
The Macau government offers medical
insurance for all registered teachers and students.
This insurance covers all medical costs incurred
at the modern government hospital and treatment
in Hong Kong as ordered by them. All staff members
are responsible for finding their own housing. Housing
is readily available at a wide range of costs starting
at about US $200 per month for a two bedroom flat
of about 60 m2. It is usually necessary to pay a
deposit of 2 months rent upon signing a lease contract.
The cost of setting up a home will depend on the
tastes and needs of each one and whether you decide
to lease a semi-furnished flat or not. Staff members
have estimated that total costs for rent, food,
water, electricity and basic necessities (education
excluded) may run from US $450 (for a single person)
to US $1,200 for a family with two children. As
a result most couples with children feel that it
is necessary for both partners to work.
There is no doubt that working at
the School of the Nations is very challenging. However,
for most of the staff, the opportunities and blessing
far outweigh the difficulties. It has been our experience
that the opportunity to participate in the development
of a Baha'i school brings deep joy and satisfaction
as well as personal growth. Seldom is one given
the opportunity to work in a project that is consciously
attempting to address the ills of the world through
education. The development of character is considered
even more important than the academic work. Here
you are constantly engaged in guiding and influencing
the development of each student's personality within
a total system being developed for this purpose.
CIPTT email@example.com - Macau firstname.lastname@example.org
Category 2. Brilliant Star
Brilliant Star Montessori School opened in January
2000 on the island of Saipan in the Pacific and
enjoys the strong support of the wider community.
It is the first Montessori school in the Commonwealth
of Northern Mariana Islands. It is a non-profit
corporation founded by a group of individual Bahais.
It is dedicated to nurturing early childhood development
in a work environment that is guided by Bahá'í
principles. The school has nearly 40 children, equally
divided between the Toddler classroom (ages 16 months
- 3 years) and the Preschool/Kinder classroom (ages
3-6 years). The school is administered by an appointed
Board of Directors.
The school is located on the tropical island of
Saipan, in the Mariana Islands. The Mariana Islands
are located in the southern Pacific about 7 hours
west of Hawaii, 4 hours south of Japan, 3 hours
east of the Philippines, and 5 hours north of Australia.
It is a US Commonwealth with its own cultural identity.
Saipan is fairly well developed, with excellent
healthcare facilities, paved roads, and nice beaches.
There is a tremendous amount of ethnic diversity
among the island's 70,000 people. It is a safe community.
English is the predominant language. Brilliant Star
Website - www.brilliantstar.org.
Category 2. Majuro
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Marshall
Islands manages & develops seven elementary
schools (Grades 1-8) in Majuro. Seeking trained,
qualified individual who could train primary school
teachers in maths & computer sciences. Must
be able to work as part of a team. Minimum qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in maths/related field, 5 yrs teaching
experience + 3 yrs experience in training teachers
Badi School, San Miguelito, Panama, established
in 1993, is a K-9 elementary school serving 158
students in San Miguelito. The town has a population
of 280,000, consisting mainly of the Embera and
Kuna ethnic groups. Four out of ten families in
this area do not have homes; eight out of ten families
have a £120 per month income; four out of
ten children do not have access to education, and
two out of five young girls are mothers.
Of the 153 students, 40 receive
scholarships. The school strives for excellence
in reading and writing, the development of an ecological
consciousness, and the creative instruction of English,
in addition to free parent-education workshops.
Progressive training in basic computer science,
the use of the Internet and Digital Geographical
Applications for the formation of urban vegetable
gardens, as well as garbage processing and environmental
control are also integrated in the curriculum. It
costs £36 a month to educate one child. To
provide all the students regardless of race, gender,
religion, or social and economic background an excellent
and wholesome education, empower them to realize
their full potential materially, emotionally and
spiritually, and prepare them to serve the best
interests of themselves, their families and their
communities. Within this organic vision, Badi School
projects to develop an innovative educational model
which orients the academic curriculum to developing
human capacities, ethics, values, and technology.
Financial and practical assistance welcomed. See
Mona Foundation email@example.com
Molejon Tutorial School in Ngabe Bugle area of Chiriqui
Mona Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
Category 2. August Forel School
The August Forel International School in Bratislava,
Slovak Republic, is a primary school for ages 5
to 10 initiated and run by a Bahá'í.
The main part of the curriculum is moral and character
education in a multicultural environment. As well
as this the school offers sound academic education,
regular teacher training seminars, support from
global ethics organizations, and financial support
in form of grants for Slovak students. Help often
CIPTT contact email@example.com Forel contact
Category 3. Agricultural Project
The South African Bahá'í Agricultural
Association. The objectives of the Association are:
- Networking among Bahá'í
and non-Bahá'í agricultural professionals
and establishing close links of cooperation amongst
those who are interested in agricultural development
as inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah.
- Provision of information and technical
advice pertaining to the production of different
crops grown in the area. There is a limited database
available with information and production techniques
on a number of crops and enterprises.
- Publication and dissemination
of quarterly bulletins to the members. Encouraging
and assisting in the initiation of small rural agricultural
projects in the area.
The membership is not limited to Bahá'ís
only. At this point in time, about 25% of the membership
consist of non-Bahá'ís. It is also
not limited to South Africans alone. Interested
individuals in any part of the world who share an
interest in the agricultural development of this
region are most welcome to join.
The Association can be contacted
at; 20 Bezuidenhout Street, Amalinda, 5247, Republic
of South Africa.
Category 2. Setsembiso
The Setsembiso Sebunye High School began in 1999
and now has a student body of 270 students in Forms
I through IV, adding Form V in 2003 and VI in 2004.
Students represent 18 national origins. The school
is affiliated to the Cambridge International Examinations
Syndicate and uses the internationally recognized
IGSCE curriculum. We have state-of-the-art science
and computer labs, with 32 PC workstations and Internet
access. Our library also has 6 internet- access
machines for students to do research and writing
tasks.16 well-trained teachers guide students through
challenging IGSCE courses, and a creative Human
Development program assists students to learn to
make healthy choices about their lives, to appreciate
diversity, and to love God and His Manifestations.
Academic courses are:
English Language & English Literature,
Siswati, French, Development Studies, History, Geography,
Combined Science, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics,
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Development,
Physical Education, Business Studies, Accounting,
Agriculture, Introduction to Technology, and Computer
Studies. The first Form V examinations will be in
The National Spiritual Assembly of Swaziland operates
a school complex in Mbabane, consisting of a pre-school,
a primary school and a high school. There are 65
students in the pre-school, 430 in the primary,
and 270 in the high school. The high school is still
growing and will finish off at around 400 within
the next few years.
Each of the schools has an administrator, and there
is an overall director. Climate
The climate is temperate.
There is a wide variety of foods and goods available
in the supermarkets and department stores, and good
medical attention is available through a Baha'i-operated
clinic and hospital.
Baha'i Community Life
Numerous Baha'i communities are developing here,
with many needs. The Baha'i schools are a social
and economic development project of special importance
to the work of the Faith here.
Category 2. Tarbiat
Tarbiat Vocational Centre, Swaziland
CIPTT firstname.lastname@example.org -
Mona Foundation: email@example.com
SWITZERLAND, No Category. Landegg
The Landegg Academy in Switzerland is a graduate-level
school and offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees
as well as other academic programmes. Among them
are certificate programmes and Persian language
courses. Assistance sometimes required.
Ruaha is a private non-profit-making co-educational
school, fully owned and operated by the National
Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Tanzania. Located
in Iringa the school has evolved, since its beginnings
in 1986, into a highly respected educational institution.
Ruaha is noted for its academic standards, co-operative
learning approach to education, innovative integration
of moral education and service into the curriculum,
excellent discipline of students, and strong promotion
of education for girls (2/3 of the student body
Pioneer volunteers needed to serve
at this, the first Bahá'í school in
Africa. Accounts/Computers: An individual with qualifications/experience
to co-ordinate the Computer Programme and assist
with Accounts. English/ oral Education Teacher:
A teacher with B.A. degree and preferably teaching
experience and certification to teach English and
Moral Education to assist with the development of
moral education curriculum. Prefer self-supporting
applicants but a modest allowance and fare can be
provided if needed. The local community of Malampaka
village in the Shinyanga Region in Tanzania have
up and running a pre school project, a tree planting
project and Women and Youth activities which are
helping to proclaim the Faith. They are seeking
pioneers who are interested in supporting their
projects on teaching in villages and small towns,
deepening Bahá'ís, especially new
believers, conduct seminars on Pre-school Education,
Family Life, Education, Environment, Primary Health
Care, Women's Activities. Teaching pre-school children,
and helping with tree planting. See also Current
Mona Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Ocean of Light
The Ocean of Light High School in Tonga is run on
the principle that the human Spiritual (moral) Nature
must be the driving force behind human behaviour
and that education should produce people who are
willing to work towards serving others as well as
striving towards creating an ever advancing civilization.
The School was founded by, and is under the direction
of, the NSA of Tonga, and is open to all. It is
run on Bahá'í principles and ethics,
and provides a strong moral and academic education
for all students.
The school offers a happy and exciting
environment where students
want to learn and who have already had a number
of years studying in
a Bahai Primary School (Ocean of Light School);
encouraged to strive for excellence through a holistic
teachers set a good role model of honesty, kindness,
thoughtfulness, compassion, trustworthiness and
Ocean of Light email@example.com
USA, No Category.
Bosch Bahá'í School, Santa Cruz, California,
requires help in the following areas; office, hospitality,
cabin counselling, housekeeping, education, bookshop/cafe,
kitchen, grounds and maintenance. Volunteers must
be 18 years or older. Once a week study class, plenty
of opportunity for independent study in an extensive
library. Housing (in dormitory lodge and cabin style
buildings in redwood forests) and food provided
in exchange for 40 hour of service a week. Many
recreational facilities available such as swimming
pool, volleyball court, etc.
USA, No Category.
Green Acre Bahá'í School in New England
requires help with Children's education, food service,
dishwashing, hospitality, housekeeping, grounds/forestry,
bookshop/ cafe, maintenance and office support.
A limited number of stipends may
be available when necessary. Green Acre needs volunteers
for 6-12 months, although at times a shorter period
of commitment is also helpful. English speaking
individuals with little or no experience as well
as skilled professionals are encouraged to apply.
Mature volunteers who are hard working, responsible,
dedicated and committed to the process of spiritual
transformation are very welcome.
`Abdu'l-Bahá who visited
Green Acre in 1912 said that Green Acre shall become
a great centre, the cause of the unity of the world
of humanity "and that the desire to serve Green
Acre is in reality a very important matter".
Green Acre GREENACRE@USBNC.Org
USA, No Category.
The Louhelen Bahá'í School is located
in Davison, Michigan. It has been in operation since
1931. It offers numerous programmes that teach many
aspects of the Bahá'í Faith and also
serves as a retreat and conference centre for Bahá'ís
and non-Bahá'ís alike. Also featured
at Louhelen is the Bookstore/Café, which
contains a large variety of Bahá'í-related
books and serves as a gathering place for students.
It serves special coffee, ice cream and other desserts.
Louhelen Bahá'í School
would like assistance in areas of housekeeping,
kitchen, bookstore café, grounds, maintenance,
clerical, and child education assistant. Website
USA, No Category.
Louis Gregory Bahá'í Institute in
South Carolina would welcome support of existing
programs in education and radio, clerical and janitorial
duties, gardening, youth classes, and workshop.
Volunteers need to be willing to approach every
assigned task with an attitude of joyful service.
Louis Gregory LGI@USBNC.Org
USA, No Category.
Wilmette Bahá'í House of Worship,
Temple Conservation Group; Summer employment opportunities
are available for college age youth interested in
continuous care and historic preservation work at
the House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. Members
of the summer team perform a wide array of activities
including inspections, specialized cleaning, painting,
video/photo documentation, and building maintenance.
The Rowhani School is a Bahá'í-inspired
primary school that operates in the town of Luganville
on the island of Santo. It is run by two pioneers
from New Zealand, with the help of four local teachers.
In the last year the number of pupils has risen
from 13 to 75.
There are two Bahá'í
primary schools currently operating, with local
teachers. In order to teach in one of these schools
for at least one year, an overseas applicant would
need to hold teaching qualifications (in order to
obtain a visa) and should be largely self supporting.
Rudimentary accommodation would be provided. Alternatively,
a Bahá'í visiting for less than four
months might be able to give voluntary assistance
at one of these schools on an informal basis, and
there would be no visa requirement. There are several
Bahá'í-run kindergartens that would
similarly welcome voluntary help on a short or long-term
At any given time there are around 750 volunteer
staff at the Bahá'í World Centre,
serving in a wide variety of ways, from security
guards, gardeners, and cleaning and maintenance
staff to analysts in the Office of Social and Economic
Development, secretaries in the Office of the International
Teaching Centre, writers and editors in the Office
of Public Information, and as secretary-aides to
the members of the House of Justice, among many
other positions. As the work of the Bahá'í
world expands, there is currently a shortage of
staff at the Bahá'í World Centre.
World Centre firstname.lastname@example.org
ZAMBIA, Category 3. Banani
Banani International Secondary School is seeking
applications from qualified teachers of literature,
history, the sciences, art and music. Also the school
is looking for a dorm mother with additional qualifications
such as nursing or secretarial skills. Banani School
is a Bahá'í owned secondary school
for girls using the Cambridge International Curriculum
and teaching grades 8 - 12 (ages 11 - 17) with a
capacity for 150 students. Courses offered are Cambridge
IGCSE (O' Levels) covering Agriculture, Biology,
Chemistry, English, French, History, Literature,
Mathematics, Physics and Cambridge Skills Awards
in Information Technology. It is set in the rural
district of Chisamba, Zambia, one hour north of
the capital city. Volunteers need ability to adapt
to a different culture. Also required are people
who have an aptitude for academic teaching even
if they are not qualified, administrative staff,
marketing and development people, and others including
people with experience in sustainable agriculture.
A three year contract is preferred. Modest but sufficient
pay and housing provided. Year of Service volunteers
also welcomed to act as assistant teachers.
For more information refer to The Bahá'í
World, Volume 1996-97, pages 221-226 and 297-300.
Centro Educacional Bahá'í Soltanieh
(Soltanieh Educational Bahá'í Centre),
Day-Star School, Honduras (K-12): email@example.com
(Les) Etoiles Brillante, Chad: firstname.lastname@example.org
Muhajir School, Chile VIA: email@example.com