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WE STILL HAVE IMMEDIATE VACANCIES,SO PLEASE CALL MRS. Gibson, our managing director in the US where she is at themoment at 763-228-0621. We also take advance placements for the futureopportunities in – NOW,  February, July, and September 2014.  Texther at the number first  or email  and then call during central timezone working hours or email her to arrange a time in advance at gyaschool@hotmail.com

 

We are looking for those with adegree in English, ESL, or communications related. The Ministry of Labor isonly allowing these types of work visas now.

BE READY FOR AN INTERVIEW OFABOUT  30 MINUTES. PLEASE READ BELOW FOR ALL INFORMATION TOO.

**Please read the information below and get back to us with your photo, letter ofinterest specific to our school and systems, and your cv or resume. Hope tohear from you soon. We still have teaching for Kindergarten and high schoolEnglish, editors, public relations, administrative and other positions available.Please contact gyaschool@hotmail..com with all your photo, cv, andletter of interest immediately if you are interested for this school year.

 

Greetings and thanks for yourinterest in becoming a part of our team.

If you are a highly motivated anddedicated educator, we hope you
will join our team.

Please be aware that we are a normal private school for children
in Ethiopia that serves primarily middle class families.
Our target ESL staff member is one who understands
about the challenges of living and working in a developing
country. Our teachers must be committed to staying a full school
year or two school years according to their contract choice, and they
must be dedicated teachers,
not just travelers. We serve about 6000 students in 9 schools with
here.  About 10% of those students do learn on scholarship programs.
If you have any questions about the school, you can contact us again and
we will be glad to answer any of your questions. You can also contact
one of our former teachers David Viers at yesselah@yahoo.com to get
his perspective about the school and Ethiopia. You can also contact
n_nance06@hotmail.com . Heis one of our former teachers too. There is
also sananikone2004@yahoo.comwho can answer questions about the
school as a former ESL teacher. You can also contact aht931@yahoo.com.
If you do contact these people please put: Information about Gibson
Youth Academy in the subject lines so they know it is not a trash
email or over the internet offer of some kind.

GSS ESL Teacher Fact Sheet

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM

The goal of GSS is to strengthen the country by preparing students
to be the future leaders of Ethiopia by teaching strong academics,
ethics, and initiative. Our school focuses on good citizenship,
academics, and preparing students for the grade 8, 10, and 12
students for the Ministry of Education matriculation exams. We
encourage creative learning and encourage our teachers to use the
student centered approach while maintaining a high level of
academics. Our motto is <Making Young People Strong People>

NATURE OF THE SCHOOL

We are a private school that is licensed by the Ethiopian Ministry
of Education. We currently serve, in the 2012/2013 school year,
almost 7000 mixed social
class, tribe, and religious group students with the majority coming
from the middle class in Addis Ababa. We do have students on
scholarship and sponsorship programs as well.   We have a
staff of over 800 Ethiopian staff members, so we are a major employer and
job creator here.
The school was started by Leea Gibson, an American who has lived and
worked in Ethiopia
for 14 years and her husband, who is an Ethiopian who works in
other business sectors in Ethiopia.

THE STUDENT POPULATION

We serve students from every walk of life with the majority coming
from the middle class. This means that the general level of the
students are from middle class people. However, there are many
students in the school who attend on scholarship or who are
sponsored from abroad as well.

CLASS SIZES

Our usual class size is 20 to 30 students. If the classroom is
smaller, we have smaller numbers of students in the class. For the
kindergarten level, we have three adults in the class at all times:
teacher, assistant teacher, and child care aid.

For grades 1 up to 4, there are teachers and assistant teachers in the
classes to help with the learning process.

For grades 5 up to 12, teachers manage the classes alone.

FACILITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR ESL TEACHER

Housing
Foreign hired ESL teachers are provided with housing in a modern
house located near the school where they teach. They are given a
normal bedroom to themselves and share bathrooms, living area,
kitchen, and other facilities. There is electricity, television,
video cassette player, a radio, bedding, and kitchenware provided
in the house. We provide a maid and pay all utilities in the house.
A payment of 7500 to 10000 birr per month is given based on experience andqualification.

ESL teachers cook at
home or eat at local restaurants. We also provide home internet access
in the evenings and weekends, a
satellite dish in each home.
Those who choose to live in their own housing are provided with a 1000
birr stipend toward housing.
THOSE WHO WORK IN MANAGEMENT POSITIONS WITH MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
IN EDUCATION AND MANAGEMENT WILL RECEIVE MANAGEMENT LEVEL SALARY WHICH
IS ON A HIGHER SALARY SCALE WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN THOSE OF ESL
TEACHERS. This is generally between 14,000 and 20,000 birr per month.
Airfare is not provided.
WORK PERMITS and RESIDENCE PERMITS
GSS covers the cost of the residence visa and work permit. It is
the responsibility of the ESL teacher to secure the initial business
visa and all shots needed to enter the country.
Those who do not complete the contract will not be
reimbursed and the ESL teacher will reimburse the school for the
cost of the work and residence permits.

TYPICAL DAY FOR TEACHERS

Teachers arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. and start active duty at
7:45 a.m. At 8:00 there is a homeroom and lineup ceremony period
and then the teachers teach about 5 periods for 45 minutes each a
day. The time to go home each day is 3:30 p.m. Planning periods
are working periods for grading, preparing tests, and lesson
planning. Each teacher has 3 planning periods. Work is usually
from Monday up to Friday, but those who teach upper grades who are
going to prepare for national exams may work on Saturday
occasionally. We also have programs on Saturdays once in a while.
Teaching is a demanding job that requires paperwork to be completed
at home sometimes as well.

THE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE TO ALLOW FOR TRAVEL PLANS

There are several 3 day weekends during the year. There is only one
full week vacation which is the Ethiopian Christmas week during
January 7. There is a three day weekend at the end of each quarter.
Muslim as well as Christian Holidays are observed. Easter has a 4
day weekend, and there are some national holidays for Ethiopia
which we celebrate as well. The school year is 175 student
attendance days and about 20 teacher work days.

ISSUES RELATED TO HEALTH IN ETHIOPIA

Health care in Ethiopia is inexpensive and modern to some extent.
The school supports those who are sick and need transport to the
clinic. Our teachers in the past have faced minor problems. One
teacher did have an appendectomy in a hospital here which went very
well. At this point, there is not medical insurance here, and you
can get international medical insurance if you think you need it.

You will need a yellow fever and hepatitis vaccination in order to
travel in East Africa, but these are not big problems here.

REGISTRATION WITH HOME EMBASSY

All ESL teachers should contact and register with their own home
embassies once they arrive in Addis Ababa.

VISA REQUIREMENT

All ESL teachers need to obtain a business visa to enter the
country and work. The school will convert this into a work permit and
residence permit once you arrive. You can contact the Ethiopian
Embassy online to get more information and costs.

MAILING ADDRESS
GSS Email Address: gyaschool@hotmail.com

Your name

In Care of Gibson Youth Academy

P.O.Box 15564

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM

Pre-Kindergarten * Kindergarten *Preparatory

At these levels, all concepts are taught in both Amharic- the local
language, and English. Children will be able to read and write and
communicate equally in Amharic and English before going to grade 1.
ESL teachers who work in this level are busy with creative activities
and oral language as well as points from the official GYA KG
Curriculum. Teachers are expected to give both written and
performance evaluations and keep progress records.

Students learn: English Reading, Writing, Speaking, Amharic
Reading, Writing, Speaking, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science,
Art, Physical Education and Music.

PRIMARY LEVEL CURRICULUM

Grades 1 up to 6

All subjects are taught in English except for the other language
classes.

Students learn: English Grammar, English Reading and Spelling,
Amharic, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Computers, Physical
Education, A choice of French or Arabic, Handwriting, and Arts.

JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

We closely follow the Ethiopian Ministry of Education curriculum to
prepare students for the national exams.

We use American system English and literature and vocabulary.

Students also take the SAT/TOEFL preparation course in grades 9 up to 12.

Students learn: English Grammar, Literature and Vocabulary,
Mathematics, Social Studies in three parts: History, Geography,
Civics; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education, Computers,
and Amharic at all levels grades 8 up to 10.

PREPARATORY COLLEGE CURRICULUM

At the preparatory college level, students either chose Arts or
Sciences streams.

Arts streams students take: Mathematics, SAT/TOEFL, Civics, General
Business, Economics, Information Technology, English, Public Speaking Amharic,
History, and Geography.

Sciences streams students take: Mathematics, SAT/TOEFL, Public Speaking,Civics,
Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Information
Technology, and Amharic.

OUR TARGET ESL STAFF MEMBER
Conservative and Professional Presence:  No visible tattoos, no nose,
belly, or other extravagant punctures or pierced body parts, short
conservative hairstyles for men, conventional hairstyles for women,
and conservative dress. Freedom from addictions and criminal
convictions is a requirement. (There is a search done on Interpol to
check criminal backgrounds on all those who apply for work permits in
Ethiopia.) Qualified, trained teachers who really want to teach in
Ethiopia.

We are seeking those who understand about the developing world and what
they expect to find in Ethiopia. Please do extensive research
before committing to work with children here since children need a
strong commitment from the teacher. We need those who are
emotionally strong enough to be here for a full year away from
their families, friends, foods, and environments which they are
accustomed to enjoying.

Ethiopian people are generous people and the country is beautiful
and provides a lot of chances for nature lovers, but the country is
a developing one. Progress is slow and you do not find all the
development you might find in the Western countries. You may see
poverty around you on a daily basis. There are beggars in Addis
Ababa. Teaching is a hard job all over the world because kids are
kids. You will not find managing Ethiopian children any easier than
you do American kids although Ethiopian children are more
respectful and cooperative in the opinion of the managing director.
Planning, active lesson presentation, student involvement in the
class, and a firm respect for classroom procedures and
regulations are the keys to good classroom management everywhere.
Our students do love variety, activity, creative lessons, plays,
drama, sports, and they are easily entertained and activated. We
need EFL Teachers who are set to come in order to increase the
country for the future. Realize that because of the economy, your
salary will be much less than that of what you might get in your
country, but your stipend goes a long way toward covering food and
entertainment expenses. You will not need any other financial support
during your stay here

We bring ESL teachers to our school to help us to build it and
improve it. We need our ESL teachers to be active examples for the
local staff in the areas of work ethic, enthusiasm, openness,
effort, creativity, and inventiveness. We expect our ESL teachers
to work hard and give 100%. If you are looking for a short term
commitment that is easy to get out of and will allow you to
travel around the country a lot and that will not take much effort
from you, this is not the place to be. We expect our ESL teachers
to follow the guidelines of the school and be flexible enough to
adapt to this environment as well as disciplined enough to follow
and enforce the school regulations. One of the biggest
struggles for us here is the work ethic of local teachers. We need
you to be examples of hardworking teachers who work out of
dedication and commitment to the edification of their students.
Call for Contribution

REQUIRED CONTRIBUTION FROM ALL ESLSTAFF

We expect all of our ESL staff tocontribute the amount in 100 USD equivalency  in
stickers, footballs, basketballs, markers , volleyballs, stickers, prize boxprizes,
posters, teaching aides, flashcards, colored paper, and other items we
need for our school like Elmer’s Glue, good markers, laminating film,
staplers, colored chalk, white board markers, used toys and stuffed
animals, puzzles, and other items. PLEASE DO NOT BRING THE MONEY IN
CASH! We need the above amount in materials since the quality of
offered school supplies in Ethiopia is of a very modest level.

SEE GSS ON THE WEB

Ourschool was honored by the British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) out off all the schools in Ethiopia to represent their
program World Class. You can see a short video of our school that
was made by the BBC at www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass/africa

 

Donations and other ContactInformation

Greetings from GibsonSchool Systems. New website and other information.

Here are some great ways to find out what is going on in theGibson School Systems. Keep in touch.

 

Official Website:

www.gyaschool.net

 

 OfficialFacebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gibson-Youth-AcademyGibson-Preparatory-College-Addis-Ababa-Ethiopia/101145989940369

 

 Follow Us onTwitter:

@GibsonLeea

 

 Email:

gyaschool@hotmail.com

gibsonschoolsystems@gmail.com

 

 ***Pleaseremember we are always looking for and accepting material donations that aregood for schools.  For those who are outside, please send for us. Forthose who are traveling from Ethiopia to outside, bring back for us. We can alwaysuse any of the following items.  We accept used or new in good condition.Check the Good Will or Salvation Army stores for used items. The stores thatsell  all things for a dollar are also good sources.  We do notaccept money since we cannot buy the materials we need in Ethiopia or they arepoor quality. Please send any donations to:

 

Gibson School Systems

PO Box 15564

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In Care of LeeaGibson, Mananging Director

·         Mark all packages as used items and donations.

 

1.       Educational posters

2.       Science and Lab Equipment

3.       Books for ages Kindergarten to grade 4

4.       Laminating film or paper

5.       Colored paper

6.       Good glue sticks

7.       Volley ball, basketballs, soccer balls

8.       Physical education cones

9.       Puzzles and blocks appropriate forkindergarten

10.   Small toys and manipulatives for playing within the class. Small toys from Mc Donalds Happy meals are ideal.

11.   Good markers and crayons

12.   Several copies of the Guiness book of worldrecords ( the kids love this kind of book)

13.   Class sets of childrens scissors

14.   Educational flashcards

15.   Small prizes for the good behavior couponprize store (pens, pencils, small pads, hair accessories, head phones, smallflashlights, nice erasers, big stickers, small bouncing balls, small cars ortoys, folders and so on)

16.   Cartoon or educational CDs for Kindergartenlevel

17.   Books of award stickers with 500 stickers ineach books (small stickers for KG level)

18.   Soft toys or stuffed animals.

19.   Ready made Student of the Month andAchievement Award Certificates

20.   Folders

 

Thanks in advance for your support andcontinued cooperation for the benefit of the children we serve here in AddisAbaba. 

Sincerely,

Leea Gibson, Managing Director

 

Leea Gibson

Managing Director

Gibson School Systems

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