2.24.17 – Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter
Majuro Cooperative School, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Sarah P’s comments: The Marshall Islands are where you should go if you want a funky, out-of-it experience. They are 5,000 miles far anywhere and you will face challenges such as an unmotivated local population, expensive electricity, and the one ATM machine running out of money on weekends.
This position was listed in Feb. 2015 as simply Librarian’ however, I corresponded with the person who applied and eventually secured, the position and know that she was supposed to do some grant-writing as well. I guess it worked because it is now advertised as three positions rolled into one. A lot of work but it is a small school.
My son attended this school while we worked at the college and it was the usual scenario – well-meaning teachers trying to make a difference in a challenging place. If you are interested in the South (really it’s North) Pacific then, with the right attitude, this could be a rewarding and unique experience despite some really irksome moments (we certainly found it so).
FYI: An excellent book to read about life in the Marshall Islands is Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island by Peter Rudiak-Gould who volunteered to teach English on one of the outer atolls for a year.
- Flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take directions as needed
- Ability to work with students and their families in a variety of capacities
- Passionate, organized, collaborative, and flexible.
- Strong communication and ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers, parents, students and the Coop School community
- Bachelor’s degree required and teaching certification preferred
Start date: July 2017
We offer a compensation package based on a 2 year contract. Our compensation package includes: roundtrip airfare to and from your home at the beginning and end of your contract, pay based on experience, housing, and an electricity allowance. Please inquire for additional information regarding compensation.