Monthly Support Estimate for One Person: USD $1,400.00
About the Secondary English Teacher Position
Position Start Date July 2018
About Grace International School
Grace International School is located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Founded in 1999, GIS “exists primarily to enable international Christian workers to remain in their field of service by providing for the needs of their children through an integrated education from a Christian worldview.” More than 350 families from 90 missions and sending agencies send their children to the school. The students (K-12) are from 26 countries. The student-teacher ratio is 17:1.
The Grace International School curriculum is American-based and Biblically-integrated. Since 2005, GIS has been accredited by ACSI and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school prides itself on its strong school community and its services for special needs students and home schoolers. It is currently housed in a former sports club, but the school is raising money and searching for new facilities: it has both outgrown its space and the surrounding neighborhood is pushing via legal action to take over the facilities.
Thailand Country Facts
Buddhist (official) 93.6%, Muslim 4.9%, Christian 1.2%
Below Poverty Line
12.6% (2012 est.)
Country Summary (from the World Factbook)
A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonized by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the US in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office by the Constitutional Court and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. The head of the Royal Thai Army, Gen. PRAYUT Chan-ocha, was appointed prime minister in August 2014. The interim military government created several interim institutions to promote reform and draft a new constitution. Elections are tentatively set for early 2016. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in its southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.
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