Living Locations:

Upon committing to serve with ADE, suitable living arrangements will be made for you within Vara Blanca, San Rafael, Alajuela or another one of the surrounding towns. As part of its development model, ADE strives to live among the people it serves as part of the community in every regard. Therefore, full-time staff should expect to be assigned to living situations that reflect local housing conditions. More details will be arranged upon completion of application and acceptance.
Community Purse:
As a member of the ADE staff, you will take part in the financial cooperation of the Community Purse.  The CP means by which ADE staff members all receive financial provision and share in their benefits together, the Community Purse was established as a means of budgeting for each member of the ADE staff community. Another means by which the ADE team actively engages in community with one another, we believe that you will find your own experience of the Community Purse a blessing.

Current Opportunities:

Set up an organic farming and gardening program to help make self-sustaining communities and help to document the area's biodiversity in order to allow for transformational development.
Serve as spiritual advisor and discipleship mentor to the ADE community. Work alongside churches to develop a healthy and comprehensive Christian discipleship in local areas.
Marketing and Development 
Assist ADE in creating a comprehensive marketing plan for our various programs and activities or for small businesses in the local community.
Web Design and community education
Manage and develop ADE’s website and technology assets. Work with students in the school or others in the community to develop practical technology and computer skills that will benefit the community.
Youth Programs
Work with the local Protestant church to minister to local high school and middle school students. There are currently few opportunities to build the area's future leaders, but the youth have incredible potential for development.
National Director for Ecological Protection (NDEP) (IMMEDIATE NEED)
The NDEP position works with community and national leaders to promote Creation Care practices in the surrounding communities where ADE works primarily through the development of a Biological Corridors (promoting specie migration and habitat growth) ans well as growing the organic agriculture production that ADE already has. The NDEP would also work on developing the Center for Sustainable Studies.

Watershed Rejuvenation and Management Coordinator (WRMC) (IMMEDIATE NEED)
Similar to the NDEP position the WRMC position will focus on working alongside community and national leaders to promote Creation Care practices in the surrounding communities where ADE works with the intention of expanding into different communities in Costa Rica. This position is however specifically focused on Watershed management in a country that sadly boasts the title of having the dirtiest river's in Central America. The WRMC would also work alongside the rest of the ADE staff members to work on developing the Center for Sustainable Studies.

/ Education Teacher (IMMEDIATE NEED)
The Language and Education teacher would have a specific role in working alongside local communities and with our church to provide access to necessary educational needs to the community. The services  provided could be for teaching English, for private tutoring, to working within in a local primary or secondary school as an English, Art or Science teacher or whatever is needed during that time. 

Open Career
Do you have a specific skill set that you're interested in using in the context of ADE and this community?   Due to the extent of the earthquake and the corresponding needs of the community, there is much work to be done. Contact us to discuss other innovative ideas and design your own career.

Positions with ADE offer growth in project development, project management, and missions experience assisting the growth of the Costa Rican national church and abroad. Ideally we are looking for commitments of two years or more and there is a one year evaluation period where we jointly evaluate the work and His calling. All ADE staff come as they are and live on the ADE common purse receiving a living stipend with salary options.

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