Kyiv Christian Academy exists to help fulfill the Great Commission by partnering with missionary families to offer a quality education in the English language within the framework of a Biblical worldview.
Urban. KCA is located on the northwest edge of Kyiv near a forest, about 30 minutes by transportation from the center of Kyiv.
Is it safe to live in Kyiv?
Kyiv is indeed safe to live in. The majority of Kyiv’s population is Western- leaning, hoping for reforms and a life under rule of law. The city is peaceful and life goes on normally in spite of the tense situation in the eastern part of the country. Kyiv is about 690 km (429 miles) or about a 6-8 hour train ride away from the current hot-spots in the East. Overall the political situation in the country seems to be undergoing positive changes.
KCA Administration daily monitors the security situation in the city and country and places a high priority on the safety of its teachers and students. Contingency plans are often reviewed.
On a local level, the amount of violent crime in Kyiv is much less than in the United States. Middle school age and older students are commonly allowed to travel on public transportation unaccompanied by their parents. Petty theft, however, has been on the increase due to increased economic hardships in the country.
Requirements regarding education/ experience/ certification (and if there are ever any exceptions)?
An education degree, teaching experience, and ACSI certification are strongly preferred, although exceptions can be made. Teachers without ACSI certification will at least be required to fulfill ACSI’s Christian Philosophy of Education requirement.
Demographics of teaching/administrative staff?
KCA staff is composed mainly of Americans and Ukrainians, although other qualified nationals are welcome. Teachers range from recent college graduates to retirees.
Our students are predominantly North American, with others from Korea, Central Asia, Holland, and Africa. Twelve different nationalities are represented at KCA. An ESL program is available for non-native speakers. Class sizes currently vary from 3 to 15 students.
Any financial assistance offered (salary/stipend/housing)?
Teachers should view themselves as missionaries with a vision to be used by God in the lives of their students. Teachers are encouraged to come under the auspices of a mission agency. Each teacher is responsible to raise finances to cover their expenses including visa, registration, transportation, and living expenses. When needed, KCA may offer a limited subsidy to the funds raised by full-time staff for their support. Some KCA teachers have used their subsidies as a means to help pay off student loans or towards tuition for children attending KCA.
*Resourcing Christian Education is a mission agency set up specifically to help teachers raise support to teach at an international school. Click here to see more information.
Typical staff living arrangements?
Staff and teachers live all over the city, typically renting apartments. KCA will help individuals or families locate reasonable housing convenient to the school and public transportation. Most singles try to share an apartment with other singles to help defray costs.
Estimated monthly cost of living for a single individual?
$1000 per month should be sufficient, depending on the sending agency. Costs may be reduced by living close to the school and by rooming with another individual. Support goals should be based on the cost of living plus medical benefits, taxes, and social security deductions.
When does the school year begin and when is the last day? When do I need to report?
Teacher orientation typically begins mid-August. New teachers are encouraged to arrive in Kyiv one week before orientation in order to get settled in. The first day of school takes place during the third week of August and the last day of school is during the third week of May. Dates vary slightly each year.