"Educational Development among the Under-Resourced"

EDU is one of the pathways to missions that is part of the Navigators World Missions strategy to live out the gospel of God’s Kingdom next door to everywhere.

Our goal is to assist under-resourced areas worldwide that have a variety of educational needs. We do this in a number of ways, including the following:

Our long-term vision is to place educators on established Navigator teams who live authentically in their cities and cultures. We believe that both professional development and spiritual care are vital for individuals seeking to live and work abroad among the lost, and we are committed to this vision.

If you are passionate about teaching and are a pre-service, young, or retired teacher looking for a way to impact the Kingdom, we have some excellent service options. Whether your interest is Pre-Kindergarten, K-12, or adult learning, EDU has a variety of potential opportunities in a number of countries.

Why We Do What We Do

Many living in the West take for granted the availability of affordable, quality education. In many places around the world, however, such education is only for the most privileged. One way we contribute to the development of nations and live out the gospel is to help develop indigenous educational options that have excellent teachers, materials, facilities, and ongoing development at an affordable price for those in poverty and in the emerging middle class.



Most short-term opportunities are in the summer, but some are over the winter academic break.  We can also schedule individual short-term trips for those who are able to provide specific expertise in training and coaching.


Most of the locations above and including the Middle East have opportunities for service. These opportunities for six months to two years involve joining The Navigators staff and raising some level of financial support.

There are three models of funding that apply to EDU-identified Navigator staff:


Long-term opportunities (more than two years) are planned as a specific fit between the needs of the local Navigator team, the educational initiative, and the skill set of the candidate. All of the areas listed as short-term opportunities are also potential for longer terms. There are other, more pioneering types of teams that are available for those desiring long-term involvement.

The funding model described under mid-term applies to longer-term opportunities as well.

Other Opportunities:

Research-Oriented Opportunities

Study Abroad

To find out more about opportunities or if you have any questions regarding opportunities, please contact us at

Events and training: 

Throughout the year we offer opportunities to help you discover if educational missions is where God is calling you.

Exposure is an event that helps you discover more about who Navigators are and learn about the different Navigator pathways including the EDU Pathway. Check out the Exposure event page to find out where and when the next one will be.

Introduction to Missional Education

Is a seminar for those who are interested in using their teaching skills and experience to reach the nations. To find out more visit our missional education event page.