Educational Development

EDU is one of the pathways to the nations within World Missions. We believe that going to another culture as a professional who is authentic and pursues transformational, holistic ministry is an organic way to plant disciplemakers within a community.

In many places around the world quality education is unavailable or only for the most privileged. EDU contributes to the development of nations and helps our staff live out the gospel through partnership with indigenous education initiatives. We help to develop quality teachers, curriculum, and long-term strategies.  EDU works with local partners to create educational opportunities for the under-resourced.

With EDU you can work with Navigator educational initiatives worldwide at all levels: pre-school, K-12, university, and private business. So whether you are a teacher of grades pre-K to 12, a university professor, an English language teacher, or other educational professional, we can find the best fit for your skills and passion. Our work with refugees and displaced persons involves arts for reflection and emotional healing.

Although much of our work is short-term, our long-range goal is for educators to join local Navigator teams as disciplemakers, entering the culture as professionals, and living authentically among the unreached. This is particularly strategic within restricted access communities. We believe the model of living 

and working professionally brings natural opportunities for interaction with colleagues and neighbors. It lends itself to sharing life and demonstrating authentic kingdom living.

EDU Partner Locations​

  • North Africa 
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Europe

EDU Services

  • Curriculum Development
  • Teacher Training & Coaching
  • Administrator Training & Coaching 
  • Enrichment Classes
  • Online Teaching
  • Student Evaluation
  • General Consulting
  • University Internships
  • Research Opportunities

Opportunities with EDU

We partner through several contexts:

  • Short-term teaching teams
  • Online teaching and teacher training
  • Consultants and coaching
  • Long-term Navigator disciplemakers

Short-Term Teaching Trips

Short-term teaching trips happen most often between May and August. For details on current trip opportunities use the link at the bottom of the page.

Online Teaching Opportunities

EDU works online to support a number of our partners around the world.  Online instruction includes classes for individuals and groups.  Most of what we do online is English language instruction, but we also work with other subject areas too.  EDU provides on-line teacher training in conjunction with our local partners.

We are currently working online with language schools in East Africa, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and South Asia.

Internships for University Credit

If you are in an educational program that requires a practicum or internship you may be able to complete it as a participant in one of our short-term teaching trips or with online teaching during the semester.  EDU staff train, coach, and observe as you teach children or adults in cross-cultural settings.  We have worked with interns from Moody, Liberty, Wheaton, BIOLA, and Cedarville.  Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Events and Training

Introduction to Missional Education

Interested in using your teaching skills and experience to reach the nations?

This weekend gives you the opportunity to explore your calling, learn about teaching cross-culturally, and meet with experienced Navigator teachers. The weekend introduces opportunities and explains the next steps in joining The Navigators as ministry staff serving cross-culturally with an overseas Navigator team.


Exposure is an event that helps you discover more about the Navigators and learn about the different Navigator ministry pathways, including EDU.

How to Get Involved

Interesting in joining staff?

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