Teaching and Volunteering Overseas
Teaching roles are incredibly diverse, and are available in many exciting destinations. In most cases, education can be the key to a prosperous future. However, many schools in developing countries are under-funded and under-resourced, meaning that teachers are often overstretched. Having a volunteer can make an enormous difference in the students’ lives.
Volunteers will draw on their own recent educational background, mentoring and educating students and supporting fellow staff. The scope of your role will depend on the needs of your host country. You may be given your own class to teach and plan lessons for soon after your arrival. Schools may call on volunteers to teach a wide range of subjects, so you will need to be creative in the use of whatever resources are available. There is usually a curriculum to follow, from which fun & exciting lesson plans can be developed.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their enthusiasm to the classroom, and engage with the students as much as possible. You may consider bringing additional teaching resources from home to help make your lessons more exciting. Small things like coloured paper & stickers can really get your students engaged. While these placements can sometimes be challenging, they are often the most rewarding, and can offer the most in terms of your own personal development.
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Many of our host schools are run as private charities to help the local community. Volunteers can teach a variety of age groups and subjects including English, Maths, Science as well as others depending on their skills and the school’s needs. Schools are very under-resourced, but you will find that the students are eager and willing to learn and the more effort you put in the more you will be rewarded. Resourcefulness, initiative and ingenuity are key attributes needed.
Often volunteers set up extra-curricular clubs such as sports coaching, drama or music clubs. These clubs are often very well attended by the local school children and become a great part of the week for the community and also the volunteer to enjoy.