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.
Volunteer Teachers in Fiji work in primary and secondary schools and are usually given real responsibility from their first day. Although many hosts will describe their placements as assistant-style roles, the reality is that you will most likely be given your own class to teach and to plan lessons from the very beginning. This makes volunteering in Fiji a great opportunity to develop your own personality and teaching style while gaining some great presentation and leadership skills.
The precise nature of your duties will vary from host to host, but past volunteers have taught English, maths, cooking, dancing and swimming to name a few. You will also be encouraged to bring your personal skills and interests to extracurricular activities; after-school clubs set up by Lattitude volunteers have proved extremely popular in the past!
Due to the nature of some placements, combined with the welcoming nature of Fijians, these placements enable volunteers to expand their role to include a large aspect of community work too. In some of these placements volunteers live and work on a daily basis with the village community and will soon find themselves part of everything the community does. From playing games and sports to festivals and celebrations!