The central objective of our summer project is to provide and support educational initiatives in poor communities in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town. During Phase 1, the first three weeks after orientation, WTSA runs various programs during the winter school holidays in Masiphumelele township. During Phase 2, volunteers are placed at schools in the 'coloured' Ocean View area. Depending on volunteers' interests and levels of experience, they may work in a preschool, a primary school, a special needs school, or a high school. Volunteers work either with high school students through the Masiphumelele Library or with 7th grade students through the Pink House community center. Volunteers at the library typically tutor students and assist 12th graders with college applications. They also have the opportunity to lead workshops on topics of their interest, like creative writing and debate. Volunteers at the Pink House work on confidence, team-building, and self-expression with their students, and organize speakers on topics like human rights and HIV/AIDS. The Pink House group also takes several excursions to expose students to the natural beauty and cultural opportunities around Cape Town. With our summer program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for FREE while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience. After orientation, volunteers move in with their host families for the duration of the program. Volunteers have their own bedrooms or share with fellow volunteers. Volunteers typically live in Kommetjie, Fish Hoek, or other middle-class communities, or in Ocean View, where volunteers work during Phase 2. In general, the home placements offer comfort and most modern facilities; however, volunteers may have less privacy than they are used to in the United States, as other living spaces will be shared with the host family.
Unnamed Road, Morocco
In Morocco, WorldTeach summer volunteers teach English and Life Skills to under-served teens and young adults. Placements are in the cities of Casablanca, Rabat, and Fes, where volunteers work with organizations in the slum areas serving orphans and troubled youth. Volunteers live with host families to see more of life in this fascinating country described by the late King Hassan II as being "like a tree whose roots lie in Africa but whose leaves breathe in Europe." Note: Volunteers will experience the entire month of Ramadan in this Muslim country, although they need not observe the fast and host families will make arrangements for the noon meal. With our summer program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for FREE while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience.
Unnamed Road, Namibia
WorldTeach volunteers work as English, mathematics and/or science teachers, in a wide range of schools, from primary to secondary schools, from rural to more urban. WorldTeach volunteers work as English, mathematics and/or science teachers, in a wide range of schools, from primary to secondary schools, from rural to more urban. Most volunteers will be responsible for 20-25 hours of classroom teaching, including lesson preparation and grading. In addition to teaching at least one core subject (English, Math or Science), volunteers are usually assigned additional elective courses to teach, such as physical education, art, health, and computer studies. Volunteers also often engage in other secondary projects as well, such as coaching sports or starting arts clubs. With our year-long program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for only $350 while also gaining priceless in-country experience. In addition, interested volunteers are also encouraged to serve as HIV/AIDS Resource Teachers. As an HIV/AIDS Resource Teacher, you will help facilitate HIV/AIDS awareness programs, such as clubs or activities that build life skills and empower learners to make healthy decisions. Volunteers may work with other teachers and administrators to integrate HIV/AIDS awareness into their core subject teaching and throughout the school. The Ministry of Education in Namibia and the Kristin Linnea Skvarla Foundation are proud to announce a new, lowered pricing structure to our WorldTeach Namibia program available to all new applicants. The majority of volunteers are placed at government schools in rural areas, where there are the greatest shortage of qualified teachers. Occasionally, volunteers are placed at private schools as well as church-affiliated schools, both of which follow the Ministry-approved curriculum. As mentioned, many teaching placements are in relatively remote areas, where the roads tend to be good but the public transportation and the traffic are limiting. That said, volunteers are able to secure a ride to the nearest town when needed. Placements are typically individual, so that the maximum number of schools can be served. While you are likely to be the only WorldTeach volunteer at your school, there may be other WorldTeach volunteers in the town or region, or teachers from other international volunteer organizations (e.g. Peace Corps) at your school or nearby. Though WorldTeach has placed volunteers in all 13 Regions throughout its history, currently volunteers are clustered in the northern regions as well as along the coast; however, placements adjust from year to year as per the needs of the Ministry of Education and its schools. Host schools are responsible for volunteer accommodation, and almost exclusively, volunteers live in government-provided housing. These homes typically have 2-3 bedrooms, which volunteers usually share with Namibian colleagues and/or with other volunteers (e.g. WorldTeach, Peace Corps, VSO, etc). Volunteers will have their own furnished room, although when available, share common rooms with their housemates. WorldTeach requires that all housing have running water, electricity and fully-equipped kitchens; volunteers are expected to be able to cook for themselves.