Summer Teaching Opportunities in South Africa

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Summer Teaching Opportunities in South Africa

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.

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Year-Long Teaching Opportunities in 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.

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Year-Long Teaching Opportunities in Ecuador

Your service in Ecuador will begin with a month-long intensive orientation run by the Field Staff. Orientation will include TEFL training, two weeks of intensive practice teaching, Spanish classes, information sessions and discussions about Ecuadorian culture and politics, health and safety issues, and cross-cultural adjustment. After orientation, volunteers travel to their sites and begin their teaching assignments. Depending on the placement, volunteers are usually responsible for teaching up to 20 hours a week. Apart from classroom hours, volunteers are also responsible for preparation of classes, grading and any other duties assigned by their institutions. Class size varies widely through the placements, as do the types of students and their level of English. Volunteers may teach university students, faculty and staff, and/or open-enrollment classes for members of the community. 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 teaching experience. Volunteer placements in Ecuador are based on the best match between the needs of the host institution and the personal qualifications of the volunteers. Volunteers may be placed independently in their host community or with a small group of other volunteers (including other departure groups and the summer program). Volunteers live with host families. Most host families will have electricity and running water, though in some regions hot water is inconsistent at best. Weather in Ecuador varies greatly, depending on the region. The coast is hot and humid year round, with frequent rain from January through April, while weather in the Sierra is often described as "eternal springtime," with cooler temperatures (depending on altitude) and periods of both rainy and dry weather. It rains consistently in the rainforest region, with a slightly drier period from December to February. Lunch is the largest meal in Ecuador, and involves multiple courses. The first course of soup is typically followed by a main dish consisting of rice, meat or chicken, and beans or lentils. Potatoes are native to the Andes, and also feature prominently in the Ecuadorian diet. A wide variety of fresh tropical fruits and juices are also available throughout the year. Volunteers can choose to earn a 125-hour In-Destination TEFL Certificate accredited by WorldTeach through ACCREDITAT during their term of service.

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