Year-Long Teaching Opportunities in Namibia

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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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Fully Funded Global Education Fellowship in Ecuador

About the Ecuador Global Education Fellowship As a WorldTeach Global Education Fellow, you will be on the front lines of international education and innovation, developing professional skills and cross-cultural expertise while broadening your global network. Fellows will live in Ecuador for 8 months participating in Ecuador’s Time to Teach initiative, sponsored by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Fellows will advance effective, student-centered education practices in Ecuadorian schools, while participating in an ongoing conversation about the future of globalization, education and international development in the 21st century. Fellowship postings will be in primary and secondary schools in rural areas such as the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world (Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve), and the Andes and Sierra Highlands, a region of majestic mountains and lush valleys that is famed for its recreational and tourist opportunities. What the Fellowship work will include: The Global Education Fellowship is a multi-faceted professional development program. Fellows are expected to complete research and reflection projects addressing the theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning, with projects tailored by each Fellowship participant to match their unique areas of interest and career objectives. The research component will average 15 hours per month, while teaching will average 30 hours per week. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local school administrators. Class sizes and students’ previous exposure to English will vary. What training and support does the Fellowship provide? • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)© assessment and coaching program • Mentor support for individual research or reflection project that contributes to the understanding of intersection of globalization and education as it impacts students’ futures or learning. • Professional development seminars focused on the forces of globalization and their impacts on education and national development • WorldTeach accredited TEFL certification and week-long orientation to prepare for teaching placements • Career mentoring upon fellowship conclusion • Access to network of over 7,000 WorldTeach alumni both during fellowship and after Additional Fellowship Details • Fellows are placed in rural K-12 schools in the Amazonian and Sierra (Andes) regions of Ecuador. • Fellows live with an assigned host family in the local community. • Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host family and typically consist of rice, meat, and beans or lentils. Potatoes are native to the Sierra region and are also featured in the Ecuadorian diet, along with fresh fruits and juices. • The Fellowship is fully funded and includes visa, housing, transportation and international airfare, supplemental overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance, orientation and additional training conferences, 24-hour in-country field director support, access to educational resources, TEFL certification, and alumni support and networking. • Fellows receive a monthly living stipend to cover basic expenses.

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