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You do not have to be a teacher to volunteer as a teaching assistant but you do need to have enthusiasm and flexibility. Volunteers are expected to be independent and creative, be respectful to organisation leadership and work collaboratively. Children love to see volunteers in their schools and you will be made feel very welcome and as the classes can be very large in some schools, the teachers will appreciate your help.
Teaching assistant programs can include classroom assistant, basic learning skills, assist in English classes, arts and crafts, structured play, music and sports. Volunteers working in our teaching projects can make a significant and meaningful contribution in the lives of local children by helping to these important language skills as well as serving as positive role models. You will be a member of a team of people working together to offer your energy and support to children.
VMM’s objective is to contribute to the academic development of local schools to provide the best opportunity for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to still receive quality education. We work closely with development programmes across Africa and our short term programme is designed to support long-term, sustainable development work.
For a 4 week placement we ask each volunteer to raise €1,800. This will cover accommodation, meals, insurance, in country airport transfers, training & debriefing and 24 hour support and a contibution to the school and VMM projects. Flights, visas and vaccinations are your responsibility.
We provide lots of support for fundraising and share our own experiences on events that have worked for us and other volunteers.
Apply through studentvolunteer.ie and we will then send you an application form. Once your application is approved we will hold an interview with you. Upon approval you can then begin your fundraising efforts.
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Summer placements in Uganda are available from the end of May (approx) to mid August.
Summer placements in Kenya are available from the end of April to 2nd of August (closed from June 17th-21st)
The Head Teacher will assign appropriate tasks according to your skills, qualifications and experience. We will send this information in advance to facilitate lesson planning and subject areas.
You do not need to be a qualified teacher to be a teaching assistant.
English is the second language and there will be no difficulties helping teachers in class.
Previous student volunteers have helped teach English, basic math, religon, sports etc. If you play an instrument, bring it with you as the children would love to hear you play.
Skills required for this role:
Good communication skills
Sense of humour
Willingness to participate in school activities
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Monday to Friday school hours Public holidays and weekends off
Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
Application form available here: http://www.vmminternational.org/volunteer/short-term-volunteers/apply-for-short-term-posts/ CV Interview Reference checks Garda vetting
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Fiona Duignan
Address: VMM International, 68 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1
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