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Teaching Assistant in Uganda and Kenya


Teaching Assistant in Uganda and Kenya

VMM International


At a Glance

  • Start Date:01/01/2017
  • End Date:02/01/2020
  • Closing date:01/01/2020
  • Post Updated:04/03/2019
  • Min Hours:4 weeks
  • Role Type:Teaching/Tutoring

Requirements:Over 18


We send volunteers to primary schools where there is a genuine need. Many schools have over 100 pupils per class and there is a shortage of resources, teachers and classroom assistants so you will be a most welcome asset, bringing real added value to schools and pupils. 

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 by the pupils and staff.

Teaching assistant programs can include classroom assistant, basic learning skills, assist in English classes, arts and crafts, one to one tutoring, 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 €1,850. This will cover accommodation, meals, insurance, in country airport transfers, training & debriefing and 24 hour support and a contibution to the school and VMM's Child Safeguarding Programme. 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 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 are available from the end of May (approx) to the end of July. Placements during the autum/winter can also be arranged. 

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. 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:
More information available here: CV Interview Reference checks Garda vetting Please email for an application form and brochure


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Fiona Duignan

Address: VMM International, 64 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6


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