Teach English in Sri Lanka
The central focus of the Teaching project in Sri Lanka is to offer English classes to locals who are unable to afford private language lessons. Volunteers are also required to teach other subjects, including Physical Education and Computer Science. Volunteers are placed in local temples, pre-schools and villages, where they will usually take 2 to 3 classes per day with students ranging in age from 3 to 15 years old. Volunteers who are placed in villages live with local host families and teach at local schools, working with 5 to 15 students per class. Volunteers also have the opportunity to teach Buddhist monks at a Monastery near Kandy, however there is a minimum program duration of 2 weeks required for this placement. Teaching will usually take place in the afternoon as most monks attend university and visit village ceremonies in the mornings. Volunteers will therefore plan their lessons in the morning or help with the maintenance and repair of classrooms. On all Teaching placements, volunteers may also be required to teach subjects such as Maths, Science, Computer Studies or Physical Education. Volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate on the Teaching project, however they must be fluent in English and confident in their ability to teach both written and verbal English skills to students of all ages.
Volunteers in Kandy are provided with three meals per day during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and twice during the weekend (breakfast and lunch combine to become brunch during the weekend). Accommodation is in a volunteer house, where you can expect bunk beds and a shared room with four to ten other volunteers. Homestay accommodation is also available in Kandy, which is a popular option for couples or older volunteers. This option can be arranged with our local staff for an additional US$35 per week and volunteers may either have their own room or share with one or two others of the same gender, depending on how many other volunteers have requested homestay accommodation. Alternatively, private rooms and matrimonial rooms can be arranged for an additional US$70 per room, per week, subject to availability at the time. Orientation is taken by our Sri Lankan team at the volunteer house in Kandy. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for 1 week, however volunteers who join a 1 or 2 week program have the option to participate in the first day of orientation only. The orientation will give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
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