Work as an assistant teacher in the school’s Intensive English Centre (IEC), which was established to give refugee children, who have just arrived in Australia through the United Nations Refugee programme, the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school education.
You’ll work closely with the children in small groups, as an assistant teacher, to help them as much as possible. You’ll also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with the children to really give them the attention they need. Many of the children’s English is very poor, so this is where you can make a real difference.
Class sizes vary between 10 and 15 children in each IEC class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. The lessons you’ll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.
The schools employ a number of teachers to work in the IEC Centre who speak the children’s native language and this helps tremendously when the children start to learn English. As well as teaching English, you’ll be able to get involved in a number of other subjects within the IEC Centre, such as:
•Maths / Science
•And possibly other academic subjects
Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. You’ll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You’ll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.
Wi-Fi / Internet: There is an Internet Lounge in the accommodation with lots of facilities:
Computers with web cams and headsets (3 in total at time of writing)
24hr self-service Wi-Fi /internet ($1 for 10min – $10 for 6 hrs.’)
Free Library area with books
FREE Netflix, Stan, Pandora and Youtube on Smart TV.
Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities! You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!
The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You’ll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.
Food is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that a good guide would be a weekly budget of around AUD$70-90.
FREE TOUR OF PERTH:
If you do any placement in Perth, a CITY CULTURAL TOUR is included for free! You’ll soak up the many faces of Perth, from the relaxed yet buzzing atmosphere to the impressive cultural elements that make up this fascinating city. This is a wonderful way to get to know your new home.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!