Teach conversational English and/or Music, Drama, French, German, Arts and Crafts or Sports, in nursery, primary and secondary schools, with delightful children who are very keen to learn. You’ll assist a teacher for up to a week and once you gain confidence and feel comfortable in the classroom, you’ll be able to become involved in lesson planning and take classes on your own. This project is totally flexible.
English is taught in all schools, but in rural areas the children have no opportunity to speak the language outside the classroom, so they get very little practice in pronunciation and speech. Their exposure to you as a native English speaker is very beneficial to them and helps them raise their grades, which is a big plus given that in the rural areas, the passing rate of English is only 60%.
The school where you’ll volunteer is located about 1 hour away from Kota Kinabalu. The school has primary school students aged from 6–12 and secondary school students aged from 13-17 (pre-University) age.
You’ll usually work about 10 – 15 lessons per week, and you’ll be in demand wherever you go! The school day usually runs from 07.30 to 1.30pm, Monday to Friday, during which time you’ll be asked to teach or assist with lessons. As formal lessons take place in the mornings, the afternoons are a time for you to become involved with additional activities that interest you, such as Sports. You’ll be given a timetable of lessons and will have the freedom to plan and take your own classes (with assistance, if required).
Some of the classes will be conversation-based and some tuition-based. You’ll work with groups or individuals, formally and informally outside the classrooms. You’ll receive plenty of assistance from the School Principal and the teachers until such time as you have gained confidence in your own abilities. Your main focus is on assisting with conversational English but you may also be asked to help in other areas, not just sport, but also Drama, Maths and Music, if you have an interest in these.
School Term Dates for 2019:
Term 1: 02 January to 22 March
Term 2: 01 April to 24 May
Term 3: 10 June to 09 August
Term 4: 19 August to 22 November
Other types of Teaching you can do:
If you don’t want to teach in a conventional school we also have some placements in other centres and institutions. For example, we could arrange for you to work with children who have mental disabilities, such as Downs Syndrome, or, if you have practical skills, you could teach vocational subjects, such as woodwork, to young male adults who have not successfully completed conventional schooling or who have severely underachieved.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
Accommodation will be with a local host family and you’ll participate in their way of life. Because you’ll be in a rural village environment, you’ll become involved in the local life. Very often this is one of the most attractive aspects of our placements in different cultures because you get to experience the country in a way that you would never be able to do as a tourist.
You may have your own bedroom or be required to share with another Travellers volunteer. You will have shared living accommodation and bathroom facilities. Your meals will be provided by your host family and will consist of local cuisine.
There is a surprising amount of action in the evenings in Malaysian villages, including coffee shops, karaoke bars, and bustling open-air markets that are fascinating!
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing culture first-hand!
- New skills, transferrable 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!