Fernando del Castillo, from Spain, teaching young monks in a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. Great work Fernando, thank you very much!!
You will be teaching at Buddhist monastery, located at Aarubari, Jorpati, Kathmandu. The athmosphere is very welcoming, and the young monks are highly motivated to learn English. While staying at the monastery with the monks, you will learn also about the Buddhist philosophy of peace and compassion.
Teaching English to the child/junior monks at the Monastery has been an interesting, inspiring and educational experience for me. I only hope my pupils experienced it the same way. The atmosphere in the monastery was very welcoming, peaceful and enjoyable and so were the people in it. – Lammert Lettinga
While learning English with you, the young monks will improve their English skills. For them, fluency in English will help bringing forward a brighter professional future. academic and professional opportunities.
You may also choose to teach English at a local school, also close to Kathmandu. Your presence will open hearts and minds to life outside of a small village where ideas of life beyond their small corner of the world are seldom generated. Teaching the students and inspiring the teachers with new methods will leave your legacy in place.
I spend a month teaching in a school in Kathmandu Nepal.
It is an amazing experience, especially if you want to put your teaching skills on the line.
I have learned not only that I love what I do, but also gained confidence and good experience.
You also get to understand a different culture and meet amazing people! – Antonia Bozzolo, Las Condes
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Teaching English to the child/junior monks at the Monastery has been an interesting, inspiring and educational experience for me. I only hope my pupils experienced it the same way. The atmosphere in the monastery was very welcoming, peaceful and enjoyable and so were the people in it. At times, it was challenging to keep the kids in line by using only positive feedback and enthusiasm (because they see and undergo enough violence in their lives) but I think me and other volunteers have found a nice balance to make lessons entertaining, engaging as well as educational. It has been very rewarding to see how much progress they’ve made in the three weeks I got to teach them.
By insuring that when volunteers are finished with the program, it is well-documented what progress they made and at what level the kids are at in their English proficiency. It took me quite some time to figure out what kind of lessons would be at the right level for the kids. – Lammert Lettinga
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I got the best living situation in the house which I appreciated very much but also thought I didn’t deserve my ‘family’ treating me so well. My daily job is to teach english to the kids in the village and helped my host-family grandma do some farming job. I enjoy very much the time living there. I got the chance to feel the nature and experience this life that I will remember for the rest of my life. During the ‘hard’ but happy time, my Spanish improved from zero foundation to be able to understand daily conversation. I was also introduced the traditional crafting in Ecuador. I’m a world traveler and a culture lover and I have been to a lot countries during the recent years. But Ecuador is my second hometown where I find my soul, experience the real humanity regardless of language obstacles and cultural barriers. I loved this experience and I will be back again.
It will be better if the connection with local family is improved. Sometimes the internet is not good in this small village, so volunteers need someone who can speak english well.
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Over the last September, I volunteered for 2 weeks as a teaching assistant in Padre Cocha, a small community located at 20 min by boat from Iquitos, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
The project consisted in a 2-week English course for local people of all ages and aimed at improving their everyday communication with foreigners, in order to promote tourism in the community.
During this period I’ve been hosted by Jorge and Jenny, the organisers of this project, at their b&b, who made me feel welcome since the very beginning and gave me all the support I could need for visiting the area.
Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program.
In my experience, two weeks have been a sufficient time to forget about my own life and to dive into this new reality, getting to know new people and appreciate their differences and similarities from my cultural background, build friendships, enjoy the jungle and, hopefully, make a difference for this community. This first course, in fact, has set the basis for a longer-term project that will continue with new volunteers and with the same enthusiasm to help the development of this marvellous place.
Overall, I couldn’t be more satisfied of this affordable and rewarding adventure, especially given that I’d never really considered volunteering before, and surely recommend this kind of experience to anybody.
I spent the month of October working with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro on projects teaching English, Art, and Dance. I met some wonderful people, some of whom will hopefully remain friends forever. It was good to make a difference, even for a short while, to the lives of people who in some cases have so little. But what they may lack in resources they make up for many times in their enthusiasm for learning. I was able to contribute on a number of programmes and I think the more adaptable you are, the more you will get out of the experience. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing place, not without its problems, and you do have to take care travelling around, however one of the best aspects of the experience for me was being able to live almost like a local, travelling miles on the rattling buses, eating very economically in “local” restaurants, really feeling a part of the community. You just would not get that coming as a tourist. A tourist will get to know places….a volunteer will get to know people!
I would have liked a brief sheet with information for the projects.
Address, contact details, history of the project, website if there was one, just to be as familiar as possible before getting struck in. Also some projects are quite far away and the prospect of getting lost was always there, although it didnt happen.
Ute Heinzel from Germany goes to Brazil, she wants to teach English in Rio de Janeiro. On a visit to Belo Horizonte she learns to see the land of her childhood with new eyes, and spontaneously decides to leave her life as a marketing executive in chic London for a year to give something to the poorest of the poor in the favelas, to teach them English. At the beginning, her Portuguese is still basic and she has yet to get used to being considered a “Gringa” in her childhood country.
Every morning she has to get up just after six to get the bus in time, which then has to find it’s way through the morning traffic jam in the Avenida Brasil to the suburb Batan. But Ute quickly gets to know the people from de Favela, makes friends, and gets her English students on their toes. Also, the life in the hostel, where she is housed as a volunteer, she appreciates very much.
The shared chats with the other volunteers, excursions and barbecues, where she is invited by the project coordinator Felipe, quickly make her forget the simple conditions in the dorm of the hostel. After all, Rio de Janeiro lives more outside. In the end, contrary to her original intentions, she meets a love, begins on joint excursions to see Rio through the eyes of a Brazilian.
Brasil was the country of my childhood, as my Dad took me to Rio when I was eight years old. It took me 26 years to return to Brasil. In 2014 I went to Belo Horizonte, but my views on life changed with this visit. I’ve lived in Berlin and live in London now, so I’m used to homelessness and poverty, or so I thought. Seeing drug addicts and homeless people in Brasil made rough sleepers in London almost look cushty. That was when I felt that I had been extremely lucky in my life and that it was time to give something back, and so I decided to volunteer.
Once I had made the decision to volunteer, I did some research and was overwhelmed with the possibilities and organisations. I actually wanted to build houses in a favela, but the particular organisation that offered the program allowed volunteers only to stay for a maximum time of four weeks. As it was clear to me that I’d apply for a sabbatical at work and that I’d like to stay for at least three months, I decided against it. Instead I thought of how people at work always told me that I train them so well, so I thought “Why not teach English?”.
Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city, one of the best places in the world. Despite the fact that more than six million people live there, you can actually manage to meet the same people over and over: at the bus stop, at the many Botecos, at the beach. I loved the diversity in the city and how widespread it was. I was never really scared and felt pretty safe most of the time. That said, I think it does make a difference if you make sure to dress as simple as possible to not attract unnecessary attention. I will always be spotted as a
gringa, my skin will just not get dark enough and my Portuguese is still slow, but if you make the impression to have everything under control, I experienced that people are cool with you.
The program itself is surely not unique, teaching English to underprivileged people in favelas is something that every organisation offers. What made it unique for me was that Felipe, the manager of Iko Poran, was always hands-on with everything; from picking the volunteers up from the airport to driving them to the placements to going out for drinks and organising spontaneous BBQs, he was always up to get together and interact with us. His life experience makes a huge difference in how he handles things and I felt in really good hands during my three months stay in Rio.
Volunteer teaching English in Thailand, at Surin in a rural Thai school. With the support of a bilingual coordinator you will plan and teach English classes to children aged 5-16, though the majority of your time will be spent working in primary schools with students aged 5-12.
Forming part of the core curriculum, English is an important subject in Thai schools and can allow access to a wide range of further opportunities. Students who advance well with their English language skills are at a great advantage when moving on to higher education or finding employment.
In recent years the emphasis has changed in relation to teaching English within the Thai School System, moving away from an often unfeasible focus on advanced grammar towards the incorporation of native English speakers into classes and a focus on communication.
Many rural schools do not have sufficient funding to employ a full-time native English speaker. That’s where you as a volunteer will fill in the gap and give the children the opportunity to learn from a native speaker. The aim of your stay will be improving the communication skills of the children and encouraging a fun learning environment in the language classes.
You will be expected to plan your own lessons upon a range of topics provided, you will be given plenty of preparation time and will have advice and lesson materials available to help you. In exchange for this amazing work you will have the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and experience an amazing and unique side to this fascinating country.
Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.
Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.
The joyful lifestyle, rich culture and natural beauty inspire many visitors to extend their stay well beyond the original plans – so keep this in mind, when traveling as a volunteer to Thailand!
Volunteer teaching English in Ghana and support the local teachers at the schools run by the children’s homes. The volunteer work teaching English to the children, is best fun and will give the bes result, when the volunteers are paired with local teachers. Once accepted into our program, we will work with you to choose the subjects that you are best suited to teach. Additionally, we will match you to appropriate grade levels based on your interest and the needs of the school. The schools serve students from nursery to junior high school levels.
As a teacher, your working schedule will be Monday thru Friday, leaving the weekends free to travel. In addition to teaching, you will support the tutoring efforts of youth at the children’s home in the evenings on weekdays. It is very common for volunteers to combine programs, and do both childcare and teaching during their service to make the most of their time, as your afternoons and evenings will be free after teaching.
Find out everything about volunteer work in Ghana here. You will find all the detailed information, what is provided with the program, requirements and costs. From there, you may proceed with your application as a Ghana volunteer.
Anthony and Halley Patterson, from Australia, have been teaching English in Iquitos, Peru.
We would linke to thank you very much for sharing your time, knowledge and efforts to help our partner projects.
Volunteer in Peru, teaching English in a high school located in an Amazonian community close to Iquitos. You will be providing evening classes for other members of the community as well. Many times, artesans who make pottery and embroidery are eager to learn basic phrases in English, wich allows them to interact with tourists who buy the pottery.
Our volunteers are taken aback and inspired by the eagerness of their students to learn and interact in English, and find it a very humbling experience. As a volunteer, you will give these students the opportunity to practice with a fluent English speaker. Improving their language skills will give open up opportunities for a better future. The school is located close to the riverside with an incredible view.
You will be living in Iquitos in the Loreto region of Peru – the world’s nature reserve. In your free time you can explore all the mysteries and wonders of this beautiful part of the world.
Read the following article with the full informationa about volunteering in Peru, learn about everything provided with the volunteer program, costs and requirements. From there, you may proceed with your application.
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