Volunteer abroad as a School Assistant!
Secondary school students appreciate the friendship and support of others close to their own age. As a Schools Assistant you will become a trusted confidant, mentor, big brother or sister, tutor, and inspiration to many students, particularly boarders living a long way from family. Each school will have specific duties that will become your responsibility. These usually involve a combination of boarding house duties, providing support to teachers in the classroom and undertaking after-school activities such as sports coaching. Additionally, if you have skills or interests in a certain area – be it debating, painting, acting or juggling – use your initiative and find a way to share it with your students!
Education is the key to a prosperous future, however many schools in developing countries are extremely under funded and find it hard to attract talented, qualified staff meaning that teachers are often overstretched and the quality of teaching is low. As a Teacher you will draw upon your own educational background to fill this gap while mentoring and educating students and supporting fellow staff. The scope of your teaching role will depend on the needs of your host country. At some placements you may be given sole responsibility for a classroom of children and be expected to teach all subjects in the curriculum to varied age ranges, at others you’ll support the existing classroom teacher. Schools may call on volunteers to teach a wide variety of subjects, so you’ll need to be creative in the use whatever resources are available to teach your students what they need to know. You’ll most likely find they teach you just as much in return.
So volunteer internationally with Lattitude as a School Assistant!
Argentina is bursting with cultural charm and natural wonders. It is a country of vast beauty including the tropical north with the spectacular Andes, the large Pampas and the chilly deserts of Patagonia in the south. To volunteer in Argentina is to experience the Latin way of life.
Living and working in Australia allows you to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage and environment first hand, whether in the vibrant cities, the rugged Outback or the northern tropics.
Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is the westernmost outpost of Europe. Outside the vibrant, 21st century cities you will find a slower pace of life, more relaxed attitudes and a real sense of community.
Aotearoa, “the Land of the Long White Cloud”, New Zealand is justly famous for its stunning scenery and dramatic landscape, featured so prominently in the Lord of the Rings films. Friendly, welcoming and laid back.
The UK is steeped in history and dotted with ancient buildings, castles and cathedrals. It’s vibrant cities are a always buzzing with activity while the pleasant green countryside offers a more laid back and sedate feel.