Rwanda, Myanmar, Malawi, Nepal, Mozambique
Application closing date
12 or 24 Months
Thousands of teachers around the world do not get the necessary training and support, and as a consequence pupils do not reach their full potential. VSO is working to change this, and for this, we need Primary Teachers and/or Teacher Trainers. Our Education projects and their objectives vary, you may work in a Teacher Training College, an Education Development Centre, or Ministry of Education, for example.
As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your expertise, and often also management skills while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office or partner’s need will decide your exact job description.
- Motivate and coach teachers
- Develop curriculum
- Coach tutors
- Train pre-service teachers
- Check and make sure that the resources are effective
- Monitoring and evaluation of the progress of the placement
Skills, qualifications and experience
- Bachelor’s degree in (primary) education or related field
- A minimum of 3 years teaching experience in Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary or teacher training college.
- Experience of teacher training, teacher coaching, teacher capacity building is desirable.
- Able to demonstrate excellent practice in the classroom.
- English proficiency.
- Experience in mentoring or training other teachers.
- Computer literate and have basic skills for managing information systems, such as creating spreadsheets and word documents.
- Experience in using different and innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes.
- Prior experience in using technology in education would also be a plus, like tablet technology.
Besides these skills, you need to be openminded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge.
At this moment we are looking for Primary teachers for our education programmes in: Malawi, Nepal, Myanmar, Mozambique and Rwanda.
Terms & conditions
The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership- and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.
VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement, arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.
What we do at VSO
Our programs focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
The world currently faces challenges on a scale not seen in a century. As a global organization, efforts to control COVID-19 will certainly result in changes to VSO’s activities and operations in the coming months. At this moment we are not sending international professional volunteers abroad. We have dedicated teams monitoring the situation, working across locations, programmes and projects to ensure we respond appropriately and responsibly – and that no one is left behind. We’ll continue to recruit professional volunteers and maintain a talent pool, to be prepared to work with them in the face of this uncertainty to plan for the future and build a fair world for everyone. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiter Kelly.
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Our most common vacancies are summarized in our vacancy bank. You will find an overview at ‘Check out all vacancies’. Because we work in a very dynamic and fast-changing environment we advise you to go to our international website for an overview of our current demand in Africa and Asia.