Volunteer for Education
Unfortunately, lack of educational resources and opportunities for learning are not accessible to a large portion of teachers and students across the globe. In countries where schools and teachers aren’t readily available, volunteers can really make a difference by sharing their expertise and enthusiasm. Inspired and motivated volunteers can inspire children and adults alike, to reach their own personal goals - allowing room for both progression and development within their own communities and the country at large.
Choosing to volunteer abroad in education will afford you the opportunity to select any country in the world and make a difference there. The options are truly endless and how you wish to contribute depends on the tasks you would like to get involved in. There is always something to do when it comes to improving education and any contribution will be well-received.
Perhaps you would like to help build or maintain a formal learning environment, like a school or community center. Without a space dedicated to learning it’s impossible for any teaching or learning to take place.
Many volunteers choose to aid in educational development by sharing their own knowledge and expertise through hands - on teaching. This can take many forms and subjects taught also vary from school to country. Most of the time you can select the age group and type of lessons you want to teach. Opportunities to manage and oversee extra-curricula activities are also a huge benefit to community development projects perhaps you want to run an English school, a football tournament or an arts and culture club! Volunteers are always needed to help increase awareness and knowledge on important subjects like health, nutrition and even technology.
Many volunteer abroad with wildlife projects also have an education component where volunteers help raise awareness about the importance of conservation and protection of endangered animals to both the local communities and tourists visiting the project or area. All you need to volunteer abroad in education is the motivation and drive to make a difference!
Teach English Abroad
GoEco offers a wide selection of programs focused on teaching English to children and adults. In countries like Nepal. Thailand and Peru, standard English teaching is quite poor and does not afford students the opportunity to attain real proficiency in the language, which might become a professional obstacle in their adult life. Our volunteers are actively involved in encouraging and inspiring their students, ensuring that they are confident and articulate. Our global English education projects include:
- Providing English language enrichment through group conversations or one-on-one practice
- Conducting English classes in a varied and dynamic way
- Playing games, singing songs, watching movies - making English fun
- Teaching lessons in English vocabulary, grammar and spelling
"This is roughly how every day went, each one with little quirks and quiet achievements. I remember how amazing it felt to watch the kids learning and growing, even in such a short space of time while I was there – hearing them say my name, words I had taught them, singing songs I had sung to them or games I had taught them. I began to get to know and love the personalities of each of them, it was so gorgeous
During the second week I volunteered at the school where I played with children aged from 2 to 5. The children there were happy to see you and wanted to play with you. A lot of them wanted to learn English so in order to achieve that they would point at different things and smiled when you told them what it was.
The look on my students' faces when they got the hang of a new English word was priceless. While the sights and sounds of Bali are intoxicating, the real treat is rolling up your sleeves and doing some good in the world. This project has a real positive impact – namely, giving kids a leg up in getting a job later in Indonesia's growing tourism industry. If they can speak English, it will be easier for them to make money for themselves. On my last day, I told my students to study hard so that some day I might come back and speak to them in English fluently.
Volunteering in Indonesia was more than a simple experience, it was an opportunity I had to challenge myself as I have never done before. I have met some of the most interesting and passionate people on the planet and shared with them my life, my interests, my pictures and my dreams. Together we had the unique opportunity to discover the country, its people and its amazing environment from the privileged viewpoint of a volunteer.
As of now, we’ve spent five days giving lectures at that particular kindergarten. Consider the fact that they never had a English lecture before. But, writing this, some of them can already scream out A-G, 1-15 and about seven colors. It’s pretty amazing, since most are SO young that they barely know how to talk in Laos, let alone a second language. Progress, WHOO! I’m so impressed with the speed in which these kids can pick up on any info you throw at them. They’re my cute little sponges.
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