Volunteer Teaching Abroad With Inspire, by Kirsteen, Volunteer Advisor

Volunteer Teaching Abroad With Inspire, by Kirsteen, Volunteer Advisor

Inspire are proud to work with some amazing partner schools in Romania, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Peru. We offer options to volunteer at nursery, primary and secondary schools in locations such as Cusco in Peru, Arusha in Tanzania and in the Transylvania region of Romania. We also work with small community schools in rural locations, including Kalimpong in India and the hill-tribe region in Northern Thailand. We also offer a unique opportunity to teach English to novice monks at Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai in Thailand and Battambang in Cambodia.

Our volunteers work alongside the local teachers and help students with English grammar, reading, maths, science and geography. Some of the schools also offer opportunities to teach music, dance, drama, art and sports.

Volunteer teaching abroad can be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, and it is an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and do something challenging and exciting.

It is not necessary to have any previous teaching experience to participate in an Inspire teaching project, however it is essential that volunteers are enthusiastic, lively and motivated. Our volunteer teachers will receive a 10 page guide to teaching English in their Inspire briefing pack which will give them advice about teaching techniques and planning lessons, and they will also have support and guidance from our in-country teams and the local teachers at their school.

Here are our top 10 tips for volunteer teaching abroad –

  1. Be enthusiastic, energetic and confident
  2. Plan and prepare your lessons in advance
  3. Make your lessons as interactive and fun as possible (remember that you may have very few resources so you will need to be creative and come up with new ideas – quizzes, competitions and songs usually go down well)
  4. Show an interest in getting to know the students, learn their names, and encourage them in their pursuit to learn English
  5. Be patient and don’t overwhelm your students with too much information
  6. Be personal -tell the students about your family/ friends and your life at home, and show them photos and postcards.
  7. Be inspiring and engaging – ask the students about their plans for their future and encourage them to have dreams and aspirations
  8. Be flexible and accept that sometimes you will need a Plan B (so it is always a good idea to have some fun quizzes or activities up your sleeve)
  9. Learn a few words in the local language
  10. Have fun!

If you would like any further information about Inspire’s volunteer teaching projects please call us on 01635 45556 or email [email protected]

By Kirsteen Mahoney, Volunteer Advisor – Inspire

Prakriti Malhotra is the founding director of Inspire. She has over 12 years’ experience helping individuals plan their overseas volunteering trips whether it be for their gap year, a sabbatical from work or a post retirement adventure.
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