English Teacher & Development Worker

 

Call for an volunteer from the UK!

International volunteering opportunity in Mozambique for 3-Months.

  • Description

    Call for volunteers to take part in a 3-month volunteering project, ‘Friends of Quelimane’, in Mozambique, Africa

    We are looking for volunteers to help our partner organisations with the delivery of English language learning activities in Quelimane, Mozambique for a minimum of 3-months starting ASAP from March 2019. Preferably, volunteers will have some teaching skills and have some experience of teaching and working with children and young adults. The role requires excellent English skills, some knowledge of Portuguese would be an advantage. Funding options are available for this placement (for UK Nationals), which means your travel expenses and accommodation etc. could be provided – please contact us for further details.

    About Friends of Quelimane

    Friends of Quelimane is a project with the main objective of helping people from Quelimane to learn English or improve their English language skills, this is important given the geographical and cultural isolation of Zambezia. It will enable access to more and better-paid jobs, improve access to information, and in general will contribute to feeling more connected with the rest of the world. The project aims at addressing the needs of a variety of organisations, most of them (Casa Familia, Casa Esperança, Aldeia da Paz and Cadeia Civil) providing assistance to people with fewer opportunities.

    Quelimane is the capital of the Province of Zambezia, one of the poorest in Mozambique. With a population of about 250,000 people. Quelimane is quiet and safe. The weather is particularly humid, the average temperature is approximately 25 °C, with about 1346 mm of annual precipitation, concentrated mainly during the rainy season, which normally runs from November to April.

    Project details:

    Location: Mozambique, Africa
    Duration: 3 months minimum
    Start/Finish: March 2019, can be repeated throughout the year
    Program: Long-Term Volunteering

    The main tasks of the volunteers are the following:

    The project includes a variety of activities, to be implemented in different institutions, as follows:

    Parlamento Juvenil – The organisation’s focus is to involve local youth is policy making and lobbying. They also promote youth involvement in cultural activities. The volunteers will provide English classes to PJ’s members. Each volunteer is expected to give a 2-hour class twice a week at different times through the day (e.g. one in the morning and the other in the afternoon) to allow a wider participation.

    Ponto de Encontro (Progetto Mozambico Onlus) – This is an educational/cultural centre, equipped with a library, a library for children, and an IT room. It offers courses of English language (basic level), French language, and IT. This organisation already hosts international volunteers for short-term placements.

    Casa Familia (Cooperativa Ceramica de Quelimane) – A male orphanage hosting an average of 25 young people aged 10-19. This organisation already hosts international volunteers for short-term placements. The volunteers will deliver English classes (basic level) to children/teenagers with fewer opportunities, with a 1-hour class twice a week after school, and a 2-hour class in the weekend.

    Casa Esperança – A male orphanage hosting an average of 25 young people aged 8-18. The volunteers will give English classes (basic level) to children/teenagers with fewer opportunities, with a 1-hour class twice a week after school and a 2-hour class in the weekend.

    Aldeia da Paz – A female orphanage hosting up to 80 girls. The volunteer will give English classes (basic level) to children/teenagers with fewer opportunities, with a 1-hour class twice a week after school and a 2-hour class in the weekend.

    Training during the project:

    A pre-departure briefing and orientation-upon-arrival will be organised with the volunteer. The on-arrival training will provide the volunteers with information on: local culture (history of Mozambique, language, religion, habits, and tradition); where it is safe to go and where not; useful contacts (police, hospita); useful information (markets, restaurants, bars, churches, bus stops, sport centres).

    Parlamento Juvenil will organise a Portuguese course for the 2 volunteers, with 1-hour class four times a week for the length of their stay. Among the leisure activities proposed, there is the trip to Zalala beach, 45 km from the city of Quelimane. The volunteers will also have the chance to go to visit nearby Districts, such as Inhassonge, Nicoadala and Mocuba. The volunteers will be taught by Parlamento Juvenil’s members how to cook  traditional dishes, such as xima, mucapata and matapa. They will also be introduced to local music and dances.

    Accommodation, food and transport arrangements:

    Accommodation for will be arranged prior to arrival, this will have internet access, adequate sanitation facilities (with electricity and water), and will be close to supermarkets, local markets, hospitals, sports & leisure facilities etc. The main mode of transportation in the town is by bicycle. There are also taxi bikes and small mini-buses to use around town.

    Funding options are available for this volunteering placement. please contact us for further details.

    Volunteer requirements:

    Essential:

    • Aged over 18 years.
    • National of the United Kingdom.
    • Disclosure / DBS
    • Strong motivation for helping other people.
    • Flexibility in organising own work according to the different needs encountered.
    • Capacity to adapt to a very different socio-cultural context.
    • Interest in discovering a new culture.
    • Native or fluent/high-level speaker of English.

    Desirable:

    • Portuguese language skills would be an advantage.
    • Some experience as an English teacher (even better if with children/teenagers) is desirable.
    • Teacher Training or TEFL/TESOL Qualifications are desirable.
    • Some experience living and working abroad is desirable.

    How to apply:

    If you are interested in applying for this IVS vacancy, please send your CV and motivation letter to outgoing@ivsgb.org.

    Alternatively, get in touch with us using the form below, or call 0131 243 2745.

    We are looking to send a volunteer as soon as possible.