Volunteer Teachers Needed

15. January 2018
Tags: education | Greece: North and East | work with kids | language | short-term | long-term | ongoing

Second Tree (www.secondtree.orgwww.facebook.com/SecondTree/) is a Greek non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Ioannina, Epirus. Second Tree was founded in January 2017 by a group of volunteers that had worked together in the Katsikas refugee camp. Since our inception we have worked with and supported refugee communities across the Epirus region and we continue to grow in our four key areas.

  • Integration – through workshops and activities that develop connections with the local community and economy; fostering an avenue for cohesion and unity.

  • Education – through non formal English Classes for teenagers and adults delivered by qualified teachers

  • Community-Building – through a Scouts program designed to develop teamwork and life-skills in young people in the region

  • Support – through our dentistry program that provides access to dental treatment.

Second Tree is now expanding its non-formal education (NFE) program to additional sites in the Epirus region and is looking for qualified and/or experienced volunteers to fill the roles. The long-term objective of our NFE program is to develop the English language skills of students through the Cambridge Empower Workbook series, in order to prepare them for languague certification.

Although acquiring certification is the intended long-term objective, we expect our teachers to ensure that the following objectives are realized in the immediate term:

  • To support the psycho-social and intellectual development of refugees and asylum seekers
  • To empower them with interpersonal – and life – skills
  • To enable access to quality learning resources
  • To develop their English language skills in preparation for certification
  • To strengthen their ability to enter formal education and/or the workplace
  • To foster their integration into European society

The Position

We are looking for volunteer teachers to deliver English classes to refugees and asylum seekers in Ioannina. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience teaching English as a foreign/second language and will possess a strong understanding of the context we work in (refugee crisis). Experience delivering educational activities to vulnerable populations is a strong advantage. 

The role will include:

  • Delivering daily classes to the population at assigned site;
  • Preparing class materials;
  • Ensuring student engagement and progress;
  • Working closely with the Programme Manager to ensure the programme is being delivered to the expected standards of Second Tree;

Skills Required:

  • Degree in teaching and/or Certification in English language teaching (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA or equivalent);
  • Native English speaker or equivalent fluency in the TOEFL/IELTS/Michigan ELI;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-level classroom;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage own workload;
  • Ability to work in a high-intensity environment;
  • Adaptable, flexible attitude and approach to teaching and classroom management;
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills;
  • Strong writing skills;

Skills Desired:

  • Experience working in the refugee context;
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations;
  • Fluency in Arabic or Farsi/Dari;

What We Offer

  • For Long-Term Volunteers: if you are staying with us for at least 2 months, we offer free accommodation with all the basic amenities (WiFi, heating, laundry, kitchen) covered in a shared team house, and offer and/or cover transportation for work-related activities; 
  • For Short-Term Volunteers: if you are staying with us between 3 weeks and 2 months, we might be able to put you in contact with individuals providing cheap accomodation (approx. 5€/day). In case there are empty spaces in the team house, you are welcome to stay there, but priority will be given to long-term volunteers.

How to Apply

Please send a CV, cover letter and copy of your teaching qualifications (if applicable) to Giovanni Fontana at: volunteers@secondtree.org

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and volunteers will be expected to start as soon as possible. 

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