Primarily the Teaching Assistant positions are taken up by volunteers with an excellent level of English – both spoken and written), but no practical classroom experience. The idea is to assist in the classes for added support and help to the children in English – although assistance is sometimes required for other subjects also.
Dependent on the island, if the school is short of teachers, volunteers may find themselves taking classes on their own – don’t worry! You’ll soon find that, if English is your native tongue, or very fluent, you are actually in a better position than most of the teachers already working in the schools! It is always best to prepare for this scenario – there are plenty of resources available on line – giving ideas of class workshops, lessons, and worksheets, so you shouldn’t run out of ideas, and will probably end up implementing your own programs as you get more enthusiastic about the challenge awaiting you!
Your time will pass very quickly, but all our volunteers have been an inspiration to the kids on the islands, and your time is of huge benefit to the children.
It may be that you can set up English classes in the evenings for Adults – even conversational classes will be very valuable to the locals!