English language skills are crucial to success in virtually any profession, as it is regarded as the international language of commerce, technology and opportunity. In many countries, knowing English provides a passport out of poverty through employment. A two-week intensive English language camp can be equivalent to spending many months learning English in a classroom at school.
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Since 1990, Global Volunteers has provided valuable English language assistance worldwide. Any native English speaker can be a valuable resource in a classroom in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The emphasis of both the classroom teaching and the small-group tutoring is on improving real-life conversational skills, not formal rules of grammar. Even if you've never formally taught a classroom subject, you can teach conversational English skills using Global Volunteers' Conversational English Teaching Guide, and your own knowledge of subject areas. You'll be provided teacher curricula and all available classroom materials, and will be guided by local teachers. Most important, you'll draw on your own enthusiasm and creativity to bring your own personatlity into the classroom! Family members can team-teach, making this a valuable family volunteer experience.
"The best part of this experience is the children. That's why we're here. This is truly a people-to-people experience albeit the 'people' are of the small stature variety. We continue to learn from them as they learn from us."
~ Mary Fenton, Poland Volunteer
You'll usually teach four hours a day, Monday through Friday, and have four hours each day to collaborate with your teammates and prepare for class. Often teaching is done through simple conversation along with a local teacher in school classrooms or at intensive summer camps where lessons take place in a variety of non-traditional settings. On some days, you'll meet your students for informal English language training. At other times, instructions may take the form of field trips, scavenger hunts, games or other organized events. You can be a valuable resource in English language classroom teaching students from elementary school through college.