Primary teacher needed to help develop school for refugee children, Refugee Education Chios
We are looking for a primary teacher with a passion for refugee education to develop our primary school curriculum and volunteer training programme.
This role is ideal for someone on a career break or summer holiday who wants to volunteer their skills making a tangible difference to the education of displaced children. It is ideal for teachers who want to take on greater responsibilities and opportunities than they are currently finding in mainstream schools.
Refugee Education Chios
The project “Refugee Education Chios” was launched in reaction to the desperate conditions for refugees on the Greek island of Chios – a critical bottleneck on the road to Europe. While refugees were worn out by insecurity about their future, non-transparent asylum procedures and deplorable conditions in the camps, we witnessed a great need amongst the children for a daily structure, possibilities to learn and regular social interaction.
On the 23rd of May 2016 the first school opened its doors to around 25 children. Acting upon the great need, we soon extended our services and since November 2016 we have run two schools and a youth centre, reaching up to 350 children and youths between 6 and 22 years old.
We pursue two main goals with this project: first, we offer a safe space, in which pupils can rediscover themselves as children - something that can be a challenge with life in the camps. Second, as many have had little to no previous schooling, we build up the academic and interpersonal skills they need to develop. In primary we follow a topic-based creative curriculum covering English, phonics, Maths, arts and science based “project” and free-flow “activities” sessions.
- Daily teaching responsibilities, including leading classes, walking the children to and from school and preparing and clearing up the space.
- Supporting other wonderful volunteers with no background in primary teaching or behaviour management to lead and support classes, through a mix of training sessions, informal mentoring and observation.
- Developing the curriculum and explaining lesson content and teaching strategies to volunteers on a weekly basis.
- Contributing your thoughts and ideas for new initiatives. The project is very dynamic and constantly developing - we are always open to new ideas!
Accommodation and transport on the island are provided for free.
The current volunteer in the role is leaving so as of early June we will have no teachers in the primary school with a background in primary teaching. This means you can be sure your contribution would be immensely valuable to the education of vulnerable children.
We need someone who can stay for at least a month – the longer the better! If you are free at any point over the next 6 months, let us know, as we could recruit volunteers for the role on a rolling basis. Alternatively please pass this on to any teachers you know who may be interested.
For more information or to discuss further, feel free to contact Helen, the current volunteer in the role, at firstname.lastname@example.org or co-ordinator Nick, at email@example.com.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a short statement of your motivation and a CV.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Refugee Education Chios