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Want to volunteer overseas? Here’s the perfect opportunity for you

Suas is currently recruiting volunteers to work as teaching assistants in India next summer.


Written by Ciarán D'Arcy and posted in life


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If you’re into volunteering, love working with children and would like to visit India, Suas are offering you the chance to put your English language skills to good use. But you better decide soon, ‘cus the application window for the 2015 Volunteer Programme closes on November 10.

If this sounds interesting to you, check out some information on what the programme’s all about below.

What is it?

  • Suas works across various Indian provinces to bring educational opportunities to local schoolchildren and adolescents. The programme works in three parts: preparation from January to June, overseas placement for 10 weeks between June and August, and returning debriefs from August to October. You can find out more detailed information about what’s involved a bit later on.
  • When in India, volunteers primarily work as teaching assistants, but you don’t necessarily have to have any prior teaching expertise. The main aim of the programme is to deliver new skills and experience to the classrooms, especially English language skills.
  • You’ll be working together alongside a team of 8-12 volunteers, and you’ll also be living in close quarters- so make sure that’s something you’re comfortable with!
  • Volunteers also gain valuable perspectives on global developmental issues, and are encouraged to continue their involvement and engagement with such issues upon their return to Ireland.

What does the role involve?

  • As part of the preparation process (January to June), participants are offered weekend workshops in knowledge and skills development, fundraising, and health, safety and security (this is a demanding process, so make sure you can devote a sufficient amount of time!)
  • When in India, you’ll spend nine weeks working in partner schools doing both curricular and extra-curricular activities with local school-goers. You’ll also take part in one week of workshops on global development perspectives.
  • You’ll be working closely with local teachers, developing ideas for projects and teaching schedules upon arrival.
  • You’re expected to use your initiative to come up with novel ways of engaging with classrooms, and make a unique and valuable contribution to the area you’ll be visiting.

Am I eligible to volunteer?

Before deciding to volunteer, you need to be:

  • Out of secondary school at least one year.
  • Willing to devote a lot of time and energy to the cause before and after you depart for India.
  • Ok with committing to a selection process involving shortlisting and interviews.
  • Able to fundraise €2995 by May 1st 2015 (along with a €180 deposit by December 20th 2014).
  • Excellent at teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work in a challenging environment and learn leadership skills along the way.
  • Mature, empathetic and tolerant.
  • Able to work with a team leader and take direction when necessary.

If you’re still interested, you can check out links to timelines/further information and application forms here.

Suas volunteer overseas homepage
Application info
Application form

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Published November 3rd, 2014
Last updated November 12th, 2014
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