Volunteer Opportunities

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We are currently looking for TWO long term volunteers to work on projects with our Ugandan team. The one year programme includes free accommodation, a weekly allowance and flights. You will provide support and training to teachers in under-resourced rural schools, which will go on to impact hundreds of teachers and thousands of children across Uganda. 

How can I apply to RedEarth Education Volunteer Programme?

Applications to the 2016 Programme are now open. To apply please submit a REDTeachers application form here, or send your CV and Cover Letter to sharon@redeartheducation.co.uk

Alternatively, apply directly through JobSite. 

Why should I join RedEarth Education?

RedEarth Education offers volunteers the chance to make a real difference in an education system where 80% of children do not finish primary school. Working closely with rural schools, you will help teachers develop and improve their practices, and create a positive learning environment in which children want to come to school and enjoy learning. Helping these children remain IMG_2983in school is crucial to improving their life chances and helping their families escape the cycle of poverty.  By bringing about change at a grassroots level, a chain of learning is carried from teachers to the schools in their region, meaning that the training our volunteers deliver goes on to impact hundreds of teachers and thousands of children across Uganda.

 

How will the RedEarth Education Volunteer Programme help me grow professionally?

During your time with RedEarth, you will gain unique skills that are invaluable to your future teaching career. The skills you learn will enable you to take leadership IMG_0040within schools and implement positive change. You will play a central role in devising and implementing strategies aimed at improving teaching in rural schools, and will deliver training to a range of teachers.  You will learn to apply creativity to your teaching approach, and develop a capacity for flexibility – an essential quality for leading diverse teams of educators towards excellent learning outcomes. 

You will gain unique experience in:
  • Writing and action plans to improve teaching practices
  • Observing schools and providing individual feedback to teachers 
  • Assisting with lesson planning in a variety of subjects and classes
  • Assisting teachers to deliver lessons to classes containing children with a range of ages e.g. 12- 17 years
  • Delivering small in-school training and central training to large groups
  • Supporting Headteachers in developing systems and management strategies
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Who are we looking for?

Candidates must be qualified teachers currently working in the UK, with at least 3 years’ experience (primary or secondary), and must be able to commit to a one year placement in Uganda. We are looking for educators who are committed to long-term change and have the perseverance to work hard in challenging situations.

What does the RedEarth Education Volunteer Programme entail?

This is a one year commitment during which our volunteers provide support and training, under the direction of the RedEarth Team, to teachers in under-resourced, overcrowded rural schools. As qualified teachers, our volunteers use their professional knowledge and experience to support schools in improving their teaching practices, using strategies to engage and inspire students, and motivate them to achieve their highest potential.DSCF4622

Volunteers will be learn how to:

  1. Deliver training and workshops to local teachers, helping them develop new skills, build confidence in their work and motivate them to continue improving their teaching.
  2. Monitor and support schools on a regular basis, assisting teachers in implementing these changes within their classrooms
  3. Undertake assessments to ensure that schools are implementing these changes and achieving the goals that have been set by RedEarth
  4. Create locally sourced learning materials, aids and resources which help children be more active and independent in lessons

Throughout the year, we provide our long-term volunteers with:

  1. free accommodation
  2. a weekly allowance to cover living costs

IMG_0142Your flight to and from  Uganda is generously funded by the Teacher Recruitment Agency, REd Teachers

Prior to your arrival, we ask you to raise £2,000 through various fundraisers to contribute towards your living expenses. We provide support in setting up and promoting your fundraising events to ensure this is met.

 

 

DSC_1067Where will I live?

RedEarth Education is based in Masindi, a friendly and bustling, small market town in Western Uganda, 200km west of the capital Kampala, and about 2 hours drive from the Murchison Falls National Park. Volunteers will have their own bedroom and shower-room, with shared living and kitchen facilities. This is within a gated compound close to the town centre. There are local restaurants and hotels nearby, banks and ATMs are available, and a local clinic offers good medical facilities.

Where will I be working?

Our work is centred in Masindi District, in western Uganda. Volunteers will travel to various rural schools throughout the district and, as Redearth is expanding, some work is also done in other districts of Uganda.

 

What are the schools and the quality of education like in Uganda?

Universal Primary Education (UPE) was introduced to Uganda in 1997. Yet despite rapid improvements in free access to education, teaching quality is still poor. This is because there are very few opportunities for training and professional development amongst teachers, as well as a huge lack of essential resources. IMG_1019

Many classrooms are poorly lit, with brick or unpainted plaster walls, muddy, dusty floors, and a few wooden benches.  Classes are large – often with over 100 students, sometimes exceeding 300. Children are taught to read without books and teaching methods tend to be didactic and outdated.

During your time with RedEarth, you will begin to see the positive impact your work is having on many schools. You will help teachers transform their classrooms into engaging learning environments, and support them in putting new teaching methods into practice.classroom

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