VOLUNTEER Refugee ESL Teacher

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Second Tree NGO

SecondTree (www.secondtree.org, www.facebook.com/SecondTree/) is a Greek non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Ioannina, Epirus. Second Tree was founded in January 2017 by a group of volunteers that had worked together in the Katsikas refugee camp. Since our inception we have worked with and supported refugee communities across the Epirus region and we continue to grow in our four key areas.

  • Integration – through workshops and activities that develop connections with the local community and economy; fostering an avenue for cohesion and unity.
  • Education – through non-formal English and Greek classes for teenagers and adults delivered by qualified teachers
  • Community-Building – through a Scouts program designed to develop teamwork and life-skills in young people in the region
  • Support – through our non-formal children’s activities for 3-10 year olds

Job Details

Job Headline: VOLUNTEER Refugee ESL Teacher
Job Location: Greece, Europe
Minimum Salary: 0
Maximum Salary: 0
Salary Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)
Salary Frequency:
Job Type: Volunteer
Job Category: General English
Job Title: Teacher

We deliver non-formal education (NFE) programs at 3 different refugee sites in the Epirus region (2 refugee camps and one community center) and are looking for qualified and/or experienced volunteers to fill the teaching roles.

The ethos of our program is to foster safe spaces for learning that first and foremost serve as a psycho-social intervention – where students feel comfortable to come and enjoy being there; and secondly, to provide them with access to a structured, quality language program designed to develop their communicative skills and the vocabulary needed to communicate in daily life here; with the longer term goal of preparing them for a language certification at the appropriate level;

Although acquiring certification is the intended long-term objective, we expect teachers to ensure that the following objectives are realised in the immediate term:

- To support the psycho-social and intellectual development of refugees and asylum seekers
- To empower them with interpersonal – and life – skills
- To enable access to quality learning resources
- To develop their English language skills in preparation for certification
- To strengthen their ability to enter formal education and/or the workplace
- To foster their integration into European society

We are looking for volunteer ESL teachers to deliver English classes to refugees and asylum seekers in Ioannina and the Epirus region. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in teaching English as a foresing/second language and will posses a strong understanding of our passion for the context we work in (refugee crisis). Experience delivering educational activities to vulnerable populations is a strong plus.

The role will include:

  • Delivering a schedule of daily classes at the assigned site;
  • Preparing class materials;
  • Ensuring student engagement and progress;
  • Managing administrative tasks associated with the role and wider program;
  • Working closely with the Program Manager to ensure the program is being delivered to the expected standards of Second Tree;

Skills Required:

  • Degree in teaching and/or Certification in English language teaching (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA or equivalent);
  • Native English speaker or equivalent fluency in the TOEFL/IELTS/Michigan ELI;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-level classroom;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage own workload;
  • Understanding of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • Ability to work in a high-intensity environment;
  • Adaptable, flexible attitude and approach to teaching and classroom management;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Ability to communicate in an open, honest, direct manner;

Skills Desired:

  • Experience working in the refugee context;
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations;
  • Fluency in Arabic, Persian, Dari, Urdu, Kurmanji or Sorani;

What We Offer:

At Second Tree we cherish the relation that every teacher creates with their students. This is especially true in a refugee context, where gaining students’ trust and having a thorough knowledge of their needs is crucial to their learning. For this reason, we only offer the position of Lead Teacher to volunteers that can commit to at least two months. Short-term volunteers can help as Assistant Teachers. As space is limited, and Lead Teachers are vital to the continuation of the program, we prioritize long-term volunteers.

  • For Long-Term Volunteers: if you are staying with us for at least 2 months, we offer free accommodation with all the basic amenities (WiFi, heating, laundry, kitchen) covered in a shared team house, and offer and/or cover transportation for work-related activities;
  • For Short-Term Volunteers: if you are staying with us between 3 weeks and 2 months, we might be able to put you in contact with individuals providing cheap accommodation (approx. 5€/day). In case there are empty spaces in the team house, you are welcome to stay there, but priority will be given to long-term volunteers.

How to Apply:

We accept volunteers on a rolling basis, with the urgent need to fill our first gap by March 10.

Please send a CV, cover letter and copy of your teaching qualifications to Giovanni Fontana at [EMAIL VISIBLE TO REGISTERED USERS]

Please put “ESL Teacher Candidate” as the subject line and specify in your email the dates you would be available to volunteer.

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