English Teacher Support in Public Schools

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founded in 1998
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Coordinator | Markos
Coordinator | Markos
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High­lights

Live and volunteer in a beautiful Greek Island, the birthplace of Homer!
Assist local English teachers by taking active part in the educational procedure!
Get the chance to explore unique medieval villages and visit crystal water beaches on your free time!
Receive a Certificate of participation upon successfully completing your program!
Experience the Greek Culture of an Island of the Aegean Sea!
Assist the local Public educational institutions in teaching English in different areas of Chios Island. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Help the usually understaffed local educational institutions and provide to the local children the opportunity for a better and safer school environment as well as the chance to meet new cultures!

Volunteers on the "English Teacher Support in Public Schools" project will be placed in a local school and in close cooperation with them, they will assist the local English teachers in a variety of different areas. Volunteers do not teach independently and only support local English teachers in the learning environment. The students range in age from 3 to 12 years and follow the Greek curriculum of teaching. The aim of this project is to help stimulate an interest in learning English among the students and to support the teachers when needed. This placement is ideal for volunteers that like to work in a structured environment.

Volunteer tasks may include assisting local English teachers during their lessons, helping the local teachers and staff with arts and crafts, administration work, classroom preparation, cleaning and re-arrangements as well as practicing English with children through educational games and making sure they are safe during break time. 

Volunteers are always encouraged to bring a part of their culture to the daily lives of the children by singing educational English songs and playing games for learning the basics of the English language! 

Volunteers need to take initiative, improvise and be flexible and willing to get involved in a variety of different tasks as needed.

Please keep in mind that applicants must hold:
  • a valid VISA or European citizenship in order to apply for this program as we are not able to send an invitation for a VISA application.
  • a vaccination against Covid-19 certificate, valid for the whole duration of their program.

School Holidays 2022
24 December 2022 to 7 January 2023

School Holidays 2023
8 April 2023 to 23 April 2023
16 June 2023 to 10 September 2023
24 December 2023 to 7 January 2024

Are you planning to join a program in 2023? Mobility offers the following discounts for a limited amount of time:
- For Groups of 3 people and more, benefit from a 10% discount of your program fees.
- For University students, benefit from a 10% discount of your program fees.
- Book your 2023 program dates until 20/01/2023 and get 10% off your program fees.
- Benefit with a 30% program fee discount, if you join our programs with latest program end date 08 of April 2023.
*Only one discount can be applied per application.

Typical day

Volunteers participating in this project do not teach independently, but support the local English teachers as assistant teachers in the learning environment. While the main focus of their program and tasks will be to assist in teaching English, volunteers may offer their service in a variety of different areas of the school's educational procedure, like doing arts, handicrafts, decorating different areas, creation of educational material, classroom preparation and rearrangement, doing graffiti and any supporting work in schools.
Volunteers will have a morning or afternoon shift and will work for approximately 3 to 6 hours per day.

A typical morning working schedule is as follows:
  • 8.00 AM  Arrival at the placement, join local staff and begin work on the project.
    Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project placement.
  • 1.30 PM  Work at the placement usually ends and the volunteer will be free to get lunch and plan for the following day’s activities or use the free time as he/she wishes. This could include sightseeing, entertainment or some shopping.

Our Organization holds accreditations certifying its ability to realize high quality volunteering projects. As such we must follow the guidelines for the proper functioning of the program, as all programs that aim to do professional work and offer the best experience to their volunteers.

Since the volunteers are role models and their coexistence with the local community is essential for a healthy environment of cooperation and enjoying the experience, volunteers must be aware of and adhere to the following rules.

  • Respect the work schedule
  • Do not come to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs or do so during work hours
  • Respect the silent hours of the accommodation
  • Respect the staff and the other volunteers
  • Sexual harassment is totally prohibited
  • Use or possession of any kind of drugs is considered illegal and considered as a criminal action in Greece. 
  • Wear conservative clothing that covers the shoulders and knees while at your volunteer placement. Clothing while at your placement should not be overly tight or show excessive skin.
  • If any, cover sufficiently all tattoos while at your placement with clothing.
  • It is forbidden to bear any attire or symbol corresponding to religion, drugs, sexuality, terrorism and politics or to broach or promote in any way the aforementioned subjects, during your placement.

Free-time activities

There is no limit to the number of great things to see and do in Chios and wider Greece! 
The country is overflowing with history, culture, cuisine and natural beauty! 
Volunteers can fill their free time in Chios Island visiting the many historical sites, beautiful beaches, dining on incredible food providers, or even, as volunteers have the weekends free, taking a day trip to Turkey. 
Volunteers can discover the ancient and unique medieval villages such as Anavatos, Mesta and Pyrgi as well as many monasteries, museums and archeological sites throughout the island. Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy the many hikes, diverse flora and fauna and the amazing coastline that the island has to offer.

Volunteers staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their program, can visit areas further out in Greece including Athens, the many Greek Islands Oinousses, Psara, Lesvos, Samos, Ikaria and so much more! 
For volunteers who wish to make travel arrangements once in Chios, our local team is always happy to provide advice and guidance.
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Photo and Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers need to have previous experience working with children.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Mobility
The program fees are for:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfer to the accommodation
  • Administration fees
  • 24h support
  • Orientation
Airport Pickup at Chios Airport
We provide pickup service anytime between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Sunday.

Arriving by Flight
Volunteers will be met at the Chios Island National Airport (JKH) by a member of our team and will be taken to the volunteer accommodation. Our staff member will be standing in the arrivals area with a “MOBILITY VOLUNTEERING” sign. Depending on the designated accommodation the ride will usually take less than 30 minutes. 
It's important to note that pick up is only provided for flights arriving between 8am and 9pm. If the flight arrives outside of this timeframe, volunteers can wait until a suitable hour for the local team to collect them.
Accommodation is provided from Sunday through to (and including) the Friday night of their final week.

Arriving Overland
If the volunteers are planning to arrive via ferry from elsewhere in Greece, then a pickup in Chios city port can be arranged. It's important to note that pick up in Chios city can only be provided between 8am and 9pm. If the ferry arrives outside of this timeframe, volunteers can wait until a suitable hour for the local team to collect them.
Once they are sure of their travel plans, they will need to contact the Local Pick-Up Coordinator. We will assist them with arranging a suitable time and place to meet in Chios City or provide instructions on how to make their own way to the accommodation.
Accommodation
Volunteers are hosted in our volunteer accommodations which are dormitory-style and can accommodate up to 10-15 guests each.
Volunteers can expect to share a room with up to 4 other volunteers of the same gender.
The volunteers accommodations are situated within walking distance from Supermarkets, Grocery Stores, pharmacies as well as bakeries, bars and restaurants.

Each accommodation has shared western bathrooms with shower. Wi-Fi is also available for free at the volunteer accommodation. 
It is the responsibility of the volunteer to ensure their room is kept tidy during their time on the program. During the hot summer months, please note that only light bedding is provided in the form of a bottom and light top sheet. Towels are not provided so volunteers do need to bring their own towels. 

Volunteers are also responsible for cleaning their accommodation, also the dishware, glassware, cutlery and cooking utensils that they use.
Volunteers are responsible for organizing their own meals since the accommodation is in walking distance they can find grocery stores, supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, cafeterias and mini markets. It is also possible to order delivery. For the volunteers to prepare a meal, the accommodation is equipped with basic kitchen utensils and cutlery as well as fridge, electric plate, microwave oven and kettle.
One important thing to note is that tap water is not potable in Chios Island including at the accommodations, therefore volunteers need to budget for and make their own arrangements to buy bottled water from a nearby store or supermarket of their choice.
Volunteers need to also take into account and budget for their transportation during their program including travelling from and to the placement.  

Lastly for security reasons upon arrival at the accommodation all volunteers are obligated to pay a 50$ (or 50€) bond which will be returned upon checkout provided no loss or damage has been incurred to the accommodation or to the property of the Organisation.
Dorm Room
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chios Airport (JKH) in Chios. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Are you planning to join a program in 2023? Mobility offers the following discounts for a limited amount of time:
- For Groups of 3 people and more, benefit from a 10% discount of your program fees.
- For University students, benefit from a 10% discount of your program fees.
- Book your 2023 program dates until 20/01/2023 and get 10% off your program fees.
- Benefit with a 30% program fee discount, if you join our programs with latest program end date 08 of April 2023.
*Only one discount can be applied per application.

Volunteers arrive on Chios Island on Sundays and depart on Saturdays.
Orientation takes place on the first Monday of their program.
The program start date of the volunteer has to be at least 2 weeks after the acceptance of our offer.
We provide airport pickup from Chios airport (JKH).
After you apply for our program we will get in touch with you, providing more information regarding your arrival.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 32 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,308
5 weeks
$1,635
6 weeks
$1,962
7 weeks
$2,289
11 weeks
$3,597
19 weeks
$6,213
32 weeks (max. stay)
$10,464
Average fees
$327 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Mobility will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Mobility during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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English Teacher Support in Public Schools

Assist the local Public educational institutions in teaching English in different areas of Chios Island.

$300/week

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