Pre-School and Primary School Teaching

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High­lights

Help local teachers who are under-resourced and in desperate need of a helping hand from volunteers
Bring along your enthusiasm and commitment to keep up with the energetic kids!
Help install confidence, creativity and independance in the children
Teach through play, games, songs, dance, music and playground games
Create daily lesson plans for educational activites
Teaching young children basic English, and create funa dn engaging lessons through reading, writing and games. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
50+
Many schools in Vanuatu suffer from a lack of government funding which reduces opportunities for young children to reach there full potential. In this program, you’ll volunteer within a primary school or pre-school in the villages surrounding Port Vila.

You’ll have the option to pick pre-school or primary school. Pre-school is perfect for volunteers of all backgrounds as you’ll engage in playful activities with the kids and encourage creativity and confidence. The primary school volunteers will assist teachers in developing lessons in English and other subjects as well as assisting the slower learners in small groups or one to one.

The mornings are generally spent in the classroom, with the afternoon preparing for next day’s lessons. As an honorable guest of the school you will be welcomed by hundreds of smiling and appreciative enthusiastic faces.  The areas were we work are typically under-privileged so you can be assured that your assistance is greatly needed. You’ll be encouraged to be creative and design lessons to suit your personal interests or background in language, sports, arts, hygiene, disciplines etc. 

Location
Port Vila, the capital and main hub of Vanuatu is situated on Efate island. The architecture has mainly french with the population quite multicultural including ni-Vanuatu, Chinese, Vietnamese, British and French. Port Vila has all the standard facilities you’d expect from a commercial hub such as hospitals, shopping districts (note Vanuatu is a tax haven so duty free!), sports stadium, hotels, casino, museums and cultural centers. The town is a great base for divers who come for the trips to Mele Cascades, a large rain forest water fall with rock pools and incredible scenery.  As the commercial hub tourism plays an important role, however it does not feel ‘touristy’ especially in the areas where IVI services. Here you can get to know the locals and truly experience the authentic lifestyle from outside of the tourist resorts.

Project Tasks
  • Assist teachers with English classes and other subjects
  • Work in a pre school or primary, creating daily lesson plans
  • Get creative with drawing, painting and other fun activities
  • Be a pair of extra hands, supporting the local staff, whilst also teaching lessons by yourself

Typical day

Volunteering is generally 4-6 hours per day.

Monday to Friday
Teaching basic English phrases to kids
Coming up with creative activities to make the learning process interesting
Playing educational games with children to enhance their learning process
Supporting the teachers with daily activities
Planning the lesson activities together with the coordinator and preparing curriculums

Free-time activities

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our team on the ground will help you organize additional trips at local rates! There’s heaps of things to see and do in Vanuatu, from museums and cultural centers to island hopping, hiking, water sports like snorkeling, diving, boating and fishing etc. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation  (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
Arrival Airport transfer 
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Bauerfield Airport
Airport 
Bauerfield International Airport (VLI)

Arrival Time(s)
Saturday 08:00 to 20:00
Sunday 08:00 to 20:00


Accommodation
Accommodation is in a dedicated house very close to the beach! Volunteers will share a bedroom with up to 2-4 persons per room (single gender rooms). There is WiFi included in public areas, laundry facilities (at small additional fee), lockable rooms, cold/warm showers, bed linen, mosquito protection and fans included. Volunteers are requested to bring their own towel. Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travelers. The volunteer house is in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

*You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 meals a day on weekdays and 2 meals a day on weekends will be provided for the duration of your placement. Food will be mainly authentic to the local culture which includes plenty of chicken dishes, coconut based curries, dhal (lentils), fresh fish, saffron rice and tropical fruits. Meals are served at your home stay each day or at the project site. There is also filtered water available at the volunteer center. Bottled water is also readily available in Vanuatu.

*If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bauerfield Airport (VLI) in Port Vila. We assist you to find cheap flights to Vanuatu.
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 Vanuatu provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Vanuatu you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Vanuatu.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,250
8 weeks
$2,190
12 weeks
$3,050
20 weeks (max. stay)
$4,580
Average fees
$271 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI 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 Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Pre-School and Primary School Teaching

Teaching young children basic English, and create funa dn engaging lessons through reading, writing and games.

$271/week

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