Do you have professional skills that you could teach to others? Are you looking for a voluntary position to share your skills while broadening your knowledge and understanding of different cultures? The career mentor program is open for applications from people trained in cooking, basic programming or web design, hair dressing, carpentry, tailoring or any other skills which can be passed on through an active learning workshop.
Based at a monastery school, the project aims to train local students between the ages of 13 and 18 to acquire new skills that will broaden their future career prospects. Through providing extra workers to the school, the project supports the education of the students in a variety of industry skills. Providing a variety of skills to the school is of great importance, but applicants must also demonstrate an ability to inspire others and share their knowledge in a practical way as you will be teaching the children a new skill through an unfamiliar language, undoubtedly placing you out of your own comfort zone. Your own experience must be practical or academic giving you the confidence needed to facilitate quality learning opportunities for the groups of children.
A perfect outcome from the project’s perspective would be for the children to be inspired to learn more about a particular industry and progress to obtain stable jobs, securing a successful future. However, at the very least the acquiring of new skills will broaden their ideas and future chances for employment. The success of the workshops will depend on your enthusiasm, expertise and interactions with the children. During each day, you will work between 4 – 5 hours, splitting the time between delivery and preparation of lessons.
Each of your days will begin with breakfast at the accommodation centre before travelling to the school where you will carry out your preparation work and deliver the lessons. At the end of each day, you will return to the accommodation centre for an evening meal after which you will have time in the evening to relax and prepare for the following day.
Your first day on the project will begin with an orientation meeting to help you become accustomed to the area and understand the expectations for the active role you will take on. This will be followed by an opportunity to sit-in and observe a lesson, making notes about any techniques you could include in your own lessons to make them enjoyable for the children. At the end of the day, you will partake in a group meeting to discuss your first day and ask any questions you may have.
Tuesday to Thursday
Each day at the school will begin with time for you to plan and prepare the activities you will deliver during your lesson. Your workshop style lesson will then be delivered in the afternoon.
The main part of your day mirrors Tuesday to Thursday. However, there is an added session for reflection and evaluation of the program at the end of Friday. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the delivery of lessons and share your unique perspective of the school.