The most effective way to make a difference to people’s futures is through the education you can give them now! Do you have a skill you can share while passing on your grasp of the English language? As part of this project, you would be teaching English at a monastery school in Mandalay to students who usually come from a variety of underprivileged backgrounds. The most effective way for children to learn English is to be immersed in it with English-speaking teachers – and they also enjoy the cultural exchange.
Founded in 1993 by two monks, the school provides a free education to children whose families cannot afford to pay, or for children who are orphans. Currently having 6000 students on role, and being home to over 1000 people, the school makes a huge difference to these children who would most likely otherwise have no education. Students at the school range in age from 7 – 18, so you could find yourself teaching from primary to pre-university levels. Children have a variety of religious backgrounds including Muslims and Hindus – you will need to be respectful of their beliefs.
Located in Nanshe, a residential suburb of Northeast Mandalay, the school is a base for the program which focuses on teaching English to the students. Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma and the last royal capital. It is considered to be the centre of economics and culture in the city. Having a good standard of English has a positive impact on the students’ futures as the rise in tourism in Myanmar in the last few years has made it an essential skill for higher paying employment. It will also improve the children’s ability to communicate in a competitive world. As well as focusing on English, other practical skills are taught at the school, such as carpentry, so any skill you have to offer will be an asset.
Monday to Friday
Each of your days will be varied in the activities you carry out for your lessons. You could be teaching students from 7 to 18 years of age so you’ll need to adjust your teaching style to make the learning appropriate. Your teaching hours will be around 5 each day with a lunch break midday. After finishing your teaching activities, you will have time to prepare lessons for the following day before having dinner.