Volunteer to with Tibetan Refugees to Teach English and Computer Skills in Dharamsala, Northern India
An opportunity to volunteer to teach English as a foreign language and Computer skills to Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, Northern India, the centre of the Tibetan exile government and the residence of H.H. Dalai Lama.t
You can join for 3 to 6 month periods, all year round.
English TEFL & computer teachers all welcome.
Cost for food (3 meals a day), lodging in school and project support is £135 for any duration.
Background Tibetans who grow up in the rural areas of Tibet, often have no possibility to attend school. They either live too far away from schools or fees for the Chinese state schools are so high that Tibetan families cannot afford it. To avoid the fate of not getting an education, every year more than 4000 young Tibetans (aged 18 to 30) cross the Himalayas to reach India on foot. They risk their lives crossing these mountains, often more than 9000 feet high
ProgrammeThis programme has been set up to offer a chance of further education to young Tibetan adults. The main goal is to educate Tibetan refugees in India, in order to improve their work prospects once they are back in Tibet. Because the Tibetan Exile Government in Dharamsala had already established educational support by setting up the Tibetan Transit School (TTS) in which newly arrived refugees are educated for five years, this programme seeks to complement this educational establishment. A school in India was therefore started, in which carefully selected TTS-students are educated further for two years in English, Computer Skills and Chinese. These three subjects were identified as key elements for professional success once the students are back in Tibet. Every two years the school carefully chooses about 20 new students via an elaborate selection procedure. The students then live and study in the school and are fully sponsored.
Tibetan students outside school80% of the 60 students, who have completed their studies at the school, have returned to their native country and all of them have found employment there. Three of them are self employed, some are English teachers, some are tourist guides, some are translators in NGOs in Tibet and some are doing Further Education in China.
Volunteer English teachers needed
This programme is open to volunteers who want to teach English abroad and who preferably have a recognised TEFL qualification and some TEFL teaching experience, as they will be responsible for preparing and delivering lessons each day. There will usually be two to four volunteers at a time. Tibetan adults from 18 to 25 yrs old will be taught in small groups for the preparation of KET (Key English Test), PET (Preliminary English Test), FCE (First Certificate in English) and CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).
Requirements for volunteer English teachers
English is either your mother tongue or you are very fluent in spoken and written English
Teaching TEFL qualifications and teaching experience are very much preferred
Readiness to contribute
2 months minimum, but 3 months or longer is better
Readiness to live under basic conditions
At least 20 years old with a flexible, mature outlook
Volunteer Computer teacher neededThere is one place available for an IT/ computer teaching volunteer - minimum requirement one month, but a longer commitment is preferred. Those with computer skillls and experience and who can teach Microsoft Office, Adobe CS Applications, web development tools and networking/hardware tools are preferred.
In return, volunteers will receive an unforgettable and special experience by living amongst the students at the school, in a "big family" environment. The students are highly motivated to learn, so you will feel how important your contribution is.