English Language Teacher - Volunteer
Cuso International
Burlington, ON
Location Hpa An, Myanmar

Start Date Oct - Nov 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 5 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer's Role

Although the English language has become essential for higher employment, potential tourism businesses and higher education, access to proper language skill development opportunities are still limited for youth in Hpa-An. Knowing that gap, the Youth Learning Center (YLS) was founded in 2015 by local youth who dreamed to promote educational opportunities for young people in Karen State. Their goal is to provide educational opportunities such as English language, computer skills, teacher training, entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, and leadership training.

As a volunteer, you will teach both foundation and preparation classes on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). On a normal week, you will find yourself making preparation for a class of 20-30 students, running 8 -10 interactive classes, one-to-one mentoring sessions for scholarship application, and organizing or participating in different events organized in the youth learning center. You will also help and guide staff in preparing curriculum for the six months program and building resources and materials for Intermediate classes at the learning center.

As a volunteer, you will:
  • Review and advice on the system of assessment to grade student into differ level
  • Identify suitable resource book for the other English Classes together with staff and produce applications for support to renew the YLC library and resource collection
  • Plan and design IELTS and review existing general English Curriculum incorporation with Teacher at YLC
  • Run 8-10 classes of classes per week including activities session (IELTS and General English)
  • Support on 1 other class (depending on the skills of the volunteer, but could be computers, public speaking, photography, etc.)
Essential Academic Qualifications:
ESL or TEFL or EAL certificate

Essential Professional Background:
  • 2-3 years of English teaching experience
  • Fluent command of the English language, both writing and speaking
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading abilities
About Cuso International and Our Partner

Cuso International
Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today's most important development issues.

Youth Learning Center
Youth Learning Center was founded in 2014 by local youth focus person those who actively promote educational development for young people in Karen State. YLC is a self-funded community learning center.

Our regular programs are English 4 skills Classes (Elementary, Pre-intermediate, and Intermediate), Basic Computer Class, Basic Guitar Class, Organizational Development partnership with Payap University and Hp-e-Learning for social entrepreneurs and other services. Our school activities are Sports (football, Cane Ball), Drama, Local Exchange, Culture and Modal Dance Club, music, movie and environment cleaning. Our Community Development programs are Life-Skill Training/Awareness, Youth & Women Empowerment on Leadership and Summer English Teaching (SET) program.

Terms and Conditions

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

Support Package
  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:
1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources

2.Online health briefing

3.Fundraising 101 Webinar

4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course

In-Country Training and Learning
As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.

We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task while they are in placement.

Residency and Citizenship

The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.

Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.