English language teachers

We’re looking for qualified English language teachers (either secondary school level or EFL trained) with at least three years’ teaching experience. We’re after enthusiastic teachers with formal classroom-based, active learning and student-centered experience at primary, secondary and tertiary level. Successful applicants will have experience of teaching young learners as well as adults.

Roles generally range from one to two years.

At the moment we have an urgent need to recruit 12 experienced English teachers to start placements in Ethiopia in September 2012. Apply today to start a life changing experience for the New Year.

What you’ll be doing

The placements are in teacher training colleges, regional education bureaus and universities. They offer a unique opportunity to integrate into a local community in some stunning rural locations.

Duties include facilitating, co-ordinating and delivering pre-service and in-service teacher-training programmes; setting up resource centres; and building teachers’ capacity to develop materials using local resources. 

  • Example role

Please note this is just an example placement to illustrate the kind of roles that may come up in your skill area. To view our live roles, click ‘Get started’ below.

English teacher

The English Language Improvement Programme (ELIP) was set up by the Ministry of Education in 2002 to tackle the low levels of English proficiency amongst students and teachers. English Language Improvement Centres (ELICs) are now being established in teacher training institutes and universities across the country. These ELICs will plan and develop curricula for ELT and English for specific purposes. As an ELIP trainer you’ll plan and implement training courses in ELICs to improve English Language skills and support the continuous professional development of teachers.

What you'll be doing

  • Carrying out English language learning needs assessments of academic and support staff
  • Providing English language training to academic and support staff and students
  • Providing additional training in teaching methodology and materials development
  • Participating in ELIP workshops and conferences, working in a team with other VSO volunteers and Ethiopians to evaluate and improve the programme

What you'll need

You’ll be a qualified teacher with at least three years’ teaching experience. You’ll have strong student centred and active learning methodologies and experience in mentoring other teachers. With strong leadership and communication skills, you’ll be creative, flexible and able to work in close partnership with colleagues. As you’ll be working alongside other volunteers and Ethiopian colleagues, there’ll be plenty of professional and personal support.

And the rest...

Landlocked Ethiopia is situated in North Eastern Africa, bordering Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. The Simien Mountains are arguably the most spectacular mountain range in Africa, and Lalibela, with its 13th century rock-hewn churches, the medieval castle of Gondar, and the multitude of different tribes of the Omo Valley make for a very different experience from most other African Countries. You’ll be based in Robe, a town of approximately 40,000 people in south-central Ethiopia. You’ll most likely live in a single story house with electricity and water supplies close to the university campus.

We’ll ask you to commit to 24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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Bola Ojo, education manager, Rwanda

Bola Ojo (Rwanda - Education)

Giving something back to the community has been a life long passion for education manager Bola Ojo. Taking early retirement and volunteering with VSO International meant she could continue to contribute to the community – but this time internationally. She opted for a 12-week volunteer placement in Rwanda. At the same time as sharing valuable teaching and management skills that will help to improve standards in 126 local schools, she helped lay the foundations for a long-term volunteer to take her crucial work even further.



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